How to Avoid Common Summer Illnesses and Injuries

Bug bites. Bike crashes. Food poisoning. Summer illnesses and injures are anything but fun in the sun. The good news is that many of these things can be avoided when proper precautions are taken. Here are some of the most common summer illnesses and injuries – and what you can do to treat or prevent … Continued

Seven Tips to Beat the Summer Heat

At the first sign of summer, most Chicagoans can’t wait to shed their winter layers and spend time outside. Your body, however, may need a little extra time to adjust. A fun fact: It can take up to 14 days to acclimate to warmer weather. This especially applies to outdoor workouts. Just like you need … Continued

Eight Ways to Enjoy an Outdoor Workout This Summer

After a long Chicago winter, most of us look forward to getting outside to enjoy some time in the sun. If you prefer an outdoor workout to the gym this time of year, you’re not alone. Here are some fun ways to work up a sweat while enjoying summer weather.  

10 Ways to Jump Start Weight Loss

Did you gain the “quarantine 15”? If so, you are not alone. A recent survey found that nearly 71 million Americans gained weight during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a country where obesity is on the rise, this is cause for concern. Carrying too much extra weight can contribute to an increased risk for heart disease, … Continued

Exercises for a Healthier Heart

Your heart is like any other muscle in your body – it can be strengthened with regular exercise. A stronger heart is a more efficient heart – one that’s better able to pump blood throughout your body. It can also push out more blood with every beat, which lowers your heart rate and keeps blood … Continued

Seven Tips to Improve Your Fitness

“There’s not enough time.” “I’m stressed out.” “It’s too cold outside.” For many of us, these excuses to not exercise are all too familiar. When your day is busy and you’re running low on energy, skipping a workout may seem like the best option. But the truth is regular exercise is one of the best … Continued

Eight Small Health Changes Anyone Can Make

When people think about making health changes, they often focus on big changes – things like losing 50 pounds or running a marathon. While it may seem like bigger changes are the best way to see major results, it’s actually smaller changes that have the most positive impact on your health. That’s because small changes … Continued

Taking Intimidation Out of Fitness

By now, most of us know how important it is to exercise. But it can still be a challenge to get started. A large part of it is the unknown – many people don’t know what to do or how to begin. Here are answers to a few common questions people have when starting a … Continued

Six Ways Exercise Benefits Your Health

The American Heart Association recommends adults get 150 minutes or 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity exercise every week. This comes out to just five, 30-minute workouts a week. Yet nearly 80 percent of American adults fall short of this recommendation. It’s easy to come up with excuses for skipping a workout. Some people say they don’t … Continued

Five Tips to Start a Fitness Routine

Starting a fitness program is one of the best things you can do to improve your health. There are many benefits: weight loss, preventing heart disease and diabetes, lowering your risk for stroke, better sleep, more confidence, lower stress levels and more. The most challenging part is sticking with it over time. Did you know … Continued