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Tag - fitness

Workplace Wellness: Adding Daily Burn to the Daily Grind

We don’t need to tell you that work can be rough, but what you might not know is that your job can have a huge impact on your health -- good or bad. We’ve written about how sitting can make a mess of your posture, and with obesity affecting almost one quarter of the working population, it’s easy to say that too much time on the job is bad news. But with a little effort and know-how, a workplace wellness…

Stay Safe During National Running Safety Month

November is National Running Safety Month, and it also happens to be the first of many challenging, wintry months for runners. Now more than ever, it’s important to stay safe on the roads and trails. Take a look at some the best running safety tips for a worry-free November! Get The Right Gear The dwindling sunlight in late fall means that it’s getting colder and darker outside each week. Before winter hits, take the time to pick up a weatherproof…

Straighten Out Your Spinal Health

Between the Halloween candy and pumpkin-spiced-everything, October can be a tough month to stay fit. But not everything this month has to be out to spoil your healthy fall -- in fact, October is National Spinal Health Month! So put down your latte and caramel apple, and check out some of our favorite spinal health tips. Maintain a Healthy Bodyweight It’s no secret that your weight has health implications, but did you know that shedding a few pounds could help…

5 Unique Pittsburgh Running Spots

Image Courtesy of Wikipedia Humans are creatures of habit, and plenty of runners are perfectly happy striding through familiar territory. But variety is the spice of life, so it may not be long until your thirst for adventure becomes unbearable! Luckily, Pittsburgh’s got you covered. With almost 100 beautiful neighborhoods to choose from, it’s easy to mix things up with a run through a new trail, vista, or community. Check out some of our favorites! Squirrel Hill If you haven’t…

Fit Body, Fit Mind: A Little Goes A Long Way

Let’s take a look at some numbers: there are 168 hours in a week, and even if you’re one of the few athletes who exercises one hour a day, you’re still spending less than five percent of your time improving your fitness. When you look at it this way, it’s easy to see exercise as a waste of time. But did you know that just a few minutes of activity a day can pay dividends throughout every other hour of…

Ditch the Excuses and Get the Facts About Yoga

Yoga: some hate it, others are obsessed with it. With such polarized opinions about the activity, it can be hard to know the truth and even harder to reap the benefits. You’ve probably heard all the common complaints, but worry not! We’ve separated fact from fiction to respond to some of the most popular excuses. “It Doesn’t Do Anything” Yoga provides substantial benefits: it can improve strength, flexibility, cardiovascular health, and much more. The American Osteopathic Association has outlined these…

5 Pittsburgh 5ks You Need to Run This Fall

You’ve braved the heat all summer, sweating buckets to log your weekly mileage. You bought new shoes for the new season, and now you’re dying to see all the hard work pay off. Luckily for you, fall in Pittsburgh is not only beautiful, but it is also a great time to challenge yourself with countless local races! As the leaves are falling, cut serious time off of your personal best by running some of these great Pittsburgh 5ks. Richard S.…

Maintaining Proper Posture As You Age

It is safe to say that good posture can keep you looking youthful as the years go by, but the benefits of maintaining your bone health are much more than skin deep. As we’ve discussed in the past, proper posture can do wonderful things for your body. When you maintain correct posture, your bones, joints, and muscles are at their most efficient. It can boost your confidence, mood and appearance, all of which are closely linked with good mental and…

The Dos and Don’ts of Trail Running

Summer is coming to an end, and it’s time to break away from air conditioned gyms and treadmills and step back into the great outdoors. What better way to make nature your newest workout partner than by taking a shot at trail running? Getting off the treadmill can put a spring in your step; studies have demonstrated improvements in mood and motivation during outdoor workouts compared to being indoors. Off-road running can be enjoyed by athletes of all experience levels,…

Protect Your Heart in the Summer Heat

All winter long, you probably dreamt of the summertime and the joy of exercising outside. The problem? The heat of summer puts added stress on your body. With temperatures reaching the 80s, 90s, and sometimes higher, your heart can face some serious strain when you exert yourself outside. Your body uses two processes in order to deal with the extra heat: radiation and evaporation, both of which require the heart to work harder. Heat naturally moves from warm areas to…

Why You Should Get Excited for OpenStreetsPGH

Last month at the OpenStreetsPGH inaugural event, over 15,000 Pittsburghers came out to play on Penn Avenue and Butler Street. The city was alive with people cycling, dancing, running, hula hooping and unicycling. This movement transforms 3.5 miles of roads into a car-free, city-wide playground spanning from Lawrenceville to Market Square, inviting everyone to get moving on one big open street. It’s a truly unique occasion, with the intention of making Pittsburgh a healthier, happier place to live. Car-Free Travel…