Health Topics

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Exercise and Fitness

Exercise is not just a weight loss tool — it's an effective "medicine" for disease prevention and treatment.

In The News

Tips to avoid running-related injuries

Warm weather encouraging athletes to hit the streets earlier this year. 

March 27, 2019
Aquatic Physical Therapy class in Mankato

A water-based exercise class designed to promote healthy living, weight loss, pain management, and strength and conditioning in a setting that reduces stress on a person’s joints and body.

February 14, 2019
Fairmont begins mall walking perks program

Mayo Clinic Mile at Five Lakes Centre encourages area residents to walk at the mall and earn perks based on completed miles.

February 14, 2019

From The Blog

Keep your cool while exercising in the heat

Warm weather is a perfect motivator to get outside and move around. But when summer goes from warm to hot, exercising could be risky — unless you’re prepared with these tips.

Chaun Cox MD By Chaun Cox August 5, 2020

The importance of movement

Movement. It seems like the simplest thing in the world. Our bodies are designed to run, jump and manipulate objects. But how often do we use our bodies at their full potential?

Andrew Jagim PhD By Andrew Jagim June 8, 2020

Setting SMART goals

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

May 27, 2020

15-minute workouts you can do at home

Many gyms and fitness facilities likely are closed due to social distancing requirements. However, staying active is important not only for your body, but for your mind. Here are three 15-minute workouts you can do at home.

Andrew Jagim PhD By Andrew Jagim March 18, 2020

5 inexpensive home fitness equipment items

Working out can increase your health and fitness, but getting to the gym can be difficult. Start your home gym with these five inexpensive pieces of gear.

January 26, 2020

How to strengthen your core

Learn how to strengthen your core — abdominal, pelvic, diaphragm and back muscles — to help prevent back pain.

Denise Grabowski MS PT By Denise Grabowski January 20, 2020

5 tips for walking your way to better health

Walking is a gentle, low-impact cardio exercise that can ease you into a higher level of fitness and health. Learn how walking can benefit you, and get five tips to get started.

Timothy Sheneman DO By Timothy Sheneman December 9, 2019

6 tips for a successful run

Running is one of the world's most popular sports, hobbies and ways of staying fit. But it can lead to the occasional injury. Get tips from a physical therapist for a successful run.

Jordan Moen By Jordan Moen September 26, 2019

Strategies for safe, successful summer race performance

Are you interested in competing in a summer race event? Make sure you are taking the necessary precautions to properly train and prepare your body for the physiological demands of a race.

Andrew Jagim PhD By Andrew Jagim July 23, 2019

Aquatic exercise: Healthy, easy on the body

Do you find it difficult to exercise because of reduced mobility, pain or balance issues? Aquatic exercise is a fun, effective way to focus on fitness in a gravity-reduced environment. Here are five things you need to know before you begin.

Kimberly Olsen PT By Kimberly Olsen June 17, 2019

Exercises for a happy back

Don't let back pain slow you down. Learn how to stretch and strengthen your back properly to keep you moving.

May 21, 2019

5 ways slimming screen time is good for your health

Have you ever considered how much time you or your family members spend on a screen? Too much time can become a problem. Learn 5 reasons that slimming your screen time is good for your health.

April 26, 2019