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Fitness First: The 12-minute Solution

Fitness First: The 12-minute Solution

Daunted by the prospect of exercise? Don’t have the time, you say? Consider starting out by exercising just 12 minutes a day and building your endurance over time. In six weeks, you should be able to exercise for 12 minutes

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Fitness First: Boost Winter Fitness at Home

Fitness First: Boost Winter Fitness at Home

The short days and long nights of winter have arrived in the Mother Lode, along with colder temperatures and the promise of welcome rain and snow. The downside? Confronted by the elements, we often put exercise on the back burner

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Fitness First: A Toast to Safe Summer Exercise

Fitness First: A Toast to Safe Summer Exercise

Summer in the Mother Lode is a great time to stay fit and active, but heat can be dangerous.

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Fitness First: Breathe Easier With These Exercises

Fitness First: Breathe Easier With These Exercises

We don’t give a lot of thought to the ins and outs of breathing. Although breathing is vitally important, we do it most of the time without thinking. Our brain takes over, controlling respiration as we negotiate the physical demands

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Fitness First: Tips for Setting Healthy Goals

Fitness First: Tips for Setting Healthy Goals

Sticking with new health and fitness goals long term can be challenging. Here are some easy tips.

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Fitness First: The Risky Business of Sitting

Fitness First: The Risky Business of Sitting

How dangerous is prolonged sitting? Let’s just say that you’ll want to read this one standing up.

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Fitness First: Put the Spring Back in Your Step

Fitness First: Put the Spring Back in Your Step

The days are getting longer, which means there’s more time to be outside and, better yet, more time to walk.  To improve overall physical, emotional and spiritual wellness, it’s hard to beat walking – and most of us need it.

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Fitness First: Slowing the Aging Process

Fitness First: Slowing the Aging Process

How many “miles” we get out of life – and the quality of those miles – can be compared to the life of our car tires. The average tire gets 35,000 miles, and the American life expectancy is now 78

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Fitness First: Healthy Dieting

Fitness First: Healthy Dieting

By Krista Howell ‘Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.’ – Hippocrates Many people start exercising to lose weight. But it’s not always that easy to shed extra pounds. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve

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Fitness First: Strengthening Your Core

The desire to improve the strength and look of our abdominal area isn’t new. Yoga, the first organized exercises for what we call the core area, dates back more than 5,000 years. Move forward several thousand years to World War I, when

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Fitness First: The Best Reason to Exercise

On a normal work day I see between 100 to 150 students and patients. One day I took a quick survey, asking “Why do you exercise?” Every participant replied, “Because I feel better.” This group ranged in age from 17

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Fitness First: Choosing a Stationary Bike

Fitness First: Choosing a Stationary Bike

I will always remember my first bike, a Schwinn Stingray with a banana seat and suicide handlebars. The only bike cooler in 1969 was Peter Fonda’s chopper in “Easy Rider.” My brother and I rode all over the dirt roads

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