National Nutrition Month - Tips on Eating Healthy

National Nutrition Month Tips to Find Your Healthiest Bodyweight

by March 19th, 2018

As National Nutrition Month, March is the perfect time to build healthier habits for eating and exercise. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics addresses the rising levels of obesity through recommendations for diet and exercise.  Recent reports project that by 2030, half of all adults (115 million adults) in the United States will be obese. […]

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Why V-Sits Should Be Your Go-to Core Exercise

by March 13th, 2018

With the endless amount of core exercises that are available, you want to be able to make sure you’re getting the most “bang for your buck.”  V-Sits are a great core exercise that will do just that. When done correctly, the V-Sit targets multiple areas including the rectus abdominis, the external obliques, internal obliques, and […]

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Working Deeper with Your Breath in your Yoga Practice

by March 12th, 2018

I often tell my students that breath awareness, one of the major benefits of yoga, is the difference between practicing yoga and simply stretching. Becoming aware of your breath and exploring its effect on your body will deepen your practice and strengthen yoga posture. Pranayama (often referred to as breathing yoga exercises) is an integral […]

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How to Increase Your Fitness this Winter by Rowing

by March 7th, 2018

This is the first in the Winter Rowing series. Check out the second post for specific workouts for weight loss: This Expert Rower Circuit Workout Will Help You Lose Weight. Have you considered purchasing a rowing machine? Rowing machines have recently become enormously popular. Rowers offer a low impact workout that is appropriate for all […]

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Beginner’s Modification: Wall Handstands

by March 6th, 2018

If you’ve ever wanted to do a handstand but just don’t have the balance and strength, you can still get some of the great benefits of handstands by doing Wall Handstands. This modified version is an excellent way to build strength through the upper body while also bringing your core into the equation by asking […]

Benefits of Strength Training

6 Benefits of Strength Training Beyond Building Muscle

by March 5th, 2018

Everyone knows that strength training (working with free weights, machines, resistance bands, etc.) is a great way to build and maintain muscle and strength.  What many people may not know about, however, is all of the other benefits that are associated with a strength training routine. Today’s strength training workouts offer a ton of benefits […]

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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 […]