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Gardening for Physical Activity

Gardening is a hobby that I enjoy. My husband and I grow many vegetables, fruits, and herbs at our house, and I enjoy trying to nurture some favorite flowering annuals each year. My mom, dad, grandfather, even my toddler also enjoying gardening; it is a family pastime. I love gardening for many reasons, but mostly… Continue reading »

Celebrate Earth Day by “Plogging”

Earth Day 2021 is here!  Every year Earth Day falls on April 22nd and is recognized globally as a day to take action by changing human behavior, while also creating local, national, and global policy changes. Although this specific day is dedicated to the awareness of a transformational change that is needed in our world,… Continue reading »

How to Stay Active & Warm this Winter

Whether you are planning on exercising or socializing outdoors this winter we have some tips to help you retain your heat! We want you to dress like an onion, and by that, we mean layers. Dress in Layers First layer (against your skin): Wicking Wicking materials are often made from synthetic fabric or wool. You… Continue reading »

Tabata Workout at Home

If you have searched for home workouts before, I’m sure you have run across HIIT workouts. HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training.  This is a way of varying your workout’s intensity over a relatively short amount of time to increase heart rate, breathing, and workload, all key to a good workout.   My favorite… Continue reading »

Choosing to Move More Throughout the Day

Adults need at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity as well as muscle-strengthening activities that involve all major muscle groups at least 2 days per week. Start small and plan time for physical activity every day. Gradually increase activity to reach the physical activity guidelines. Check out this handout from our colleagues at NC… Continue reading »

The Holiday Movie Workout Game

Movies are a great way to soak in the holiday spirit. Unfortunately, movies require a lot of sitting…until now! Most movies, especially holiday movies, have reoccurring phrases, activities, or themes throughout the movie. I’ve taken these reoccurring events and assigned an activity to them. So for example, in Elf, every time you see an elf… Continue reading »

Best Health Apps for Exercising at Home

These days, we rely on technology more than ever to keep us connected, educated, and even healthy while we all spend more time at home. There are so many resources in the form of smartphone apps that can help us to eat, sleep, move, and meditate more often and more effectively. Some apps are tried… Continue reading »

Low-Impact HIIT Workouts for Older Adults

I previously wrote a blog about High Intensity Interval Training, or HIIT workouts. The exercises that I highlighted in that blog are more intense than some individuals may be ready for, so I wanted to come back to this topic and outline some more HIIT exercises that are appropriate for older adults or anyone that… Continue reading »

Exercise Spotlight: HIIT Workouts

High Intensity Interval Training, otherwise known as HIIT, has become increasingly trendy lately. The good news is that this trend is actually backed by science. HIIT workouts are made up of short periods of high intensity exercise, followed by short periods of active recovery or rest. This style of workout has been shown to increase… Continue reading »

5 Tips to Stay Motivated For Exercising at Home

Exercising at home has been a struggle during COVID especially amidst gym closures. I am an avid gym-goer…or I was pre-COVID. In fact, most of my free time was spent in a gym as I have been a part-time certified personal trainer for 8 years. Most of my clients used to come to me, not… Continue reading »