IllinoisTimes - Health & Fitness http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-60-1-health-fitness.html Sat, 30 Aug 14 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 It’s how they roll http://illinoistimes.com/article-13898-it%25E2%2580%2599s-how-they-roll.html It’s how they roll
 Remember the joy of pedaling and moving under your own power when you were a kid? The same joy can be had during the week, and not just weekends. While most of us think of the bicycle as recreat...]]>
Spinning out of control http://illinoistimes.com/article-13359-spinning-out-of-control.html Spinning out of control
 If you are like me, dear reader, you have the urge to eschew all white food and start a new fitness regime every year around Jan. 1. A few weeks later I’m plagued by inevitable backsliding, po...]]>
Not your mother’s Jazzercise - Sweat to today’s hottest music http://illinoistimes.com/article-13360-not-your-mother%25E2%2580%2599s-jazzercise.html Not your mother’s Jazzercise - Sweat to today’s hottest music
 Like almost everyone else I know, I have long struggled against my sofa’s seductiveness as well as my upbringing of bedtime snacks.  But the thought of facing down an army of cold, grey e...]]>
Help stroke survivors and you’ll sleep well http://illinoistimes.com/article-13361-help-stroke-survivors-and-you%25E2%2580%2599ll-sleep-well.html Help stroke survivors and you’ll sleep well
 When members of the Lincolnland Stroke Support Network brainstormed fundraising methods, they decided on a nontraditional idea: a mattress store.The network, a nonprofit group made up of stroke...]]>
Healthy and energized at 90 http://illinoistimes.com/article-10928-healthy-and-energized-at-90.html Healthy and energized at 90
Lou Murphy has lived with fitness buffs her whole life. Her son, LaVearal Maxeiner, who is a fitness trainer, had encouraged her for years to start a fitness routine, and her late husband, Dave Murphy...]]>
Health and fitness events - Bolster your strength, stamina and well-being http://illinoistimes.com/article-10930-health-and-fitness-events.html Health and fitness events - Bolster your strength, stamina and well-being
Springfield Bicycle ClubLearn about the club’s local and out-of-town rides and events for all skill levels. Each ride meets at a different location, time and day of the week. Visit spfldcycling....]]>
Rescue your resolutions - Six steps to resuscitating your goals http://illinoistimes.com/article-10931-rescue-your-resolutions.html Rescue your resolutions - Six steps to resuscitating your goals
Here’s a simple step that you can take to get your goals back on track if you’ve found that they’ve been slipping recently.1. Start over. Get up. Continue. People find that being &ld...]]>
The importance of strength training - Don't wait. Make time for weights. http://illinoistimes.com/article-10932-the-importance-of-strength-training.html The importance of strength training - Don't wait. Make time for weights.
Move. It’s one of the simplest things that humans innately do on a day-to-day basis. So how come more than 70 percent of Americans are sedentary? We were made to be constantly moving, but there ...]]>
This doctor prescribes fitness http://illinoistimes.com/article-10933-this-doctor-prescribes-fitness.html This doctor prescribes fitness
Brian Moore of Springfield is not your typical doctor. Instead of relying solely on medicine, he believes in being physically fit, and teaching patients that fitness is key to health. At age 54, he is...]]>
Food, money, and sexuality - Finding wellness in relationships http://illinoistimes.com/article-10934-food-money-and-sexuality.html Food, money, and sexuality - Finding wellness in relationships
This is an abridged version of a talk delivered Nov. 17 by Kathryn Pearson at the Sangamon County Medical Society’s Physician Wellness Conference. How are food, money and sexuality related to ou...]]>
Swimming upstream - Yoga as a way to relax into self-discovery http://illinoistimes.com/article-10935-swimming-upstream.html Swimming upstream - Yoga as a way to relax into self-discovery
I was lying on my back during the visualization exercise. The teacher we brought in from Detroit had the “yoga teacher” voice; you know, the calm, quiet, melodious voice. I had just eaten ...]]>
Physician, heal thyself - Local doc gets fit so that his patients will, too http://illinoistimes.com/article-10936-physician-heal-thyself.html Physician, heal thyself - Local doc gets fit so that his patients will, too
Lately, Dr. Craig Backs’ patients have been asking him if he’s all right. Backs lost more than 50 pounds over the past few months, but he’s not fighting cancer or some other disease....]]>
Help and hope for autism - As the caseload increases the support system grows http://illinoistimes.com/article-9579-help-and-hope-for-autism.html Help and hope for autism - As the caseload increases the support system grows
When Teresa Paul’s son, Sean, was born, she dreamed of the day when he would graduate from college, get married and have children of his own. Like many new moms, she was excited to take her baby...]]>
The business of fitness - Springfield is saturated with great places to work out. That's good for your bottom line. http://illinoistimes.com/article-9502-the-business-of-fitness.html The business of fitness - Springfield is saturated with great places to work out. That's good for your bottom line.
Old city directories and phone books tell the story.Thirty years ago, fewer than five health centers, fitness clubs, gymnasiums – pick a noun – did business in Springfield. Twenty years ag...]]>
Here’s how I did it - After a website opened my eyes, the pounds came off easily http://illinoistimes.com/article-9503-hererss-how-i-did-it.html Here’s how I did it - After a website opened my eyes, the pounds came off easily
My weight has been an issue for me for much of my life. I was a stocky kid off and on throughout my childhood. Just before my senior year of high school, I was able to lose a large amount of weight, a...]]>
The U.S. is getting larger - Nine ways to eat better now http://illinoistimes.com/article-9504-the-us-is-getting-larger.html The U.S. is getting larger - Nine ways to eat better now
Doctors, fitness professionals and nutritionists all have ideas on what men and women should and should not eat. Choosing the right foods can help save waistlines and lives.The country is growing larg...]]>
You are what you…DRINK http://illinoistimes.com/article-9505-you-are-what-youhellipdrink.html You are what you…DRINK
Incorporate healthy beverages into your diet to improve your overall health and not hinder weight-control plans.People have long been told by doctors and health experts that the foods they eat have a ...]]>
Reduce stress with relaxation tools http://illinoistimes.com/article-9506-reduce-stress-with-relaxation-tools.html Reduce stress with relaxation tools
Stress has become a daily part of people’s lives. Despite its detriments to health and well-being, stress seems to be something most people can’t shake. Increasing the number of relaxation...]]>
Cultivate your own bounty of vegetables http://illinoistimes.com/article-9507-cultivate-your-own-bounty-of-vegetables.html Cultivate your own bounty of vegetables
It only makes sense to turn a little patch of your property into a personal supply of organic food.Quality and cost control are the top reasons to do it – and avid gardeners will tell you that t...]]>
Happy feet - Start your exercise regimen on the right foot with the right pair of shoes, streches and exercises http://illinoistimes.com/article-8234-happy-feet.html Happy feet - Start your exercise regimen on the right foot with the right pair of shoes, streches and exercises
Most of us use our feet all day, every day – for work, for play, to get to our car , to get a drink of water, to get ourselves to the bathroom. With all of this walking, it’s not surprisin...]]>
Fitness at home - How to make an exercise room work in your space http://illinoistimes.com/article-8237-fitness-at-home.html Fitness at home - How to make an exercise room work in your space
So the economy has you rethinking that gym membership, and now you’d like to start working out at home – but you don’t know where to put all that cumbersome exercise equipment. Or pe...]]>
Get your vitamins here - Look no further than the end of your fork for the vitamins your body craves. http://illinoistimes.com/article-8238-get-your-vitamins-here.html Get your vitamins here - Look no further than the end of your fork for the vitamins your body craves.
Science fiction would have us believe that one day in the future we’ll get all our food through little pills. Many of us have started down that path by opting for a handful of supplements in ord...]]>
Just get started - Finding fresh enthusiasm for health and wellness http://illinoistimes.com/article-8207-just-get-started.html Just get started - Finding fresh enthusiasm for health and wellness
It happened so subtly that I hardly noticed. From junior high through the beginning of college, I got fat. At just over six feet tall and weighing more than 270 pounds, I was positively obese – ...]]>
Breathe easy http://illinoistimes.com/article-8209-breathe-easy.html Breathe easy
Strong diaphragms aren’t the cause celebre of the fitness world, but becoming a better breather can enhance your life – and your appearance – as much as a firm backside and killer th...]]>
Get back to basics - All you really need to win the battle of the bulge is to eat simply and get moving http://illinoistimes.com/article-8210-get-back-to-basics.html Get back to basics - All you really need to win the battle of the bulge is to eat simply and get moving
A peek inside the typical kitchen cupboard will give you a short history of American weight-loss fads. Every promise for a skinnier life, from fat-free to high-protein to reduced-carbohydrate foods, i...]]>
Sugar, sugar - Hidden and not-so-hidden sugars could be sabotaging your diet – and your overall wellness http://illinoistimes.com/article-8211-sugar-sugar.html Sugar, sugar - Hidden and not-so-hidden sugars could be sabotaging your diet – and your overall wellness
If shedding those extra pounds is your top New Year’s resolution, health experts say you should start small – with your sweet tooth.According to the latest figures from the United States D...]]>
How to talk weight - Creating an open dialogue with overweight girls is an exercise in positivity http://illinoistimes.com/article-8213-how-to-talk-weight.html How to talk weight - Creating an open dialogue with overweight girls is an exercise in positivity
You may approach the subject with the best of intentions, but nutritionists recommend you don’t talk to your teen daughter about dieting, and do not put her on a diet. “If you decide your ...]]>
Schedule a day of mindfulness http://illinoistimes.com/article-7897-schedule-a-day-of-mindfulness.html Schedule a day of mindfulness
An entire day meditating in silence may not be how you usually fill a Saturday, but here’s an opportunity to try something different. Eva Muller and Juliet Slack are leading “A Day of Mind...]]>
Preventing Alzheimer’s - SIU researchers say exercise is the best medicine http://illinoistimes.com/article-7306-preventing-alzheimerrss.html Preventing Alzheimer’s - SIU researchers say exercise is the best medicine
Brent Bohlen, a retired state worker and current exercise enthusiast, is an unlikely person to be speaking to doctors at a high-level conference on Alzheimer’s disease held this month at Souther...]]>
Finding your way to fitness - Four tips to start the new year out right http://illinoistimes.com/article-6798-finding-your-way-to-fitness.html Finding your way to fitness - Four tips to start the new year out right
Avoid the New Year’s resolution trapJanuary, 2010…you’ve been handed a proverbial clean slate -- another chance to shrug off your bad habits and reach for your dreams. It never fail...]]>