Staying Fit
Stretch It Out: How to Improve Your Flexibility

Stretch It Out: 5 Ways to Improve Your Flexibility

If you haven’t touched your toes since high school gym class, take note: Supple joints not only help prevent injury, they also improve things like your golf swing and performance on the basketball court, and preserve your ability to perform simple activities of basic living. “Whether you’re bending down to …

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Mind-Body-Spirit

5 Reasons Why Exercise Can Help Depression

It’s no secret that movement makes you feel better, especially when it’s cold, dark and dreary – whether that’s outside or in your mind. “This time of year can be especially difficult for some people,” explains Lauren Rao, an athletic trainer at Henry Ford Health System. “Not only is it …

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Healthy Athletes
Sports Injury? Don't Play Through the Pain

Sports Injury? Don’t Play Through Pain

When it comes to sports and recreation activities, injuries to athletes and weekend-warriors are inevitable. Some will occur during a practice or game, others may simply be an accident. Injuries can also happen due to poor conditioning or improper gear. No matter which sport you play, however, being smart and …

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Healthy Pregnancy
Prenatal Exercise Do's and Don'ts

Prenatal Exercise Do’s and Don’ts

Pregnancy is a special time. Between preparing for the baby to come and taking care of your health, it can be quite a bit of work. It is important that as your body changes, you adjust your lifestyle to continue to practice healthy habits, including exercise. Anastasia Arab, D.O., an …

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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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