How To Dress for Winter Workouts

Even though winter doesn't officially start until December 21st, the winter weather seems to have come early this year.  While you know that you can only reap the benefits of exercise if you are consistent and make it part of a year-round routine, the shorter days and cold weather can make it awfully tempting to stay curled up on your couch with a warm blanket.  While this may be a more challe...
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Maintaining Motivation to Exercise

Often when people start an exercise program motivation is high.  For the first few weeks workouts may feel new and exciting and there is a determination to achieve a goal.  But after a few weeks some of that excitement wears off, and workouts can start to feel monotonous and too time consuming.  It can become more and more tempting to hit snooze on the alarm clock or go home and relax after wor...
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Designing a Good Exercise Program: Part II

 This is Part II of a series focusing on how to build a balanced exercise program.  As mentioned previously, there are three key components that should be included in every exercise regiment: Aerobic Exercise Strength/ Resistance Training Flexibility/ Stretching Today, I will focus on information about strength/weight training, which is the final key component of a balanced program...
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Designing a Good Exercise Program

To get the maximum benefits out of your workouts and to reduce the risk of injury, it is very important to have a balanced exercise program.  There are three key components that should be included in every exercise regiment: Aerobic Exercise Strength/ Resistance Training Flexibility/ Stretching For general health benefits, approximately 60% of exercise time should be spent on aerobic e...
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Reduce Muscle Soreness After Exercise

Did you ever wake up the day after starting an exercise program and feel so sore that your muscles ach with each step you take?  Whether you are new to working out or someone who likes to change up your exercise routine from time to time, I'm sure this sounds familiar.  Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) usually occurs 12-48 hours after exercise and can last for up to 7 days.  This unpleasant...
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Is Your Diet Causing You to Lose Muscle?

 Whether or not you are an athlete, maintaining muscle mass is important for strength, keeping your metabolism up and maintaining physical independence later in life.  Protein helps to build and maintain muscle mass, so it is important to ensure that your meeting your protein needs with your diet.  However, new research done by Susan Hewlings, a registered dietitian who specializes in protein m...
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Healthy Tailgate Foods

Football can make weekends a time to look forward to in the Fall.  However, along with action-packed games, comes calorie-packed foods for many football fans.  From tailgates to take-out, many of the traditional game-day foods are unhealthy, but the following tips can help to modify your menu so you can enjoy many seasons to come: Instead of These Entrees: Try These Entrees: Italian H...
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Wii Sports vs. Real Sports: How Do the Workouts Compare?

The rising rate of childhood obesity has become a major concern in this country, and a contributing factor is a decline in physical activity among children.  Video games and TV have been part of the problem, as the average person in the United States "spends an average of 19-25 hours per week watching TV and playing video games."  This has primarily been time spent sitting down...that is, until ...
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Pedometers May Help You Move More

Do you ever hear yourself saying "I need to exercise more" but then another week passes and your sneakers are still collecting dust?  Do you need a little added motivation to get moving?  If so, a pedometer may help.  "According to research from over 26 studies, pedometer use was associated with a significant increase in physical activity levels and a reduction in BMI and Blood Pressure readin...
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