Decrease Dementia Risk with “Cognitive Cardio”

I am sure that many of you have seen a grandparent or a loved-one become affected by Dementia. According to the Alzheimer’s Organization, Dementia is a general “term that describes a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities.” My grandfather started to show signs of Dementia when he reached 92 years of age.  He started to forget things which had happened earlier in the day. One of the saddest instances of his short-term memory loss was when he, a life-long Red Sox […]

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Turning up the Intensity

With New Year’s celebrations a month behind us and a new year of progress ahead, it’s a good time to take stock of your workout. Are you moving closer to your goals, or are you stalled? If you’re not getting the results you want, consider stepping up your exercise intensity. Before diving into details, it’s important to be clear about what I mean by results. Improving markers of good health like blood pressure, triglyceride level or resting heart rate is one form of result. Another revolves around body shaping by decreasing body fat or building muscle. Low intensity exercise like walking is perfectly fine for improving […]

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4 Reasons to Choose Group Exercise

I know that it can be a pain to get up early and register for an exercise class. We have all been there, on a Monday morning, squinting at our phones in the darkness trying to register for Muscle Conditioning later that week at the CRP. Sometimes you have to wonder why do we do it? What makes us keep coming back when it is much easier to just pick up a few weights and go through some exercises on our own? Well, you don’t have to look far into the research to see why. In the past 3-5 years, […]

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Confessions From a Cardio Rut

I am no different than anyone else, a creature of habit who loves her routine. I like to think I am a flexible person, but when I recently took a hard look at my cardio routine for the last year, it appears that I am not… For the past 12 months, I have been in a comfortable routine. I used the elliptical machines at CRP for 30-45 min at least 3-4 days per week, and was quite pleased with myself, surrounded by many of the same people each week. The equipment would show that I had burned a solid 400-500 calories each time. However, […]

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5 Reasons to Start Lap Swimming

I am not an expert swimmer by any stretch of the imagination. The pinnacle of my prowess was graduating from the Advanced Swim class when I was ten years old. I have command of a few strokes, but I am certainly not like the people who glide beautifully up and down the lanes at the CRP pool and clearly competed in high school, college, or both. However, I started swimming two years ago because of an old orthopedic injury; a labral tear in my hip diagnosed ten years ago. My surgeon recently told me to stop running and start swimming or cycling […]

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