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Myths on Strength Training

by Angela Yorke December 29th, 2011| Strength Training
Misconceptions about strength training abound even in this age of freely available information. I find it incredible that the following myths are still floating around.

The very young and the very old should stay away from strength training. Strength training is believed to be detrimental to children’s growth, while it

Wake up During Your Long Winter Nap

by Joan Jacobsen December 28th, 2011| Fitness Expert
Are we intelligent because we exercise, or do we exercise because we are intelligent? I suppose it’s like the age-old query what came first, the chicken or the egg? Discovering what the answer is would be a feat in itself, so therefore we should just keep an open mind

Running in a Winter Wonderland

by Mackenzie M. December 27th, 2011| Running
As an avid runner, I find the frigid winter winds and brisk air anything but motivators for going on a long run, if any run at all. In Louisiana, it rarely dips below 50 degrees, but I currently find myself in the frigid North, where running in winter can

Recovery Drinks

by Louise December 26th, 2011| Eating Tips
First and foremost, water is the fuel that I will always recommend after exercise. I don't see that changing in the future. For endurance exercise, athletes will need a bit of extra fuel; then, the refueling beverages of choice are water and low fat chocolate milk (which is both

Spinning – Learning to Love the Gym

by Jessica B. December 22nd, 2011| Cardio
I admit, as much as I love running and getting a good workout, I've always struggled with going to the gym. When the ice and snow arrive, I usually try to head inside and use the gym to maintain my stamina, but I struggle with the boredom and repetitive

Reinforcements for the Post Holiday Party Blues

by Sarah Harris December 21st, 2011| Nutrition
It’s that time of year again, and holiday parties may leave us feeling less than a sense of merriment and joy the next morning. Yet missing out on the fun of the pervious night may not want to be avoided. Unfortunately though, what goes up must come down. Alcohol,

Yoga Increases Upper Arm Strength

by Jessica B. December 20th, 2011| Mind & Body
If you have never tried yoga, it might sound strange to hear that it is a great way to build upper arm strength, but it is. Because yoga involves maintaing positions for a long period of time, it can be a great way to build up muscle tone and

Exercise Routine During the Holidays

by Angela Yorke December 19th, 2011| Family Fitness
One of the enduring ironies of the holiday season is that we usually accomplish fewer things in a day even though we have more time to do so. An exercise routine is one of those things that tends to be neglected when the holidays roll around, because, well, it’s

Ballet to Build Lower Body Strength

by Jessica B. December 15th, 2011| Lower Body, Strength Training
As a runner, strong calves and a strong lower body are a necessity. You might think that running alone is enough to build a strong lower body, but there are plenty of simple, at home exercises you can do which will increase your strength and stamina while out on

Yoga and Nutrition

by Denise Druce December 14th, 2011| Fitness Expert
I finally found it. The real magic potion. After 30 years of watching people turn to infomercials, pills, fads, surgeries, I finally found the cure to our nation’s obesity problem. It’s the Tree Bark Diet. A scientifically designed and proven formula that will melt fat off of your thighs,

Trade Chocolate in for Walks

by Bea December 13th, 2011| Eating Tips
Are you a lover of chocolate? I know that I am guilty! Then of course there is the problem that once you start, it's kind of hard to stop! Well, a recent study at the University of Exeter shows that taking a walk when you have the urge to

Exercising in the Cold

by Angela Yorke December 12th, 2011| Exercises
Yes, it’s hard to head out when it’s still dark out, and there’s a cup of hot chocolate calling your name. Most of the time, the cold gets the best of your best intentions, but it’s still entirely possible to keep up an exercise routine and not have to
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