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Spotlight on Aquatics and Diabetes

Spotlight on Aquatics and Diabetes

The role of structured exercise in the life of the patient with diabetes cannot be overstated. Time and again, research has shown the ability for an ongoing exercise program to improve

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You Can’t Manage What You Don’t Measure

You Can’t Manage What You Don’t Measure

Have you ever thought to yourself “if I could just lose these last 10 lbs” or maybe “I wish I was in better shape”? Or, have you ever gone to the beach in the summer and been so self-conscious that

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Summer Water Safety

Summer Water Safety

Now is the perfect time to ensure that you and your family are prepared to spend a fun, safe vacation or fun time by the water. Enroll in age-appropriate swim lessons and follow important safety

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Every Sip Counts

Every Sip Counts

Water promotes healthy skin, helps prevent afternoon fatigue, and—when served cold—helps keep you cool. Because being in hot weather increases fluid losses, it’s easy to become dehydrated in the

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5 Myths About Girls and Weight-Lifting

5 Myths About Girls and Weight-Lifting

by Katie Allen, Senior Fitness Director 1. Young girls shouldn’t lift weights because it will stunt their growth. No studies have actually shown that weight lifting will stunt growth. In fact, when

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The Appetite Regulators: 7 Ways to Control Your Hunger Hormones

The Appetite Regulators: 7 Ways to Control Your Hunger Hormones

By: Ashley Cappel, Registered Dietitian

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8 Things That Happened When I Started Personal Training at American Family Fitness

8 Things That Happened When I Started Personal Training at American Family Fitness

It all started with a body composition test using the InBody 270 machine at the Short Pump American Family Fitness. My results were not what I had hoped for. You see, I used to work out quite a bit

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The Secret Sauce: Color-Coded Cardio

The Secret Sauce: Color-Coded Cardio

It’s January, and I know what you’re thinking: This is gonna be my year. Yes! I’m ready to hit the cardio hard, shed those extra pounds, and lift whatever it takes to sculpt, shape, and define a new

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12 Tips for Mastering the Holidays

12 Tips for Mastering the Holidays

The hustle and bustle of the holidays are here! This season, eat, drink and be merry without having the holidays end up a nutrition disaster. Here are 12 tips to help you stay on track with your

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New Blood Pressure Guidelines Released – Six Ways to Lower Your Number

New Blood Pressure Guidelines Released – Six Ways to Lower Your Number

New blood pressure guidelines were announced on Monday, November 13 at the American Heart Association Conference in Anaheim, California. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is now defined as having

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