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7 Overlooked Ways Exercise Will Improve Your Life

7 Overlooked Ways Exercise Will Improve Your Life

I have never recommended an exercise program to a client with the response "Wow, I didn't know I needed to exercise!".

We all know it's important to build strength, endurance, and even maintain a healthy weight.  The problem is actually making it a priority in our busy schedules. Maybe you can find some new motivation to move by learning 7 more reasons exercise will improve your life. 

How to Care for Your Hands When Gardening

How to Care for Your Hands When Gardening

Whether its fruits, vegetables, or flowers you're planting, your hands and wrists can be especially vulnerable to injury when gardening.  

The complaints we hear most often are related to overuse and arthritis because the small joints, tendons, and muscles in this part of your body don't like the amount of stress gardening puts on them.

The result is often swollen knuckles, painful joints, and even carpal tunnel syndrome.  The good news - there are ways to protect your hands and wrists while gardening and prevent pain.  

How to Construct the Perfect Spring Salad

How to Construct the Perfect Spring Salad

May is Salad Month and there is no better time to enjoy a big bowl of fresh spring veggies.  

The problem with salads is that they are often boring - the side salad with iceberg lettuce and pale tomatoes.  Or, they are piled high with "extras" that add up and turn them into dessert instead of a healthy side or meal.  In fact, some restaurant salads pack in more calories than their burger and more sugar than items on the dessert menu.    

So, let's talk about making a perfect salad that you will look forward to having AND provides loads of essential nutrients for health and happiness.  

Top 5 Joint Protection Tips for Gardeners

Top 5 Joint Protection Tips for Gardeners

Fresh air, vitamin D, moving the body, and getting your hands in the soil - gardening no doubt offers a host of both physical and mental health benefits. I personally love that a garden is a place where people of all ages, stages, and fitness levels can enjoy physical activity. Unfortunately, many are hindered by the discomfort it causes.

Playground Games that Count as Exercise

Playground Games that Count as Exercise

As the weather gets warmer, I see parents lined up on the park benches of playgrounds around the city. As they sit on their smartphones I wonder if they knew how many calories they could burn and health benefits gained from just playing with their kids. The monkey bars, ladders, swings, and slides can provide a full body workout.  It's not called a jungle GYM for nothing!

How to Pick Up Kids Without Hurting Your Back

How to Pick Up Kids Without Hurting Your Back

We frequently see both parents and grandparents with low back pain from lifting or carrying children. It's assumed that because they are smaller than us, we can just scoop them up without another thought. But the truths is, the day to day caring for children can cause a lot of physical wear and tear including shoulder strain, neck stiffness, tension headaches, knee and hip pain and low back tightness.