Into the Woods

By Marlaina Donato | March 30, 2019 | Comments Off on Into the Woods

Hiking for Health and Happiness Many of us equate fitness with going to the gym, but a good hike in a natural environment can foster unique benefits for both body and psyche. Hiking or walking outdoors not only promotes heart health, helping to balance both blood sugar and blood pressure, it increases hip bone density…

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Exercise vs. Allergies

By Marlaina Donato | February 28, 2019 | Comments Off on Exercise vs. Allergies

All the Right moves Seasonal allergies plague more than 26 million Americans, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, with numbers on the rise in recent years. This is due in part to a dramatic increase in the amount of airborne pollen, a possible byproduct of climate change. Environmental and lifestyle stress, inadequate…

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By Marlaina Donato | January 31, 2019 | Comments Off on WARMING UP FOR WINTER SPORTS

Sure-Fire Ways to Get Fit by Marlaina Donato Whether skiing on fresh powder on a mountain slope, ice skating or snowshoeing, winter recreation offers new opportunities to get in shape and a specialized focus for fitness. “Preparing your body should be on top of your list of vacation details,” says physical therapist Linda Scholl, of…

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By Marlaina Donato | December 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

Daily Motion Adds Up to Fitness by Marlaina Donato Exercise is often associated with the gym or yoga studio, but structured workouts aren’t the only way to keep physically and mentally fit. Whether regulating blood pressure, avoiding obesity or promoting brain health, regular movement throughout the day yields promising benefits. Research shows that small changes…

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Fitness is Everyone’s Right

By Kalli Nowitzke | December 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

by Kalli Nowitzke Young adult students with special needs can use the Open Arms Scholarship and ride the city bus to the YMCA location in Ann Arbor where students complete a swimming routine, walking routine and lift weights at the gym. According to the Health of Persons with Disabilities in Michigan Annual Data Report for…

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Pound-Shedding Workouts

By Marlaina Donato | November 30, 2018 | Comments Off on Pound-Shedding Workouts

Best Exercises from Yoga to Cardio Exercise daily. Whether it’s a light, moderate or heavy workout is not as important. Consistency is the key. There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to weight loss, but most trainers agree that consistent exercise is vital. According to studies by the National Weight Control Registry, 90 percent of individuals that are…

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Ease Repetitive Strain Injuries

By Marlaina Donato | October 26, 2018 | Comments Off on Ease Repetitive Strain Injuries

Targeted Exercises Lower Risk of Injury by Marlaina Donato Weekend athletes, office workers and hobbyists greatly benefit from a balanced array of regular exercises as a preventive measure against injury. In our technological age, repetitive strain injury (RSI) is all too common, and anyone using a computer daily can be at risk. Sedentary lifestyles help…

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By Maya Whitman | September 28, 2018 | Comments Off on REBOOTING LIBIDO

Exercise Rekindles Desire by Maya Whitman Because exercise delivers so many benefits, it’s not surprising that one of them is increased libido. A low sex drive can affect either gender at any age, and contributing factors include hormonal changes, daily stressors and certain prescription drugs. According to a study published in the Journal of Sexual…

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By Marlaina Donato | August 30, 2018 | Comments Off on WHY OUR BODY LOVES YOGA

Gentle Poses Foster Flexibility by Marlaina Donato Although media coverage of yoga often highlights advanced yoga poses, the practice is not reserved solely for super-flexible folks. Benefits are available to everyone of any age or physical type. “Many people assume that yoga requires the ability to be a contortionist. Yoga is an internal process and…

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By Jim Thornton | July 28, 2018 | Comments Off on DIVE INTO SWIMMING

10 Tips to Optimize Workouts by Jim Thornton Swimming may be the perfect lifelong sport; it’s a low-impact, joint-friendly, sustainable way for anyone to stay fit at any age. In taking the plunge—including after a prolonged hiatus—be wisely aware of some caveats. Allow for relevant muscles to get into swim-shape. Endurance training increases their ability…

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