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8 Ideas to Help Your Child Eat Healthy Foods

Posted on 2016-11-04

Encouraging children to develop healthy habits begins with their eating habits. When you start encouraging healthy eating habits and proper nutrition at a young age, your children naturally develop a preference for healthy food choices. As a parent, you want to make a balanced diet a part of your lifestyle. By taking steps to improve the dietary habits of your entire family and focusing on getting your children to eat healthier food choices, you limit the risks related to nutrient deficiencies and poor diet. (read more)


Plank Your Way to Fitness

Posted on 2016-10-03

If your introduction to planking exercise was through humorous internet videos and images of people planking in strange or exotic destinations, you may be selling the benefits of these exercises short. Plank exercises are a powerful way to improve your fitness and stamina. In this plank workout for beginners, we are going to explore the benefits and the basics of plank exercises and some variations. We’ll discuss how often and how long you should plank along with common mistakes to avoid. (read more)


Bedtime Routines that will Improve Your Health

Posted on 2016-09-23

According to the National Sleep Foundation, poor quality sleep is strongly associated with poor health. In fact, as many as 67 percent of people who report that their sleep quality is low also report that their health is suffering. Although diminished quality of sleep is sometimes associated with factors out of your control, such as working the night shift or caring for a newborn baby, it is often the result of poor decision-making at bedtime. (read more)


Healthy Tips for Back to School

Posted on 2016-09-09

It’s time for the kids to go back to school. While this can be a little sad, it also means a little more time for you! But first, you have to get the kiddos back into a routine, so your family schedule can go smoothly. With an effective routine, you can help your family be healthier and focus on your own health and well-being during your well-deserved personal time. Here are some tips to help you take full advantage of back-to-school time: Skip Those Chaotic Mornings Make your mornings run smoothly with a few changes to your routine. (read more)


Hydration before, during, and after your treadmill workout

Posted on 2016-05-06

Not all hydration practices are the same. Preparing for a run requires different fluid amounts compared to working at a desk all day. Our team at NordicTrack has pulled together a few good tips to keep in mind while hydrating for you daily run. Before Your Run According to Runner’s World, it is beneficial to drink water or other low-calorie fluids steadily throughout the day to the point where your urine runs clear. (read more)


5 Stretching Exercises All Runners Should Know

Posted on 2016-05-03

Whether you’re a short or long distance runner, properly stretching before and after exercise makes all the difference in your performance, ability to avoid running injuries, and post-workout stiffness. Sure, you may do a quick forward fold at the hips and pull one heel at a time to the glutes for a quad stretch but you may be missing out on these awesome stretches every runner should know. Stretching the IT Band and Opening the Hips Double Pigeon Sit on a folded blanket. (read more)


Injury prevention for runners

Posted on 2016-03-18

Injury prevention for runners is a key to keep on pace with training and for general exercise purposes. One injury can take you out of the game for a long time and destroy the endurance and strength you’ve worked so hard to build. To help prevent running-related injuries, we interviewed several top running bloggers to get their perspectives and experiences on minimizing risk through cadence, footwear, and foot-strike mechanics. Jason Fitzgerald – Strength Running: “When a runner increases his or her cadence to 170 steps, injury risks will decrease. (read more)


Heart Rates To Aim For On Your Treadmill

Posted on 2016-03-08

It’s easy to get on a treadmill, put in your 30 minutes at a comfortable pace, and not really think about whether your workout is intense enough to get you to your fitness goals. Here is where the value of measuring your heart rate comes into play. Using your age, desired outcome, and current physical condition, you can determine what heart rate zone is best for you. 1. Figure out your resting heart rate Your resting heart rate is determined by the number of times your heart beats every second. (read more)


Nutrition: White Vs. Brown Rice

Posted on 2016-03-03

Rice is rice, right? Wrong. Just like other foods within the food pyramid, there are a number of nutritional differences between white rice and brown rice. Nutritional Breakdown To begin to understand the differences between brown rice and white rice, it’s important to learn about the nutrition facts of both. The table below illustrates the nutritional value highlights of both brown and white rice. 1 Cup Serving Brown Rice (long-grain, cooked) White Rice (long-grain, regular, cooked) Calories 216 205 Manganese 1.8 mg 0.7 mg Selenium 19.1 mcg 11.9 mcg Magnesium 83.9 mg 19.0 mg Potassium 83.9 mg 55.3 mg Carbohydrates 45 grams 45 grams Fiber 4 grams 1 gram Protein 5 grams 4 grams A line-by-line look at this table clearly shows a significantly higher nutritional value of brown rice over white rice. (read more)


How to Track your Eating

Posted on 2016-02-25

Weight loss is a process that requires careful management of your dietary habits as well as regular exercise. While it seems simple in theory, counting calories and tracking the foods you eat with a calorie calculator is often more complicated and annoying than you might think when starting a weight loss plan. Fortunately, tools and options are available that make it easy to track your caloric intake without wasting time writing in a journal, using a calculator to tally up your total, or following a complicated and stressfully strict diet plan. (read more)


10-Minute Workout Ideas

Posted on 2016-01-26

Exercises to Do When You Have 10 Minutes to Kill Americans have less free time than ever between long working hours and other obligations. Unfortunately, exercise time is often the first thing to go when life gets busy. We all have experienced the urge to hit the snooze button or to go straight home rather than heading to the gym. Even sticking to a routing in the comfort of a home gym can be a challenge. (read more)


Sitting is Death. Movement is Life.

Posted on 2015-12-02

Sitting is Death. Movement is Life. "Life boils down to one thing; it’s movement. To live is to keep moving." Though he’s a comedian, Jerry Seinfeld could not have made a more serious point. Movement is life. Sitting is death. More and more studies reveal that stagnant sitting is dangerous to health-maybe just as bad as smoking. In 2011, researcher Alpha Patel observed that men who sat for more than six hours a day had a 20 percent higher death rate than those who sat for three hours or less. (read more)


Top Running Bloggers Feedback On The Impact Of Food On Running

Posted on 2015-11-18

Top Running Bloggers Feedback On The Impact Of Food On Running We caught up with four running bloggers: Erika Howder, Jennifer Boudreau, Jason Saltmarsh and Beth Risdon to discuss good pre-race health. Having the perfect pre-race health means something a little bit different for each blogger. But, the overall idea is to take precautions to keep your body healthy and strong. That means eating right, getting enough sleep, staying hydrated and keeping a positive attitude. (read more)