Amy Flynn, MS's blog

The Truth About Exercise and Weight Loss

At Optimal Fitness at Good Shepherd’s Health & Technology Center, we offer a free one-hour assessment/personal training session to all new fitness members. Part of the assessment involves asking individuals what their goals are for attending the fitness center. The number one answer and often the only answer is "weight loss."

When Exercising Is a "Pain"

Many people who are new to an exercise program or who are increasing the intensity of their workouts feel a variety of aches and pains. What’s normal? When do you need to seek treatment or tone down your exercise program? As an exercise physiologist at Good Shepherd’s Optimal Fitness gym, I can provide a few guidelines. But whenever you are in doubt about pain or an injury, see your physician.

How to Start a Walking Fitness Program

walking fitnessI am a runner. However, after being plagued with injuries during the past few months, I'm rethinking walking.

Walkers are far less prone to injury than runners, and research shows that consistent, brisk walking can reduce the risk of heart disease by the same amount as more vigorous exercise such as running. 

Keeping Your New Year’s Resolution To Get in Shape

The new year seems to bring with it endless possibilities. You vow to begin and stick with an exercise plan, and you’re extremely motivated…for now.  By the end of January, however, you’re probably ready to throw in the towel if you haven’t already. Sound familiar? 

Many people repeat this scenario year after year, and it’s not because they don’t have good intentions. The problem is that we live in an on-demand society. When we don’t see improvement quickly, it’s difficult to stay motivated.

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