Fitness

A Q&A With Jeff the Runner – Physical Therapy Fitness Article

A Q&A With Jeff the Runner Calling all running fans! We’re pleased to present a Q&A with Jeff Barton, AKA Jeff the Runner, who – for lack of a better word – runs a website that offers “advice and stories from the intersection of running and life.”One of the main things Jeff focuses on with his website is how running can help clear the mind and provide an escape from the stresses of everyday life, as well as how it…

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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Robin Richard – State of Fitness – Fitness Article

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Robin Richard – State of Fitness Hometown I grew up in Louisville, Ohio. Lived in Athens, Ohio, Dayton, Cleveland, and Canton. Moved to Okemos twenty-seven years ago and will more than likely remain here. Age 65 Occupation Retired nurse What are your interests, hobbies, and talents outside of SOF? I love bike riding, hiking, quilting, shopping, and day drinking. What is one of your favorite books/series? I read all genres. What was your favorite concert ever attended? I…

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3 Reasons HIIT Should Be Your Next Workout – Fitness Article

3 Reasons HIIT Should Be Your Next Workout 3 Reasons HIIT Should Be Your Next Workout Regardless of who you are or where you come from, every single person is allocated the same amount of time in a day, and what we do with that time is entirely up to us. We constantly find ourselves saying we do not have time for various commitments, activities, and self-care rituals because of a variety of other priorities. Often, working out is one…

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Favorites: Gym Brands & Clothes – Fitness Article

Favorites: Gym Brands & Clothes Workout clothes can make or break your workout! They keep you comfortable, cool, and prepared to crush your workout. But, workout clothes can be important in other ways too!We asked and you answered. We surveyed over 150 of our #VAWESOME members to find out your favorite brands of workout clothes and why.“They make me feel good about myself in them during a time when it’s hard to some days (postpartum)”“Having the freedom to do all…

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5 Things Keeping You From Reaching Your Goals – Fitness Article

5 Things Keeping You From Reaching Your Goals Having goals is a funny thing. Goals guide us to where we want to be, and they can provide us with some structure when we’re dreaming big! We all like to talk about the things we want to achieve and envision what our lives will be like when we get there. But reaching our goals is pretty darn hard. If it was so easy, people wouldn’t be struggling so much with losing…

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5 Tips to Get Fit Over 50 – Workout Fitness Article

5 Tips to Get Fit Over 50 We all have that moment when we realize that we need to take better care of ourselves. For many of my clients, this moment comes sometime in their 50s. When this moment occurs later in your life, it is important to make sure that you are approaching your health and fitness appropriately to ensure that you are mitigating risk of injury and that you are setting yourself up for success.   Below are…

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September Athletes of the Month – Crossfit Fitness Article

September Athletes of the Month Congratulations to our September Athletes of the Month, Rachel Peterson and Bruno Lima! Rachel Peterson is a superstar of the 5:30am class. She has worked quietly and consistently to build her strength and skills with very impressive results. When she first came to the gym, she had one of those kinda scary squats(!), but she has trusted the process, taken it one class at a time, respecting the pace of her own progress. Now she…

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I Want to Look More Muscular. What’s the Best Way to Make Gains? – Fitness Article

I Want to Look More Muscular. What’s the Best Way to Make Gains? There’s one thing that all the biggest, most muscular people on the planet have in common. It’s not great genetics. (Good genes help, but plenty of people have gotten huge without having been blessed with it at birth.) It’s not that they all just live at the gym and do nothing else, or follow some magical workout. (When it comes to building muscle, many different approaches —…

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Ways To Make Exercising Outside Accessible To All – Fitness Article

Ways To Make Exercising Outside Accessible To All Many of us take our health for granted. We feel fine, we eat healthily enough, do the odd bit of exercise, it’s all good. But as we get older and our health slowly starts to deteriorate and our bodies get frailer, it can knock our confidence and result in our fitness levels going down too. And as our fitness levels decrease, it can cause weight gain, thus making exercise seem even more…

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Developmental Yoga 1 (by Trainer Elisabetta Bruno) – Workout Fitness Article

Developmental Yoga 1 (by Trainer Elisabetta Bruno) The idea with this workout is to slowly improve your range of motion by repeating the exercises and lengthening the time spent doing them gradually. Both active and passive stretching are employed in this workout. Don’t force any poses, just let your body guide you to where it feels good, and try to take long, relaxed breaths. Don’t forget to thank Skimble Trainer Elisabetta Bruno for this awesome workout by giving it a like…

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Bored With Your Gym Routine? Sandbags Can Help! – Fitness Article

Bored With Your Gym Routine? Sandbags Can Help! Chances are you’ve passed over the sandbags at your gym and I totally get it. If you haven’t used sandbags before, it can be difficult to understand how best you can incorporate them into your workout routine. I am here to change that! Sandbags are an awesome choice for improving both strength and coordination. Read on for all the info you need about how to use sandbags and why you should add…

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Don’t Forget To Shop Local – Running Fitness Article

Don’t Forget To Shop Local Small Business Saturday is in November, but you don’t have to wait until one special day to support local businesses. Today while buying my morning coffee, I realized I was basically a small-business billboard today. Almost everything I was wearing was purchased locally and I myself am the owner of a small business. It’s easy to be lured to the big box stores or the online giants, but small business is a vital part of…

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Top 10 Tips for New Runners – Physical Therapy Fitness Article

Top 10 Tips for New Runners  The following is a guest post written by Gillian Goerzen, a health & fitness coach in Nanaimo, BC who runs her own active site & blog over at superyou.ca. The content of this post does not necessarily reflect the views of pt Health or its employees.You can run. Really, you can!When you’re first starting I know it can feel overwhelming. If you go to Google there is so much information, and it’s easy to get stuck…

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POUND: The Rockstar Workout You Haven’t Tried (Yet) – Fitness Article

POUND: The Rockstar Workout You Haven’t Tried (Yet) I’ll admit it. I’m a skeptic. Workout fads are nothing new (Thigh Master. The Gazelle. Piloxing… just to name a few) and I’m kind of a workout snob. If I’m going to get to the gym, change, and then have to drive allllll the way home (le sigh), I’d better get my time’s worth in calorie-burning, sweat-inducing results. So when VENT Fitness Guilderland General Manager and Group Fitness Manager Gina LaViolette mentioned…

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The 5 Best Hikes + Adventures From YHA Castleton, Peak District – Fitness Article

The 5 Best Hikes + Adventures From YHA Castleton, Peak District November 12, 2019 The weather has definitely turned over the past few weeks, but those bright, cold days are the best ones for hiking as long as you’re kitted out appropriately. I was lucky enough to spend 24 hours in the Peak District in some spectacular autumn weather with YHA, which is a charity that transforms young lives forever through travel and real adventure. They have amazing places to…

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Exercises for Knee Pain – NASM Blog – Workout Fitness Article

Exercises for Knee Pain – NASM Blog Knee pain is common in physically active males and females. According to a new clinical guideline in the Journal of Sports Physical Therapy examining patellofemoral pain, approximately 25% of individuals will suffer from idiopathic (no specific onset) knee pain. In younger populations, knee pain is prevalent between the ages of 12 and 19 years old, with females more susceptible than males (Callaghan & Selfe, 2007; Willy et al., 2019). Several common types of…

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Keep Your Mind Healthy And Fit – Fitness Article

Keep Your Mind Healthy And Fit Use Your Brain   Boost your mental capacity by putting your brain to work. Avoid using a calculator for simple math, solve problems by thinking through them, solve brainteasers and logic problems, or complete puzzles. Read More Reading promotes education, self-improvement and relaxation. A great fiction novel will also leave your brain pondering the plot and developing characters. Studies have also shown that staying mentally stimulated can slow the progressions of Alzheimer’s and Dementia, since keeping…

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» Marathoning | Not for Me FueledByLOLZ – Running Fitness Article

» Marathoning | Not for Me FueledByLOLZ I don’t love the marathon distance. I wrote this post almost a week before running the New York City Marathon. About 2 weeks beforehand, I realized I just didn’t “love” marathoning. Before New York in 2018, I thought maybe I didn’t like marathons because I hadn’t run enough. Maybe I just needed practice. So in 2018, I decided to run another. I did well and ran a PR of 3:07. The truth is,…

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New Year, New Goals? – You Signed Up For WHAT?! – Running Fitness Article

New Year, New Goals? – You Signed Up For WHAT?! The new year always offers the feeling of a fresh start, a fresh perspective. A blank canvas upon which to write a new chapter of your story. I’ve been reflecting on what I want my 2018 “story” to include. Last year, my fitness goals were so clear – I had IRONMAN Lake Placid 2017 etched into the schedule since July 2016. It gave me direction and focus, and everything I did revolved…

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The Laura London Store On Amazon – Fitness Article

The Laura London Store On Amazon The Laura London Fitness, Yoga, And Lifestyle Store On AmazonI am very excited to announce the Laura London Store on Amazon!  Who doesn’t love Amazon? The store lists my favorite fitness, yoga, and lifestyle items that I personally use and love. I get so many questions asking me about fitness equipment, supplements and more. This is a great way for me to share with you my favorites.  Visit: Laura London Fitness Amazon StoreI don’t think there is…

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Recovery: Best Cool-Down Moves | VASA Fitness – Fitness Article

Recovery: Best Cool-Down Moves | VASA Fitness We’ve heard of the importance of warm-ups… It prevents injuries and helps prepare you for your workout. But, let’s talk about something that is often looked over, cooling down. Cooling down is important because it helps lower your heart-rate and breathing gradually, prevents injury, and helps prevent muscle soreness and tightness.Because cooling down is so important, we thought we would share our favorite cool-down moves and tips with you! TIPSStart your cool down by…

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How To Find A Local Upholsterer For Your Equipment – Pilates Fitness Article

How To Find A Local Upholsterer For Your Equipment Ripped, torn, or cut vinyl on your Pilates equipment may not be a safety issue, but it sure ages the equipment.  For most Balanced Body equipment replacing the foam and vinyl is easy and doesn’t require any upholstery skills! Click here to read more about the replacements you can do yourself.  But for other pieces, custom upholstery is the only option besides buying a whole new one! These pieces can include:…

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When Is The Best Time To Schedule Your Workout?  – Fitness Article

When Is The Best Time To Schedule Your Workout?  Consistent movement has a potent, positive impact on our health and overall wellbeing. But, what is the difference between working out in the morning versus the evening? Can the results of your workout literally be like night and day? Read on to find out.   MOOD You can make the most of post-workout endorphins We all love the feel-good chemical boost we get after a workout — hello, endorphins and neurotransmitters…

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How to Get That Elusive Spark Used to Push Limits – Workout Fitness Article

How to Get That Elusive Spark Used to Push Limits The first gym I trained at looked like a set from a 80’s action movie. From the outside, it looked like an old stone mill. Every member was given a key to get in and train whatever time of day or night you wanted. At the entrance, there was a table with a boombox, CD cases, and a clipboard to sign in with the date and time.   The gym…

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October Athlete of the Month: Aaron Rutzick – Crossfit Fitness Article

October Athlete of the Month: Aaron Rutzick photo: Adam Iverson Photography  Aaron is so kind to everyone in the gym. He calmly comes in, cracks a few jokes, calmly kicks ass through the whole class, and calmly goes off to SAVE LIVES! – Coach Jeff Aaron will often talk about how fit and able other people are while being one of the most able athletes himself.  Aaron will absolutely crush workouts and then commiserate with everyone that went through it…

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How Anyone Can Master the Pull-up – Fitness Article

How Anyone Can Master the Pull-up The pull-up might be the best indicator of upper body strength. Your arms and back have to do an enormous amount of work to lift your entire body, which is why being able to perform many reps is an effective way to improve not just the obvious muscles — your back, arms and forearms — but can also help you build incredible core strength. In fact, as an exercise physiologist and strength coach, I’d…

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WHY WE HIIT! – VENT Fitness – Fitness Article

WHY WE HIIT! – VENT Fitness What is HIIT? HIIT, otherwise known as High Intensity Interval Training, is a workout method that focuses on 45 seconds of fast paced, intense exercise, typically followed by 15 seconds of rest. Interval training can be incorporated into almost any workout (running, lifting, squatting, etc.), and usually varies from 30 minutes to an hour, burning little as 500 calories and up to 1000 (depending on BMI and other factors).   Why We Love HIIT…

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The Art of Healthy Living – Fitness Article

The Art of Healthy Living Maintaining fitness is a crucial aspect to living a healthy lifestyle. If you want to lead a healthy life, eating foods rich in nutrients, drinking enough water, and getting enough exercise is a great way to improve your life. However, this does not mean that you have to pay for a gym membership, which more often than not is expensive, because you can easily create your own home gym. Before you buy a yoga mat,…

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Happy Trails: Hiking in Alberta – Fitness Article

Happy Trails: Hiking in Alberta Humans had to hike so we could hunt and gather food, so we could collect wood for fires and rocks to build shelter, and so we could participate in our tribes’ great annual migrations. Hiking was critical to survival. Today, it appears hiking in alberta is inconsequential, strictly optional. The opposite is true: hiking is now more important than ever. The world needs more hikers, because hiking makes people better people. Hiking Makes You More…

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7 Ways (Besides Weight) to Gauge Your Health – Fitness Article

7 Ways (Besides Weight) to Gauge Your Health 7 Ways (Besides Weight) to Gauge Your Health  It can be difficult to not pay attention to the scale, but weight is not the only way to gauge your health, and often, the number on the scale does not provide an accurate assessment of your overall health.  But because there is an overwhelming emphasis placed on physical figure, many think it is the only measurement that matters when it comes to your…

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