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Walking Reduces Risk of Heart Disease

Posted by Lloyd on October 01, 2012
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Women may lower their risk of heart disease just by walking, according to a recent study. Researchers reported that the pace of the walk is not as important as the time spent walking when it comes to reducing heart disease. Continue reading…

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Starting & Maintaining an Exercise Program

Posted by Lloyd on September 26, 2012
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Now that I have you thoroughly concerned (I hope), I will try and help you develop the tools you need to make a lasting lifestyle change. Understand that this is not going to be a pep talk, we are going to deal with the real psychological, physical and behavioral issues that keep you from making changes in your life. Don’t worry, I will spare you the psychobabble. Continue reading…

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Healthplex Sports Club

Posted by Lloyd on July 09, 2012
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With the changing demographics of health club members, and with the U.S. population reaching older ages, the “usual” way of running a fitness business may no longer be the best way. Now, members are seeking amore holistic wellness approach, rather than the old strictly fitness approach. Continue reading…

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Surgeon General’s Report due in May

Posted by Lloyd on July 05, 2012
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In 1964, the Surgeon General’s report on smoking and health tilted the battlefield in favor of reducing tobacco smoking and improving the health of the American people. Sometime in the next couple of months of 1996 (probably in late May or early June), the first U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Physical Activity and Health will be released to the public. Continue reading…

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March Welcome Letter

Posted by Lloyd on June 27, 2012
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Welcome to Butterfly Central! I began Butterfly School to form a daily connection with my children and to share my passion for learning! This month Butterfly Central will help you set up Butterfly School for yourself. Continue reading…

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Understanding the Effects of VR Exercise

Posted by Lloyd on February 01, 2012
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To understand the effects of VR exercise, both the physiological and psychological responses are important. In these studies, even though subjects were working at the same perceived effort, they worked at a higher exercise intensity on the VR machines than on the non-VR machines. Psychologists describe this phenomenon as dissociation, whereby the subjects’ attentional focus is shifted away from internal cues of how hard they feel they are working. Because exercisers are working at a higher intensity, they should logically experience greater improvements in aerobic capacity and body composition if they regularly use VR machines. Continue reading…

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Health & Fitness Exchange, Part 2

Posted by Lloyd on December 29, 2011
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Murder on Harbor Boulevard was designed to promote balanced physical activity. Because detectives were unable to get additional clues by spending extra hours on the treadmill or pumping iron, there was no incentive to overtrain. This encouraged members to space out their workouts and plan ahead rather than doing too much in a single exercise session. At the same time, the program motivated runners to include strength training in their exercise program and got some weightlifters to add aerobics to their weekly training regimen. The end result was a 24 percent increase in facility utilization during the six-week event. Continue reading…

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Exercise and Pregnancy

Posted by Lloyd on August 18, 2011
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Should you exercise if you are pregnant? By all means, but before you start, make sure you talk to your doctor about a safe exercise program that will be healthy for both you and your baby. Continue reading…

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Tightness at Back of Legs

Posted by Lloyd on June 13, 2011
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Q.I’m 32 and have done light weights and some cardiovascular exercise fairly religiously my whole life. In the last year I have noticed that my back and the backs of my legs are extremely tight. I have pulled muscles or just noticed a lot of sore/muscle tension. I think I have pinched a nerve in my lower back/leg area making it hard to bend over. What would be the best approach to gain more flexibility? Should I continue with the weightlifting or switch to taking more classes, such as yoga? Continue reading…

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Is Rowing Ok for My Lower Back

Posted by Lloyd on April 26, 2011
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Dear Expert:

I finally found a machine I actually enjoy using. What is unique about rowing compared to other types of exercise? Is rowing OK for people with low back discomfort? Continue reading…

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