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Heart Health Do’s and Don’ts

It’s no secret that a healthy heart can lead to a longer life, but why? What is it about the condition of your heart that can determine how long it may or may not be able to support your body? By learning about the anatomy and function of the heart, you can easily understand how it pumps blood throughout your body, and what you can do to make it’s job a little easier. Here are a handful of heart health do’s and don’ts to follow:

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The Ups and Downs of Treadmills

0a1ce1fb-5aa7-430b-80ce-8f9d14a0e528Treadmills are a great tool for someone looking to do regular cardiovascular exercise. They’re convenient, easy to use, and can be found at most gyms. Unfortunately, there are some negative consequences of using treadmills that most people don’t know about. Here are two problems associated with treadmills you might want to know before stepping on one.

1. Running on a treadmill creates a different bio-mechanical motion with your body than running on solid ground. This can cause muscle imbalances that eventually lead to postural problems and back pain. You can avoid this by alternating between running on a treadmill and running on the ground.

2. People regularly fall of treadmills. Sometimes they get to close to the sides and take a mis-step, and sometimes they fly off the back, landing on the floor or hitting the wall. When this happens, injuries can occur. If you like to run on a treadmill, make sure you stay vigilant to avoid these potential injuries.

World Cup Inspired Fitness

World FootballThe past few weeks have been very exciting for my family as we’ve followed as many World Cup games as possible. We’ve cheered on teams from Algeria, Belgium, Germany, Costa Rica, Netherlands, Nigeria, the US, and many more I can’t even remember. No matter who’s playing, the games are always fun to watch! Seeing all this fantastic soccer has stirred some interest in our family to play more soccer.

Luckily, we live right next to a large park with a huge field where we can play soccer. As a family we’ve practiced dribbling, passing, shooting and defending the goal. My hubby and I also created a game using Lacrosse goals (which happened to be set up on the field) where we take turns shooting at the opposite goal, and once someone makes a goal, both of us sprint to the other goal, do 10 pushups, then resume the game. It’s a great way for us to practice shooting, get in some cardio, do a little strength training, and have fun in the process.

If you too are inspired by the World Cup, grab a soccer ball, head to the park, and get your soccer on!

An Oldie but a Goodie

health club: group of people doing aerobicsWhy is it that Step Aerobics have been around for so long? Does it have something to do with gyms not wanting their step equipment to go unused? Do women take step classes because they like to spend time with friends? Although there may be some truth to these reasons, I’d venture to say it’s because step aerobics has proven to be an effective form of exercise for over 25 years.

What exactly is it that makes step aerobics so effective? First of all, the act of stepping on and off an object works several different muscle groups. These include all the muscles in your legs and glutes, and those in your lower abdominals and lower back. If you add arm movements to the motion, you now include muscles in your arms, shoulder and upper back. Put all these movements to music, and you have a great overall body workout that is fun, social, and rewarding.

You should give it a try!