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Maximize your running potential with cross-training

Preparing for race day requires logging lots of miles, but cross-training can help reduce injuries, build strength and enhance your performance. Learn how to work it into your training program.

Joel Luedke, L.A.T. By Joel Luedke April 3, 2024

Want to become a better runner? Tips to step up your performance, prevent injuries

Whether you're new to running or have some experience under your feet, there's a desire to become even a bit better. These tips can set you on the road to becoming the runner you aspire to be.

Leslie Grommersch DPT By Leslie Grommersch March 5, 2024
Kimberly Olsen PT By Kimberly Olsen March 5, 2024
Desiree Essler PT By Desiree Essler March 5, 2024

Isometric exercise: Using body weight to lower blood pressure

Isometric exercise focuses on contracting specific groups of muscles. Learn why it's gaining attention for its role in controlling blood pressure and how to do some exercises at home.

Melinda Hahm By Melinda Hahm January 22, 2024

Crafting healthier resolutions: Setting and achieving your goals

This year, don't just make a resolution — make a plan with a healthy vision using SMART goals to help you overcome challenges when making resolutions for the new year.

Michael Rogge MD By Michael Rogge December 28, 2023

5 tips for walking your way to better health

All walking takes is you and a good pair of shoes. That's what makes it the most accessible form of exercise. Follow these tips for starting or maintaining a walking routine.

Michelle McDonough, M.D. By Michelle (Mickey) McDonough October 6, 2023

Beat the 'back-to-school blues' with healthy lunches

Heading back to school for many students includes a bagged lunch tucked into their backpack. Follow these tips for packing healthy lunches kids will like and help improve their ability to learn.

Elizabeth Rummel By Elizabeth (Lizzie) Bertrand August 11, 2023

Need to get moving? Start slowly

If you haven't been active, or are recovering from an illness or injury, you may not feel like lacing up your shoes or going to the gym. But it may be just what you need. Get started with these tips.

Chaun Cox MD By Chaun Cox May 10, 2023

Valentine's Day survival guide

Valentine's Day may sabotage your healthy weight plans. Learn what you can do to navigate this day full of indulgences so you can still enjoy it.

Eileen Dutter, R.D. By Eileen Dutter February 13, 2023

Tips for safe cold-weather training

Training for a spring run starts during the cold winter months. It takes dedication and care. Before you head out, consider these tips to stay safe and warm as you log those miles.

Corey Wencl, L.A.T. By Corey Wencl February 1, 2023

Interval training for heart health

Interval training makes your heart alternate between working hard and recovering. Learn why this style of training has big benefits, and get started with a training plan.

Melinda Hahm By Melinda Hahm January 31, 2023

10 weight training tips for beginners

Weight training isn't just for bodybuilders and athletes — everyone can get the benefits. Get started with these tips to help you build strength, balance and confidence.

Mackenzie Long By Mackenzie Long January 6, 2023

1-2-3 approach to eating fruits and veggies

If your goal is to eat more fruits and veggies, learn how counting to three can help you reach five or more servings a day.

December 30, 2022