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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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By: Jaime Monsen, Certified Health Coach
August 25th, 2020

Family workouts are a great way to make sure you and your loved ones stay active and stay healthy. And when including younger children, it can teach them healthy lifestyle habits that they will carry on into adulthood. In this video, Midlothian health coach Jaime Monsen offers a few tips and strategies for creating workout plans as a family. Watch the video below and read on for a full recap. 

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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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By: Jaime Monsen, Certified Health Coach
August 21st, 2020

Health and fitness apps are a great tool for anyone to help measure, motivate, and encourage activity. There are apps to help you stay creative and compete against yourself or your friends, as well as to help you stay focused on your goals. There are hundreds to choose from and more popping up on the marketplace all the time. 

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By: Yvonne Bull, Certified Health Coach
August 20th, 2020

Osteoporosis is a common concern for many. If it's something you're worried about, or maybe already dealing with, what kinds of exercises should you focus on? Owings Mills health coach Yvonne Bull offers a few suggestions. Watch the video below and read on for a recap. 

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By: Jaime Monsen, Certified Health Coach
August 18th, 2020

Sliders are a cheap and effective tool to use for staying fit. In this video, Midlothian health coach Jaime Monsen uses two sliders she bought at Five Below to workout her core. Watch the video below and read on for the list of exercises.