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What to wear for hot and cold weather workouts

Lather – Layer – Lighten Whether it’s the hot southern sun or the cold northern wind, it’s important to outfit yourself with the right layers for hot and cold weather workouts. In cold weather… Lather & Layer To stay safe while being active in cold weather the key is to stay both warm and dry – from the elements, but also from sweat. Sweat cools your skin, which is a great asset in the hot summer months, but not in cooler temps. Proper layering is key. Wear several layers of loose-fitting clothing, which will trap warm air between them.1 Tight-fitting

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Treadmill Workout

Are you looking for the best ways to workout on a treadmill? A treadmill workout is a great option, whether you’re just getting back to exercising or you’re a seasoned exerciser. A treadmill can be used for an effective, calorie-burning,1 muscle strength-, endurance-, and cardiovascular health-building workout.1,2 It’s also nice when you want to workout inside for climate control (when it’s too dark, hot, cold, rainy, icy, etc.) or to give you other controls over your environment, like giving you a traffic-free, safe, flat surface, or the ability to add hills/incline for more of a challenge. So, let’s get walking

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Walking Groups: How can I join one & sustain it?

Joining a walking group might be just what you’re looking for to meet your health goals… and you might find some unexpected results along the way. In fact, even if you don’t consider yourself very social, you may still find benefits in joining a walking group. Why join a walking group – What studies & participants tell us Most people initially join a walking group because they want to reach a health goal. Studies of walking groups have found a wide range of health benefits including improvements in – blood pressure heart rate body fat body mass index (BMI) total

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Is it better to walk for time or distance?

… and What about pace? Whether you’re trying to lose weight or gain stamina, it’s helpful to have a goal. One way to set your goal is to choose how long or far you will walk, but which is better? Is it better to walk for time or distance? What about pace? Guidelines suggest walking 150-300 minutes (2 ½ – 5 hours) a week at a moderate intensity or 75-150 minutes (1 ¼ – 2 ½ hours) a week at a vigorous intensity.1 These guidelines are defined in terms of time and intensity, but what about distance? Does distance matter?

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Walking Programs for Seniors

“It is well established that physical activity is an efficient strategy for successful aging.” 1 Why is a walking workout recommended as we age? Starting and sustaining a walking program is a safe and effective form of exercise for most people. Walking for fitness has many health benefits and is a great choice for physical activity regardless of age. As we get older, beginning and continuing to walk for fitness can have significant positive outcomes. Participating in a walking exercise program has the potential to help older adults decrease their risk of disability and increase their likelihood of maintaining independence.2

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Why Warm Up?

I’m guessing I’m not alone if I admit I’ve been known to skip a warm-up before exercise. Sometimes we’re just trying to get it done. Maybe it’s before work, during the lunch hour, amid the hustle-and-bustle of family life, or at the end of an already busy day. Whatever the case, it can be tempting to skip the warm-up and just get it done. Still, there some are very good reasons why we should warm up.

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How long should I warm up?

Whether you’re hitting the gym, hitting the pavement, or hitting the trail, a quick warm-up is important, but how quick? To reduce injury risk and enhance performance, you want to warm-up your body to gradually.

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Benefits of Walking – Inspiration to move more

Walking for exercise has some amazing health benefits! In fact, studies have shown that walking has the potential for both physical and mental health benefits. Although research is ongoing about the exact frequency, duration, and intensity needed to gain the most benefits, research on walking has demonstrated a myriad of potential physical and mental health benefits.

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How to find COVID testing in Texas

COVID-19 Testing Information If you have symptoms or had a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, you should be tested, regardless of your vaccination status. Become familiar with how to find COVID testing in Texas by reviewing the options that are available. The different types of COVID-19 tests look for different things, including current infection versus past infection.

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