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Stretching Tips

Stretching before may be called the “warm up” and after it may be called the “cool down”, but they do the same thing. They prepare your body for more vigorous movement by warming your muscles and improving your flexibility. At the end of your exercise, stretching helps to cool down those muscles and stretches out […]

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Walking Tips

According to recent studies, Americans have made walking the nation’s most popular form of exercise. Depending on the terrain and walking 3 mph, these walkers are burning 15 grams of carbohydrates per hour (100 lb. person), 21 grams per hour (150 lb. person), and 27 grams per hour (200 lb. person). They are also using […]

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Gardening for Health and Satisfaction

Can you guess what the number one leisure time activity in the US is? Looking at the title of this article, it has to be gardening. We have reported over and over that even moderate exercise decreases the risk of numerous chronic diseases, that it can help us control those diseases and prevent complications, but […]

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Swimming Tips

Close your eyes and try to remember the first time you got your arms and legs to propel you through the water, and the muffled sounds of those around you clapping and cheering you on. We can all recall the games of Marco Polo, swim meets, that first dive, and the joys of summer. So […]

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Hiking

My first experience with hiking was at summer camp. We started with day hikes learning about plants, trees and wild life, lead by the Nature Counselor who spoke constantly about what we were looking at. As we got older, we went on overnight hikes deeper into the forest, backpack in tow, but our food was […]

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Exercise Aerobics

I love moving when I exercise, and sweating is “a good thing” as far as I’m concerned, so my friends and I do structured aerobic exercises 4-5 days a week. We also do body sculpting and resistance training with weights 3 days a week. Those other two days, we take our pick. Sometimes it’s Yoga […]

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Burning Calories: Get Ready for Winter Exercise

When cold weather arrives, we have to plan how to exercise outside, or even if we should be outside. There is something wonderful about running or walking in winter. It is brisk and silent early in the morning. Your thoughts about the day come and go as you burn calories and make yourself healthier. But, […]

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Burning Calories: Low Impact Aerobics

There are two types of exercise that perform different functions. Aerobic exercise is sustained activity involving major muscle groups, such as swimming, running, or brisk walking. Your heart and respiratory rate increase, and more oxygen is circulated through the body. This type of exercise strengthens your cardiovascular system and increases your overall strength and stamina. […]

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Muscle Relaxation Technique For Reduction Stress

We all have stress just getting up in the morning. In the past we’ve written about the importance of taking the edge off of yours. This month we’re going to tell you why and how because exercise and relaxation are an integral part of the program to relieve stress. Just meditating can help you to […]

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Gardening Tips

Be careful! Gardening is great exercise and a wonderful way to relax and relieve stress, but it’s also fraught with possibilities for back problems. And, for people with diabetes, gardening may also cause low levels of blood sugar (hypoglycemia) as the muscles will be using much more sugar while gardening than they would when the […]