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  • Pickleball is Booming, Image: Ron Alvey/AdobeStock.comPickleball is Booming  
    Get into a Pickle for Holiday Fitness  

    Forget the gherkins and dills this holiday season; there’s another pickle in town. This one offers a great way to get in shape, increase happiness and bond with family and friends. It’s pickleball: a simple-to-learn sport that...

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  • Skiing for Fitness and Pure Fun, Image: vitaliy_melnik/AdobeStock.comSkiing for Fitness and Pure Fun  
    Tips for Enjoying Alpine and Nordic Styles  

    Whether it’s the thrill of alpine skiing down the side of a high mountain with breathtaking views or the serene pleasure of Nordic cross-country skiing in a nearby park, strapping on skis and swooping off burns lots of calories, makes winter more...

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  • The Joy of Movement, Image: New Africa/AdobeStock.comThe Joy of Movement  
    Dancing Boosts Our Health and Happiness  

    Whether it’s salsa, hip-hop, belly dance or ballet, finding our groove has proven to ease depression, support the cardiovascular system and improve overall joint function. By all accounts, dancing gives us a...

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  • Aging GracefullyAging Gracefully  
    How a Yoga Practice Keeps Us Young  

    In 1967, Tao Porchon-Lynch left a successful Hollywood career as a model and actress to become a full-time yogi in her 50s. At age 87, she added ballroom dancing to her list of passions and at 93, she...

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  • Take a Silent Hike, Image: Brocreative/AdobeStock.comTake a Silent Hike  
    Tips for Walking Mindfully in Nature   

    Silent hikes offer an opportunity to be immersed in nature and quiet the internal chatter that too often consumes our daily routine. Wesley Trimble, communications and creative director of the American Hiking Society, has observed a...

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  • The Great Nature Gym, Image: KoolShooters/Pexels.comThe Great Nature Gym  
    Outdoor Workouts Make the Most of Summer  

    Summer is the prime time to skip the gym and exercise in the fresh air. Studies show that outdoor workouts improve mental well-being and result in greater feelings of revitalization, increased energy and positive engagement. Exercising in nature can reduce...

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  • The Exercise Power of E-Bikes, Image: photo courtesy of Gail ColemanThe Exercise Power of E-Bikes  
    Get a Workout on an Easier Ride   

    The familiar adage, “No pain, no gain,” doesn’t really apply to e-bikes. Although a pedal-assist electric bicycle is zippier and easier to ride than a conventional model, researchers are finding that as long as we’re pedaling, we’re still getting our heart pumping, building stamina and experiencing some of that cardio magic...

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  • Staying Hydrated, Image: castecodesign/AdobeStock.comStaying Hydrated  
    It’s not Just About Drinking Water   

    Maintaining proper hydration is one of the most important measures we can take to benefit our health. “The human body is made up of 55 to 75 percent water, and proper fluid levels are essential for many important body functions, including nutrient and oxygen...

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  • Spirited Strides, Image: maridav/AdobeStock.comSpirited Strides  
    Power Walk to Better Fitness  

    We all know that the more steps we take in a day the better. The Mayo Clinic advocates walking regularly to keep bad cholesterol in check, maintain a heart-healthy weight and keep blood pressure within a normal range. Power walking—going a mile in...

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  • A Weekend Warrior Survival Guide, Image: monkey business/AdobeStock.comA Weekend Warrior Survival Guide  
    Prevention, First-Aid and Recovery  

    At first glance, it seems harmless to sit at a desk all week and then dive into gardening, hiking, shooting some hoops or playing softball with the kids. We think nothing of it until that pulled hamstring, stiff shoulder or painful knee makes...

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  • Power Up Your Workouts, Image: expressiovisual/AdobeStock.comPower Up Your Workouts  
    A Guide to Protein Powders and Shakes  

    Protein, from the Greek proteios, means “primary,” which sums up its vital role in the human body. Its structure of amino acids enables myriad bodily functions, from repairing and building tissues to creating...

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  • Whole-Person Fitness, Image: images/articles/2022/01/Article-IN-WordPower-202201Whole-Person Fitness  
    Current Trends in Wellness Tools  

    Insiders agree that the idea of fitness is changing, and this means an exciting wave of trackers and apps that go beyond achieving the ultimate six-pack abs. “So many of us want a nice exterior, but now more than ever, we realize how important it is that the interior match that exterior,” says Dominic Kennedy, a Los Angeles trainer and founder...

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