Exercise

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."

Working Out at Work

Even if you have a desk job, this doesn’t mean your workout needs to wait until the end of the day at the gym.

Sitting all day can affect both your mental and physical health, even if you follow a regular exercise routine. Prolonged sedentary behavior puts people at greater risk of back pain, headaches, obesity, heart disease, kidney disease and even cancer.

Stretches for Tired Feet

foot stretchesDo you have tired feet? Do you work all day in uncomfortable shoes? Below are a few simple stretches that can be done at the end of the day, which may help address the tightness and stiffness associated with weary feet.

Kick off your shoes as soon as you get into the house and walk around for a few minutes. Sit down and do a few ankle and foot circles to prepare for stretching.

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.

Safety Tips for Raking Leaves

It’s official – autumn has arrived! And, I think most of us can agree that the changing leaves are beautiful on the trees but troublesome on the ground. Raking leaves can be hard work and an excellent form of exercise, but the task also poses risk of injury. If you’ll be raking fallen leaves, consider these important safety tips: 
 
  • As with any exercise program, stretch gently before starting and cool down when finished.

10 Tips for Exercising in the Heat

The heat is on! Here are 10 tips to remember when taking your exercise routine outside this summer.

Spring Training: Garden to Get Fit

Gardening can be great physical exercise, and it may provide you with the satisfaction of a fabulous lawn or fresh fruits and vegetables to enjoy at your dinner table. Here are some fun facts and helpful tips to keep in mind for gardening season.

Stretching: It’s Not Just for Intense Workouts Anymore

What do running, shoveling snow and sitting at your office desk have in common? These are all activities that you should not begin until you’ve stretched properly.

I know. Stretching before basic yard or office work sounds like overkill. But stretching can help you avoid aching muscles and painful injuries. In fact, you should consider stretching before many daily activities, including gardening, computer work or other repetitive stress tasks (i.e., line work at a factory).

Improved Balance Through Core Stability

Each year, one in three adults over the age of 65, and 50 percent of seniors over the age of 80, experiences a fall. These falls often result from the inevitable musculoskeletal system changes that result from age. Changes in posture, a decrease in walking stride and loss of balance control and stability are some of the well-documented consequences of aging.

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