Fitness, Wellness, Whole Health

Exercise – Help Alleviate Arthritis Pain

When living with pain from osteoarthritis arthritis and stiff joints, any thoughts of moving around are accompanied by reluctance.  However, inactivity can actually worsen the pain. Exercise increases blood flow (delivering nutrients) to the joint where cartilage has worn away, and bone is rubbing on bone.  Also exercise helps to: increase flexibility and strength (to… Continue reading Exercise – Help Alleviate Arthritis Pain

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Weight Loss and Facts

Losing weight can help to decrease chances of developing disease: heart disease high blood pressurediabetescancerarthritis A weight loss of even just 5-10% of body weight can provide health benefits, including: live longerincrease quality of lifeincrease self-esteem and confidence. Losing weight is not easy though.  A long term lifestyle change is needed:  eat less / move more;… Continue reading Weight Loss and Facts

Fitness, Nutrition, Whole Health

What to Eat Before and After an Exercise Session

Pre-Workout It is important to consume a snack/meal that contains the appropriate nourishment prior to an exercise session.  Pre-workout nutrition should include carbs (carbohydrates) and easily digestible protein. To avoid indigestion issues and to be able to exercise to full your potential, this pre-workout nourishment should be consumed 1 to 3 hours before starting your… Continue reading What to Eat Before and After an Exercise Session

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Flex and Stretch While Sitting

One theory as to why prolonged sitting is harmful to one’s health is that while sitting, the large muscles become relaxed. As these muscles relax they do not take up very much glucose from the blood. As a result, the risk for Type II diabetes becomes increased along with heart disease and some cancers. Immediately… Continue reading Flex and Stretch While Sitting

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Help Prevent Disease and Slow Aging: Exercise

Maintaining healthy levels of Human Growth Hormone (HGH) is important for the body. HGH helps to: manage metabolism & body composition (percentage of fat, bone, and muscle) stimulate growth and cell regeneration boost muscle growth, strength, and exercise performance speed up recovery from injury and disease . HGH also helps to slow the muscle loss… Continue reading Help Prevent Disease and Slow Aging: Exercise

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Happy New Year

Make Your Resolution a Reality! The ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) recommends at least 30-60 minutes of moderate physical activity five or more days a week. With today's busy lifestyle it is difficult to fit in that extra 30 to 60 minutes of exercise per day. However, studies have shown that even small amounts… Continue reading Happy New Year

Fitness, Whole Health

Exercises that Will Work for You

Exercise is beneficial for the body and for well-being.  Whether you want to begin an exercise routine or try something new, where to start? Think about what kind of exercise is interesting to you.  Is it a fit with your lifestyle?  Aspects to consider: Do you like to work with others or alone (at home… Continue reading Exercises that Will Work for You

Fitness, Whole Health

Your Biological Age

Each of us has 2 different ages:  1) chronological age, 2) biological age. Chronological age is the number of years one has been alive.  Biological age is an estimation of how an individual is functioning in comparison to others who are the same chronological age.  In other words, it is an age where the body… Continue reading Your Biological Age

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Abs, Core and Glutes – what is it?

There are the abs then the core muscles and, finally, the glutes. Improve your total body health by training these areas of your body.  The results will be increased strength, stability and balance. What muscles are involved? The body’s core muscles include: abs (abdominal muscles) back muscles pelvic floor muscles glutes (buttocks) other torso muscles.… Continue reading Abs, Core and Glutes – what is it?

Seniors, Whole Health

Strength Training Basics – For Seniors

We start losing muscle after the age of 40.  Resistance training, AKA strength training, works to prevent this muscle loss and helps to maintain and build healthy bones. During strength training muscle pulls against bone.  The force of the muscle pulling against the bone stimulates bone building  and improves calcium retention.  This increased strength will… Continue reading Strength Training Basics – For Seniors