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  • Why Walk While You Work

    "Sitting is the new smoking"

    Have you heard this phrase in conversation or in other blog or article posts? Yes? Not surprising. No? Then your rock is larger than mine and trust me, mine is not small! So why walk while you work?

    Numerous studies have taken place in the past years to compare sitting time, active time, and risk of all cause or disease specific mortality. These have all come to similar conclusions: increased sedentary time leads to increased risk of chronic disease and premature death. A recent study the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found sitting time was associated with increased risk of heart disease and death. This relationship was strongest in the most sedentary population who were sitting more than 8 hours per day.

    Americans Sit Too Much

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  • How to Protect Your Shoulder from Injury

    When you hear about exercise, you automatically think about its advantages. Exercise is associated with improved physical fitness, positive mental health, and even a direct correlation with overall life satisfaction.

    All these salient benefits, however, often overshadow the ironic yet very real fact that people also risk injury when participating in physical exercise. This is not to scare anyone away from the amazing benefits of exercise, as the rewards far outweigh the risk; however, having a working knowledge of the potential risk is also an important factor to minimizing and mitigating injury while exercising.

    A common injury associated with physical training is shoulder damage— a prevailing issue among those who engage in weight training and lifting exercises.

    What Causes Shoulder Damage?

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  • Top Exercise Recovery Trends You Haven't Heard About

    Most athletes spend a lot of time devising their training regimes to help keep their bodies in shape. They may include exercises that can be performed with high-intensity gym equipment like our Elite Strength System, to get the most out of a full body workout. However, top athletes and fitness enthusiasts know that there is only so much the body can endure before it collapses. Our bodies repair and strengthen in the time between workouts, and continuous training can actually weaken the strongest athletes.

    Fitness Consultant Elizabeth Quinn recommends adding recovery time into training programs because “[It] is the time that the body adapts to the stress of exercise and the real training effect takes place.” Our ‘Top Fitness Trends’ post discusses high intensity body weight training, strength training, and functional fitness but all require some serious recovery time. Continue reading

  • How Healthy is Your Liver?

    -Yes, it is important

    Various situations affect liver health from medications, to diseases, to excessive calorie or alcohol intake and even drastic weight loss. Diagnoses that compromise the health of you liver include Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Alcohol-related liver disease, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, hepatic cancer, and others. However, this post will focus on reducing risk or reversal of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) due to its increasing prevalence. The American Liver Foundation estimates that 20-30% of adults have NAFLD. This rate increases to 80-90% in the overweight/obese population. 

    Why is it important? 

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