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Is canned fruit as good for you as fresh fruit?

Adequate fruit and vegetable intake is an important way to help prevent disease. While fresh fruit tends to be thought of as the “healthiest”, canned and frozen fruits can be just as beneficial to our health. Many times fruits that are canned are packaged immediately after they are…

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What is the best low-impact exercise for the buttocks?

I assume by “flatten” you want to decrease the size of your “buttocks”. While you cannot spot reduce, you can increase your overall calorie expenditure by incorporating exercises that include using the largest muscle group in your body – your gluteus maximus (a.k.a. buttocks). Low impact…

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Avoid the Winter Blues

Why do we often feel depressed in the wintertime? Many times, it is more than the cold and the snow that gets to us—it is the lack of sunshine. Some people suffer from what is known as Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. SAD is a mood disorder with which sufferers feel depressed or…

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Train for Your First 5K Safely!

It is great that you began with a walking program, you already have laid the groundwork for a healthy start to your running program. There are two things that I recommend to anyone wanting to increasing their mileage: 1) get a good supportive type of running shoe. It doesn’t have to be…

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Body Mass Index (BMI)—Behind the Numbers

Your BMI or Body Mass Index is the measurement that takes in to account both a person’s height and weight. BMI equals a person’s weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared. (BMI=kg/m2). Your body composition is the percentage of body fat. With this, you can determine the…

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Exercise and Disease Treatment—The Facts

This is a very personal decision and one that can only be decided by the cancer survivor. While there are studies that suggest that aerobic activity and strength training are the keys to reducing the pain and fatigue that accompanies the treatment of cancer, it is very individualized as to…

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Children and Fitness—What is Too Much?

I am thrilled to hear that your daughter wants to follow your example by becoming more fit. And, with appropriate supervision and instruction from a fitness professional, the risks associated with strength training are not greater than other activities which children regularly participate.…

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Lead Your Child to Exercise by Example

First you have to understand that being 12 years old in this overly fast-paced society is very challenging. The important thing is to be supportive of what you child’s interests are and recognize that they may not be the same as your own. Being physically active may come very easily for…

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Free Weights vs. Machines

First it is important to understand the anytime you overload the muscle with resistance, you are performing strength training exercises. Whether you use your own body weight as resistance or you use free weights or machines, they all increase strength in their own way. Based on your goals,…

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How Much Exercise is Enough?

Well, you have touched on one of the great myths of exercise, which is that “exercise requires a huge time commitment”. In fact, you can see the benefits of exercise in as little as ten minutes a day. It depends on your goals, but if you are just beginning an exercise program, I recommend…

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