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Free Weights vs. Machines

Posted 7/7/2017 by UHBlog

Free Weights vs. Machines

Are free weights exercises better than machines? Learn the pros and cons of both weight training methods.

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Nine Reasons to Zumba

Posted 6/21/2017 by UHBlog

Nine Reasons to Zumba

Find out why this dance-inspired workout is winning over fitness enthusiasts worldwide.

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Peak Performance

Posted 6/19/2017 by UHBlog

Peak Performance

Interested in improving your athleticism? A sports performance program might be right for you.

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On the Road Again

Posted 5/16/2017 by UHBlog

On the Road Again

Fitness apps on your smartphone can be a great way to stay active when you’re on the road.

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6 Reasons Fat-Blasting Workouts Work

Posted 5/9/2017 by UHBlog

6 Reasons Fat-Blasting Workouts Work

What is a fat-blasting workout, and is it right for you?

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Getting Ready for the Big Race?

Posted 4/17/2017 by UHBlog

Getting Ready for the Big Race?

Check out these last-minute race tips before you get to the starting line.

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The Rise of Rowing

Posted 4/10/2017 by UHBlog

The Rise of Rowing

Consider rowing for a challenging change up to your workout routine.

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The Spring Cleaning Workout

Posted 3/28/2017 by UHBlog

The Spring Cleaning Workout

Turn everyday household chores into a workout.

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Winter Workouts You Can Do In Your Home

Posted 12/27/2016 by UHBlog

Winter Workouts You Can Do In Your Home

Don’t want to exercise in the cold? There are some easy ways to get a workout in without leaving the comfort of home.

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Burn, Baby, Burn: Just How Accurate are Those Calorie Counters?

Posted 11/21/2016 by UHBlog

Burn, Baby, Burn: Just How Accurate are Those Calorie Counters?

Can the calorie counter on your treadmill or wearable device really be depended upon for accuracy? An expert weighs in.

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Nature’s Obstacle Course: What You Can Learn from Off-Road Running

Posted 9/28/2016 by UHBlog

Nature’s Obstacle Course: What You Can Learn from Off-Road Running

Looking for a more adventurous workout routine? Try off-road or trail running.

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You’re Not 20 Anymore: Tips for Older Athletes

Posted 9/21/2016 by UHBlog

You're Not 20 Anymore: Tips for Older Athletes

: Physical fitness is important at any age, but make sure you know your body’s limitations before that workout.

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5 Reasons to Get on a Bike

Posted 8/11/2016 by UHBlog

5 Reasons to Get on a Bike

One of the best ways to boost both your mental and physical health.

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Lactic Acid Myths: The Truth Behind Your Sore Muscles

Posted 7/11/2016 by UHBlog

Lactic Acid Myths: The Truth Behind Your Sore Muscles

Get some relief from your soreness.

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Do You Have a Dad Bod?

Posted 7/5/2016 by UHBlog

Do You Have a Dad Bod?

Fatherhood and bulging bellies needn’t go hand-in-hand.

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Are You An Accident Waiting to Happen? What to Do about These Common Injuries for Men

Posted 7/4/2016 by UHBlog

Are You An Accident Waiting to Happen? What to Do about These Common Injuries for Men

Men are at an increased risk for some types of injuries.

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Fitness Summer Gear Guide

Posted 6/10/2016 by UHBlog

Fitness Summer Gear Guide

It’s the perfect time of year to exercise outdoors. Do you know what gear you need to stay safe and injury-free while you train for your sport?

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But I Hate Exercising: Five Tips for Motivating Couch Potatoes

Posted 6/9/2016 by UHBlog

But I Hate Exercising! 5 Tips for Motivating Couch Potatoes

Unsure if you’re healthy enough to exercise, or even have the drive to get started?

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The 20-Minute Water Workout

Posted 6/7/2016 by UHBlog

The 20-minute Water Workout

Sometimes it’s good to make waves, especially when diving into a water exercise program.

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4 Ways to Quicken Your Pace

Posted 4/15/2016 by UHBlog

4 Ways to Quicken Your Pace

Four ways to quicken your pace.

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Hamstrung: Don't Neglect the Back of Your Legs

Posted 4/8/2016 by UHBlog

Hamstrung: Don’t Neglect the Back of Your Legs

Don’t neglect the back of your legs.

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Why or When You Should Consider a Personal Trainer

Posted 3/25/2016 by UHBlog

If you need a game plan to meet your health and fitness goals, talk to us. It’s hard to give 100 percent at all times, even for something you enjoy. If your workouts have become a chore – or worse, non-existent – it may be time to work with a personal trainer. “A lot of people are looking to vary their fitness routine or get over a plateau,” says certified strength and conditioning specialist Eric Jankov, PT, DPT, C-OMPT, CSCS. For instance, you may want to enhance...

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Optimizing Your Marathon Training

Posted 3/23/2016 by UHBlog

Are you healthy enough to train for the big race? Schedule a physical today. Whether you’re training for the Cleveland Marathon – taking place on May 15 – or another race, it’s time to lace up your shoes and head to your favorite park or trail. “If you’re trying to beef up your fitness level to run a marathon, I recommend 18 weeks of training,” says certified running coach Jordan Smith, ACSM, RRCA, who has completed two marathons and at least 13 half ma...

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Shoulder Conditioning for Pitchers

Posted 2/29/2016 by UHBlog

Shoulder Conditioning for Pitchers

From your first pitch to your last, we can help you throw fastballs, curveballs and change-ups pain free.

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How to Be One Tough Mudder

Posted 2/19/2016 by UHBlog

Did you get overly competitive on the obstacle training course? Our team will fix you up. If you like extreme sports, chance are you've contemplated trying or have participated in a Tough Mudder. These high-intensity obstacle and adventure races hold a lot of appeal for the young and old alike. They also cause a lot of aches and pains in the unprepared or under-prepared athlete, says sports medicine specialist James Voos, MD, who recommends only attempting these types of competitions if you&rs...

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Injured? Look at Your Musculoskeletal Balance

Posted 2/17/2016 by UHBlog

Learn the importance of musculoskeletal balance in preventing injury and muscle strain. Ask us. If you’re a runner, dancer, musician, crossfitter, cyclist or an everyday athlete, chances are you’re no stranger to aching, sore muscles. Some of that muscle soreness may just be a normal part of your healthy exercise or workout routine, but nagging, persistent soreness can also be a red flag for musculoskeletal imbalance. “When the musculoskeletal system is not in balance, injurie...

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How to Fix Your Chicken Legs

Posted 1/19/2016 by UHBlog

Are your legs looking scrawny? Ask us about ways to build strong leg muscles. If you’re tired of being teased for your thin “chicken” legs, it may be time to refocus your workout. “Your legs are your link to the ground," says certified strength and conditioning specialist Matt Short, PT. "“They’re important for your stability and balance.” Your legs are also important for your overall aesthetics. “People want to look symmetrical,” Short says...

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Sticking with Your Routine in the Winter

Posted 1/19/2016 by UHBlog

If cold weather is your excuse to skip workouts, talk to us about exercise options that inspire you to move. A lot of athletes want to hibernate through winter’s cold and darkness. But sticking to your exercise routine in the colder months can set you up for success, says sports medicine specialist Amanda Weiss Kelly, MD. “You’ll feel better about yourself and the fact that you got your exercise in,” she says. “That can carry you through the rest of the day and hel...

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Boosting Health and Performance This Holiday Season

Posted 12/16/2015 by Amy Jamieson-Petonic, MEd, RDN, CSSD, LD

The holidays are by far my favorite time of year. The bright lights, a dusting of snow, and a warm winter fire makes this time of year special. The reason for the season makes some of us a little on edge as well, with a never-ending to do list which may include holiday cleaning, baking and shopping. Our desire to keep healthy through it all is always in the back of our mind, but should not be forgotten. I am a big believer in getting the most out of your nutrition and wellness plan by consumin...

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Working Off Your Holiday Gluttony

Posted 11/30/2015 by UHBlog

Maintain your holiday glow well into the new year by working on your health goals now. We can help. Are the months between Halloween and New Year's ones in which your motto is: eat, drink and be merry? Holiday gluttony often means weight gains of 5 or 10 pounds for many of us, plus indigestion, moodiness, depression and insomnia. If you dream of starting a new year without feeling badly about your weight, nutrition and/or exercise choices, you'll need to plan ahead, says registered dietitian nu...

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Weight to Do Cardio: Why You Should Weight Train First

Posted 11/25/2015 by UHBlog

Are you stumped by the order of your workout? Ask us how to create an effective fitness plan. If you want to start the New Year right by improving your physical fitness and losing weight, you already know that a properly balanced routine of aerobic exercises, resistance training and a healthy diet is the key to success. But is there a way to arrange your workout to accomplish your goals? According to orthopedic sports surgeon Daniel Zanotti, MD, the average person needs a broad routine that inc...

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Transform Your Chest, Shoulders and Arms

Posted 11/23/2015 by UHBlog

If arm day is a struggle, we can help. Is your workout not getting you the results you want? Do you have an upper body goal in mind but aren’t sure where to start? Maybe it’s time for some professional advice. Certified strength and conditioning specialist Brian Magat, DPT, ATC, MS, CSCS, is a fan of variety. To hit all your muscle groups effectively, he recommends incorporating compound movements into your workout. “Compound movements are multi-joint movements, as opposed to ...

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7 Ways to Avoid a Winter Workout Rut

Posted 11/16/2015 by UHBlog

Are cold, rain and/or snow reasons enough to can your workout? Ask us about ways to exercise in all conditions. The weather outside may be frightful, but winter workouts can still be delightful, says certified strength and conditioning specialist Nate Tekavec, PT. “You’ll feel more energized by getting outside in the daylight,” he says. “It helps you ward off the winter blues, improves your mood and allows your skin to absorb vitamin D, which you need for good health.&rd...

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How to Cool Down After a Tough Training Session

Posted 9/14/2015 by UHBlog

If you’re sidelined by injuries because your cool down routine is non-existent, we can help fix you up. Are you as diligent about cooling down after your workout as you are about warming up? If you don’t cool down properly, it makes you more susceptible to injuries, says physical therapist Benjamin Geletka. “In my opinion, the cool down phase of your exercise routine is generally more important than the warm up, especially when it comes to injury prevention,” he says. ...

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Rotten to the Core: Exercises for a Stronger Center

Posted 8/25/2015 by UHBlog

Are you a crank when you plank? Ask us about your fitness concerns. If you think strengthening your core will result in a flat stomach, it’s time for a reality check. "Core exercises are not going to give you a six-pack," says sports medicine specialist Robert Truax, DO. “The only things that will give you a tight tummy are doing lots of crunches – which build up your rectus abdominis – and having a normal body weight with low body fat.” Flat tummies may increase ...

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The Top 4 Reasons to Strength Train As You Age

Posted 6/30/2015 by UH Blog

We’re all pressed for time, but if you add some bench presses – along with leg presses and other strength training exercises – you might find that you feel and look better more often. That’s because strength training helps you keep and build muscle, address health concerns and elevate your mood.

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How Much Protein is Enough

Posted 6/30/2015 by UH Blog

As an athlete, you want to perform at your best – and for most people that begins with your diet. An athlete’s nutritional needs includes protein, but how much do you really need?

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5 Ways to Swim Yourself Slim

Posted 6/30/2015 by UH Blog

Did you know that competitive swimmer Michael Phelps, who’s earned the most medals of any Olympian, consumes 12,000 calories when he’s training? And have you ever seen swimmer Dara Torres’ stomach? Her washboard abs garnered just as much attention at the 2008 Summer Olympics as her age – at 41, she was the oldest swimmer ever to earn a place on the U.S. Olympic team.

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Running: Preventing or Returning from Injuries

Posted 6/30/2015 by UH Blog

If you have ever had a running injury, you know how it can hinder your training plans. By definition, a running injury is a musculoskeletal disorder that is attributed to running. It can affect your speed, distance and duration or the frequency of your running.

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The 5 Questions Your Trainer Wishes You'd Ask

Posted 6/30/2015 by UH Blog

If your exercise commitment and physical activity level aren’t what they used to be, it may be time for some one-on-one intervention. With more and more people turning to personal trainers, how can you be sure you’re working with the right fitness professional for your needs?

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Fuel for Runners: Top 5 Supplements and Beverages

Posted 6/2/2015 by UH Blog

Being a runner means properly fueling yourself. Follow these tips to help you stayed fueled before and after your run.

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Recipes for Runners

Posted 6/2/2015 by UH Blog

Fuel up before your run with these healthy breakfast recipes.

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Nutrition for Runners

Posted 6/2/2015 by Sports Nutritionist Amy Jamieson-Petonic, MEd, CSSD, RD, LD

If you’re a runner, you may have questions about food and drinks – what should you be eating and drinking and when? UH Sports Medicine Nutritionist Amy Jamieson-Petonic has the answers.

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Temperatures Rising: Training in the Heat

Posted 5/26/2015 by UHBlog

If the heat’s getting you down, see your doctor. It’s only natural to want to take advantage of the warm weather by getting in some extra training outside. But with temperatures on the rise, your favorite outdoor activities may be detrimental to your health. Exercising or participating in sports in extreme heat can lead to serious conditions, such as heat illness or heatstroke. The first sign of trouble is excessive sweating, says sports medicine specialist James Voos, MD. “...

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Running 101: Getting You on Your Feet and Off to The Races

Posted 5/12/2015 by UHBlog

If you injured yourself while running, we can help. You have to start somewhere when you first take up running. First you jog, then you run and eventually you're doing fun runs, 5Ks and, if it's your goal, marathons. The beauty of running is its simplicity, says sports medicine specialist Amanda Weiss Kelly, MD. ”You can do it anywhere," she says. "It’s one of the simplest exercises to get started in. You don’t have to be talented or even graceful.” Plus, the only equip...

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