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Why Exercise?

By Tiffany Reiss Contributor, Sports and Fitness Network Being an Exercise Physiologist, I am naturally an avid supporter of the role exercise plays in our overall health and wellbeing. I have always been active and I am still amazed at the complexity of the human body and the various ways in which it responds and adapts to regular physical activity or on the flip side, sedentary behavior. We have always known that exercise is good for us, but only more recently have we seen new research on the actual cellular mechanisms by which regular movement makes us a healthier human being. In addition to all of the "standard" knowledge regarding the importance of exercise, more recently we have discovered...
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Sleep and Your Health

By Tiffany Reiss Contributor, Sports &Fitness Network It really wasn't until the past decade or so we began to see more and more research on the impact of sleep quality on overall health. What's interesting about this is that sleep, it may turn out, is just as important as exercise and healthy eating for overall health and well-being but it's something that many of us still just don't connect with our health needs. So why is sleep so important? Well, it turns out lack of sleep is linked to some chronic health problems.
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Designing Better Programs for Better Results

By Karyn Gallivan, MS, ATC, CSCS, NSCA-CPT, NASM-CPT Contributor, Sports & Fitness Network Last month (The Health and Fitness Assessment, Part II), I discussed the fitness evaluation process and its components. In this installment, we will look at resting heart rate, blood pressure, and body composition. This month I will discuss a little bit about submaximal cardiovascular endurance, muscular fitness testing, and flexibility....
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Stress and Your Health

By Tiffany Reiss Contributor, Sports & Fitness Network We now better understand the role stress plays in overall health. Truth is, a little stress in our lives is good. It forces us to change and adapt to a more challenging environment or experience. Too much chronic stress however, is not good for our health.
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Take This News Standing Up

By JiJi Russell Sports & Fitness Network, Contributor Have you read the research that trashes sitting for prolonged periods of time? Are you concerned? If you find yourself sitting at a desk for six or more hours a day, you might at least want to take note. According to the research, extended sitting, defined as sitting in excess of 40% of your daily hours, produces many ill effects in the body.
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What Is Your Gut “Feeling”?

By Dr. Tiffany Reiss Sports & Fitness Network, Contributor Bacteria, bad stuff right? Well, not so fast. It turns out that our human bodies actually have more bacterial cells than human cells by a factor of 10 to 1. I mean we have bacteria crawling all over our skin, in every orifice and most importantly in our guts. In fact we have trillions of bacterial cells lining our gut walls, up to 5 pounds worth. Truth is, we couldn’t survive without them though. Only in recent years have we begun to truly understand the role gut bacteria plays in our overall health and it turns out, they play a substantial role.
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