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Exercise

  • Benefits of Gardening to Relieve Stress

    by Paula Gallagher | April 10, 2019

    We finally had warmish, sunshiney weather over the weekend and all I wanted to do was be outside cleaning up the garden and yard. And although I have to hold off on planting outside as we are still getting below freezing temperatures at night, it felt great to get my hands dirty.

    Gardening can be incredibly rewarding, and one of the benefits of gardening is that it's an excellent way to relieve stress. Physically digging, raking, and pruning are great for releasing tension. Not to mention, great exercise for your body, too. In addition, sunshine provides vitamin D, a very important vitamin involved in immunity and promoting a positive mood. Read more

  • My Top Fitness Tips for Women

    by Teri Cochrane | March 25, 2019

    Throughout history, societal norms have dictated the body beauty ideal for women – whether soft and rounded, model-skinny or strong and chiseled. This “ideal” is ever-changing and is both geographically and culturally driven. Many women have taken extreme and unhealthy steps to meet someone else’s idea of a perfect body. Bowing to societal pressure, women continue to restrict calories beyond what is healthy, undergo dangerous cosmetic procedures, wear uncomfortable undergarments and engage in excessive exercise all in the name of attaining that elusive perfect body. Young girls, unable to reach someone else’s ideal, are becoming stressed, Read more

  • 6 Reasons Athletes Are Running Toward a Plant-Based Diet

    by Neal Barnard, MD, FACC | January 14, 2019

    Meat-free athletes – from tennis champion Venus Williams to Formula 1's Lewis Hamilton to Derrick Morgan of the NFL's Tennessee Titans – have already proven the performance-boosting power of a plant-based diet. Now, a new review my colleagues and I published in the journal Nutrients examines the science behind the advantages a plant-based diet provides to athletes.

    1. Even athletes are at risk for heart disease. In one study, 44% of endurance cyclists and runners had coronary plaques. A plant-based diet keeps athletes’ hearts strong by reversing plaque, bringing down blood pressure and cholesterol, and reducing weight. Read more

  • How to Stay Active With Joint Pain

    by Paula Gallagher | September 12, 2018

    exerciseThere are many excuses that people make that stop them from exercising, and joint pain is one. Joint pain may inhibit some activity, but in no way should it stop you from exercising! The right exercises performed properly can be a long-lasting way to subdue ankle, knee, hip, or shoulder pain. For some people, the right exercise routine can even help delay or sidestep surgery. Exercise is great medicine, but it only works if you make the time to do it regularly. And sometimes the hardest part of a workout is getting started.

    Here are four ways to help you get get moving, and to stay active with joint pain: Read more

  • Get Smarter By Exercising!

    by Paula Gallagher | July 18, 2018

    dance-classStudies are showing that exercising regularly increases blood flow and improves the generation of new neurons in the area of our brain responsible for long-term memory. And with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia on the rise in the United States, exercise could be one component of lowering risk for developing dementia. According to the Harvard Health Blog, there is a new case of dementia detected every 4 seconds around the globe. Instead – get smarter by exercising!

    Working on preventing brain disease can start at any age, and luckily, you can even get benefits when you’re in your senior years. Read more

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