Staying Fit
Sports Drinks vs. Water: Best Way to Hydrate?

Sports Drinks vs. Water: What’s the Best Way to Hydrate?

When it comes to athletic performance and exercise, hydration is key.  Because the human body is comprised of more than 70 percent water, drinking plenty of fluids helps maintain and replenish what you lose in the heat of competition or exercise. Water is best, of course. But sports drinks provide …

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Fitness Tips

Choosing the Right Shoes for Your Workout

Whether you prefer running, CrossFit or spin class – or a combination of all three – selecting the correct footwear depends on your activity. Add to that form, function and trendy neon colors, and it’s no wonder fitness enthusiasts often get stumped at the sporting goods store. While run-of-the-mill exercise …

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Fitness Trends

Ready to Go for a Spin?

Spinning is one of few fitness crazes that have withstood the test of time. And for good reason — it’s a heart-pumping cycling workout that’s easy on the joints. Add spirited instructors, hooting, hollering, music and a sense of community to the mix, and it’s no wonder spin classes continue …

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Managing Chronic Pain

4 Ways to Manage Chronic Pain Without Medication

Chronic pain — pain that lasts three months or more — can make it hard to go about your daily life. Whether it’s lower back pain or a headache that just won’t quit, you may be surprised to know you might not need pain medication to feel better. According to …

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Healthy Families
8 Ideas for Summertime Family Fitness

8 Fun Ideas for Summertime Family Fitness

Summer brings warm weather, blue skies and lots of sunshine. And with many kids on break from school, the summer months offer infinite opportunities for families to get moving. “People are more active in the summer because they’re doing things like yard work, washing cars and playing outside with their …

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Staying Fit
5 Tips for Water Workouts

5 Tips for Water Workouts

As temperatures creep into the triple digits and humidity levels soar, hitting the pool or beach offers some welcome relief from the heat. Not only does getting wet help you feel refreshed, it burns calories to boot – perhaps even more than if you exercised in an air-conditioned gym. Water …

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Staying Healthy on the Course
How to Prevent 3 Common Golf Injuries

How to Prevent 3 Common Golf Injuries

Michigan is great (dare we say perfect?) for the outdoor adventurist. And for many, hitting the course for a round of golf is high up on the list of summertime activities that make Michigan so enjoyable this time of year. Whether you’re a golf newbie or a seasoned veteran, this …

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Staying Fit

How I Stay Active: 6 Health Experts Share Exercise Routines

It feels like summertime in Michigan and it’s almost officially here, which means more people are headed outdoors as a welcome change to their exercise routines. Whether you are a seasoned athlete, a weekend warrior or can’t remember the last time you wore tennis shoes to do something active, this …

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Fitness Advice
hard workouts

Work Out Too Hard? A Trainer’s 7 Tips

The expression “no pain, no gain” is commonly tossed around in fitness circles. Trouble is, consistently pushing yourself too hard in the gym or on the field can come with some serious drawbacks. In addition to making muscles tired and weak, too-tough workouts can increase your risk of injuries. “While …

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Fitness Advice

Is Fitness Testing Right for Me?

Many athletes have questioned if their exercise program was working at some point in their training. Should they be doing more of a particular kind of exercise to enhance their performance? Is there a way they could better achieve the results they desire? From high-performance endurance athletes to weekend warriors …

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