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Up Your Game: Making Effective Changes to Your Fitness Routine

February 25, 2020

It's no secret that exercise is a vital part of maintaining good health. However, the Center for Disease Control reports that only 23% of Americans get the recommended amount of exercise every week. If you're among the rare percentage that's consistently exercising or someone struggling to get fit, this article can help you incorporate effective changing to make your exercise routine as impactful as possible. According to the Department of Health and Human Services , at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity is recommended...Continue Reading

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Yes! You Can Age Gracefully- Here’s How

December 19, 2019

Aging gracefully isn't just about trying to look younger—it's about living your best life and having the physical and mental health to enjoy it. You can even get better with age, with the right care. Aging gracefully is more about being healthy than keeping the wrinkles at bay. Here are a few tips on how you can age gracefully! Exercise Exercising regularly can significantly lower your risk of diseases, such as heart disease and cancer, and can help you retain your mobility longer. Exercise also lowers stress and improves sleep, skin and bone health, and your mood. The Department of Health...Continue Reading

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Start Planning Now for a Healthier New Year!

November 28, 2019

Lose weight, eat better, exercise more, Stop smoking. Does your New Year's Resolutions list look something like this? You're not the only one. Health-related goals are a common part of the goals people set for themselves (and sometimes, forget about) every year. When you take care of your body, your whole life will improve-- so we whole-heartedly recommend sticking with your resolutions to live healthier. Maybe you haven't even thought about your goals for the next year yet. In that case, now's your chance to take a minute to get a head start! Think Ahead Having your resolutions ready ahead...Continue Reading

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Unconventional Activities That Keep You Fit

August 7, 2019

Sometimes it can be difficult to break out of our routines. Whether it's in the meals we eat, the hobbies we enjoy, or even the shows we binge on tv—we are creatures of habit. But if you're finding that getting into a good exercise regimen is difficult to do, maybe you just need to broaden your horizons on physical fitness! Here are a handful of exercises that may seem a little bit unusual, but they can help push you in the direction of a more physically fit life. If the morning jog hasn't been your go-to, maybe try some of these: Desk Workouts You've been hearing about it for years—sitting...Continue Reading

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After School Activities to Keep Your Kids Fit!

August 5, 2019

School is starting back up and what better way to kick the back to school blues than with some fun after-school activities to keep your kids active! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States, nearly 1 in 5 school-aged children and young people (ages 2-19) has obesity. Childhood obesity is a national epidemic, and Type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol and cardiovascular risks are attacking children at a young age due to their poor diet and lack of exercise. Based on an interview that Care.com conducted, Dr. Christopher Ledingham, an assistant professor in the...Continue Reading

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Beat the Heat by Taking Your Exercise Routine Indoors

July 22, 2019

If you're a jogger, then the winter can be a tough time for you. Between plummeting temperatures, icy (and dangerous) roads, and fewer daylight hours - it can tough to take your exercise regimen outside. That means, when the spring gets here, you can open up wide, right? Well… not exactly. Because as spring folds into summer, the season can bring its own challenges to those of us who prefer to do our exercising outside. Thunderstorms, excessive heat, crowded parks and lack of childcare could all be reasons that you find yourself having to keep your exercise regime indoors this summer. And...Continue Reading

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Why Do We Have a National Epidemic of High Blood Pressure?

May 14, 2019

About 1 out of 3 US adults – around 75 million people – have high blood pressure. Only about another half of those people have the condition under control. More and more young people are receiving a diagnosis of high blood pressure. In 2013, high blood pressure was a primary or contributing cause of death for over 360,000 Americans . These are some sobering facts and part of the reason that the medical journal The Lancet described the condition as “the largest epidemic ever known to mankind.” In recognition of National High Blood Pressure Awareness Month, we are going to examine some of the...Continue Reading

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6 Ways to Get Fit as a Family This Summer

May 7, 2019

May is the month when we can finally begin to count on the great outdoors for some comfortable temperatures. It's also the month when most students begin their summer breaks and many families take their vacations. As our schedules begin to take advantage of the longer days, it can be overwhelming to think of May as National Fitness Month. "How can I take on ONE more thing this summer?" Well don't worry, you don't have to do it alone. Here are tips to help the entire family get healthier this summer. Engage in Group Activities One of the benefits of exercising with your family is that it can...Continue Reading

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The Secret to Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions!

December 11, 2018

A thinner waistline, kicking your smoking habit, or taking up that hobby you've always wanted – when the clock strikes midnight to ring in 2019, millions of Americans will make promises to improve their lives. We may have lofty ideals of the changes we'd like to make for the New Year, but actually keeping those resolutions is more difficult. In fact, Forbes estimates that only 8% of people stay true to their New Year's Resolutions. Want to join the ranks of those with stellar willpower and determination? We'll show you how! Start Small to Achieve Big The most common way to derail your success...Continue Reading

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Give the Gift of Health with These Healthy Gift Picks

December 6, 2018

Health is the gift that keeps on giving! Simplify your holiday shopping list with these healthy holiday gift ideas. Feel good about giving presents that have a positive impact. Happy shopping! Tastes Great Hydration Need a taste boost to fulfill a daily water intake goal? Try a fruit infuser water bottle! These water bottles come with a cylinder fruit holder. Put your favorite fresh fruit inside and let it infuse your bland water with delicious flavor. Prices vary but start around $10.00. What a bargain! Keep the Kids Moving! Winter weather can put a damper on outdoor activities for kids. Don...Continue Reading

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