Anti-Sitting Strategies

Do People Really Sit Too Much?  To understand how time spent sitting can add up to have a negative effect on one’s health, consider the daily schedule of a working adult in North America who exercises two or three days per week: Wake up and get ready for work Commute to work, most likely in […]

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Bone Health

Are you at risk for developing osteoporosis?  By the time 2020 gets here, it’s expected that one in two Americans over the age of 50 are expected to have or be at risk for developing osteoporosis.  This, along with increasing numbers of active agers who are concerned about maintaining their health and wellness as they grow older, […]

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What Causes Muscle Cramps?

  Do you ever experience muscle cramps?  I know I have and they are not fun! Here is a discussion on the causes of muscle cramps. Muscle cramps can stop athletes in their tracks. Although they usually self-extinguish within seconds or minutes, the abrupt, harsh, involuntary muscle contractions can cause mild-to-severe agony and immobility, often accompanied […]

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Different Ways to Plank

The plank is the most familiar and effective core exercise around.  Add some fun challenges to your core workouts with these variations on the basic plank.  Just make sure your body is in one long line from the top of your head to the bottom of your heels. The following variations are best for participants […]

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Weight Loss Made Simple

When was the last time you tried to lose weight ? Were you successful in keeping the pounds off? If you were, congratulations. If not, what happened?  Did you try another approach? We’ve all heard the stories about how so-and-so knows someone who lost 15 pounds in one week. What we don’t hear about is […]

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Kids and Physical Activity

Are your kids getting enough physical activity? Regular physical activity in childhood and adolescence is important for motor development and overall health and fitness. Additionally, solid physical activity behaviors in the early years can help to set a foundation for life-long exercise adherence and an appreciation for physical activity. Unfortunately, most kids are not getting […]

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Burpee Challenge

BURPEES!  UGH!  Everybody hates them; everybody loves them! Don’t know what a burpee is?  It’s a multi-step exercise that essentially combines a squat and push-up, and adding a jump at the end, working muscles in the upper and lower body simultaneously. What’s more, because the exercise involves multiple movements and is repeated, it provides a […]

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Exercise Tips for Safety

Can you imagine explaining to your great-great-great-great-grandparents what the biggest health threat to the industrialized world currently is: “We have too much food and we don’t physically labor hard enough.” We’re not inherently lazy. It’s just that the necessities of daily life no longer require a high level of physical exertion. It appears, however, that […]

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Lack of Sleep Equals Weight Gain

Did you know that lack of sleep contributes to weight gain? In a new study, researchers at Uppsala University in Sweden demonstrated that one night of sleep loss has a tissue-specific impact on the regulation of gene expression and metabolism in humans. This may explain how chronic sleep loss impairs metabolism and adversely affects body […]

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Core Exercises to Boost Balance and Stability

Balance, which is essential for integrated movement, declines as we age.  Having a strong trunk and hip complex helps us maintain balance for years to come. Incorporate these multiplanar exercises targeting the core musculature and the gluteals. Each move is done in a standing position, and equipment is optional. Those who struggle with balance should […]

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