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Michael Stroud, Certified Health Coach

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By: Michael Stroud, Certified Health Coach
September 17th, 2020

Exercise helps boost your immune system through the release of your body's "feel-good" chemicals. It also helps you sleep better and lose weight, both of which contribute to a strong immune system. But how much exercise do you need? Is there such a thing as too much exercise? And what types of exercise should you focus on? 

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By: Michael Stroud, Certified Health Coach
September 15th, 2020

One way to boost your immune system against COVID-19? Exercise. Regular exercise helps reduce inflammation, relieve stress, and improve sleep, all of which combine to improve your body's defenses. Richmond health coach Michael Stroud recorded this video while doing a little exercise of his own (walking at a local park) to explain more. 

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You're committed to consistently working out. Maybe you have some weights at home. Maybe you joined a gym or hired a personal trainer. Whatever the case may be, you're looking to maximize your efforts. That includes eating the right foods after you workout, so your body can use that food as fuel as best as possible.

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Proper exercise form is key to getting the most out of your workouts and avoiding injury. In the next video in his series on proper exercise form, Richmond health coach Michael Stroud offers a few do's and don'ts when doing tricep extensions. Watch the video below, read on for a quick reacp, and be sure to check out the rest of the series as well. 

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Exercises designed to stretch and support your knees can be highly beneficial if you are experiencing mild knee pain or have recently had knee surgery. 

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Life takes us many places. Maybe you head to the beach for a vacation. Maybe a work trip takes you to a big city. Maybe you have a youth baseball tournament at a park all weekend. Or maybe you're going hiking in the woods. These aren't easy places to stick to low carb diet. In this video, Richmond health coach Michael Stroud offers some helpful solutions to staying low carb in inconvenient situations. 

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You're about to work out, whether at the gym or in your home. What area of the body should you workout first? What types of exercises should you focus on? Should you focus on a small area of your body like your arms? In this video, Richmond health coach Michael Stroud offers a few tips to better your workout experience. Watch below and read on for the recap. 

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Shoulder pain can limit a lot of your everyday routine. What can you do to strengthen your shoulders, whether its to prevent injury in the first place or rehab back to full strength after an injury?