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Fuel Up Right For a Better Run!

Posted by Stacy Covitz on Dec 18, 2017 11:12:00 AM

Dallas is a town full of runners! There is at least one 5k, 10k or marathon nearly every weekend. As your mileage increases, so do your energy needs!  Current research recommends distance runners need between 15-22 carbohydrates per pound of body weight. Why carbs?  Because that is your body’s number one preferred energy source; specifically glucose!  Carbohydrates are stored as glycogen which fuels endurance exercise like running!  With marathoners, the general recommendation is 55%-65% of total calories from carbohydrates to saturate those muscles with glycogen!   Glycogen actually depletes overnight, so your prerace fuel is vital to your success! 

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Fitness for you and your dog!

Posted by Stacy Covitz on Dec 7, 2017 8:12:00 AM

 

Go fetch! There is an obesity epidemic going on…and it’s not just humans!  As humans gain weight, sometimes their four-legged companions pack on the pounds, too. At my Shih Tzu's last vet visit, Maddie was up more than a half pound- which is significant, given that she only weighed 14 pounds prior. As with humans, good nutrition and exercise are key for dogs too. Here are some tips on how you can get healthy with man’s best friend!

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Topics: Fitness

Spring your body forward with America’s pastime

Posted by Zach Dechant on May 31, 2017 11:13:47 AM

As the days get longer and the flowers start to bloom, we know one thing is certain: Diamond sports are just around the corner. With spring comes a renewed passion for baseball and softball. From youth T-ball all the way up to adult recreational softball leagues, there is a place for anyone to be involved in the sports. They are available for athletes of all ages and abilities and are great ways to get outdoors and boost fitness levels.

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Why Walk?

Posted by Caroline Susie on Apr 5, 2017 9:01:27 AM

Exercise doesn’t need to be complicated; walking is the most primal human movement. Today is National Walking Day and fitness specialist Neal Smith at Folsom Fitness Center shares benefits of walking including:

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Running vs. Walking: Which is Best for You?

Posted by Stacy Covitz on Jan 10, 2017 7:45:00 AM

Statements I overheard at a New Year’s Eve party:

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Topics: Wellness, Fitness

Easy Exercises to Give Your Back and Neck Relief

Posted by Stacy Covitz on Dec 15, 2016 3:50:21 PM

It’s a typical Wednesday afternoon. You feel a sharp pain in your back, a dull ache in your wrist, or maybe a crick in your neck. You look up at the clock and realize you’ve been sitting at your desk for four hours — without a break.

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Topics: Fitness

From start to finish – insider tips to run your best full or half marathon

Posted by Stacy Covitz on Dec 7, 2016 10:34:30 AM

You’ve made the decision – you want to go from “runner” to “Runner” with a capital R. If you’re planning to participate in Methodist Mansfield’s Run with Heart Half Marathon, 5k or 1-mile fun run, you’re still picking up the pace, gearing up for the longest runs on your training schedule.

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Topics: Wellness, Fitness

Avoid the Emergency Room: Ways to Prevent Winter Sports Injuries

Posted by Stacy Covitz on Nov 29, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Winter sports enthusiasts have likely been embracing the nation’s recent cold front. Many travel destinations popular among North Texas families are in great shape for activities and adventure sports like skiing, snowboarding, sledding, ice skating and hockey.

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Topics: Fitness

Methodist Health System’s Living Room Workout

Posted by Stacy Covitz on Nov 21, 2016 2:47:39 PM

Don’t let cold weather or icy roads can’t keep you from strength training or cardio!

North Texas’ first frost of the year happened last week. Having to dig the ice scraper out of my trunk was a cold reminder that winter is almost here!

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Topics: Fitness

The Steps to Good Health

Posted by Craig Premo on Jan 29, 2016 9:17:55 AM

Here's a handly little infographic that shows how many calories you'll burn if you take the stairs to work every day instead of the elevator. Every little bit helps!

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