How this savvy club chain defied the pandemic to turbocharge its expansion

As most of the fitness industry battled to survive 2020 and the COVID pandemic, UAE-based GymNation was able to thrive, launching five new gyms and growing its membership to over 40,000. The affordable chain’s founders Loren Holland, Frank Afeaki and Ant Martland share the secrets to their impressive growth and explain why a focus on community will be key to the sector’s post-COVID recovery.

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4 benefits of high RPM HIIT workouts

If you are looking for a challenging workout that uses innovative equipment for a fun workout experience, then you should definitely try an RPM class. It has many cardiovascular benefits which will enhance your fitness journey! 

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Put your fitness first in the new year

A mistake that people make when creating new years fitness resolutions is setting unrealistic and unachievable goals. In order to see the best results, you need commitment. Search for the 'best gym near me' and get started on your new years fitness goals!


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Meal prep without breaking the bank

One of the most important benefits of meal prep is that it helps reduce the stress that comes with trying to eat healthier. Pricing out your food in advance is another part of the meal prep equation, which can also help you save a lot of money!


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Ladies-Only Gym Spaces in Dubai

GymNation aims to make every single member comfortable during their training sessions. That is why for our female members, within most of our gym locations we offer a ladies only section

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Important of using a BMI Calculator

The Body Mass Index (BMI) is a measure that uses your height and weight to calculate if you are a healthy size. It is important to use as it can be a good gauge of body fat. 


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How GymNation can help you put your fitness first

If you are looking for the best gym in Dubai to help you put your fitness first, then GymNation is the gym for you! 

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Putting your fitness first in BurJuman

Join the largest and most affordable gym in BurJuman, with memberships starting from AED99 per month! Here is how GymNation can help you to put your fitness firstSign up for your FREE trial today!


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Putting your fitness first in Motor City

GymNation can help you to prioritise your health and put your fitness first. Simply just search for 'the best gym in Motor City' and get started on your fitness journey!

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What is progressive overload?

Progressive overload is when you gradually increase the weight, frequency, or number of repetitions in your strength training routine. This challenges your body and allows your musculoskeletal system to get stronger. The human body hates change, so you have to force it to! 

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Yoga classes at GymNation use relaxation techniques, poses, stretches and breathing exercises to make you feel calm and revitalised. Come and give our yoga class a try TODAY!





How to use a calorie calculator to hit your health and fitness goals

Counting your calories is a great tool to help you understand how much food you're eating. It enables you to learn about the density of foods and overall quantity you're eating, compared to the recommended amounts. Use GymNation's calorie calculator to help you achieve your health and fitness goals!

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Personal trainers in Abu Dhabi

A personal trainer is a great investment in order to see long-term improvements in your health and fitness. GymNation's personal trainers are fully qualified to help you make the most out of your workouts.


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Gyms near me

Prioritising your health and fitness has never been so important! Searching for a 'Gym near me' is your first step to achieving your fitness goals.

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What's your body type?

What is your body type? Learn about the different forms your body can take, and the best workouts and diets you can follow for top results! 

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The Best Gyms in Dubai

We all need to prioritise our healthy and active lifestyles and ensure that they are maintained. This will bring you many physical and mental health benefits. With this in mind, we have compiled a list of some of the Best Gyms in Dubai

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Exercise and mental health, the undoubted connection

Put simply, it really does pay to hit the gym for a broad collection of reasons however, one of the slightly less eminent benefits of working out is mental health. Mental health can be one of those sensitive subjects where most people choose to disregard the issue altogether.

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Why exercise should be your top priority

It has never been more important to consciously take up a healthy, fit lifestyle, in which exercise levels are adequate and caloric intake is controlled. Why should exercise be your top priority?

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Are morning workouts more effective?

Finding time for working out can be challenging. If you want to optimise your workouts to get the widest range of benefits, then try exercising in the morning. Working out in the morning will help you start the day with more energy, focus and optimism. 



The Benefits of Calculating BMI

The Body Mass Index (BMI) is a measure that uses your height and weight to calculate if you are a healthy size. BMI is a good gauge of body fat. Read on to find out what the benefits of BMI are.



How to fit training around your busy lifestyle

Maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle should be one of our top priorities in life. But we all know that work, in particular, can get in the way of working out. Here are 5 top tips to help you fit training around your busy lifestyle.

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Dubai Fitness Challenge

The Dubai Fitness Challenge 2021 is nearly here! Find out here why people love the event and why it is a highlight of the UAE fitness calendar!

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The best gym in the UAE

This is a story all about how GymNation became the best gym in town!

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World Obesity Day

What is World Obesity Day? It raises awareness and encourages practical solutions in order to help people maintain a healthy body weight. World Obesity Day is observed on the 4th October.

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Fitness 4 Everybody

This past weekend, we opened the gym doors to all residents of the UAE in our Al Quoz, Bur Dubai and RAK locations, as part of the 4-day Fitness 4 Everybody initiative.

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World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day is observed on the 10th October. The aim is to ensure that everybody is educated about the signs and affects of poor mental health, and how to overcome it overtime. 

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World Heart Day

World Heart Day is a global campaign where individuals around the world take part in activities to improve and look after their heart health. Regular exercise can help improve your heart health. Remember that your heart is a muscle - it needs to be worked on to stay strong and healthy. 


How to calculate your BMI

Our BMI Calculators and BMR Calculators are some of the most popular pages on the GymNation website! Find out on this blog post what they both mean and why you should be using them today

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Dubai Muscle Show 2021

Want to find out more about The Middle East's biggest fitness shows? Dubai Muscle Show and Dubai Active Show set the standard, find out why GymNation Gym memberships love these shows in our latest fitness blog here.

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Put your fitness first

GymNation is the UAE’s most affordable and flexible gym, with gym memberships starting from AED99 per month and no-contract-cancel-anytime membership options. Here's how GymNation will help you put your fitness first



The importance of rest days

Rest days are just as important as your gym days. Your body needs to recover from the stresses that you put it through, to come out stronger on the other side. Read on to find how why.



Why hydrate at gyms in Dubai?

Your body is 60% water but here's are reasons to 100% remember to drink it


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Does High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) Really Reverse Signs of Ageing?

High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) has been suggested as a way to reverse signs of ageing at the cellular level.

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Why you should invest in a heart rate monitor

It's time to stop second-guessing the effort you put into each workout. The Stats Train is leaving the station, get on board now or forever be doomed with the subpar accuracy of your Apple Watch!


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How to work out safely at gyms in Dubai

Exercise is probably the single best thing you can do for your health but it's essential that you do it with the right form, volume and technique. Read on to find out how you can stay injury-free and work out safely at gyms in Dubai.

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5 benefits of HIIT workouts

Not only do HIIT workouts help you burn fat faster, they have a whole range of benefits you probably weren't aware of. Read on to find out how HIIT can help you be in the best shape of your life!

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Learn to use resistance bands with a personal trainer

A resistance band is probably the most versatile tool you can use in your fitness journey, but it's important how to use it right and how to make the most of it. Read on to find how you can win the Battle Of The Bands!

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Your BMI formula

The idea of BMI can be found floating around most doctors’ offices and gym floors. You’ve heard about it, you’ve heard it’s a good measure, and you may know roughly what it means for you. But what is it, really, and how to you set and reach goals based on it?



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A guide to body types

What form does your body take? Learn about the different body types, and the best exercises and diets you can undertake for optimal results.


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Top 3 squat variations

Never skip leg day. Come on. There will be members in any gym, anywhere in the world, who have shoulders that go out forever, bulging arms and chiselled pecs, but whose legs are like pieces of string. What are the top three versions of the most popular leg exercise?

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What is a HIIT workout?

You probably don't have enough time in the day to hit the gym to get that workout you really want. You surely have a few minutes of your time to spare every day to get a workout that burns a week's worth of calories. Read on to find out how!

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The relationship between the gym and sleep

There is too strong a relationship between taking regular exercise and having good quality sleep to ignore. Working out, be it cardio or strength training has been known to be beneficial to sleep. So, what exactly are the benefits of working out to sleep?


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4 top ways to support your immune system

Your immune system isn’t immutable: there are certain things you can do to boost it,  as COVID-19 rocks the world - taking care of your first defense against diseases is of utmost importance. So, what steps can you take to ensure your immune system is running at full force?


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4 ways in which weightlifting makes you healthier

There are plenty of reasons to lift weights. You can bulk up with muscle, making yourself fitter, stronger and, to many opinions, more aesthetically pleasing. So what are the other benefits that come with lifting weights?


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Why should you go to the gym?

If you want to be healthy, you will most likely need to be fit. Find out why going to the gym is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle, and how going to the gym will be the best decision you'll ever make.


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Top 4 health benefits of exercise

Regular exercise is one of the biggest factors in forging a healthy mind and body. But, amid a long list of positives with regards to your mental and physical health, what are the top benefits to be had from exercising regularly?

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5 foods, vitamins and minerals for a healthy, strong diet

There is no such thing as the perfect food: nothing, not even the most super-powered, exclusive berry or grain touted by the elitist of the elite in fitness circles, can give you everything you need. So what are the foods that you must include in your meals for a balanced diet?



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Your guide to a perfect Ramadan diet

The holy month of Ramadan is a challenge for Muslims the world over. However, if you’re clever about it, following a Ramadan fast doesn’t have to be quite so ruinous to your health: a Ramadan diet can be as healthy as you make it.

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Home workouts you can do during Ramadan

There is absolutely no need to stop taking regular exercise during Ramadan, no matter what you thought nor what the temptation might be. But what kind of exercise should you be doing, and what will be the most likely to succeed?


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Ramadan diet and lose weight

How can you hit Ramadan weight loss; how can you use the unique Ramadan diet to lose weight and unwanted body fat? Well, it’s actually quite simple, and you can do it easily enough. Here are three tips that will help you to structure a good quality Ramadan meal plan and lose weight over the fast.


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How to stick to your gym routine during and after Ramadan

Exercise during Ramadan is tough - Ramadan can be a time for gym routines to crumble and for athletic gains to disappear. How do you keep your gym routine going?

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8 tips for training at the gym during the month of Ramadan

Working out and sticking to your diet can be challenging enough. Adding Ramadan into the mix can make it that much harder to make to achieve your fitness goals.


How do you make sure you're keeping fit during the holy month? Here are 8 tips from GymNation personal trainers to help you with keeping up your fitness during Ramadan.


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Fasting and fitness: how to safely exercise during Ramadan

Exercise during Ramadan can be tough for some people and in other cases, even non-existent. How do you make sure you're working out the right way without damaging your body? Here are tips from GymNation nutrition and training experts to show you how you can do just that.


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Benefits of a corporate gym membership

Corporate gym memberships are fantastic. They are a way to keep the whole workforce happy and healthy, helping them de-stress, stay in shape and have some fun. Read on to find out how they ultimately pay for themselves and are worth the investment every day of the week.



10 Foods to eat on a Ketogenic Diet

The ketogenic (keto) diet is one of the most popular nutrition plans in today’s health and fitness scene. It can help you to build muscle and burn bodyfat, but is this diet full of proteins and fats, with barely any carbs really sustainable?

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A guide to BMI

The body mass index (BMI) is a measure that uses your height and weight to work out if you are a healthy size. How exactly do you calculate it and what's a healthy range to be in?


How to gain muscle while fasting

Your health goals do not have to take a back seat during this month. Here’s how



The Beginner's Resistance Workout For Women

We are lucky enough to be living through something of a renaissance in the lifting community. Gone are the days when weight rooms were taken up solely by just bodybuilders : nowadays, we have a more mixed community of powerlifters, Olympic lifters, Pilates enthusiasts… all of these people coming together to train. If you’re a woman just getting into resistance training and you want a workout routine, what should you do, and what benefits can you really get?



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5 Home Strength Workouts If You're Missing the Gym

Let’s face it, with the current Coronavirus situation, working out from home has to work for you at the moment. If you’re used to lifting heavy weights, attending specialised exercise classes, and having free reign over every piece of gym equipment you want, a home workout filled with little else besides bodyweight exercises can be an intimidating disappointing prospect.


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6 Workouts You Can Do at Home

For a lot of us, gyms in Dubai are like a second home and self-isolation probably has people feeling the blues. Not only is this period the best time to renew your New Year’s workout resolutions, it is also a great time to watch what you eat and keep that routine ticking. Find out how you can work out from home without any equipment and keep fit!

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Nutrition Health

The keto diet

The ketogenic (keto) diet is one of the most popular nutrition plans on today’s health and fitness scene. Find out more about the diet in this blog post.

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What is the Dubai Fitness Challenge?

Dubai Fitness Challenge (DFC) is an annual celebration of all things fitness and wellness in Dubai. Launched in 2017, the initiative challenges everyone in the city to complete 30 minutes of activity a day for 30 days

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World Cancer Day 2020

World Cancer Day Dubai - Better Safe Than Sorry


World Cancer Day 2020 is nearly here, and in this blog post, we will provide you with some cancer-related information that will tell you more about cancer signs and symptoms to be on the lookout for. 

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Creating a Diet Plan for Yourself

If you are one such individual looking to take that step towards staying healthy, here are some really useful tips to create a diet plan for yourself:

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Eating the right Foods to Boost Energy Levels

When people want to boost their energy levels one of the first things that comes to their mind would probably be taking supplements that are proclaimed to be energy boosters. But, the fact is that most of those supplements are not proven to deliver the results they claim to achieve. Fortunately, there is a natural and highly effective way you can boost your energy levels: by eating.


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How Much Gym Time to Lose Weight?

When it comes to losing weight in a healthy manner, hitting the gym is one of the primary solutions, and the inclusion of both weight training and cardiovascular exercises in your workout routines is key to achieve your weight loss goal. But, if there is one question that most gym goers struggle to find the answer is, how much gym time should I put in for weight loss?

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How the Gym Can Help Reduce and Manage Stress

You’ve had a long day at work; right from missing that forgetting that important work file at home, the heavy traffic on your way to work, a heated argument with your colleague, to your laptop crashing unexpectedly, your stress level will be at its peak by this time. How should you relieve this stress?

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Exercise for Better Sleep

If you are one of those many individuals wondering how to get a good sleep, this blog is for you. What if we told you that something as simple as exercising regularly can help you sleep better?


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What are Ways you can Increase Your Stamina?

Do you get really tired running after your toddler around your house? Do you feel breathless after that 10-minute treadmill session at the gym? Is it really taxing to take a short walk? All of these are clear indications of poor stamina and fitness. If you want to be able to do these activities without facing too much trouble, you need to look for some effective techniques on how to increase stamina.

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Ways to Prevent Holiday Weight Gain

How many times have you noticed an increase in your weight right after the holidays?

Here are some effective ways to stop gaining weight during the holidays:

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What are the Benefits of Maintaining a Food Journal?

Let’s start with a simple question – what did you eat and drink the whole day yesterday? You probably won’t remember everything. Recalling each and every meal, snack, and drink you have on a daily basis is tough, yet normal.

We look into how keeping a food journal can help you understand your intake more and assist with losing those few extra pounds.


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Tips to Workout During the Summer Heat

Regardless of the type of exercise you like to engage in to get that beach body, running, hiking, biking, swimming, or anything else for that matter, everything only gets harder in the heat. So, here are a few tips to workout during the summer heat:



How to Build Healthy Habits for the remainder of 2019

Choosing to live a healthier, happier life all starts with making the right decisions. If you really want to make the rest of 2019 the best year ever, follow these healthy habits.

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3 Great Exercises for Busy Moms

Busy moms can easily feel overwhelmed, sleep deprived and often negative when it comes to exercise. But we have a few great exercises for moms that they can fit into their schedule. And best of all? They can be done with a stroller!



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Focusing on Health and Fitness for a Productive Workforce

Health and fitness is undoubtedly very important in our daily lives, but people often forget just how beneficial it can be to support a productive workforce.

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6 Pack Nutrition

You really are what you eat, you can never out-train a bad diet, getting bigger and stronger whilst eating clean and staying lean is completely possible. Read on to discover our tips for working towards that 6 pack you’ve always wanted.


10 myths about dieting

Does fat really make you fat? Does cardiovascular training performed on an empty stomach assist in fat burning? Is sugar really the devil? Do I need to spend my life’s savings on supplements to build muscle? Read on to find out all the answers you’ll ever need.


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All You Need to Know About Supplements

In order to avoid financial ruin at the hands the supplement industry it is vital that you know the basics about supplements. Here are three points to understand before we move onto the different types of supplements you can get today.


Train well Eat well Live Better

Whilst one of the top goals for all gym goers both male and female is to look better in the buff, there are many less decorative and more significant reasons as to why anybody would want to spend their days moving more and eating well.



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Why you Should Try Resistance Training?

Some people look to endless hours of pavement pounding in an attempt to burn off those love handles and look better naked whilst others will diet themselves into the ground however, it truly is all about the iron if you are looking to change the way you look and perform.

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Dance Yourself Fit

This blog looks into the benefits Dance forms of Exercise can have on fitness and dos the health of your brain. For many years scientists thought that once the brain was fully formed and at capacity that was it, from then on it slowly degenerated. Modern research shows that throughout your life the brain has the ability to adapt and regenerate - so could a dance workout could be the perfect setting?


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5 Steps to getting the most mental health benefit from your workouts

Exercise is one of the most effective ways to improve your mental health. Regular exercise can have a profoundly positive impact on depression, anxiety, ADHD, and more. It also relieves stress, improves memory, helps you sleep better, and boosts overall mood.


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Cool downs come in a variety of shapes and sizes, ranging from a quick stretch to full dynamic slowing down of moves similar to the ones you were doing during the session. In general, there are two types of cool down: passive and active.

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Does foam rolling work?

Learn more about foam roll and the benefits. There are several different types of foam roller, ranging from one solid piece of foam, to hollow tubes with lumps and bumps emerging from the outer foam, and even rechargeable vibrating ones. 

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Do I Really Need to Stretch Before Training?

We all know that stretching is important, especially for athletes and people who regularly do fitness training. We take a closer look at the benefits of stretching, and whether it’s necessary to stretch before and after each workout session.

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Nutrition Health

10 Super Snacks for a Wholesome Life

When it comes to living a healthy lifestyle, it's no secret that following a healthy diet can have a great impact on your health and wellness. We take a look at 10 of the best diet snacks to boost your overall health.

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