Fitness

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING: THE WINTER WORKOUT YOU SHOULD BE DOING

If you’re looking for a high-caliber cardio workout to burn calories and build muscle, a great way to get it is with cross-country skiing. This season, take some time off your board or alpine skisand hit the trails Nordic style for a full-body toning workout. Even if you’re new to flat-land skiing, many ski resorts offer lessons where you can ...

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How a support team is helping me reach my health goals

Last month, you may have read a blog post from my friend Melissa, who introduced our story as two busy work-at-home-moms on our path towards fitness with the help of Advocate Condell Centre Club. Today, I’m going to share a little more about my own backstory… In 2007, I walked over 500 miles from Boston to Washington D.C. as part of ...

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How does exercise affect women’s diets?

Dieters are often concerned that working out could make them hungry, but according to a recent small study, working out is more effective at limiting calorie consumption than food restriction and actually reduces appetite in the short-term. Researchers at Loughborough University in England conducted a study of 12 fit women, analyzing the hormonal, psychological and behavioral reactions to calorie control ...

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What happens to your body when you exercise?

Starting a new exercise routine may seem overwhelming, but regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). When beginning to exercise, studies show that changes can occur to the body’s heart, muscles, fat, bones and even the brain. Exercise also helps to ...

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Cheat days work for weight loss

Cheaters may never win. But they might lose weight, as long as the cheating is planned and occasional, according to a new study. Researchers examined 60 students in a simulated diet environment and 30 people dieting in real life. They found that those who planned ahead to treat themselves to guilty pleasures had more control over impulses to give in ...

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Is one minute of (very intense) exercise enough?

Are you one of the countless individuals who chalk up their lack of exercise to not having enough time in your schedule? You may need to find a new excuse. According to a recent study, 60 seconds of strenuous exertion proved to be equally successful at improving participants’ overall health and fitness as 45 minutes of moderate exercise. The study ...

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Should kids steer clear of the monkey bars?

Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries are significantly on the rise in children, and it’s not because of sports. A new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that playground accidents are the culprit, resulting in an average of 21,000 traumatic brain injuries per year among kids ages 14 and younger. “It’s not just sports,” ...

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Why you can’t keep off the weight

Anyone who has ever lost weight knows that lost pounds often return. No matter how hard you try, they seem to find a way to creep back on. A new study explains that your body’s physiology might be to blame. Your body, researchers say, and specifically your metabolism, which influences how many calories you burn when resting, fights back against ...

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Why your walking pace matters

Walking is a popular way to exercise, as it requires no equipment or skills and is low impact. But, new research shows that people should pick up their walking pace if they want to reap the most health benefits. A recent study, presented at an American Heart Association Scientific Session, revealed that women who walked at a brisk pace were healthier than those ...

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The best way to boost your immune system

The best way to stop spring and summer sickness from spoiling your plans is to give your immune system a boost. But your immune system is complicated, and the one-size-fits-all approach that supplements offer don’t often work wonders. However, there are actions that can be taken to keep your body ready to fight infection. “There are several simple things that ...

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