Building Up Your Immune System

Your immune system is your defense against harmful germs and infections. Building up and maintaining a healthy immune system is essential to good health. The immune system gets activated by things the body doesn’t recognize. These are called antigens. Bacteria, viruses and fungi are examples of antigens. The antigens attach to immune cells and the body learns what the antigen …

Avoiding Germs at the Gym

Gyms are a place where germs can be spread. The good news is there are actions everyone can take to make gyms a cleaner place. There’s no need to skip workouts. Afterall, working out has been shown to boost immunity to colds and flu. Here are a few guidelines to protecting yourself at the gym: If you are sick don’t …

It’s OK to Eat the Dessert (Sometimes)

Every person that needs or wants to lose weight has a specific dietary pattern unique to them. How many calories each person needs to eat, and the foods chosen to get the calories vary significantly. One thing we know about weight loss is that over restricting the diet doesn’t work. You’re actually better off eating the occasional dessert than starving …

Could You Be Overtraining?

While most of Americans have trouble exercising consistently, other fitness enthusiasts, trainers, and athletes run the risk of overtraining. Overtraining? How can you train too much? Overtraining is a state of breakdown and fatigue caused by too much training along with a lack of recuperation. It’s usually caused by working out or training too much and not allowing enough time …

Changing Up Your Routines to Meet Your Fitness Goals

If you’re setting new fitness goals this year, you may want to make changes in your workout routines. Keeping things fresh is always a good thing. What things do you keep? Once you’ve set your goals, go through your workout routines. Review your strength training, cardio exercise, flexibility, mobility, etc. Identify the things that are working for you. You’re getting …

Take Stock of Your Achievements

With January here, it’s easy to create a few New Year’s resolutions and get started on new goals. A great way to get started is to look at your achievements from the past year. Get started with what you’ve accomplished so you can build on success. Think back on 2019. Rummage through your calendars and appointments. How did you do …

Write It Down to Make It Real

Just writing out a goal and looking at it regularly helps you stay on track. In fact, people who vividly describe their goals are nearly 50% more likely to reach their goal. Writing things down makes them real. You’ve committed it to paper. You can fold and carry that paper with you and read what you’ve written. Or, you create …

10,000 Steps a Day

Pedometers are now readily available in fitness trackers you wear and apps on your smartphone. A pedometer tracks how many steps you’ve taken. A new benchmark has become part of our fitness lexicon because of pedometer proliferation. Take at least 10,000 steps a day and you’ll be healthy. For most people, 10,000 steps are around 5 miles. So, if you …

How to Foam Roll to Recuperate and Relax

Foam rolling has now become a common practice for people of all levels of fitness. People all over America are rolling various body parts over a foam roller on the floor. It may look a little strange, but it provides significant benefits. Technically, foam rolling is self-myofascial release, or self-massage to release muscle tightness. Applying pressure to specific points on …

Take Advantage of Fall Fitness

Scott Fitzgerald said, “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” Autumn is a wonderful time to recommit to your fitness and get in the groove. Summer is a distant memory and life settles down into a more predictable rhythm. Daily routines become more the norm where sleeping, eating, working and exercise take precedent. With the …