IllinoisTimes - Health & Fitness https://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-60-1-health-fitness.html Thu, 20 Jun 19 00:00:00 -0400 en hourly 1 Native plant sales https://illinoistimes.com/article-21128-native-plant-sales.html Native plant sales
 In April and May there are several plant sales, which provide an excellent opportunity to purchase native plants as well as talk to knowledgeable people.Lincoln Memorial Garden plant sales“We...]]>
Joy of Movement - Dancing for those with Parkinson’s disease https://illinoistimes.com/article-20877-joy-of-movement.html Joy of Movement - Dancing for those with Parkinson’s disease
 It isn’t your typical dance class, but for those who attend it is a time of joy, movement and camaraderie.  Called Joy of Movement, the dance classes are specifically geared for those liv...]]>
Healthy habits start early https://illinoistimes.com/article-20849-healthy-habits-start-early.html Healthy habits start early
 It’s never too late to adopt better eating habits and experiment with natural, fresh and whole foods.  Avoiding processed foods and added sugar are keys to eating a more nutritious diet....]]>
Staying active in winter https://illinoistimes.com/article-20851-staying-active-in-winter.html Staying active in winter
 I set out to write about getting outdoors and staying active in the winter because, frankly, I was in desperate need of motivation. My second child was born late last summer, and when an early a...]]>
Preventing youth sports injuries https://illinoistimes.com/article-20852-preventing-youth-sports-injuries.html Preventing youth sports injuries
 Athletic activity in youth offers many benefits, including the development of fitness, motor skills and social skills, as well as learning structure and teamwork, and fostering a lifelong apprec...]]>
Making exercise fun https://illinoistimes.com/article-20855-making-exercise-fun.html Making exercise fun
 Many of us make a list of New Year’s resolutions that may or may not be attainable, and all too often people vow to go to the gym or lose weight, both of which are rather vague. According to t...]]>
How I got my groove back - Moving away from an unhealthy lifestyle https://illinoistimes.com/article-20858-how-i-got-my-groove-back.html How I got my groove back - Moving away from an unhealthy lifestyle
 Shawn Balint is a local radio personality who works as the news director for Neuhoff Media.Some people figure out how to be Superman, but they don’t know how to be Clark Kent.  That could...]]>
A program to prevent Alzheimer’s - The solution isn’t simple, and may require lifestyle changes. It’s far better than the usual prevention method – nothing. https://illinoistimes.com/article-19609-a-program-to-prevent-alzheimer%25E2%2580%2599s.html A program to prevent Alzheimer’s - The solution isn’t simple, and may require lifestyle changes. It’s far better than the usual prevention method – nothing.
 Dale E. Bredesen’s 2017 book, The End of Alzheimer’s, provides a new perspective on this debilitating and dreaded disease. Subtitled The First Program to Prevent and Reverse Cognitive Declin...]]>
Healthy mouth, healthy body - The importance of periodontal health to general health https://illinoistimes.com/article-19610-healthy-mouth-healthy-body.html Healthy mouth, healthy body - The importance of periodontal health to general health
 The mouth serves as a gateway to the body. There is a connection between oral health and general health. Our mouth can tell us whether we’re at risk for developing chronic inflammatory health...]]>
To prevent knee problems, get ‘hip’ https://illinoistimes.com/article-19611-to-prevent-knee-problems-get-%25E2%2580%2598hip%25E2%2580%2599.html To prevent knee problems, get ‘hip’
 Knee pain is common and may be caused by many things, including sports injury, trauma, repetitive strain or arthritis. Patellofemoral pain occurs when the kneecap does not track properly and cau...]]>
A healthy dose of mindfulness https://illinoistimes.com/article-19612-a-healthy-dose-of-mindfulness.html A healthy dose of mindfulness
 Our mental wellness is just as important as our physical wellness. Many of us are in shape physically but out of shape mentally. The benefits of being in shape mentally include regaining control...]]>
Deadly myth of ‘nonclinical’ heart disease - Springfield physician calls president’s physical a ‘teachable moment’ https://illinoistimes.com/article-19613-deadly-myth-of-%25E2%2580%2598nonclinical%25E2%2580%2599-heart-disease.html Deadly myth of ‘nonclinical’ heart disease - Springfield physician calls president’s physical a ‘teachable moment’
 Test results from President Trump’s annual physical reveal he has atherosclerosis, a common type of heart disease, the leading killer of Americans, often from heart attacks or strokes.At a Whi...]]>
Measuring beyond the scale https://illinoistimes.com/article-18195-measuring-beyond-the-scale.html Measuring beyond the scale
 When I first started my journey to fitness and better health almost five years ago, I knew I was overweight. I even had to admit that I was obese, based on my body mass index (BMI) being over 30...]]>
What the scale didn’t tell me - One woman’s surprising results https://illinoistimes.com/article-18196-what-the-scale-didn%25E2%2580%2599t-tell-me.html What the scale didn’t tell me - One woman’s surprising results
I have lost 40 pounds over the past two years and I work out four to five days a week. When I stepped onto the InBody device, which measures where fat is distributed on your body, I knew in advance, o...]]>
Yoga in the Land of Lincoln https://illinoistimes.com/article-18197-yoga-in-the-land-of-lincoln.html Yoga in the Land of Lincoln
Over the past several years, the practice of yoga – derived from a broad range of ancient Indian mental, physical and spiritual practices – has been on the rise as a form of exercise throughout th...]]>
Here’s what worked for me - If resolutions don’t work, try my Top 10 https://illinoistimes.com/article-18198-here%25E2%2580%2599s-what-worked-for-me.html Here’s what worked for me - If resolutions don’t work, try my Top 10
 It’s that time of year when articles about diets, resolutions, healthy eating and exercise are rampant. Although I’ve been active and generally fit, for several years I made the same resolut...]]>
High intensive laser therapy - Quell pain and induce healing https://illinoistimes.com/article-18199-high-intensive-laser-therapy.html High intensive laser therapy - Quell pain and induce healing
A new form of therapy at a local chiropractic office promises to decrease pain and speed up the recovery process. Dr. John Folkerts of Sherman Chiropractic located at 420 Crossing Drive in Sherman is...]]>
What keeps you going? - Finding motivation for health and fitness https://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 https://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 https://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 https://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 https://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 https://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 https://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? https://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 https://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 https://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 https://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 https://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 https://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...]]>