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Fitness, Faith and Friends

Fitness, Faith and Friends

| April 20, 2014

Fitness isn’t just about exercise, it’s also about faith and friends.  Taking the time to relax, meditate and reflect on our lives and sharing our lives with others is healthy for our bodies, minds and spirits. A sense of peace and centeredness helps us to maintain a healthy blood pressure level and reduce the risk […]

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Are You An Exercise Boat or Anchor?

Are You An Exercise Boat or Anchor?

| April 19, 2014

Anyone who exercises on a regular basis will tell you working out is half physical and half mental.  The mental exertion is necessary when it’s time to motivate yourself to get up out of a comfy chair, put on your exercise gear, and get yourself through your workout.  A big factor in all of this […]

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Diet: Another Reason to Cut the Bologna — and Other Processed Meats

Diet: Another Reason to Cut the Bologna — and Other Processed Meats

| April 18, 2014

A third of the population has another reason to cut the bologna and other processed meats.  Researchers studying data collected from ten diet and health studies found that one-in-three of the 18,000 participants had a specific gene that increased their risk of developing bowel cancer when they regularly ate processed meats. Health experts have known […]

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10 Signs You Need A New Personal Trainer

10 Signs You Need A New Personal Trainer

| April 17, 2014

Just as all exercise isn’t good, all personal trainers aren’t good either.  Anyone can call themselves personal trainers, which opens the door wide for inappropriate, ineffective or even dangerous practices.  Even those who are educated in the profession can freely dispense bad advice. If you’re not sure whether or not your personal trainer is competent, […]

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Diet: Improve Your Health by Eliminating Excess Salt

Diet: Improve Your Health by Eliminating Excess Salt

| April 15, 2014

Researchers in England announced this week that a campaign to cut salt out of people’s diet has had a remarkable impact on their health.  A decade ago, the English government initiated a program to convince companies to reduce the amount of salt in processed foods.  In an article published this week on the online British […]

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Beware of Presciption Drugs Interacting With Natural Health Products

Beware of Presciption Drugs Interacting With Natural Health Products

| April 14, 2014

Canadian researchers published a study this week on BMJ Open that suggests people who use presciption drugs and natural health remedies may be at risk for adverse reactions. The researchers from the University of Alberta studied hundreds of pharmacy customers to reach their conclusion. They found that 7% of the customers who used both prescription drugs and natural […]

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How To Convince Someone To Exercise

How To Convince Someone To Exercise

| April 13, 2014

A common complaint voiced by people who exercise regularly is that their spouse, partner, friend or relative doesn’t exercise at all.  They worry that their peer is too out of shape to get the most out of life and that he or she will one day suffer a calamitous illness as a result.  The conversation […]

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Springtime Exercise: Don’t pick up where you left off

Springtime Exercise: Don’t pick up where you left off

| April 12, 2014

Most of the country is experiencing true springlike weather.  If you’re tempted to put your sweats on and bolt out the door and spring like a gazelle, don’t. Picking up your exercise pace where you left off the last time you were able to run, walk, cycle or participate in other activities outdoors, will lead […]

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Should You Eat Before You Exercise?

Should You Eat Before You Exercise?

| April 11, 2014

I’m often asked “Should you eat before you exercise?” It’s a question that has existed for as long as moms have been telling kids, “Don’t eat before you swim or you’ll get cramps and drown.” In my experience, you not only should eat before you exercise, but you need to eat before you exercise.  If […]

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Exercise Helps People With COPD Stay Out Of The Hospital

Exercise Helps People With COPD Stay Out Of The Hospital

| April 10, 2014

A study published this week in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society found that patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who participated in moderate to vigorous exercise had a lower risk of hospital readmission within 30 days compared to those who were inactive. To reach that conclusion, researchers examined the health records of […]

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