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Think Outside the Gym: Fun Ways to Exercise in the Great Outdoors

June 26, 2018

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and warm weather has finally arrived! Say goodbye to treadmills, stationary bikes, and indoor pools. It's time to change out the winter workout for some exercise in the great outdoors. Here are our top six favorite ways to get fit outside: Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) Stand up pattle boarding combines elements of surfing and kayaking to create an awesome outdoor activity. SUP involves standing on a large long board and navigating calm water with a modified paddle.It may look easy, but this fun in the sun activity works every part of your body. It'...Continue Reading

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YouTube As Your Tool for Physical Activity

June 5, 2018

While many people might associate going on the internet and watching YouTube videos with inactivity and being a couch potato, YouTube and other internet resources can really aid a physical activity routine. The American Heart Association recommends at least 30 minutes of physical activity with a notable heart rate increase every day. YouTube can help you enjoy those 30 minutes each day or introduce you to a new activity. YouTube was launched in 2005 and has enriched lives all over the world through cat videos, TV clips, educational videos, how-to instructions, and much more. Another...Continue Reading

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5 Ways to Thrive in Your Golden Years

May 21, 2018

As you age, your body experiences changes that can also affect your lifestyle. Aging also comes with its own set of rewards – retirement, self-confidence, and welcoming grandchildren. Despite some of the challenges of aging, there are simple steps you can take to make sure you thrive in your golden years. Baby boomers become seniors Following World War II the American population experienced an upswing, and a generation named “Baby Boomers” to describe the phenomenon. When taking Baby Boomers into account, there are now 46 million older Americans that make up the population. By 2060 that...Continue Reading

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Is Mindfulness More Than Just A Buzzword?

May 16, 2018

Think for a moment about your morning routine. How quickly does your mind go to the list of things you want to accomplish in the day? How fast do you grab your phone to check email, social media, or the news? Do your household look more like a hurricane of activity or a relaxed day at the beach? If you're like many people, your life can feel more like a frenzied sprint to get things done rather than a steady step-by-step stroll. This state of being constantly pulled in a million directions, and the stress it causes has prompted a not-so-new concept to reemerge and go mainstream. It's called...Continue Reading

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Mental Health of America helps Americans live healthy lives

May 2, 2018

Mental Health of America is focused on helping Americans live physically and mentally healthy lives. Considering May is Mental Health Month, they have released special tools, materials, and fact sheets about mental health. There are many components to mental health, many of which are tied to physical health as well. All parts of a healthy lifestyle improve the health of the whole person. Below is an outline of Mental Health America's focus points for achieving a fit mind and body as well as some information about them. Have a healthy diet. Individuals who have diets rich in fruits, vegetables...Continue Reading

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Cardiology 101: What is Congestive Heart Failure?

February 2, 2018

If you've been diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), you may be feeling apprehensive. CHF can be a scary and confusing diagnosis. It can be caused by genetics, high blood pressure, cardiac arrhythmias, infections, or heart attack. The good news is Congestive Heart Failure doesn't have to be a death sentence. By altering your lifestyle to minimize the impact CHF has on your health you can take back control of your life instead of letting CHF define you. What is Congestive Heart Failure Your heart's job is to pump old, oxygen-poor blood from your body and to the lungs for oxygenation,...Continue Reading

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Tipping the Scales: What is a Healthy Weight?

January 18, 2018

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but what other factors play into being healthy? According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is important for overall health and helps prevent you from developing several diseases or conditions. If you are overweight or obese, you are at a higher risk of developing serious health complications including heart disease, high blood pressure, breathing problems, and certain cancers. Being underweight may compromise your immune system making you more vulnerable to illnesses such as the flu. Being...Continue Reading

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The Girlfriend’s Guide to Cervical Health

January 3, 2018

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. Cervical health is one of the most sought-after health topics today, and as a woman, it's in your best interest to stay aware about cervical cancer and its potential threats. Fortunately, cervical cancer is preventable when you get the necessary screenings and follow your doctor's care recommendations. When doctors find cervical cancer early, there is hope for a cure, but it can still be life-threatening. Due to this risk, you should take the first step to ensure that you know the status of your cervix so that you can stay healthy. What is Cervical...Continue Reading

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National Take a Hike Day

November 17, 2017

The Shenandoah Valley offers the fortune of having the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains to look at every single day. On November 17 th , we celebrate National Take a Hike Day. According to WebMD, hiking increases the amount of calories burned compared to walking on a flat surface. With the fortune of having mountains all around us, we have plenty of opportunities to take advantage of this day, or any sunny day in the Shenandoah Valley. Days like National Take a Hike Day reminds us to get off of the couch and exercise. Some examples of health benefits to walking and hiking are: Reduces the risk...Continue Reading

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Is Sitting the New Smoking?

September 22, 2017

How much time have you spent sitting today? If you're like most Americans, between working behind a desk, driving a car, and relaxing – you're spending a lot of time sitting down. Sitting is now under fire as a potential cause of increased risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and depression. In fact, some research suggests that sitting may be as bad for your health as smoking. However, not all medical professionals agree. Is sitting the new smoking, or has sitting gotten a bad rap? Downsides of Sitting One study reported by the Mayo Clinic links a staggering 50% increased risk...Continue Reading

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