Category Archives: Fitness

What things come to mind when you hear the word stress? Your answer may be different than that of a friend, family member, or coworker, but regardless of what you associate with stress, it has many poor health consequences. April is Stress Awareness Month, so let’s make ourselves aware of some of the health consequences associated with stress and also some exercise-related strategies for combating it.   In addition to having different causes of stress, people have different responses to … continued…

Fitness Judy Eggebeen

Being a fitness professional, many people assume I have always been active and loved anything to do with exercise. Interestingly enough, that is not the case! I was the kid in school who dreaded PE class. I thought it was ridiculous that they could actually make you run a mile. I was always one of the slowest people to finish and felt like I was going to fall over as soon as I got done. I wasn’t overweight, and it … continued…

Fitness Judy Eggebeen

Back in October we talked about the importance of getting up and moving throughout the day, even for people who get the recommended amount of exercise each week. Studies show that being sedentary for most of the day has poor health consequences. Check out the Get Up and Moving! post. For many people, the amount of activity they can get at work is seemingly limited by having to get most things done at a desk or on a computer. Here … continued…

Fitness Healthy Habits Judy Eggebeen

Each year, the American Heart Association sponsors American Heart Month in February in an effort to raise awareness of heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women, but many people do not know their risk of developing heart disease or what they can do to prevent it! Age and genetics play a role in a person’s risk of heart disease and unfortunately are two things we do not have any control over. The … continued…

Fitness Heart Healthy Judy Eggebeen

Are you interested in starting an exercise routine, but afraid that the gym membership and/or home exercise equipment are too far out of budget? There are lots of ways to start an exercise program without breaking the bank.   The least expensive form of exercise is walking or jogging because all you need is a good pair of shoes! Not only is it the least expensive, it is also one of my favorites for overall fitness and weight loss. You … continued…

Fitness Heart Healthy Judy Eggebeen

Is starting an exercise routine at the top of your New Year’s Resolution list? If so, you are not alone! Many people incorporate a fitness related goal into their list, but not everyone is able to stick with it and make it a lasting lifestyle change. Make sure you set yourself up for success from the beginning so that you can avoid burnout and truly develop a routine that you will be able to enjoy and stick with. One of … continued…

Fitness Judy Eggebeen

December tends to be the month where people put exercise on the back burner because schedules are overwhelmed with shopping, parties, and other various activities. Many people think ahead towards January and commit to starting back with their exercise in full swing once the New Year rolls around. Let me challenge you to commit to sticking with exercise, even if it involves a modified routine! It will be worth it! Here are my top reasons for sticking with exercise this … continued…

Fitness Holidays Judy Eggebeen

It is officially December, which means holiday gift shopping is in full swing! Some of you may already have all of your shopping done, some of you may already have a list of what you need to buy, and some of you may be wondering why I’m even thinking about gifts in the beginning of December! Regardless of what type of shopper you are, it is likely that you have a child in your life that you will be shopping … continued…

Fitness Heart Healthy Judy Eggebeen

Low back pain is a common condition that affects many people. While there are a variety of different causes for low back pain, one of the most common is due to a weakness or a tightness of the lower back muscles. Your lower back muscles and abdominal muscles make up your core – and without a strong core, regular activities (even just standing for a prolonged period of time) push those muscles beyond their limits. The two-fold problem with the … continued…

Fitness Judy Eggebeen

Did you know that Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is diagnosed in more than 12 million people in the United States? Additionally there are probably just as many people that have the disease and do not even know it. November is National COPD Awareness Month, so I thought we could dig a little deeper into this disease. While COPD is the 3rd leading cause of death in Americans, it starts to affect people much earlier than its end stages. COPD … continued…

Fitness Judy Eggebeen