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Decreasing Stress

Posted: 12/19/2014

Stress is a natural part of our daily lives. Most stress is short-lived, but when it hangs around long-term our health really begins to suffer. Chronic negative stress increases our risk for anxiety, depression, heart attack, stroke, and type2 diabetes (and the list goes on!). Is stress interfering with your daily life? Try the following tips to get on the path to better...

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5 Common Fitness Saboteurs and How to Defeat Them

Posted: 12/12/2014

Ever have those days when you feel like the universe is conspiring to keep you from reaching your fitness goals? Even the most committed fitness enthusiasts face challenges to staying active. Sometimes we sabotage ourselves. Other times, life interferes with our exercise plans. Check out this list of common fitness saboteurs and learn how to combat them with practical strategies...

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Strength Training 101

Posted: 12/05/2014

You do not need to be a bodybuilder to benefit from strength training. A well-designed strength-training program can provide the following benefits: Increased strength of bones, muscles and connective tissues (the tendons and ligaments)—This increased strength decreases the risk of injury. Increased muscle mass—Most adults lose about one-half pound of muscle...

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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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