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Chicory coffee health benefits: why the French love it?

I’ve had chicory coffee my entire life without even knowing what it was until very recently! That is probably because “la chicorée” is a French popular product that is cultivated in Northern France where I grew up. I always thought it was a type of coffee and to my big surprise, after finally questioning myself …

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Benefits of Doing Planks daily: why are planks a good exercise?

I love those “all in one” exercises that bring you multiple advantages and doing planks is surely one of them! In fact, no matter your fitness level, you can easily incorporate them into your workout routine and modify them to suit your needs. What are planks? Planks are a form of bodyweight exercise that mainly …

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Why is barre fitness so good for men?

Barre fitness, unfortunately, has still a reputation to be a “girly” sport, designed only for women. However, more and more men are taking barre classes. Surprisingly, I was so happy to hear that professional athletes such as football and rugby players, now do barre workouts as well, breaking the stereotypes associated with ballet and men. …

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12 French 100% certified organic cosmetic brands you should know about!

Organic products are booming in the world and France is a pioneer in organic farming. In fact, it is as early as 1959 that the 1st organic group of farmers is founded. The French have always preserved and protected their cultural identity and quality of life. This is true more than ever today! More and …

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Why do muscles shake during a workout? Is it really a good thing?

If you’ve ever done a barre fitness workout, you’ve probably experienced the ‘barre muscle shake’ or heard the term ’embrace the shake’ from your instructor?! But I’ve wondered why should I embrace it? Is it really a good sign? So I’ve done a little research and here’s what I found out about why our muscles …

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What should you eat before and after a barre workout?

I don’t know about you but I love food! That’s all good because it is highly recommended eating before and after your body conditionning. Pre-workout fuel is as essential as post-workout food. Training on an empty stomach is only a good idea if you want to loose a lot of extra weight. If that is …