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How To Train With A Heart-Rate Monitor

by February 21st, 2018

Q: What are some of the benefits of heart rate training and what devices do you recommend (strap or watch) ~ Brenda A: Heart-rate monitors are a valuable tool for training for performance and fitness. They give you instant biofeedback in the moment about how your body is responding to the workout, which allows you to […]

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Hips making you groan? Try Groiners!

by February 20th, 2018

Looking for a challenging warm-up move that will do wonders for opening up your hips and thoracic spine?  Then you’ll want to add Groiners into your pre-workout routine! Funny name, but an excellent mobility exercise that is great to do before a run, prior to a leg workout, or any time you’re looking for a […]

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Five Simple Ways to Boost Your Heart’s Health

by February 14th, 2018

As we round the corner into spring, it is a great time to check-in and renew your commitment to a healthy year. A heart–healthy year. If you want to be healthy into your old age, it’s important to begin treating your heart well early on. The American Heart Association emphasizes maintaining a healthy weight, regular […]

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How to Improve Heart Health with Exercise

by February 7th, 2018

Exercise for appearance or performance often takes a back burner to getting (and keeping) our body healthy.  National Heart Health Month is a great time to incorporate ways to improve heart health with exercise. Heart disease and stroke remain the number one killers of men and women. However, many of the causes of heart disease […]

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Get Movin’ with the Bicycle Crunch

by February 6th, 2018

The single knee raise, often called the Bicycle Crunch, is a great all-around core exercise that will target your upper abdominal muscle (rectus abdominus), your outer abdominal muscles (obliques), and your deeper abdominal muscles (transverse abdominus). Take it slow for a solid core workout. Once you perfect the form, try and vary the speed during […]

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Sledding Intervals at Madison’s Elver Park

by February 1st, 2018

As the largest Madison Community Park, Elver Park provides outdoor fun at any time of the year.  Take advantage of the ice-skating rink, including a warming shelter, skate rentals, and concessions.  Cross country skiing, running, and snowshoeing trails will give you reasons to keep coming back.  You could stay active the entire winter with over […]

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When to Worry About Heart Health

by January 31st, 2018

February is National Heart Health Month, an effort to increase awareness of this leading killer of both women and men each year.  Whether you’re worried about heart health or don’t really know where you stand, this is a good reminder to check in with your doctor. While genetics, age, and gender all impact your risk […]

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Say Goodbye to Love Handles with Heel Touches

by January 30th, 2018

Looking to target those love handles a bit during your core training?  Then it’s time to add in Heel Touches.  This simple, but effective exercise will not only target those often-overlooked oblique muscles, but will also go a long way in helping build overall strength through the core and helping with things such as good […]

Horizon Evolve 5 Folding Elliptical

Product Review: Horizon Evolve 5 Folding Elliptical

by January 29th, 2018

The Horizon Evolve E-5 is a welcome addition to the folding elliptical category.  The low step up height and limited incline settings allow this elliptical to be useful in settings with limited overhead clearance.  The frame is very easy to fold.  Coupled with the notably quiet performance of this machine, it will appeal to those […]

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Upper Body Workout: The Spiderman Push-Up

by January 23rd, 2018

Push-ups are one of my favorite exercises.  By simply using your own bodyweight you can strengthen the arms, chest, shoulders and core.  You can do them almost anywhere and they require no special equipment.  Plus you can spice them up by adding some fun, challenging variations to your regular push-ups. One such variation is the […]

Indoor Workout for Winter

Indoor Workout Circuit for the Winter Months

by January 18th, 2018

Are the winter months keeping you away from the gym more than you’d like?  Maybe you don’t want to fight the New Year’s Resolution crowds.  Or perhaps you’re in a post-holiday funk. Sounds like the perfect time to add your own in-home workout to get you back in the groove! Working out at home can […]

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Tips for Safely Shoveling Snow (and Making It a Workout)

by January 16th, 2018

For anyone that has shoveled snow, you know it can be a workout!  Pushing and throwing that wet, heavy snow can be comparable to a weight-lifting session or even an aerobic workout on the treadmill. According to LiveStrong, an average person can burn 223 calories per 30 minutes while shoveling snow. So the next time […]