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Top Fitness Trends for 2019

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Jan 16, 2019 9:00:00 AM

For 13 years now, ACSM has presented a survey showcasing the top trends in fitness. For 2019, the survey indicates a variety of developments, many of them remaining on the list from previous years but held in place by technological advancements which simply improve their effectiveness.  Some are tools, others are activities, and yet others are simply mindsets to wellness.  He results are useful for both the fitness industry and individuals looking to either add something new to their routine or looking for validation that they are on he right path. Let’s discover some of the trends leading the world of fitness today:

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Topics: Health and Fitness

New Year Resolutions for Your Breathing

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Jan 2, 2019 9:00:00 AM

New year, new you. This is when many adults, ready to set aside the holiday treats and endless parties, look to not only get back into their regular lifestyle, but also invest in themselves. Through choosing to lose bad habits or establish new ones, spend more time on mind or body, increase time with family or begin working for others, this is the time of year when we look inwards and consider what we can do as individuals to improve ourselves or the world around us.

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Topics: Health and Fitness

Top 5 Popular Runs for New Runners

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Nov 15, 2018 3:35:51 PM

The sport of running, specifically for entering races, has grown a lot in the last 10 years, but many of the established races (like the Boston or Chicago Marathons) are intimidating for new runners. However, there are plenty of small or themed races which provide a more relaxed, less competitive atmosphere for those just breaking into the race scene. These 5 races offer some of the most fun and rewarding experiences, combined with beautiful scenery and/or unique venues to mix racing with leisure activities.

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Topics: Triathletes, Running, Athletes, Health and Fitness

Health and Fitness Tips for Back to School

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Aug 1, 2018 8:30:00 AM

Whether you are in top shape because of summer or NOT in top shape because of summer, back to school is an ideal time to get back in shape. The weather will soon cool off, providing opportunities to return to a fitness routine, and the stores and farmers markets are chock full of healthy foods, offering an abundance of great produce to kick start new health eating habits. Improving health through a fitness regimen and better eating can be accomplished as a family, so take this time to set the school year off right with a plan to improve your physical health.

Let’s look at some of the best (and easiest) tips for getting back to school…and back to health!

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Topics: Health and Fitness, Family Fitness

Mid-Year Resolution Check Up—How have your healthy resolutions measured up?

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Jun 5, 2018 4:00:00 PM

You have made it past the halfway mark of 2018. You may have set some lofty goals for improving your health and fitness. Take a deep breath (hopefully improving your respiratory health was one of your goals) and look back on the year; where have you rocked it, were partially successful, and where did you fail? By reflecting on how far you have come, you can get back on track, celebrate the successes you have had, and re-establish resolutions you still have time to achieve.

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Topics: Active Aging, Health and Fitness

Maintaining Your Fitness during Summer Vacations

Posted by Carolyn Morse

May 30, 2018 8:38:00 AM

PowerLung - Maintaining Your Fitness during Summer Vacations

Summer vacation is fast approaching. Although you likely have a training regime well underway, the warm weather leads to visions of morning runs, bike rides, and workouts as athletes consider scorching heat. With kids out of school, this is also the most popular time for family vacations, which (although fun) can wreak havoc on your fitness routine and plans. It is easy to lose hope that you can maintain your fitness level during these interruptions, but never fear…there ARE tools which not only prevent you from losing what you’ve gained, but some which can be taken with you on vacation, boosting your confidence while relaxing on the beach, by the pool, or visiting your favorite parks and historical cities!

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Topics: Better Breathing, Health and Fitness, Family Fitness

Training as a Family for Your First Marathon

Posted by Carolyn Morse

May 23, 2018 8:05:00 AM

PowerLung - Training as a Family for Your First Marathon

There has been a nationwide resurgence in running, and running clubs are organizing all over the country. Technology has allowed for drastic improvement of running shoes, accessories, and even jogging strollers, making the activity easier to take up than ever before. And why not? Running is a sport that can be continued throughout one’s lifetime, anywhere, at any time. As family-oriented races pop up in many large and small cities alike, it is the perfect time to consider training for—and entering—a race as a family.

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Topics: Better Breathing, Training, Running, Health and Fitness, Family Fitness

Its More Than Swimming! 9 Amazing Benefits of Water Exercise

Posted by Carolyn Morse

May 10, 2018 9:30:00 AM

PowerLung - Its More Than Swimming! 9 Amazing Benefits of Water Exercise

Swimming is an undeniably valuable type of aerobic exercise, but it can be intimidating to start. Many adults took standard swim lessons offered at the local pool as children, and some children may even excel at the sport, while others just “get by.” A few may even join a swim team; however, most adults give up on swimming and water activities in general. But water exercise comes in different forms and has a variety of benefits which should be considered when looking for an enjoyable fitness activity, and something one can share with other adults and children alike.

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Topics: Swimming, Active Aging, Health and Fitness

Mountain Biking—An Active Family Vacation Option

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Apr 26, 2018 10:09:00 AM

PowerLung - Mountain Biking—An Active Family Vacation Option

Physically active vacations have exploded in popularity. Diving in the cenotes, ziplining in the Amazon, and climbing in the Alps are all trips which at one time were an activity done during a vacation and are now the focus of the vacation. As busy families look for ways to connect and unplug, sports-focused trips continue to prove a perfect opportunity for adults and children to stay physically fit while enjoying a new location and each other. Mountain biking, therefore, is a perfect mix of this; with a combination of skills most family members have mastered (bicycling) and the beauty of nature or the wonder of a new place.

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Topics: Better Breathing, Health and Fitness, Mountain Biking, Family Fitness

Breathing Exercises for COPD

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Feb 15, 2018 3:29:00 PM

PowerLung - Breathing Exercises for COPD

Anyone diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease may understand the breathing challenges that come with walking to the mailbox or up a flight of stairs. While medications can help manage the condition, they cannot cure it. To find relief, many physicians recommend patients engage in breathing exercises. This post will focus on breathing for COPD and breathing techniques that can strengthen lung capacity and stave off symptoms, including using a device such as the PowerLung.

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Topics: Better Breathing, Health and Fitness, COPD