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Post date: May 10, 2011
Most people think that a vacation needs to be traveling to an exotic, distant destination for an extended period of time. It is important to remember that smaller "mini-vacations" can be just as stress-relieving than larger trips.
 
We all deserve to have a vacation every once in awhile to help get our minds off of work, whether it be at the office or at home. However, traveling in itself can be stressful: packing, taking time off work, getting the kids...
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Post date: May 9, 2011
An impending deadline at work. Getting the kids to school on time in the morning. Paying all the bills on time. Making sure dinner is perfect for your spouse's birthday. All of these things, and so much more, add stress to our every day lives. Unfortunately, the stressors won't disappear, but you can control how you act in response to them. In fact, the simple realization that you're in control of your life is the foundation of stress management.
 
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Post date: May 6, 2011
Resistance bands are a lightweight strength training tool that provides resistance when stretched. The bands are available for arms and legs in a variety of color-coded intensity levels. They are an alternative to using dumbells or body bars for building muscle tone and resistance bands actually make it easier to isolate muscles while doing strength training.
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Post date: May 5, 2011
According to the NASM Essentials of Personal Fitness Training, balance disks are...
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Post date: May 4, 2011
Get your arms in on the cardio action by jumping on the lonely rowing machine. It often goes unused because it can be more challenging than other machines - you're engaging large muscle groups in your upper and lower body to do the work. But that helps you burn up to 13 calories per minute (based on a 145 pound woman) while sculpting your legs, gluts, abs, back shoulders and biceps. If you are up for a good challenge, try this workout.
 
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Post date: May 3, 2011

The best way to eliminate and prevent muscle knots is the foam roller. The foam roller...

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Post date: May 2, 2011
This week's theme is "Exercise Equipment That You Should Use." We all tend to get into a routine with our workout. Many people find that doing the same workouts over and over becomes pretty monotonous, and as a result, may begin to lose their desire to workout on a regular basis. Research shows that adding variety to your routine can help to improve adherence. A study at the University of Florida observed that people who modified their workout every two weeks over...
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Post date: Apr 29, 2011
Just as important as preparing before the big race, it is equally important to give your body the attention it needs after the race. Follow these tips to prevent injury and ensure your body properly heals.
 
Rehydrate
Most races have hydrations stations set up along the route with water and Gatorade (check out the Illinois Marathon course map to see where the hydration stations are). Take...
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Post date: Apr 28, 2011
Pre-race nerves can often get the best of runners, especially those who are running their first race. Take these steps to prepare yourself for the big day and eliminate the stress so you can enjoy yourself and all you have worked for!
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Post date: Apr 27, 2011

For some, running is a solitary endeavour. They like to have the time to...

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