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Physical Activity Affects the Mind

Friday, April 13, 2012

Friday, April 13, 2012

The physical benefits of exercise are commonly known, such as weight control, cardiovascular fitness and muscular endurance.  However, studies show that although exercise is a physical activity, it has an effect on our mental state as well.  A study conducted at the University of Haifa International School found that exercise reduces depression and burnout rates.  The study analyzed 1,632 Israeli workers through que

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Physical Activity Program Helps Individuals with Mental Illness

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Author: 
Ann Steeves
Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The World Health Organization defines health as “physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. Too often, this holistic view is forgotten. The interdependence of all aspects of health is important when creating wellness programs.

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Heel to Toe May be Hurting You

Monday, March 12, 2012

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Katrina Heisler
Monday, March 12, 2012

While running, we repetitively hit our feet against the pavement, one in front of the other. Lots of times, our brain runs as well, thinking about your current to do list, a conversation earlier in the day, how you’re breathing, what music is playing, but do you ever stop to think about just how your moving your feet? It is almost like breathing, you don’t think about each breath in and out, it just happens, but a recent study from Harvard University is saying we should be making a conscious effort to think about how our foot hits the ground.

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Stretching the Truth

Friday, February 24, 2012

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Rebecca Lastra
Friday, February 24, 2012

During the past few years, there has been some controversy regarding the benefits we gain from stretching before and after exercise.

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High Heels: High-Fashion or High-Risk?

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Let’s face it: a great pair of high heels is stylish and they really do complete an outfit.  However, the reality is that the foot was not designed to be in permanent arched position while walking.  The effect that high heels have on the body was examined in a study done by researchers at Read more

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Ski Your Way to Fitness

Friday, February 3, 2012

Author: 
Rebecca Lastra
Friday, February 3, 2012

Did you make a New Year’s Resolution to work out more and lead a healthier life? Are you bored of doing the same old workout everyday? Well luckily, the UNH Outdoor Adventure Club can help! On February 14th, they will be hosting a Moonlight Cross Country Ski event across Medums Pond. It only costs five dollars and it includes transportation and ski gear.

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Core No More?

Thursday, January 5, 2012

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Katrina Heisler
Thursday, January 5, 2012

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Crunches, sit ups, planks; just some of the many abdominal exercises we do daily in an effort to achieve the coveted “six pack”. According to an article in the New York Times, researchers at Indiana State University are questioning if the crunches are really worth it.

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Motivation at your Fingertips

Monday, December 5, 2011

Author: 
Rebecca Lastra
Monday, December 5, 2011

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In a recent post by Katrina Heisler, she discussed the different apps that are compatible with iPhones to help us stay motivated to hit the gym and how as little as text messaging could contribute to weight loss. Well another app to add to the list is "Nexercise".

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Get Fit from the Whitt

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

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Are you tired of doing the same mundane things to stay in shape? Are running, cycling and hitting the weight room becoming a little less exciting every time you do them? If that is the case then you’re in luck! While many students have utilized ALL that the Whittemore Center has to offer, but many surprisingly have not.

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Start Texting to Start Flexing

Friday, October 28, 2011

Author: 
Katrina Heisler
Friday, October 28, 2011

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Trying to lose weight or find the motivation to get to the gym? There’s an app for that. Gone are the days of technology holding back the couch potatoes, technology has now made it easy enough to have a personal trainer in the palm of your hand. There are hundreds on weight loss apps on the market for your smart phone that can help you track how much you’re eating, how many calories you burned on your run, fitness tips, and even personalized workout plans. Who needs a trainer or even a gym when all you have to do it turn on your phone?

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