The Positive Effects Walking Has on the Body

Believe it or not, walking is a great activity for your body and mind. Not only is it easy to do, but it has many positive effects on the body. For starters, it improves your cardiovascular fitness, reduces back pain, and improves your functionality. But is it too good to be true? Well, not exactly. Walking has more benefits than most people realize. Let’s take a look at some of the many benefits of walking. Continue reading The Positive Effects Walking Has on the Body

Best Ways to Measure Overall Health

Trying to get a grasp on how healthy you are is hard. It’s easy to measure your health just by stepping on a scale, but that shouldn’t be your only indicator of how healthy you are.

There are plenty of ways to be healthy without dropping lots of weight, just as dropping too much weight can make you unhealthy. We have to take a broad approach to our health, as it isn’t defined by just one set of numbers.

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7 Exercises That Are Good For Your Heart

The human heart – it’s the hardest working organ in the body. Beating on average 72 times a minute, your heart pushes blood throughout your entire body delivering vital oxygen and nutrients to your bodily tissue. And like any other muscle in your body, the more your work your heart, the stronger it will be. Any sort of movement can have cardiovascular benefits – even taking a relaxing 30-minute walk. Continue reading 7 Exercises That Are Good For Your Heart

5 Ways Women Can Protect Their Hearts

Just as women are different in build than men, so are their hearts different. However for years physicians seemed to feel that men were more prone to heart attacks than women, and often would not take symptoms of women’s heart problems seriously enough. Physicians’ attitudes, thankfully, have changed. The potential for women to have heart attacks is in many cases taken just as seriously as the potential for men. Continue reading 5 Ways Women Can Protect Their Hearts

Why Women Should Strength Train

By Melanie Mauer, Fitness Specialist & Personal Trainer, Elite Sports Clubs – West Brookfield

In some cases, the moment that we make mention of strength training to female clients can be a tense one—one that tends to be full of excuses. “I don’t want to bulk up.” “Ha! I’m not a body builder.” “But cardio burns more calories.” The truth is, strength training is one of the best things you can add to your exercise regimen 3-4 times a week—not only for a strong, lean-looking physique, but also for body-fat loss and overall long term health. Continue reading Why Women Should Strength Train