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26Sep
2019

Health Tip: Using Fitness Trackers

(HealthDay News) -- Fitness trackers can be great tools for improving heart health, says the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Depending on what's most comfortable for you, potential fitness trackers include pedometers, smartphone tracking apps or wearable devices. To use a fitness tracker properly, the school suggests: Use the tracker daily. Set healthy and realistic goals. Find activities that fit into your daily life. Recruit friends and family to use trackers, as well. Be accountable.
Take a Fresh Look at Fitness Classes

Take a Fresh Look at Fitness Classes

20 September 2019
FRIDAY, Sept. 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Tired of taking the same old cardio class? It's time to explore some of the combination classes being offered at both large gyms and small, more personalized fitness...
FRIDAY, Sept. 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Tired of taking the same old cardio class? It's time to explore some of the combination classes being offered at both large gyms and small, more personalized fitness centers. One of the most popular options is the multi-discipline class -- two or more activities woven into the same workout session, designed to keep fitness fun as well as challenge participants and avoid workout ruts. And there are many variations. A very rigorous combination takes the high-calorie burning technique of high-intensity interval training and applies it to strength training moves using only your body weight. By focusing on exercises like lunges and squats and not worrying about grabbing equipment, you can work through the moves quickly. Some creative combo...
Talking Health: The Vocabulary of Fitness

Talking Health: The Vocabulary of Fitness

11 September 2019
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Doing the right amount of exercise every day is a top health goal. To make sure you're getting all the right types of exercise, you want to get familiar with these key...
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Doing the right amount of exercise every day is a top health goal. To make sure you're getting all the right types of exercise, you want to get familiar with these key exercise terms. Then you can be sure these activities are all part of your weekly plan. Aerobic Exercise, AKA Cardio Aerobic exercise means activity that requires a continuous amount of oxygen to the muscles being used. For heart health, the exercise must raise your heart rate to within the ideal range for your age, usually 70% to 80% of 220 minus your age. Cardio activities include running, brisk walking, swimming and cycling. High-intensity interval training is a popular approach. Within a cardio workout, you alternate a few minutes of slow or no movement with shorter...
AHA News: It's Never Too Late to Reap Health Rewards of...

AHA News: It's Never Too Late to Reap Health Rewards of...

29 August 2019
THURSDAY, Aug. 29, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- As people age, physical activity still needs to be part of the game plan for living a healthy, happy life – and experts say it's never too late to get...
THURSDAY, Aug. 29, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- As people age, physical activity still needs to be part of the game plan for living a healthy, happy life – and experts say it's never too late to get active and build strength. "We try to tell people the body can still adapt, and it can still improve," said Barbara Nicklas, a professor of gerontology and geriatric medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Those who engage in more occupational or leisure time physical activity have a lower risk of disease and death, and the health benefits of movement can extend to all ages, Nicklas explained in an editorial in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Nicklas cautions against placing all "older adults" who are age 60 and up into one category. Rather than...
Do More to Strengthen Your Core
26 August 2019

Do More to Strengthen Your Core

MONDAY, Aug. 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Developing core strength is essential for fitness and overall health, but it doesn't have to be a drudge. If you're ready to go beyond crunches -- or never liked them to begin with! -- consider these moves that target the muscles in your torso and spine. The Advanced Bird Dog: Begin on your hands and knees. Contract your core muscles and straighten your right leg behind you until it's level with your hip. Now raise your left arm straight out in front of you to shoulder level. From this start position, draw in your right knee and left elbow, touch the elbow to the knee if you can, and then straighten them back to the start position without touching the floor. Do one set, then switch sides and repeat. The Plank With Knee Drive: Begin on your...
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