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Bill Brown
Jun 19, 2018

What’s So Important About Core Strength?

Core strength has been something of a buzz term recently, but I admit — until yesterday, I wasn’t sure what the big deal was all about. Isn’t core training just a fancy way of saying toning your abs? Our moms used to simply call this “doing sit-ups.” But there’s way more to core training than Read More »

Bill Brown
Jun 15, 2018


The number of reasons to practice resistance training is growing as quickly as dumbbells can tone your biceps. In addition to basically cutting your early-death risk in half and protecting you from osteoporosis, weight lifting or using resistance bands to challenge your muscles can reduce or prevent depressive symptoms, a new study found. In a new meta-analysis from JAMA Psychiatry that cross-examined 33 clinical trials of almost 1,900 Read More »

Jun 14, 2018

The Benefits of Yoga for Physical Fitness

All forms of exercise are important for the body. The right amount of it keeps us in shape, improves longevity, and certainly keeps me sane if nobody else. Yoga is more than simple stretches, and it’s not just for flexible people. It’s about creating balance, strength, flexibility, and relaxation in the body through a series of postures, Read More »

Brittany Lewis
Jun 13, 2018

12 Reasons Women Should Start Weight Lifting Today

Weight lifting can help you lose fat, build muscle, and so much more. Here’s why you should do it! Just because you’re not vying for 20-inch biceps or thunderously strong thighs doesn’t mean you should shun the weight room. Weight lifting gives you an edge over belly fat, stress, heart disease, and cancer. It’s also Read More »

Charles Gibson
Jun 12, 2018

What Should You Expect at Your First Thai Massage Session?

Whether you’re a massage enthusiast or a first-timer, the first appointment for a Thai massage can cause some level of anxiety. Fortunately, knowledge has a way of dispelling anxiety. The more you know about what to expect at your appointment, the better. So, what should you expect at your first Thai massage session? Is Thai Read More »

Bill Brown
Jun 08, 2018

Boot Camp Workout: Is it Right for You?

Fitness boot camps offer an opportunity to build your strength and endurance. But make sure you know what to expect before marching into boot camp. Just as the armed forces are experimenting with changes to boot camp, such as adding exercises similar to those performed in yoga or Pilates, fitness buffs are signing up for Read More »

Bill Brown
Jun 06, 2018

Regular exercise changes the brain to improve memory, thinking skills

There are plenty of good reasons to exercise. Big ones include reducing the odds of developing heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Maybe you want to lose weight, lower your blood pressure, prevent depression, or just look better. Here’s another one, which especially applies to those of us experiencing the brain fog that comes with age: Read More »

Steve Levert
Jun 04, 2018

Arena District Kickball League Registration Now Open!

2018 Arena District Kickball Registration Now Open! Kickball will pack the field again this summer at McFerson Commons. Whether you are a kickball playing pro or just learning the game, the Arena District Kickball League offers lots of fun while staying active and enjoying the beautiful park. Leagues:     Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursdays Location:    McFerson Read More »

Lara Falberg
Jun 01, 2018

What is Hatha Yoga?

Many types of yoga fall under hatha yoga. To be defined as hatha yoga, the practice has to include the following elements: physical poses, breathing techniques, and meditation. Any type of yoga that presents these three elements is also considered hatha yoga. This includes Bikram, Ashtanga, Anusara, or Iyengar.  What Does Hatha Mean? Hatha is a Sanskrit word Read More »

May 30, 2018

The Secret to Burning More Calories During a Cycling Class

Cycling or Spinning classes have become a hip way to burn calories and rev up your cardio workouts. With chic studios promising you’ll burn hundreds of calories in a single 45-minute session — and a price tag of $20-$35 per class — you may be wondering how to make the most out of your cycling sweat Read More »


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