IllinoisTimes - Health & Fitness http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-60-1-health-fitness.html Thu, 28 Jul 16 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 What keeps you going? - Finding motivation for health and fitness http://illinoistimes.com/article-16715-what-keeps-you-going.html What keeps you going? - Finding motivation for health and fitness
 People are great at making New Year’s resolutions but only eight percent succeed when it comes to following through on them, according to a recent University of Scranton study.“Motivation is...]]>
Not so sweet after all - Learning to skip sugar with a group nutrition challenge http://illinoistimes.com/article-16716-not-so-sweet-after-all.html Not so sweet after all - Learning to skip sugar with a group nutrition challenge
 Molly Suhadolnik hates sugar. The Springfield fitness trainer is on a mission to make people think about what goes into their bodies, and sugar is at the top of her hit list. Rather than merely...]]>
Do the work, sleep will come - When sleep is elusive, consider sleep hygiene http://illinoistimes.com/article-16717-do-the-work-sleep-will-come.html Do the work, sleep will come - When sleep is elusive, consider sleep hygiene
 You’re lying in your nice cozy bed at night, covered in flannel and down, surrounded by quiet and darkness, a spouse snoring contentedly by your side and somehow still sleep won’t come. The...]]>
Fitness over 40 - Memorial Sportscare promotes a healthy lifestyle for the middle years http://illinoistimes.com/article-16718-fitness-over-40.html Fitness over 40 - Memorial Sportscare promotes a healthy lifestyle for the middle years
 For most people, after the age of 40, energy, strength, and stamina seem to drain more quickly than before. On Dec. 12, Memorial Hospital’s Sportscare facility in Springfield presented a commu...]]>
Climb 32 floors, 532 steps - Fight for Air supports the battle against lung cancer http://illinoistimes.com/article-16719-climb-32-floors-532-steps.html Climb 32 floors, 532 steps - Fight for Air supports the battle against lung cancer
 The American Lung Association challenges you to join the Fight for Air Climb fundraiser on Feb. 21, 2015. In support of the fight against lung cancer, participants will take on 32 floors and 532...]]>
Simple ways to make healthy eating habits stick http://illinoistimes.com/article-16720-simple-ways-to-make-healthy-eating-habits-stick.html Simple ways to make healthy eating habits stick
 If your head is still spinning from all the diet tips you’ve read or heard about since 2016 arrived, then slow down and take a deeeeep breath. I’m going to make this real simple. All it take...]]>
Women, lifting weights is all good http://illinoistimes.com/article-15007-women-lifting-weights-is-all-good.html Women, lifting weights is all good
 Women have a lot of misconceptions about strength training. While more are lifting weights, many are reluctant to set foot in the weight room. One of the biggest fears is that they will bulk up...]]>
Is smoking e-cigarettes a good way to quit? http://illinoistimes.com/article-15008-is-smoking-e-cigarettes-a-good-way-to-quit.html Is smoking e-cigarettes a good way to quit?
 Quitting smoking and losing weight consistently top New Year’s resolutions lists. In an effort to stop smoking, a growing number of smokers are turning to electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarette...]]>
Exercise is good medicine for cancer patients http://illinoistimes.com/article-15009-exercise-is-good-medicine-for-cancer-patients.html Exercise is good medicine for cancer patients
 Matt Jackson sets out chairs, turns on music and the small group gathered for the Monday morning Fitness for You class on the third floor of the Simmons Cancer Institute join him as he begins le...]]>
Easy ways to start living healthier http://illinoistimes.com/article-15010-easy-ways-to-start-living-healthier.html Easy ways to start living healthier
 Contrary to popular belief, adopting a healthy lifestyle is not a difficult undertaking. In certain instances, convenience may need to be sacrificed in favor of nutrition, but many people find t...]]>
Make morning workouts work http://illinoistimes.com/article-15011-make-morning-workouts-work.html Make morning workouts work
 Many men and women struggle to find time to exercise. If hectic schedules dominated by professional and personal commitments have made it difficult to make exercise part of your daily routine, y...]]>
Sweet defeat - How sugar hides in plain sight http://illinoistimes.com/article-15012-sweet-defeat.html Sweet defeat - How sugar hides in plain sight
 Trembling, I sat in my car outside a pharmacy. I struggled internally over whether to go inside. I walked in, picked up an item, set it on the counter and waited impatiently for the clerk to com...]]>
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...]]>