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weight routine tips

Weight training increases muscle mass and strength. Routine lifting helps wards off depression, reduces body fat, lowers blood pressure, increases bone strength, regulates blood sugar levels, and may even improve cholesterol levels.

Some key factors to think about before starting.

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Tips to being Fit

Its important to weight train. It is fine to do the “latest” trend workouts as long as they are joint friendly and form guided by the instructor, but it is also important to train with weights for bone density, weight training promotes fat free body mass, making it even more important to add to you...

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Power of the playlist

I need music to workout. I don't like the sound of the weights clanking or the treadmill straining under me or the music played in the gym or on most videos. I get too distracted by TV and forget to count reps or misstep on the treadmill.

Not all of my workouts are the same length. So I ha...

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Power of the playlist

I need music to workout. I don't like the sound of the weights clanking or the treadmill straining under me or the music played in the gym or on most videos. I get too distracted by TV and forget to count reps or misstep on the treadmill.

Not all of my workouts are the same length. So I ha...

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Track Exercise and Housework Activities Every Day to Help Keep Your Exercise Program Challenging

I find that tracking my exercise program is just as important as tracking my food intake. As with recording my food intake, I have the greatest success when I make it a point to track all of my exercise activities every day. Tracking lets me know what types of activities I am doing and how long I ...

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FitStar App for Fitness

I have really done well with the app called FitStar. You can do several workouts for free, but I paid $39.99 a year for the premium. It customized workouts to you and integrates with Fitbit. I do the 10 minute daily dose, which was all I could do at first, but now I combine two or three a day. It's ...

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Hiking for Health

Hiking is absolutely my favorite fitness activity. It has so many benefits and so much flexibility.

Hiking is an intense full-body workout, especially when you are carrying a pack and using hiking poles. The climb gives your leg muscles a thorough workout, while the weight of the pack strengt...

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Exercise and Talk Help Ease Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Exercise and Talk Help Ease Chronic Fatigue Syndrome


Patients with chronic fatigue syndrome who participated in programs aimed at helping them overcome their symptoms — a combination of exercise and counseling — improved more than those whose treatment was intended to help them adapt to t...

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Try to Fit Little Bits of Exercise In Whenever You Can – It All Adds Up!

Whenever I can, I try to do little bits of physical activity as often as I can throughout the day, even when I’m at work.

If the weather is nice, I take the opportunity to go walking. If I am on a coffee break (15 minutes), I take a brisk walk around the perimeter of my office building. If...

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How Can I Keep My Exercise Routine In the Winter?

As the days draw in and temperatures drop, you may be tempted to hang up your exercise gear and hibernate.

Don't! Stay active throughout autumn and winter to beat those seasonal blues and feel on top of the world.

If you're short on ideas for getting active, try our popular Couch to 5K...

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