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April 1, 2020

The Healthiest Way to Sweat Out a Pandemic

BY:  MARINA KOREN After Spain announced a nationwide lockdown over the coronavirus outbreak on Saturday, a man in Seville put on workout clothes, climbed to a rooftop in his apartment complex, and started doing jumping jacks and squats. All around him, people watched from their balconies and followed along as he encouraged them to keep moving. The government had ordered […]
March 1, 2020

A Trainer Explains Why You Don’t Have to Walk at an Incline to Burn Fat (Whew!)

BY:  Kacie Main If you’re looking to burn fat, there’s no need to lace up your walking shoes and head out into the elements. The treadmill can be just as effective of a workout, though you’ll need to know how to adjust the incline and speed to get the most from the time you put in.  Getty / Sorapop Udomsri / EyeEm A […]
February 1, 2020

How ‘Muscle Confusion’ Might Help Your Workouts

By: Gretchen Reynolds Here are a few questions to consider as you plan your 2020 exercise routines: Are your muscles confused? Should they be? And just how do we confuse our muscles, anyway? These concerns are at the heart of a timely new study of what happens when we add variety to our gym workouts and, in the process, “confuse” […]
December 28, 2019

What if Elvis Presley was King of the gym?

BY: Helen Rae EVERYONE knows Elvis Presley had a tendency to overeat and not look after his health and wellbeing. The King definitely hadn’t been keeping in shape in his later years, and a little too much junk food made those satin jumpsuits seem rather on the small side. But if he had changed his lifestyle to one of exercise […]
December 1, 2019

The Mental Health Benefits of Exercise

By:  Lawrence Robinson, Jeanne Segal, Ph.D., and Melinda Smith, M.A. You already know that exercise is good for your body. But did you know it’s also effective in dealing with depression, anxiety, stress, and more? What are the mental health benefits of exercise? Exercise is not just about aerobic capacity and muscle size. Sure, exercise can improve your physical health […]
November 1, 2019

Type 2 Diabetes: The Fitness You Need

Written by Dale Kiefer Type 2 diabetes is not inevitable. Preventing and even reversing the onset of diabetes is entirely possible, but it takes commitment. Taking charge of your health involves a two-pronged approach: diet and exercise. Both are crucial for long-term success and optimal health. Diet and exercise Diet and exercise are both key components of a successful strategy […]
October 1, 2019

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Know the Facts!

  By:  SreyRam Kuy, MD, MHS, FACS; Chief Medical Officer, Medicaid, Louisiana Department of Health AND Carolyne LeBlanc, RN; Clinical Policy Nurse, Medicaid, Louisiana Department of Health Hearing the words from your doctor “You have breast cancer” is a major fear after getting a mammogram for millions of women. Each year in the United States, more than 200,000 women get […]
July 19, 2019

Weight Loss Tips for Moms During Back to School Season

By: Laura Marschel So the title of this article says weight loss tips for moms but I hope it’s obvious that these tips could be useful for anyone. It just so happens that I am a mom and my kids just went back to school. In fact, I believe that back to school is the perfect season for everyone to […]
June 26, 2019

Workout Mistakes to Avoid After a Fourth of July Weekend Binge

By: CAITIE ANDREEN The Fourth of July is quickly approaching.  With all the parties and barbecues coming up, it’s bound to be hard to avoid giving in to tasty temptations. It might be easy to indulge in these patriotic treats over the holiday weekend, but if you’re feeling the calories Monday morning, it’s time to get back to those workout resolutions […]
May 26, 2019

The 25 Funniest Tweets About Working Out

  From By Jackie Veling We log our miles on the treadmill, lift our heavyweights and even do a five-minute cool-down and stretch, just like we’re supposed to—but that doesn’t mean keeping up with our fitness routines is easy. Some days getting to the gym feels like an impossible feat, and no one knows the struggle better than these […]
April 30, 2019

10 Stress-Busting Tips from Moms Like You

by: Erin Dower A stressed mom is an unhappy mom. If you’re feeling frazzled, frustrated, or drained from the daily grind of being a busy parent, learn some simple stress-relief tips submitted by our readers — other real mothers who have been in your shoes. Please share your own stress-busters and “me time” ideas in the comments section below. Start […]
March 25, 2019

Exercise adds up to big brain boosts

by Cognitive Neuroscience Society Anyone who trains for a marathon knows that individual running workouts add up over time to yield a big improvement in physical fitness. So, it should not be surprising that the cognitive benefits from workouts also accumulate to yield long-term cognitive gains. Yet, until now, there was has been little research to describe and support the underlying […]
February 21, 2019

Endurance Exercise

From Endurance exercise is one of the four types of exercise along with strength, balance, and flexibility. Ideally, all four types of exercise would be included in a healthy workout routine and AHA provides easy-to-follow guidelines for endurance and strength-training in its Recommendations for Physical Activity in Adults. They don’t all need to be done every day, but variety helps keep the body fit […]
January 23, 2019

3 Ideas for A Fun and Healthy Valentine’s Day

From Valentine’s Day usually includes chocolates and dinner, but you don’t have to break your diet to have a good time. Whether it’s a romantic night with your significant other or a fun night out with friends, you can stay on track with your diet and exercise with these fun ideas for a healthy Valentine’s Day: Enjoy a Massage—This […]
December 26, 2018

These Are the Biggest Fitness Trends of 2019

By Martin Fritz Hube We asked some of the most prominent experts what to expect in the coming year Perhaps now more than ever, the health and fitness world seems full of contradictions. We need to rest more, but sit less. Superior “mindfulness” can come from ditching our phones, but possibly also from downloading the right meditation app. Meanwhile, on the nutrition front, olive oil is […]
October 28, 2018

Sleeping & Fitness

by Makena Nixon Sleep is a foundational cornerstone of health and wellness. It is essential for focused mental performance, a stable mood, a strong immune system, a healthy stress response, an efficient metabolism, as well as proper cellular regeneration and repair. Sleep is when your body does its maintenance work; therefore, without adequate sleep, you won’t be able to live […]
September 29, 2018

Nutrition, Fitness and Breast Cancer: Making Healthy Diet & Exercise Decisions

From Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center   This information explains nutrition guidelines for people who have breast cancer, a history of breast cancer, or a high risk for breast cancer.You can read the entire resource or just the sections that apply to you. If you have any questions, speak with your dietitian, doctor, or nurse. Lifestyle and Breast Cancer Risk A […]
September 1, 2018

10 Tips for Fall Fitness

By Barbara Russi Sarnataro Fall is a super season for shaping up, experts say. How many New Year’s Eves have you spent sipping champagne and vowing to get more fit in the coming year? And how many times have you failed to follow through? “December 31 over a drink is too late to set goals and make promises,” says Justin Price, owner of […]
July 30, 2018

12 Tips for Better Fitness and Health

By THE OXYGEN TEAM When it comes to improving your fitness, nutrition and health, we’ve chosen a dozen of the simplest ways to eat better, perform better and boost your entire well-being. 1. Going to the gym without eating first? Here’s a new incentive: Eat protein before you go and you can peel off 15 pounds a year. A study published […]
May 30, 2018

For Men, Fitness is Key to a Healthy Lifestyle

By Alexandra Black, Health Promotion Manager at IHRSA Men in the United States, on average, have a shorter life expectancy than women, and are more likely to die from the top cause of death – heart disease. According to the CDC, about one-third of men over age 20 are obese or have high blood pressure, and just over half meet physical […]