Healthy Bodies

Healthy Bodies

The following is a question-and answer section with Russ, a male aerial arts student. Tell us a little about yourself, Russ. What do you typically do for physical activity/strength training? In the past I’ve done MMA, but more recently my primary activities were weight training, running, scenario paintball and jet…
When you think of a swimming pool, you probably think of good times spent splashing around and having fun. And while you may not be quite ready to cannon ball your way back into the water, aquatic exercise can be one of the best ways to get your body moving.…
Everyone wants to be fit. We want to have the six-pack abs we see in every advertisement and look good at the beach, so we train at the gym and try to eat the right foods. In my past five years as a personal trainer in the fitness industry I…
Women’s bodies are built different from men’s to accommodate the changes of pregnancy and childbirth. Although women may store fat differently and have less muscle mass than men, it’s still important that women include weight resistance training in their exercise routines. Lifting weights is an important part of staying fit.…
Paddleboarding, which involves participants standing on a paddleboard or surfboard and using their arms to paddle through the ocean, is an increasingly popular recreational activity. Often seen as a relaxing way to spend a peaceful day on the water, paddleboarding might provide some hidden health benefits. The following are just…
When you think of what Russia is famous for, what comes to mind? Perhaps Vladimir Putin, given the stories we see in the news today. Russia is also known for the Kremlin, St. Basil’s Cathedral and its colorful onion-shaped domes, Matryoshkas (Russian dolls made of wood that nest inside one…
Winter is behind us, and the warm weather is within reach. Summer is a time when we have the opportunity to be outdoors, enjoy and participate in a greater amount of activities, and therefore live a more active lifestyle. That doesn’t mean everything must come to a halt during the…
Exercise is a key component of living a healthy lifestyle at all ages. Whether you are an adolescent, conditioning for a high school sport or a newly retired grandpa who wants more energy to play with his grandkids, exercise plays a vital role in the end result. Depending upon your…
March 20 marks the spring equinox. This signifies the first official day of spring and the moment the sun crosses the equator. It is common to celebrate this date as a time for cleansing and rebirth. Many use this as an opportunity to deep clean the home and purge clutter!…
To understand why I started pole exercise, you have to understand where I was in my life when I found out about it. I had a 3 year old and twins — yes, twins, who were just over 18 months old. I had to cut my hours at work when…
New Year’s resolutions are a great jump-start for setting a goal, but small changes throughout the year have been shown to make the biggest impact over the long run, thus resulting in better outcomes. Goals are an important part of staying accountable and assisting in success. When setting a goal…
Many of my students ask me the same question, “What is more important, strength or flexibility?” My answer is always, “Both!” A good yoga practice will always lead you back to balance. Some people come to yoga to stretch and improve flexibility, while others come to yoga for strength and…
Have you been under stress lately? Your answer is probably YES! Stress is all around us. Jobs, relationships, kids, parents, bills, birth, death, divorce and even a wedding are all sources of stress. Not all stress is bad. Some studies even suggest that we need a little stress in our…
Workplace wellness programs are becoming more and more popular with companies in our area. So why should you, as an employee, take advantage of your employer’s workplace wellness program? Most people spend about 36 percent of their total waking hours at work, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.…
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