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Jillian Michaels: Fitness Ultimatum 2011 - 10 Fitness Tips

10 fitness tips from the upcoming fitness video game, Jillian Michaels: Fitness Ultimatum 2011 exclusively for the Wii this November. 

1.       Exercise does more than just tone your body, it boosts self esteem, improves mood and revs up metabolism.  So suck it up and get moving!

2.       If you are looking to shed those last stubborn ... Continue reading Jillian Michaels: Fitness Ultimatum 2011 - 10 Fitness Tips

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Keeping Fit Over the Holidays

By Nancy Gottesman

Amid parties and presents, decorating and travel, and the general holiday hubbub, finding time to exercise can be a real challenge. "Exercise requires discipline, and it can be difficult to hold strong with so many holiday celebrations and obligations," notes Jenny Breuer, director of the fitness and wellness programs at Trinity Uni ... Continue reading Keeping Fit Over the Holidays

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Take it Outside! Outdoor Fitness Ideas

by Deb McLeod

With flowers blooming and birds chirping, you might have a hankering to get outside. Moving your workout outdoors is one way to get outside, enjoy the fresh air and benefit your health all at once.

If you're a gym rat, though, or you enjoy working out in the privacy of your own home, you might not immediately think to plan ... Continue reading Take it Outside! Outdoor Fitness Ideas

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Feeling Fatigued? Try Exercise!

by Karen Asp

You're exhausted. Not only have the shorter days and lack of sunshine sapped your energy, you're also wiped out from the holidays. The last thing you want to do is exercise. Yet here's the irony: A new study confirms that just a little bit of physical activity -- even a brief stroll -- will combat fatigue and give you an instant rush of e ... Continue reading Feeling Fatigued? Try Exercise!

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Breaking Down Bone Health Myths

What's in your daughter's glass? If it's not a calcium-rich beverage like milk, fortified orange juice or soymilk, she may not be building the strong bones she'll need for life.

Many girls don't drink milk because they worry about weight gain. Others steer clear of dairy products because they are lactose intolerant. Avoiding calcium-rich foods, combined with a lac ... Continue reading Breaking Down Bone Health Myths

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Do You Have a Pleasure Deficit?

By Jacquelyn B. Fletcher

Last Tuesday a series of things happened that made me realize I am experiencing a pleasure deficit. First, I had a lunch with some really groovy folks. Jocelyn Hale, the Executive Director of the Loft Literary Center, Dennis Cass, the author of the hilarious and fantastic book Head Case, and Pilar Gerasimo, Editor-in-Chief of Experience Lif ... Continue reading Do You Have a Pleasure Deficit?

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Work out Like the Pros

By Stacey Colino

For fitness experts, working out is a way of life and work. So how do they exercise when they're off-duty and no one is watching? Here, five fitness gurus reveal their favorite ways to work out. Take a lesson from them, and you might just infuse some fun and freshness into your own sporting life.

Get Out and Pla ... Continue reading Work out Like the Pros

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Notable Minnesota Moms: Chris Freytag

Author, fitness professional
"Prevention's Shortcuts to Big Weight Loss"

by JulieBurton

Chris Freytag is an exercise enthusiast. She exudes energy (even over the telephone line). She is committed to making Minnesotans healthier people and has done that through various forms of educating. Her exercise videos, articles in Preve ... Continue reading Notable Minnesota Moms: Chris Freytag

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Are You Fit or Fat?

By Michael Castleman

It's hard to resist quick-and-dirty medical tests. After all, they're fast, easy, cheap and noninvasive. The only problem is that their accuracy is limited. For the past several decades, the standard quick-and-dirty test for obesity has been the Body Mass Index (BMI): Multiply your weight in pounds by 703, and divide the result by ... Continue reading Are You Fit or Fat?

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Aerobics in Disguise

By Wendy Korn Heppt

After her landmark 45th birthday, Mary Zorcik went on a fitness kick to get in shape. "I tried a step class but couldn't follow it," says the North Carolina teacher. Then "I joined a power walking group, but I lagged way behind. Finally I joined a local gym, but I felt way too self-conscious. I decided to give up on aerobics for g ... Continue reading Aerobics in Disguise

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Workout With Your Other Half

By Karen Asp

Everyone knows working out with a buddy can help you stick with exercise, but when that buddy is also your spouse, the rewards can be even more gratifying. Just ask Mike Curry, a certified personal trainer in Los Angeles who exercises with his wife, Adella, twice a week, running, skating, hiking or cycling. "Just having Adella with ... Continue reading Workout With Your Other Half

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How About Those New Year's Resolutions?

By Mary Jane Horton

Last January, Diana Ennen made a New Year's resolution to get in shape. She started off with a bang: "I was on fire," says the writer and publicist from Margate, Fla., "working out at the gym, going to kickboxing and Zumba [a fitness class that combines Latin music and dance steps], exercising with videos one to two hours a day and walking. ... Continue reading How About Those New Year's Resolutions?

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It's Spring: Re-energizing your Family's Health and Fitness

Spring and summer are great seasons to make sure your family is healthy and fit. Arguably, these months are the easiest time to establish healthy eating and exercise habits since we Minnesotans have no excuse not to come out of our winter-long hibernation. Having said that, sometimes the "plan" to make some healthier choices for our family does not turn into a reali ... Continue reading It's Spring: Re-energizing your Family's Health and Fitness

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Prenatal Yoga: A Gift to Yourself and Your Baby

By Sydney Holly

Prenatal yoga is a great way to embrace your evolving body and bond with your baby. Through a series of comprehensive postures, soothing breath, and relaxing imagery, prenatal yoga gently stretches and tones the body while calming the mind and restoring your energy. The numerous physical, mental, and emotional benefits of prenatal yoga ar ... Continue reading Prenatal Yoga: A Gift to Yourself and Your Baby

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Parents' Perceptions About Kids' Weight Often Off

As moms and dads, it's perfectly natural to want to see your kids in the best -- and absolutely healthiest -- light. The common rose-colored glasses of parenthood can make even the most apparent of problems seem nonexistent or like no big deal.

That's definitely what researchers recently found when they conducted a national survey of 2,000-plus adults. In fact, m ... Continue reading Parents' Perceptions About Kids' Weight Often Off

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Thighway Robbery

By Leeuna Foster

Yesterday the temperatures were in the mid-ninties, so I decided to shed my jeans, put on my bathing suit and go for a dip in the Nolichuckey River that winds its way past our front door.

That's when I discovered that a horrible crime had been committed sometime during the long winter. When I looked at my reflection in the mi ... Continue reading Thighway Robbery

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Arthritis and the Weekend Warrior

For most people, arthritis means simply pain in or around a joint. But there are over 100 different kinds of arthritis, each with its own set of symptoms and characteristics.

Arthritis is a painful and sometimes debilitating condition. This disease of the joints affects 43 million Americans, and that number will only increase as the population ages.

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Massage Offers Benefits for Exercisers at All Levels

Summer is the season of swimming, tennis, and being outdoors. But along with summer sports, the season brings sprained ankles, pulled muscles and shin splints. This summer, and all year round, athletes of all levels are turning to massage therapy to combat these mishaps.

Once considered an alternative medicine, massage has staked its claim to the mainstream. Ame ... Continue reading Massage Offers Benefits for Exercisers at All Levels

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Making Child's Play Out of Staying Fit

When you were a kid, you probably did a little hula hooping during gym class. Back then you may have thought it was all fun and games and maybe a bit silly but turns out your gym teacher was on to something.

All the twisting and turning you do to keep the hoop from falling gives you a full body workout. In fact, according to the Cooper Institute, a nonprofit res ... Continue reading Making Child's Play Out of Staying Fit

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Simple Ways for Busy Moms to Look and Feel Younger

The challenges of being a Gen X mom are more demanding than ever. Whether it's alternating between soccer practices and ballet recitals or library nights and professional careers, keeping all the balls in the air can take a toll on a mom's state of mind, as well as the state of her appearance. In response to these everyday challenges, moms are finding ways to feel better and look youn ... Continue reading Simple Ways for Busy Moms to Look and Feel Younger

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