1. Exercise & Joint Health

    Talk to anyone over the age of 40 and most likely they have some kind of ache or pain, often times involving their joints.  Sometimes the joint discomfort is the result of wear-and-tear but other times it can be caused by an infection, an autoimmune disorder or a condition like gout. Any disease that involves the joints falls under the category of a rheumatic disease, of which there are 100 class…Read More

  2. Best (Fast & Furious) Indoor Summer Workouts

    Summer is a difficult time for many people to keep on track with their fitness goals. The kids are out of school, vacations interrupt scheduled workouts, and barbecues sabotage healthy eating routines. Although it’s the ideal time to trade some indoor training for outdoor activities, there are days it will be too hot to even be outside, let alone get in a good workout. This is where the gym is y…Read More

  3. Understanding Injuries & Prevention

    In recent years, increasing numbers of people of all ages have been following the advice of their health care advisors and becoming more active and fit.  But, for some, particularly those who overdo it, don’t properly exercise, or do not warm up prior to exercising; benefits can come at the price of injuries.  Of course, injuries can happen due to accidents as well.  Either way, getting throu…Read More

  4. Starting a Balanced Exercise Program

    You are ready to start an exercise program; great! Now the next logical question is, “What do I do?” Before you make any final decisions about exactly what to do, it is good to start with a general understanding of what is included in a comprehensive exercise program. Once you understand the components, then you will be in the best possible position to make choices that suit your needs and goa…Read More

  5. Exercise & Diabetes

    Glucose is sugar that is an important energy source in living organisms and is a component of many carbohydrates.  Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose for our bodies to use for energy.  The pancreas, an organ that lies near the stomach, makes a hormone called insulin to help glucose get into the cells of our bodies so it can be used for energy.  Diabetes is a disease in which blood g…Read More

  6. Are You Exercising Within Your Target Heart Rate Zone?

    To determine whether you are exercising within your target heart rate zone, you must monitor your heart rate.  This can be done by a couple of methods.  The easiest way is to invest in a heart rate monitor.  Such a device consists of a strap that you place around your mid-section, and a wrist watch.  The two communicate with one another and your heart rate is displayed on the wristband.  This…Read More

  7. Flexibility

    Stretching can help your body stay flexible and limber, which gives you more freedom of movement for your regular physical activity, as well as your everyday activities.  Being able to easily and comfortably look over your shoulder as you back-up a car, putting on your socks, or cutting your toe nails, all require some level of flexibility.  Maintaining flexibility is an important aspect to good…Read More

  8. Setting Exercise Goals

    As adults we often discard the need for setting goals, assuming that self-reasoning will help us stay on track.  If that were the case, then America wouldn’t have an obesity problem!  No matter what your age, setting goals keeps us focused and motivates us to keep moving forward.  It is also best to set both short and long term goals.  Goals are most useful when they are “SMART,” which s…Read More

  9. Exercise & Weight Loss

    There are two primary strategies for successful weight loss; eat less and burn more calories.  Certainly a healthy, well-balanced diet is critical to good health and is especially important when trying to lose weight.  3,500 calories consumed and not burned will add one pound of body weight.  Said another way, if you overeat by just 125 calories every day (which is easy to do), you will gain on…Read More

  10. How Much Exercise Is Needed To Lose Weight?

    When it comes to weight loss, people vary greatly in how much physical activity they need based on their body type, metabolism and exercise intensity.  That said, most people will need a high amount of physical activity unless one’s diet is adjusted to reduce the amount of calories being consumed.  The more vigorous your exercise program, the more calories per hour you will burn.  What do we …Read More