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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

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

No bones about it: Dogs are good for your health

The unconditional love shown by dogs and their need for regular exercise are a boon for physical and mental health. Learn about the benefits of dog ownership and why they're doggone fun.

May 24, 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

How to strengthen your core

A strong core is required for physical activity, including running. It provides overall strength, endurance and power, and supports good posture and prevents injuries. Develop your core with these exercises.

Denise Grabowski MPT By Denise Grabowski March 15, 2023
Steven Perkins, D.O. By Steven Perkins March 15, 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

The 5 elements of fitness

Variety is key to a healthy diet. It turns out, it's also key to a healthy fitness routine. Incorporate these five fitness elements to ensure success.

December 29, 2022

Setting SMART goals for success

Whether you're starting a new exercise program, trying to eat healthier or find some time for yourself, setting SMART goals positions you for success.

Joanne Genewick DO By Joanne Genewick December 20, 2022

Arlene Wellemeyer finds pain relief, balance through yoga

Arlene’s retirement was far from stress-free. Thanks to private and group yoga classes, she learned how to manage her pain and bring balance to her body and life.

August 19, 2022