Bringing the Party to the Pool

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The infectious beat of the Latin music, the smiles and laughter of the participants in the pool, the warmth of the sun on your face…. these are some things that you will experience as an Aqua Zumba® instructor! Aqua Zumba® was introduced in 2009 by the creator of Zumba Fitness®, Beto Perez, and the Aqua Zumba® team at the IAFC … Read More

Overcoming Aquaphobia for Water Fitness

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Aquaphobia is defined as a persistent and abnormal fear of water and can be a real barrier for some people interested in participating in aquatic exercise. However, there are ways to introduce water exercise to aquaphobes so they also can enjoy this beneficial form of movement. With patience, understanding, and a bit of creativity, a successful water experience is not … Read More

The Fear of the Fall

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Each year, more than one in four older adults take a fall, but less than half tell their doctor. After the first fall, the chances of falling again double. According to Wikipedia, the fear of falling (FOF) is natural in most humans and animals. It was merely believed to be a result of the psychological trauma of the fall, also … Read More

Why Do We Need to Resistance Train?

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What are the first words that pop out of your client’s mouth when you tell them it is time to resistance train? Maybe, it’s “I don’t want to look like The Hulk” or “No thanks, that’s for body builders.” Do you know how to respond to that? Let’s look at the reasons and benefits of using resistant equipment. Before determining … Read More

Health Coaches: What They Do and How They Can Help You

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A health coach sounds like something for the rich and famous. But you don’t have to have your own reality show or an entourage to reap the benefits of health coaching. An increasing number of Americans are turning to these wellness champions to help them ditch bad habits and adopt new, healthier ones. Could you benefit from a health coach? … Read More

Want a Great Workout? Head to the Stairs

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During the pandemic, many gyms or workout studios were either closed or had to limit their members access. As a result, people were forced to seek out new ways to exercise. Home gym and fitness equipment sales surged and was quickly sold out. Online fitness videos saw a massive increase in demand and outdoor walking and running suddenly became popular again. But what if … Read More

The Most Loved and Hated Exercise: The Burpee

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Part of the reason why “the burpee” is dreaded so much is because it taxes the total body, or at least you think it does. When you remove the push-up; the back (on the descent), pecs and triceps (on the ascent), and core on the full push-up phase, you are left with a core, deltoids, legs, and glutes exercise. That’s … Read More

Gluteal Amnesia: What is it and How Do We Fix it?

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Gluteal amnesia, sleeping butt, dead butt syndrome; these names may cause you to chuckle when you hear them, but it is no laughing matter. The glutes or buttocks are the largest muscle group in our body and if not functioning properly can result in pain and discomfort in many other areas. Luckily, there is a lot we can do to … Read More

Make CBD An Important Part of Your Daily Routine

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With all the challenges we’ve faced over the last year between a global pandemic, an economic recession and civil unrest, many of us have been examining our daily routines in the quest to create better, less stressful lives. We’re also learning that traditional goals and resolutions rarely work. In fact, according to a survey by Our Community Now, 66% of … Read More

Exercise Should Be Prescribed for Depression

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The US is facing a mental health crisis like never before. Since 1999, suicide rates have increased 35 percent; approximately 8 million deaths each year are attributable to mental disorders; and at any given time, 18% of adults in the U.S. are living with mental illness. Mental health issues skyrocketed among the general public during the pandemic. In addition to … Read More