Cautions of Snow Shoveling

Snow shoveling can be an intense workout, especially if you’re not used to doing it. The combination of stress on the heart and the cold temperatures can lead to a heart attack. If you’re not in shape, shovel a little at a time, then go in and relax and warm up before shoveling more. If you have sore muscles after shoveling, come in for a good neuromuscular massage.

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Balance Your Exercise with Your Stretches

If you lift weights, for example, and you push weights that cause your shoulders to roll forward, then you should balance that exercise with a stretch that stretches your shoulders backward.

The general rule is, to to the front as you would do to the back, and do to the left as you would do to the right.

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7 Fitness Breaks You Can Do From Home – #6

6. Shoulder presses. Position your arms out to your sides in a goal post shape—with your hands up, elbows bent and palms facing forward. Slowly raise your arms until they’re straight but without locking your elbows…then lower your arms back down to the starting position. Repeat 10 times.

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7 Fitness Breaks You Can Do From Home – #5

5. Heel stands. Hold onto a wall or chair for support, raise your toes as high as you can so your weight is on your heels. Hold for a few seconds…then lower your toes back down. Repeat 10 times. If you want to add resistance, try doing it balanced on one heel at a time.
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7 Fitness Breaks You Can Do From Home – #4

4. Toe stands. These are great to do while you’re watching TV or talking on the phone because they don’t use much energy and won’t leave you out of breath during your conversation. If you need to, hold onto a wall or chair for support. Slowly rise up on your toes as high as you can go…then slowly lower back down. Repeat 10 times. You can do this exercise with both feet at the same time…or boost resistance by doing it balanced on one foot at a time.
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7 Fitness Breaks You Can Do From Home – #3

3. Lunges. Starting in the same position as for the body-weight squats, take a long step forward with either leg. Keep your forward knee in line with your forward foot, slowly lower your body until the forward knee forms a 90-degree angle. Rise back up to the starting position. Repeat 10 times. As you become stronger, consider wearing ankle weights…or using a resistance band. Also, you can improve your balance by doing the exercise without holding onto a wall or chair.
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7 Fitness Breaks You Can Do From Home – #2

2. Body-weight squats. Stand with your feet facing forward or turned just slightly out, a bit more than shoulder width apart, and your arms crossed over your chest. Keeping your back flat and your chest up, slowly bend your knees until your thighs are parallel to the floor…then rise back up to starting position. Repeat 10 times. If you can’t go down all the way until your thighs are parallel to the floor, that’s OK. Keep at it and as you get stronger, you’ll get closer to parallel.

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Get a Massage After Working in the Yard

Spring is the time when we get our lawns and gardens in order, and often that involves more muscular work than we’ve done in months! If you’re feeling stiff or sore after working in your yard, a neuromuscular massage may be just the thing to lessen the aches and pains!
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Exercise is the Most Effective Preventative Strategy to Fight Chronic Conditions

Heart disease, stroke, diabetes and dementia can all be made less devastating by getting your heart rate up.

Use a device to remind you to get up and stand or take a walk. Your smartphone has a timer, a fitness band will remind you of how many steps you took during the day. Use whatever means you need to break the cycle of sedendary behavior and get moving.

Exercise will help you be a healthier, stronger, and longer-surviving version of yourself.

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