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Free ‘Fitness in the District’ classes return to Westgate

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This time last year, hundreds of participants grabbed their workout mats and headed to the Westgate Entertainment District’s WaterDance Plaza for its free “Fitness in the District” event. The popular free weekly workout meetup kicks back into gear on September 23 and will continue to run every Tuesday night through the last week of October.… Read More →

What are the best ab exercises?

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Are you still doing dozens of crunches in the hopes of getting flat, washboard abs? Traditional crunches are old news, so let’s take your ab routine to the next level with the following 5 Best Ab Exercises. The most effective ab exercises strengthen your core as a whole –which helps prevent dreaded back pain, increases… Read More →

Scottsdale dojo expands outreach to deaf students

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Sign language interpreters can expect to get a good workout when a Scottsdale dojo expands its assistance in martial arts practices and workout classes to deaf students.   Peaceful Warrior Martial Arts & Healing Center is introducing interpreters to deaf students in women’s self defense, starting Oct. 18, and Yin Yoga starting Sept. 8, to… Read More →

Do your kids eat right?

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Every parent wants good things for their children: a positive outlook on life, a healthy respect for authority, a strong sense of self, a disease-free body…a healthy body weight. Despite our best intentions, a recent report suggests that for the first time in two centuries, the current generation of children may have a shorter life… Read More →

Chandler, Gilbert Youfit starting fitness classes for seniors

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Seniors in Chandler and Gilbert stand to benefit greatly from Youfit Health Clubs’ partnership in the nationwide “SilverSneakers” program. SilverSneakers encourages seniors to take control of their health by enjoying more physical activity. It provides free fitness-club memberships for seniors at any participating club across the country. And many health plans are now offering it… Read More →

Why Kids Shouldn’t Be Guzzling ‘Energy’ Drinks

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Anxiety, hypertension, elevated heart rates, interrupted sleep patterns and headaches are just some of the side effects commonly associated with energy drinks, and those problems are more pronounced in children, according to a recent University of Miami study. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. These drinks have also been linked to heart palpitations,… Read More →

Does that hurt? Tips to prevent exercise injuries

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Can you relate to this scenario? After putting it off for too long, you commit to get fit—only to find yourself injured the minute you start working out. All of the sudden your fitness goals go back on the shelf and you are left to deal with the pain. Whether your injury occurs right off… Read More →

Age-proof your workout through functional fitness

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Fitness isn’t just about getting in shape and looking good, it is about staying functional throughout your life – feeling healthy, active and independent. As people get older, they become more sedentary, said Steve Feyrer-Melk, Director of Patient Wellness at Optimal Heart Attack & Stroke Prevention Center. “You are getting older and your body needs… Read More →

Hybrid workout at The Village kicks yoga into high gear

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I did not think that when I walked through the doors of The Village fitness center that I was going to have my ass handed to me by a woman in sparkly pink Nikes, but I did. Heidi Malano, the creator of Yoga Kicks at The Village, was all smiles and full of encouragement for… Read More →

Expert offers tips on heat-related emergencies

Exercise Addiction: Do You Know When To Stop?

Dr. Kevin Haselhorst, an emergency medicine physician at ’s Arrowhead and West Valley hospitals, answered questions about how to prevent heat-related emergencies. Question: What can be done to prevent heat-related medical emergencies? Answer: The high temperatures we experience in Arizona make us vulnerable to heat-related illnesses, so it is important to know how we can… Read More →

The problem with your diet …

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For more than 20 years the media has bombarded us with a perpetual diet craze. An avalanche of fad diets are announced one after another as breaking news while producing zero true results. Sure, you may lose 5, 10 or even 20 pounds on a fad diet…but you’ll gain it all back and then some.… Read More →

Can’t slim down? Here’s why …

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Wanting to lose fat, and failing at it, is one of the most frustrating experiences ever. Read the following 7 Fat Loss Problems to discover what is standing in your way and how to quickly and easily begin reshaping it all. Fat Loss Problem No. 1: Your Mind Your mind is your number one ally… Read More →

5 secrets for flat abs

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Wish your stomach was flatter and more toned? Exercise alone will not get you a toned stomach – diet is a huge part of the equation. Here are 5 ways to improve your eating habits that will dramatically flatten your abs: Flat Abs Secret #1: Enjoy natural sweets Traditional sugar-filled sweets will quickly add up… Read More →

Downtown church converted to sanctuary for CrossFit

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Imagine a place where health, fitness and community are the core foundational elements. A place that motivates, inspires and supports. A place where nothing is too far reaching, nothing is impossible. In a renovated church, built in 1928 on McKinley and 9th streets, CoreCrossFit advocates and maintains these ideals with exercise programs, cooking classes and… Read More →