Try a New Dance Fitness Class this Year

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Dec 27, 2016 12:11:46 PM

From belly dancing to cardio barre, gyms are adding more dance classes to keep pace with this popular fitness craze. Dance-inspired classes make exercising so much fun it won’t feel like you are exercising at all.

Here are some of the more popular classes you may find at your local fitness center:

Cardio Barre: This is a low-impact, higher-intensity, ballet-inspired workout. Combining light weights and bar work, tone and strengthen your glutes, arms, legs and core.

Zumba: A mix of Latin and international music that incorporates body-sculpting movements and easy-to-follow dance steps.

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5 Ways to Achieve Your New Year's Resolutions

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Dec 21, 2016 10:32:28 AM

So, what can you do to make it more likely you’ll stick with your new year’s resolutions? Here are five things you can start doing now to improve your chance of success when January rolls around:

  1. Be prepared. Create a concrete plan now that will help you achieve your goals in the new year. For example, if you want to lose weight, come up with a set of meal plans you can use once January rolls around or start cleaning out the junk food in your pantry. If exercising more is on your list of things to do in 2017, take advantage of holiday sales to buy a new pair of sneakers or join a gym so you’re ready to hit the ground running.
  2. Be realistic. The best way to successfully meet your goals is to be realistic about your expectations. Small changes made over time are more likely to be achievable than major lifestyle shifts that cause you to give up before you reach the finish line.
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Topics: General Health, Fitness

Are You Looking for a New Winter Workout?

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Dec 14, 2016 12:53:52 PM

Congratulations! You finally established a regular workout routine. You love the way you feel and your doctor is pleased with how your increased physical activity has improved your health. But if your typical workout includes heading outside, what do you do now that the days are becoming shorter and temperatures are dropping?

Here are a few indoor fitness activities that are fun, challenging and will give you a great all-over workout. These activities will not only help keep you fit throughout the winter months, but you’ll likely find that changing things up provides you with some renewed motivation to keep moving.

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Which Fitness Tracker Is Right for Me?

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Dec 5, 2016 10:30:00 AM

You’re off to a great start on your new fitness program. A fitness tracker may be just what you need to stay motivated and track your progress.

Choosing the right fitness tracker can be daunting. Classified as “wearable technology,” fitness trackers can be used as simple devices to track distance walked, run or biked or as technology companions to monitor your sleep and lifestyle patterns, acting as a kind of fitness coach.

Which Type of Tracker Is Best for You?

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5 Ways to Stay Fit During the Holidays

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Nov 16, 2016 11:00:00 AM

It’s no surprise that as the demands of the holiday season heat up, it gets harder to fit in workouts on a regular basis. But staying physically active is as important at this time of the year as any other.

The key to fitting in fitness when you’re busy is to come up with a few tricks to keep yourself moving despite a hectic schedule. Here are 5 ways to stay fit even as your to-do list lengthens:

Make a plan. The more organized you are, the more likely you are to fit in the things that are important to you. Make fitness a priority and schedule it on your calendar like any other activity. Planning and organizing the many things competing for your time will also help reduce stress, which is good for your health.

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Eat These Foods to Boost Your Athletic Performance

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Nov 3, 2016 12:15:40 PM

Think of your body as a high-end luxury car and food as the gasoline. Just like that car, you need premium gas for your body to run most efficiently. These six foods can help keep your engine running strong:

Peanut butter: Loaded with protein, unsaturated fat and fiber, peanut butter will keep you full during your workout without weighing you down. Nut butters are also a great natural source of plant-based protein, essential for muscle growth and repair.

Bananas: Muscle cramps caused by low potassium are a common ailment among athletes. Eating just one medium banana provides 422 milligrams of potassium, which can help prevent muscle cramps and soreness. An average banana also contains about 30 grams of low-glycemic carbohydrates, making it a choice fuel source.

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Topics: Nutrition, Fitness

Infographic: 7 Steps to Better Heart Health

Posted by Christine Skiffington on Oct 21, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States.

If you’re at risk for heart disease, we have good news for you. Many people can take steps to greatly reduce their chances of developing it.

Even if you already have cardiovascular issues or have had a heart attack, there’s still a lot you can do to prevent future heart problems.

This infographic outlines seven steps that experts recommend you take to help prevent heart disease.

Your doctor can tell you what each one means for you.

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Topics: Fitness

Infographic: Get Physical When You Watch TV

Posted by Christine Skiffington on Oct 6, 2016 12:49:51 PM

Fitting exercise into your daily routine has both mental and physical benefits, some of which we covered in our recent article: Sit Less & Live Longer.

The average American watches TV (or Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, etc.) for about five hours a day, according to the latest Nielson study. That’s a lot of time spent sitting, especially since so many of us also spend our days behind a desk. Don’t be a couch potato – tone up when you tune in!

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4 Fun Activities to Keep Your Family Fit in the Fall

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Oct 3, 2016 2:16:11 PM

There are so many ways to be active while enjoying the season. Here are a few the whole family can do.

The air is getting crisp, the leaves are changing color. That means it’s the perfect time of year to get outside and have some fun. Fall offers loads of opportunities that can help keep you—and the whole family—fit.

Even if you’re getting tired of your regular fitness routine, these activities will have you moving your body and strengthening your heart.

1. Hiking. The changing leaves make autumn one of the most beautiful times of the year to take a hike. Find a trail that is appropriate for your fitness level, grab a friend or the whole family and don’t forget some water and a healthy snack if you’ll be out for a while. The colorful scenery will likely make you forget how long you’re exercising.

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Topics: Fitness

Infographic: 5 Tips for a Better Night’s Sleep

Posted by Christine Skiffington on Sep 21, 2016 10:20:00 PM

Sleep is vital to your health and a critical part of life. You need it to recharge your brain and body for another day.

Stress, everyday demands, and even your smartphone are some of the culprits affecting your sleep.

To sleep better and wake up feeling more rested, follow this advice:

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Topics: Fitness

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