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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By Marlaina Donato | June 30, 2018 | Comments Off on EXERCISE TO SLEEP BY

Quell Insomnia and Nighttime Anxiety by Marlaina Donato Insomnia plagues millions of Americans, and finding a solution can be difficult when the condition is chronic. Prolonged lack of quality sleep compromises health and sets the stage for depression, high blood pressure, obesity, inflammation, poor memory and even serious risk of heart attack. The good news…

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By Marlaina Donato | May 30, 2018 | Comments Off on RUNNING WITH THE KIDS

Strengthens Body, Mind and Family Spirit by Marlaina Donato Combining regular exercise with quality family time can be an enjoyable and fun way to realize a healthier lifestyle. Running together in fresh air, preferably in natural settings, allows children as young as 5 to safely join in. Physical and Emotional Perks Families and coaches agree…

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Gardening ASANAS

By Marlaina Donato | March 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

Yoga Poses to Stay Pain-Free Gardening is good for body and soul, but long hours and repetitive movements can negatively impact even the fittest body. While stiffness and pain patterns might manifest in the lower back, shoulders, legs and hands, performing a few yoga poses can lessen pain, increase flexibility, boost stamina and prevent injury.…

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Fitness in 10 Minutes

By Locke Hughes | March 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

A Full-Body Workout for Busy People by Locke Hughes When life makes a long workout impossible, a 10-minute, total-body fitness routine can be super-efficient and effective, if done right. To maximize results, strategically order the exercises to work different muscles each time, allowing one set of muscles to rest while working another. This is the…

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Be On the Ball

By Marlaina Donato | January 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

Putting Extra Fun into Fitness Their playful appearance as a beach ball look-alike makes exercise balls welcome props in home workouts, gyms and yoga studios. “They’re a fun training tool for every age, from children to maturing Baby Boomers,” says Dennis Fuchs, CEO of TheraGear, in Sumas, Washington. “Exercise balls are affordable and offer many…

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10,000 Steps and Counting

By Kathleen Barnes | January 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

Keep Moving to Stay Fit by Kathleen Barnes We have become a nation of couch potatoes. The average American takes only 5,900 steps a day, somewhat better than the sedentary Brits that average less than 4,000. The notion that overall we need to take 10,000 steps a day to be physically fit started with manpo-kei,…

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Breathwalking Adds Benefits

By Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp. | January 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

This kundalini yoga breathing technique, when combined with a brisk walking program, changes the basic rhythms of the body, even at cellular levels, according to the Kundalini Research Institute, in Santa Cruz, New Mexico. Breathwalking, a particular combination of breathing and walking, improves several brain functions, according to research the institute conducted with the University…

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By Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp. | November 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

The New Face of Sports Medicine by Marlaina Donato From college athletics to Olympic training, sports medicine has a new, holistic face. Coaches and athletes nationwide are attributing quicker recovery time, less inflammation and better focus to a whole body approach to health care. A nutrient-dense diet tailored to individual needs is at the heart of…

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Try Some Stretches: Four Ways to Flex Our Muscles

By Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp. | November 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Marlaina Donato Whether working out at the gym or taking to the trails, stretching is sometimes an overlooked asset to any exercise regimen. Eliminating stretches or not doing them properly increases the risk of injury and deprives muscles of what they need for optimum performance. “Just because you are in shape doesn’t always mean…

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