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5 Easy Habits to Incorporate Into a Heart Healthy Lifestyle

July 17, 2020

Heart disease is a leading cause of illness and death in the United States—but did you know that one American dies every 37 seconds in America from cardiovascular disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)? The severity and prevalence of heart disease is something no one can afford to ignore. While the problem can seem overwhelming, there’s a lot you can do to stay heart healthy and decrease your risk of heart disease. Small, consistent steps over time can lead to big changes for your health. Incorporating the following five habits is a great place to start! Get Sneaky with...Continue Reading

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Why the Right Running Shoes Can Have a Big Impact on Your Spine

July 15, 2020

If you're new to the sport of running, you may find yourself overwhelmed as you go to buy your first pair of shoes. You may have been ready to buy a new set of dedicated running shoes—but you may not have been ready to decide between "motion control" or "stability" or "cushioning"—or any of the dozens of other varieties of shoes on the market. Pick the best pair of shoes to get you out and moving safely and comfortably. Doing so can prevent a lot of damage in the long run—not just to your spine, but to other critical joints in your body as well. What Do My Shoes Have to Do With My Spine,...Continue Reading

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Keys to Maintaining Your Weight Loss

July 10, 2020

We've all felt the same way at least once–this is it, this is the time that I take off the pounds. We decide on a diet to follow, sign up for the gym, set our alarm clocks an hour earlier than we used to, and dust off the old yoga mat. The trick, as the experts will tell you, is how to keep the weight off for good. Here are some tips to help you keep those pounds off: Drink Plenty of Water A rare case of subtraction by addition, drinking water can help you maintain your weight well after you've hit your initial goals. Our body can have a hard time distinguishing hunger from thirst, so by...Continue Reading

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Healthy at Home: Exercising while Isolating

April 20, 2020

Even though our regular gyms and fitness centers are closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, that doesn't mean we should stop exercising. Research indicates that keeping a regular, daily exercise routine—even during isolation—strengthens our immune system. Oliva Hall, Operations Manager at Augusta Health Fitness talks about staying 'Healthy at Home: Exercising while Isolating'. What are the benefits of exercise to the immune system? We all understand that exercise and fitness are part of a healthy lifestyle, and for years we've all exercised to control our weight and help reduce our risk of...Continue Reading

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Take Your Workout Outside

March 30, 2020

Feeling stir crazy? Spring is a great time to lace up your shoes and take your workout outside. If you're not into running, take a brisk walk instead. Research shows that outdoor exercise improves mood and reduces depression. Exposure to sunlight enhances vitamin D production, which may be partially responsible for this mood-enhancing effect. A regular dose of outdoor activity can help boost the already powerful esteem-enhancing effect of exercise. One of the greatest benefits of getting outside is the opportunity to connect with the world around you! Even as we practice social distancing, we...Continue Reading

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How to Stay Fit While Fitness Centers are Closed

March 25, 2020

It's hard adjusting to our "new normal" right now with social distancing and staying at home. But now, more than ever, it's important to exercise and take care of your mental and physical health. Getting regular physical activity is important in staying fit and in helping to strengthen our immune systems. It is also beneficial to our mental health and overall wellbeing. The National Physical Activity Guidelines recommend engaging in 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity per week. Thankfully, there are many things that you can do at home to help you get your workouts in and to...Continue Reading

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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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