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Couch Potatoes Arise

Posted: 10/31/2014

When most of us think of ways to improve our health and lower our risk for disease, activities like aerobic exercise and resistance training come to mind. But that’s really only part of the story. Recently, scientists have begun to recognize that the time we spend doing sedentary things can also have a significant and direct impact on our health. Specifically, recent...

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The 411 on Today's Popular Fitness Gadgets

Posted: 10/24/2014

As every aspect of our lives becomes more automated, it’s no surprise that the variety and options of fitness gadgets on the market are growing at an exponential rate. Whether you’re interested in tracking heart rate, calories, miles, steps or blood pressure, there’s a fitness gadget out there to meet your needs. If you’re in the market to digitally and...

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Exercising in the Cold

Posted: 10/17/2014

Exercising in the Cold The biggest concern for exercising in the cold is hypothermia, or too much heat loss. When you exercise in a cold environment you must consider one primary factor: How much heat will your body lose during exercise? Heat loss is controlled in two ways: Insulation, consisting of body fat plus clothing Environmental factors, including temperature,...

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Why Men Lose Weight Faster Than Women

Posted: 09/26/2014

Heather Lindholm, Fitness Together Edina Men are generally larger and typically weigh more, they also have more muscle than women due to the hormone testosterone. They are genetically designed to have a higher percentage of muscle and less fat. Women are predisposed to store and retain fat. Women have higher levels of estrogen. On average, women have between 6 and...

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The Benefits of Speed Training for Non-Athletes

Posted: 09/19/2014

September 11, 2014 When beginning a workout program, one of the most common forms of exercise people start with is running. Running is one of the most accessible forms of exercise available, requiring little more than good shoes and appropriate attire. Whether inside on a treadmill or outside on a trail, running is an effective form of exercise that can help burn calories...

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What Kind of Exercise is Best if I Have Bad Knees?

Posted: 09/12/2014

Bruce Kelly, owner, MS, CSCS - Fitness Together Media, PA "Bad Knees" are frequently linked to poorly functioning hips in terms of lack of mobility as well as poor glute strength/function. With that in mind doing exercises like quad rocks, 1/2 kneeling adductor/hip flexor mobility drills, and various glute- hip bridges both double leg and single leg versions, are...

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Back Pain at Work

Posted: 08/15/2014

Back Pain at Work Low-back pain is a leading cause of job-related disability and missed work in the United States. The pain is so unbearable that Americans spend more than $50 billion per year in an effort to make it go away. If you are experiencing work-related back pain, here are some back-protecting tips that may bring you relief:  1.Lift wisely. Take your time,...

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Fitness Freedom - Breaking Out of Your Exercise Rut

Posted: 07/03/2014

A lot of time and energy is spent during the months leading up to summer getting your body fit and ready for swimsuit season. But, now that the first month of summer is coming to an end, you might feel like you’re in a fitness rut. If you’re feeling hesitant about pulling out your stars and stripes swimsuit and you’re not feeling great about what you’ve...

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What Are Some Dangers of Overtraining?

Posted: 06/27/2014

     There are two basic forms of overtraining: acute and chronic. Acute overtraining typically involves a localized injury (too much volume and/or intensity being placed upon joints or tissues, causing them to degrade or hurt). An example of identifying the beginning stage of acute overtraining could be adding a couple more heavy sets to a bench press routine...

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High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

Posted: 06/23/2014

Looking for a way to add variety to your exercise plan while taking your fitness to the next level? High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is a cardiorespiratory training technique that alternates brief speed and recovery intervals to increase the overall intensity of your workout. HIIT is used by athletes and everyday exercise enthusiasts to reach performance goals and enhance...

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