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5 ways to refresh your workout

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Has your exercise routine gotten stale? Boredom with your routine quickly leads to shorter and shorter workouts, and then before you know it you’re skipping the gym altogether. While it’s common knowledge that the most effective exercise routines aren’t routine at all, most of us stumble through the same exercises every time we hit the… Read More →

3 steps to reduce your thighs

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Women everywhere complain about the size of their thighs. Fat and cellulite have a way of ending up there – especially in the upper, inner thigh area. I’m often asked how to quickly and easily reduce fat in this unwanted thigh region, so today’s article is all about reducing your thighs. First I need to… Read More →

SpoFit Launches StandUp Amputee Basketball League

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Amputees looking to play standup basketball games now have the chance with the launching of the StandUp Amputee Basketball League at the Virginia G. Piper Sports & Fitness Center for Persons with Disabilities (SpoFit), a program of Arizona Bridge to Independent Living (ABIL). SpoFit is located at 5031 E. Washington, St. at the Disability Empowerment… Read More →

7 Ways to Reduce Body Fat

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Got body fat? Today I have 7 simple and effective ways for you to shed that unwanted body fat. While fat loss can be quite frustrating, these 7 Ways to Reduce Body fat strategies are proven to help you slim down fast. 1. Drink a Gallon of Water Water is always a crucial element for proper… Read More →

5 Brain-Health Tips from Bodybuilding Neurosurgeon

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As a fitness expert and neurosurgeon, Dr. Brett Osborn says he appreciates the growing public interest in general health and fitness. Now, he says, that attention needs to extend to arguably our most essential organ – the brain. “There are several, multi-billion dollar industries out there dedicated to burning fat and building muscle; cognitive health,… Read More →

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 →