Getting Up To Speed for Physical Fitness and Sports Month

father-son-playing-soccerAs the temperature gets warmer, it’s time to get active – and there’s no better time to do it than National Sports and Fitness Month. This May, Americans are reminded to get up, get out and get active during this month of awareness and education. The Presidential Active Lifestyle Award is just one of many ways you can motivate yourself to take steps toward a healthy lifestyle. With an award at the end, why not take the PALA+ challenge yourself?

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Get Outdoors and Get Active This Summer

Walk DayEveryone is encouraged to lace up their sneakers and take at least 30 minutes out of their day to get up, get outdoors and get active. It’s a great way to raise your awareness of the importance of physical activity and to get your family, friends and co-workers noticing a healthier way of life.

Below are a few of FHCP Staff’s top picks for best walking trails and outdoor activities in Central Florida!

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3 Tips For a Heart-Healthy Workout

Happy senior group moving in fitness centerIf one of your New Year’s resolutions was to start exercising, it’s not too late to get started.

In fact, having a workout routine can improve your heart health dramatically in as little as 30 minutes a day, according to the American Heart Association. The best news is that almost any movement that raises your heart rate can count as exercise, whether that’s walking, biking, swimming or just vigorously cleaning house and dancing with the mop as you go.

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Get Back on Track with Your Health and Wellness Plan

Healthy ShoppingCongratulations! You’ve survived another holiday season with all its chaos, cookies and candy canes. Did you stress yourself out this year? Did you catch the cold or flu bug that is floating around? Did you eat way too much fudge – again?

It’s easy to get off track with your health and wellness during the long – and temptation filled – holiday season. With plenty of sugar to go around, late nights with friends and family and way too much to do, it’s no wonder that your jogging habit or drawer full of leafy green vegetables have gone by the wayside.

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Stretch & Get Flexible: Three Benefits from Starting Right Now

Group of mature older people stretching and warming up before exercise

Stretching may seem simple, in fact, so simple that people entirely forget to do it.

But whether you’re a marathon runner or a Netflix marathoner, stretching can do you a world of good. The problem is that there is a lot of misinformation out there about stretching, so much so that some people forget it.

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Sweat Out the Stress

Sweat Out the StressWhen your stress levels get too high, it can be really easy to indulge in things like chocolate, Netflix binges and sleeping in too much.

Becoming a couch potato may feel like the right thing, but it can actually cause more stress. If you want to lower your stress levels, you need to exercise. Any form of exercise, from yoga to running, can be an effective stress reliever – and it’s easier than you think to get started.

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Get Outdoors and Get Active

Almost anytime in Florida is a great time to venture out to enjoy all that Mother Nature has to offer!

The days are warm and it’s easy to get active. Instead of spending your downtime away from work or school doing things you are familiar with, why don’t you consider some new activities this Summer? Getting involved in these new activities could be a great way to spend some time together as a couple, a family or with friends.

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Three Tips for Seniors Starting a New Fitness Program

Mature AdultsSeniors who stay (or get) active reduce their risk for multiple health problems and have an improved quality of life as well.

“If You Keep Moving…You’ll Keep Improving.” Whether you’re an active senior who wants to try something new, or you’re ready to finally give up your couch potato habits for your grandchildren, here’s how to start a fitness program safely that will keep you active:

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Spring Into Action: Time To Get Active!

Child having funSpring has sprung and it’s a perfect time to get active.

Making exercise an important part of your life can help you lower high blood pressure, decrease stress, balance out blood sugar issues, lose excess weight and gain more energy. The benefits go on and on. Still, even though the benefits of exercise are common knowledge, many people avoid strapping on their tennis shoes and getting moving.

No more excuses! Make this spring a time to get fit – and it’s easier than you think.

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Three Ways to Get your Heart Rate up at Your Desk

drawing chart heartbeatIf you are working at a desk all day, you may think that you can’t take time away to get fit, but that is definitely not the case.

There are simple things you can do to get your heart rate up at your desk that will help to improve your overall fitness. If trying to carve out a 30-minute block of time for exercise is proving challenging, try taking three, 10-minute exercise breaks instead. To keep it interesting, decide that you will work on your arms in one session, do core exercises in another and put your legs through their paces in the third session.

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