LIVESTRONG at the YMCA: Fighting Cancer and Calories



For cancer survivors, fitness might be the last thing on their minds. Since February 2012, the Earlywine Park YMCA in Oklahoma City has helped more than 120 cancer survivors focus on fitness to improve their cardiovascular health, balance, flexibility, agility, self-efficacy for exercise, and most importantly their confidence and self-esteem, all through the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program. » Read Full Story

Home Exercise Bike Delivers Great Workouts


Sometimes the home exercise bike can get a bum rap, with people envisioning leisurely pedaling while watching TV or flipping through a magazine. Being seated – particularly on a recumbent bike – may seem to encourage some to go easier, surf the web or read a book while riding. With today’s elliptical machines, treadmills and total-body trainers, the stationary bike appears to have taken a back seat when it comes to cardio options.


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Plantar Fasciitis Overview



Many runners have experienced plantar fasciitis, or know someone who has suffered from this common injury; there are approximately 2-3 million cases per year in the United States. The good news is that plantar fasciitis typically responds well to treatment, and runners and exercisers often can carry on with their routines.  » Read Full Story

10 Effective Beginner Exercises for Home Workouts



When you don’t have time to get to the gym, or there isn’t a gym convenient to you, home workouts help you get – and stay – in shape. The key to seeing results is to stay consistent, exercising ideally at least 3-5 times weekly for 30-60 minutes. For optimal fitness, you need to incorporate cardio, strength training and flexibility work, either all in one workout or separated among different sessions. » Read Full Story

Understanding and Overcoming a Slow Metabolism



Metabolism is the rate at which your body uses calories and turns food into energy to sustain life and support activity. It measures the number of calories that you expend each day. If you have a fast metabolism, you burn more calories at rest and throughout the day; and those with a slower metabolism need fewer calories because they use them more slowly.

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How to Address Common Weaknesses in Running Technique


For most of us, running is tough. And yet it is extremely popular, with races of all distances drawing record numbers of participants. So despite its challenges, running offers an undeniable appeal among both recreational joggers and elite athletes. And committed runners are always seeking ways to improve – whether by fine-tuning their form, taking on cross training, participating in a runner’s club, consulting a coach or trying out gadgets, shoes and apparel.

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