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  • Key Cardiovascular Workouts For Your Health and Fitness

    Do you have cardiovascular intelligence?

     

    We all know how to get on a treadmill and hit "quick start". We often tend to gravitate toward our favorite classes or machines. This becomes like autopilot at times, right? This is where, with a little bit more effort, you can develop cardiovascular intelligence. The meaning of this is simple... You take care of your body the best way you know how...

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  • Home Gym vs Gym Membership: What Suits Your Needs Best?

    HFT Fit ProAnother day at the gym. Part of you is excited to try out the new machine they just got. But secretly, part of you is dreading the crowd, the drive, that random sweat. Belonging to a gym can be a great experience for some, a place where people are collectively working towards their fitness goals. For others, gyms can be intimidating or just flat out annoying.

    For those in the second category, a home gym could be a perfect solution. You’ll never have to wait in line to use it. It’s available to you at any time of day, with no drive required. If that sounds good to you, keep reading for five more reasons why a home gym would make sense for you.

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  • Consequences of Alcohol on Your Body

    Saint Patricks Day. Luck of the Irish. Wearing green. Where did binge drinking come into the picture? Holidays mean different things to different people. To many, it seems like St. Pattys Day is a reason to overindulge in alcohol. When did that tradition start? Or better, why?

    Some say it’s to honor the day St. Patrick died. Pour one out for the homie, pour ten down your throat. Some say it’s because the Lenten restrictions are lifted for the day, encouraging people to revisit the vices they are abstaining from for lent. Nothing cleans the soul like a good black out.

    Whatever the reason, St. Patricks Day has become a day of parades and heavy drinking. By some estimates, over 4.2 billion pints of beer are consumed during St. Patty’s Day celebrations. That’s a lot of pints. While it may be all in good fun, not everyone benefits from this indulgence. Number one of that list? Your body.

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  • Heart Month Should Really Be Heart Year

    As you might have heard, February was heart month. A whole month dedicated to heart health. But is a month really long enough? Heart disease is the number one killer in America, with nearly 600,000 deaths annually attributed to some form of heart disease (that’s nearly 1 in every 4 deaths). Coronary heart disease (CHD, a disease where a waxy substance called plaque builds up inside the coronary arteries restricting the flow of blood to the heart) is the most common, claiming nearly 380,000 lives annually. If you think flowers and dinner for Valentine’s Day can be pricey, the estimated yearly cost of CHD alone to the United States is $108.9 billion.

    While February is often a month for love, here are some cold hard facts:

    • Over 67 million Americans have high blood pressure, one of the three key heart disease risk factors according to the CDC.
    • Overall, 49% of Americans have at least one of the three key risk factors.
    • 720,000 Americans will have a heart attack this year, with almost 30% of those not being their first.
    • A heart attack occurs every 34 seconds.

     

    Even more frightening, heart disease is on the rise. Studies have suggested that by 2030, as much as 40% of the population in the United States will have some type of Cardiovascular Disease (CVD). Costs associated with all forms of heart disease are expected to triple by 2030, topping out at over one trillion dollars.

    What can we do to help ensure that we don’t reach these levels of heart disease? Continue reading

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