Can Exercise Ward Off Cold and Flu Symptoms?

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As cold and flu season approaches, so does the season of illness prevention. From getting flu shots to adding a little extra Vitamin C to our diets, prevention often becomes a focus for those concerned with getting sick, missing work and/or school, and optimizing the joy of their upcoming Holiday Seasons. It’s based on this mindset that medical professionals such …

To Stretch or Not to Stretch? Tips for Optimizing Flexibility

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Many have grown up with the understanding that, whenever you’re about to work out, compete or otherwise push your body, it’s important to stretch immediately before the activity in order to prevent injury and perform your best. Yet, despite these long-held beliefs – and perhaps surprisingly – there’s little evidence to support this theory.  Today’s evidence suggests that there’s no …

7 Fitness Tips for Summer Vacation Travel

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It’s vacation season, and for many, that means visiting far away friends, exploring new places and possibly even crossing some things off the old’ bucket list. Unfortunately, traveling often also means lots of sitting, interrupted sleep patterns due to time zone changes, unhealthy eating, and workout routines that are sporadic, if not nonexistent. But, travel doesn’t have to be synonymous …

How to Talk Positively to Your Kids About Exercise

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All kids need exercise. Stacks of scientific research through the years support the myriad ways exercise. This helps young bodies and minds as they develop and grow. Message for Parents & Grandparents It’s important, then, for parents and grandparents to encourage their children or grandchildren to be active and develop healthy habits. During such conversations, setting a positive tone is …

5 Exercise Myths for People 55 and Older

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While it’s expected that most older people tend to slow down with age, the notion that seniors and soon-to-be seniors should trade in exercise and their active lifestyles for bingo and rocking chairs is definitely antiquated, say athletic trainers. And yet, when it comes to exercise for the 55-and-older population, plenty of myths continue to drive people’s actions — or …

Five Fitness Tips to Keep Introverts Moving

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If you have a more introverted personality, joining a gym, exercise class, or workout group may not be your cup of tea. However, that doesn’t have to hold you back from achieving fitness or weight-loss goals. Finding a workout routine that fits your personality is one of the key ways to achieve optimal results. This holds particularly true for introverts …

Strength Training Critical for Active, Independent Aging

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To the 43 million Americans who have low bone density, putting them at high risk of osteoporosis, Certified Athletic Trainers have an important message: exercise is good medicine. But not just any exercise – weight-bearing, muscle-strengthening exercise. “Essential to staying strong and vital during older adulthood is participation in regular strengthening exercises, which help prevent osteoporosis and frailty by stimulating …

Pain-Free Movement is Crucial to your Quality of Daily Life

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Did You Know? “Pain-free movement is crucial to your quality of daily life, your ability to earn a living, your ability to pursue your favorite leisure activities, and so much more,” states Davonna Willis of Blue Skyes Massage and Wellness Center. Athletic Trainers all practicing under a single vision statement: transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience. …