Category Archive: Exercise

At-Home Exercises for Skiers

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Skiing is a great winter sport for people of all ages. However as with any sport, there is a risk for injury.

For most people, skiing is an activity that they get to participate in only a few times each year. This means the body is not able to remain as conditioned for this activity, which can lead to injuries. Skiing tends to place more stress on the lower body – specifically the knee. This can result in anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) or medial collateral ligament (MCL) injuries. That said, the upper body can also be injured if a skier falls landing on their arm or shoulder. Thankfully there are some exercises that can easily be performed at home to try to decrease the risk of these injuries.

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Reaching the Top: Tips for Your Next Stair Climb

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I registered on a whim for my first Hustle Up the Hancock stair climb thinking it would be something cool and unique. However, my rationale for registering did not provide the best parameters for designing a training program.

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Winter Workouts: Cold Weather Considerations

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Winter is here and the weather is cold and snowy, but your workouts do not have to stop. Cold weather athletes participate in events that include skiing, cold weather running and triathlons.

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Barre Workouts: Learn the Benefits and Limitations

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Barre workouts have been around for a while. You may be curious; maybe you’ve tried a class; maybe you’re scared to try a class because you aren’t a “ballerina” or, maybe you don’t see the appeal of this workout. Whichever you are, it’s important to learn the concepts of Barre so you know the benefits and limitations of this workout!

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Spin Workouts: Learn the Benefits and Limitations

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Spin cycle studios seem to be on every other corner these days. This popular workout involves a stationary bike, fast and loud music, and an upbeat and motivating instructor. The studio usually has low lighting, a video screen with goals and maybe some fun disco lights. Let’s take a closer look at this workout to see the benefits and limitations.

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HIIT the Gym!

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HIIT the gym! Is this a typo? Not at all. HIIT is the acronym for “High Intensity Interval Training.” Although HIIT has long been an important part of training for athletes, it’s becoming increasingly popular in mainstream fitness.

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5 Health Tips for Your Next Trip to the Ballpark

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The MLB season is in full swing, and the NL Central in particular is anyone’s game.

We are past the halfway point of the season, but some of the hottest and most humid days of the year are still to come – especially for Cardinals fans in the Midwest. With that in mind, here are some tips to make sure that you can enjoy the game and don’t suffer any ill effects afterward.

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Heating Up: Exercising in the Heat

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Summer has arrived and so has the heat. As you continue exercising this summer, remember to protect your body from injury due to overheating. When the environmental temperature rises, the body has increased difficulty cooling itself through its normal means.  Heat stroke from exercise is one of the three leading causes of sudden death in sports activities.1

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Bike Fitting Tips for Beginners

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As we gear up for summer in the Midwest, more people will turn to biking as a way to enjoy the outdoors and stay active. In fact, statistics show that bicycling is growing as a recreational sport, with a 64 percent increase in cyclists traveling to work from 2000-2012.1

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8 Outdoor Activities to Try This Spring

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We are midway through spring and most of us have already had a taste of warm, summer-like temperatures.

After four months of winter, it is not a surprise that these warmer temperatures make most of us want to spend as much time outdoors as possible. Although it is not quite warm enough for going to the beach or pool just yet, there are many other activities that can get you up and moving outdoors, including the eight featured below:

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