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New Year, New Workout!

Posted by Mairead Callahan, RDN, CPT on January 10, 2018

Do you have a New Year’s Resolution to get back in shape this year? Jumpstart your new fitness goals by trying a type of workout you haven’t in the past! Moving forward, it will be important to continue to switch up your workout routine to keep your mind interested and your muscles most active. If you continue to change your exercise routine, you will burn more calories as you continually challenge your body. If workouts are too repetitive, they can bore both your mind and your muscles. Below are a variety of different types of workouts to incorporate in your fitness plan!

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Top Reasons to Take a Hike!

Posted by Mairead Callahan, RDN, CPT on July 19, 2017

Summer is the perfect time to start exploring local trails. Grab a friend (human or canine) and take a hike! Hiking is not just a fun outdoor activity, it is also a great workout with many health benefits. Here are a few great reasons why you should go hiking this weekend.

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Three Yoga Poses to Start Every Morning

Posted by Mairead Callahan, RDN, CPT on July 15, 2017

How you start your day can influence how you think, feel, and act the rest of the day. Start your day with a short peaceful, positive, and centering yoga practice. You do not need to make it to the studio and practice for a full hour to benefit from a daily yoga. Start every day with these three simple poses and you will be more centered, more open, and physically healthier. Repeat each pose 5 times and you will feel great starting your day.

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3 Reasons to Try POUND Fitness Classes

Posted by Mairead Callahan, RDN, CPT on August 8, 2016

POUND is a new group fitness class created by two female drummers who wanted to incorporate cardio interval training into an intense drumming workout.

Everyone has their own pair of drumsticks to use as the class goes through a series of isometric and plyometric movements including squats, lunges, jumps, twists, forward bends and stretches, all while drumming to the beat of the class.

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Which Protein Powder is Right for You?

Posted by Mairead Callahan, RDN, CPT on July 21, 2016

The supplement aisle is overflowing with different protein powders, making it harder and harder to decide which is best for you. It is often hard to tell the differences between the flashy labels and marketing.

Three common protein powders found on the shelves of your local store are whey, casein, and rice powders. Do you know the difference?

Do you know which one would be best for you?

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10 Tips for Safely Exercising in the Heat

Posted by Hunter Allen on June 2, 2016

Spring and summer months are a great time to start engaging in more physical activity through walking or jogging routines to improve fitness, overall health, and losing weight.

As the days get warmer, though, you should be mindful that exercising in hotter temperatures can put you at risk of certain heat related illness such as heat stroke or exhaustion.

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6 Things to Consider When Scheduling an Exercise Routine

Posted by Hunter Allen on April 13, 2016

Scheduling time to exercise can be one of the biggest barriers to improving physical activity.

For some people it’s hard to find a consistent time throughout the week to exercise, while others struggle to find a long enough period in the day to get a workout in.

Here are some tips to consider when determining how to get the quality time needed for your workouts.

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Exercise Helps to Manage Stress and Anxiety

Posted by Hunter Allen on March 17, 2016

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 7 out of 10 adults experience stress and anxiety on a daily basis which has at least a moderate effect on their lives.

Though stress is a natural part of our lives and there’s no way to completely get rid of it, without properly managing stress over a period of time, it can have serious health effects.

While there is no stress "cure," studies have shown exercise to be one of the best stress management tools, helping to decrease both short- and long-term risks.

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5 Muscle Strengthening Activities You Can do at Your Desk

Posted by Mairead Callahan, RDN, CPT on March 15, 2016

The most common excuse for skipping exercise these days is “I just don’t have time...”

Long hours, endless to-do lists, and never-ending responsibilities come in between individuals and their workout every day. It is very important to prioritize exercise and find the necessary 30-60 minutes most days, but the reality is that certain days it is simply not possible.

On the days when your schedule is just too packed, do not just throw your hands in the air and give up. Instead, fit small workouts in during the day!

Take the stairs two at a time, walk around the building on your lunch break, and park far away from the office door to burn extra calories. In addition to taking those extra steps, do muscle strengthening exercises to work your arms, legs, and core – right at your desk!

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3 Types of Exercises to Help Prevent Osteoporosis

Posted by Hunter Allen on March 10, 2016

Osteoporosis is one of the most serious and common diseases amongst the older population today with the expected prevalence to rise greatly within the next few years. 

The disease is characterized by a significant decrease in bone mineral density (BMD) which leaves those affected at risk of fractures as a result of weakened bones.

As of right now there is no effective cure for the disease. However, prevention through diet and physical activity is the best treatment. So to help you protect yourself from the Osteoporosis, here’s some exercise types that have shown to improve balance, coordination, and promote bone growth.

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