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Three Things You Get from Working with a Personal Trainer

James Re Aug 19, 2019 Fit Fun

When you have goals for your health and fitness that are important to you, it pays to seek assistance from a professional in the field to help you achieve them. 

Five Ways to Practice Self-Care this Week

James Re Aug 12, 2019 Fit Fun

These days, it’s very common for people to have too many commitments, to be constantly connected via technology and to feel stressed all the time. 

Why You Should Put Yourself First

James Re Aug 7, 2019 Fit Fun

If you’re familiar with the phrase “you can’t pour from an empty cup” then you understand the reasoning behind caring for yourself first — you have to be whole to be helpful.

Five Things You Should do Before Your Next Beach Trip

James Re Jul 15, 2019 Fit Fun

Nothing feels like summer like a trip to the beach. The waves splashing onto the sand, the sea breeze in the air and the bright sunshine all around you can make for a fun day. However, there are a few precautions you need to take ahead of time to make sure your beach excursion is safe and leaves you feeling your best. Here are five tips to stay safe during the summer. Hydrate...

How to Stay Healthy During Your Spring Break Travel

James Re Mar 27, 2019 Fit Fun

Travel is good for the soul, but oftentimes, it’s not good for the waistline. This spring, if you’re planning to get away, we want you armed with a few tips to stay healthy, happy and feeling good while you’re out seeing the world.

3 Daily Habits for a Healthier Body

James Re Feb 5, 2019 Fit Fun

Being a Healthy Person starts with creating simple habits. Here's 3 that you can start today!

Body-weight Training: Don’t Let a Lack of Equipment Keep You From Your Goals

Kelley Vargo Jun 18, 2018 Fit Fun

Whether you're on the road a lot, can't afford a monthly gym membership, or simply don't have any equipment at home to use, don’t let these excuses keep you from your health and fitness goals. Body-weight training is an effective way to exercise just about anywhere. Here are a few benefits of this mode of training:

5 Tips for Staying Accountable to Health and Fitness Goals at Work

Niki Campbell Apr 19, 2018 Fit Fun

Sometimes the biggest pressure at work isn't a looming deadline, a demanding client or an upcoming performance review. It's the pressure to stick to your health and fitness goals in the face of pizza lunches, birthday cake celebrations and Friday happy hours. While being a part of the office fun is important and builds a team atmosphere, it can also derail health and fitness goals.

The first step in achieving better health and fitness is setting SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound) goals. For example, if you have a SMART goal to lose 10 pounds in 60 days by walking at lunchtime three days a week and cutting back on sugar, going out for lunch or taking part in the office holiday cookie exchange can quickly derail both fitness and nutrition goals. So how can you stay focused and still be social at work? How can you turn SMART goals into long-term, sustainable habits?

Here are five tips to help you stay accountable, reach your goals and still be part of the fun:

3 Core Moves to Improve Your Running Form

Makeba Edwards Mar 29, 2018 Fit Fun

Whether you are a recreational or elite runner, incorporating a variety of core exercises into your training program may yield significant improvements in your running form.

For distance runners to sustain posture and performance, core stability and strength is essential. It also helps promote effective running form and movement efficiency, especially when running for extended periods. The core, which consists of approximately 30 muscles in the abdomen, pelvis, low back and hip, controls the position and motion of the trunk over the pelvis and stabilizes the spine during loading and movement. During activities like running, an effectively functioning core improves muscular balance and may minimize the risk of injury and overuse.

During running, when the core is doing its job of stabilizing the trunk and maintaining postural alignment, the hips, knees, ankles and feet can function effectively and ground reaction forces (forces that impact the body when the foot makes contact with the ground) are appropriately absorbed and distributed. This reduces stress and compression of the joints and movement becomes more controlled and efficient.

Here are three core exercises to incorporate into your training program, along with progressions and regressions. Each exercise aims to improve core stability, endurance and strength. Perform each exercise for up to 30 seconds and increase intensity by adding progressions. Duration may be extended for up to one minute. Keep in mind, however, that the goal is to improve function, so duration should only be extended if you can achieve proper form.

Breathe Better to Supercharge Your Life

Brett Klika Feb 22, 2018 Fit Fun

Sitting in the back of the cab, my palms were sweating and my heart was racing.

I was on the way to what I considered at the time to be one of the biggest career opportunities of my life. In the driver seat was an affable guy in his 50s with a gray ponytail descending from his well-worn camouflage baseball hat. He could see I was stressing, so he started chatting me up through a gap-toothed smile and southern drawl. “Hey, man, you look nervous.” I confirmed, sharing the source of my stress. “You know what man? When I feel like that, I just take a deep breath, like 1-2-3, then pretty soon, ain’t nothin’ botherin’ me.” 

Wouldn’t it be great if escaping from stress was that easy? Actually, a growing body of research suggests that proper, controlled breathing can improve heart and lung function while decreasing the negative physical, mental and emotional impact of stress.

I’m not sure my cab driver was privy to this research, but he was definitely on to something.

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