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Make Fitness a Fun Hobby

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This week several emails had to do with exercising outside now that the weather is starting to get nicer around the nation. Many questions were about yard work compared to exercise and other rigorous activities common to the Spring Season. I have found that the caloric expenditure in many of these outdoor activities is comparable to running, walking, and even calisthenics /weight training. The problem that many people face with seasonal "hobbies" is that a good part of the year little or no physical activity gets accomplished. That is where I come in!Starting a fitness plan HAS to eventually become...

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Fitness for Kids

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America's children are overweight. Why? Because WE are! Two-thirds (66%) of Americans are overweight according to the Centers for Disease Control/Prevention, with 15-30% of the children either overweight or dangerously close to being overweight. That means that nearly 200 million Americans fall into the overweight category. We are setting a horrible example for our children.According to a study conducted by Weight Watchers International Inc. and the American Health Foundation, 25% of American children are now officially overweight, and the youngest are especially at risk. These extra pounds are more than just a passing phase; another ADA study suggests that half...

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Fit for Life

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If you are a true beginner to exercise or have not exercised in decades, starting a health and fitness program is a daunting task. During your quest for longevity, try not to change too much in your life too quickly. Many people, in their search for health make broad resolutions that require several different life style changes. Quitting smoking, starting an exercise program, and dieting all in the same week can be extremely challenging. Tackling any ONE of the above is challenging enough. If you have any of the above vices or others, you may want to try one step...

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Fitness Over 50

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Here is an email that is often received from men and women seeking to lose the "spare tire" or weight around their hips, help reducing their blood pressure, and overall just get healthier. It is a journey that can lead to many enjoyable future years if you can catch up with Mother Nature and Father Time before they catch you! Here are a few questions posed by a gentleman in his early fifties:Stew - I do appreciate your time and your website it has been a huge help to me personally. I do have a few questions for you. 1)...

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Fitness on a Budget

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There was a great question this week that focuses on getting fit and loosing weight on a budget. In times like these, we all are trying to pinch a few pennies, here is how I mix in fitness for pennies. Here is the question:There are some great ideas on the StewSmith.com Articles Section on getting fit and loosing weight and such. However, I am 25 years old, I am single and live from paycheck to paycheck. Many things that people suggest doing are quite frankly too expensive - Gym memberships and food included. How do you loose weight and build...

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