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How to Improve Heart Health with Exercise

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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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When to Worry About Heart Health

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

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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 […]

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What you Need to Know Before You Buy an Elliptical Machine

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January 15th, 2018

The elliptical machine is a tried and tested home fitness favorite. The elliptical is versatile. It’s alternative to running with serious cross-training benefits. This simple and effective cardio workout won’t tear up your joints. The similarities of the elliptical machine to running let you maintain and even build cardiovascular fitness over the winter.  Using the […]

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A Move for Better Posture: The Single-Leg Dumbbell Row

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January 9th, 2018

The Single-Leg Dumbbell Row is an excellent way to work the back side of the body (back, glutes, hamstrings), making it a great posture exercise.  Plus, with it being a single-leg exercise, it’s going to challenge your body’s ability to balance and stabilize. Keep in mind that the dumbbells you decide to use shouldn’t be […]

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Upgrading to a Plank Tap for a Stronger Core

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December 26th, 2017

Have you become bored with regular old planks or find them to be a little too easy?  Then the Plank Tap – or Pledge Plank – might be just what you’re looking for.  By adding a little movement to your planks you’ll not only find them to be a little less dull, but you’ll notice […]

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Beat The Winter Blues & Stay Motivated With These 7 Tips

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November 29th, 2017

Sticking to your fitness routine and staying motivated over the winter months can be huge challenge if you’re suffering from the winter blues.  The weather is colder, the days feel shorter, and there can be some holiday stress. Then the excuses begin to set in and before you know it, a few days off turns […]

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7 Reasons to Workout at Home Instead of the Gym

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November 24th, 2017

Let’s face it, there are times when we just can’t get to the gym for a workout.  Maybe you have a little one at home, or have a tight schedule. Maybe you simply don’t want to deal with a busy gym and having to fight the crowds that always seem to grow as the colder […]

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Do a Stability Ball Pike for a Strong Core

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November 21st, 2017

The stability ball pike is an advanced exercise that will work your abs safely and effectively. The “pike” action works the abs through a wider range of motion than many typical abdominal exercises. The stability ball helps isolate the core muscles to take pressure off of the lower back and hip flexors – both of […]

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Embrace the Burpee!

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November 14th, 2017

Whether you love them or hate them, burpees will add a challenge to any fitness routine!  Interestingly enough, burpees have been around since the late 1930’s when Royal H. Burpee (no kidding!) invented the first version as part of a fitness test. The original version was what we would consider a “basic” burpee today…. Squat […]

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Take on the Challenge of Diamond Push-Ups

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November 7th, 2017

The push-up and it’s many variations has become a staple in many routines as body weight workouts gain popularity. One variety of push-up that you may want to incorporate is the diamond push-up. Often seen in military-type workouts, the diamond push-up is a fairly advanced move that will not only challenge the muscles of the chest, […]

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The Benefits of Low Impact Elliptical Workouts

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November 2nd, 2017

Are low impact elliptical workouts a good fit for you?  Elliptical workouts are easier on the joints than treadmill walking and running and the calorie burn is very similar.  Here are the benefits of low impact elliptical workouts, with guidance on getting the best workout on your elliptical machine.   Elliptical workouts maintain and improve […]