‘Tech Neck,’ Premature Aging, and Poor Posture — A 21st Century Problem

September 24, 2016 by Jonathan Urla, MFA

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More and more people are coming into doctor’s offices complaining of neck pain or associated shoulder and lower back pain. Often, it stems from their habits of looking down at their mobile phones and computer screens. Health professionals have coined this problem as ‘tech neck.’

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Fitness Saturday: Two Ways to Stretch the Large Muscles of the Legs

September 17, 2016 by Jonathan Urla, MFA

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This is another post in our series of Fitness Saturday exercises, workouts, and expert tips appropriate to women in the second half of life. Jonathan Urla, a certified advanced health and fitness specialist, shares two ways to stretch the large muscles of the legs.

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The Real Value of Exercise (In the News)

September 10, 2016 by Jonathan Urla, MFA

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Jonathan Urla, a certified advanced health and fitness specialist, shares highlights from a recent study on the value of exercise.

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4 Ways to Make Exercise a Regular Part of Your Lifestyle

September 3, 2016 by Jonathan Urla, MFA

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Jonathan Urla, a certified advanced health and fitness specialist, shares surefire ways to make exercise a regular part of your lifestyle. As we say goodbye to summer and shift our schedules for the fall, Urla advises that we schedule our workout time in our calendar and keep a workout diary.

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Fitness Saturday: Measure the Moment — It’s All Good!

August 27, 2016 by Jonathan Urla, MFA

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Life is full of wonderful opportunities to move and be active. Let’s look at some common activities that can easily be turned into exercise, and you don’t need to be wearing your gym clothes to do them, although do wear your workout sneakers if you can.

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Fashion Meets Fitness Shoes

August 13, 2016 by Jonathan Urla, MFA

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By Jonathan Urla, MFA

Women’s sneakers have always come in colors and varying styles to match with casual wear, but recently shoe designers have come up with a truly different style of fashionable sneaker that has become all the rage: the Wedge Sneaker.

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Side Stabilization Exercises for Pilates

July 23, 2016 by Jonathan Urla, MFA

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By Jonathan Urla, MFA

Today I’m sharing a video of the basic “Side Kick” series from Pilates mat work exercises that mostly anyone can do.

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Fitness Saturday: Injury Prevention, 101

July 16, 2016 by Jonathan Urla, MFA

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By Jonathan Urla, MFA

Take some time to be sensible in your workouts. Never sacrifice good form for more intensity. People get injured when doing exercise for various reasons. Here is a list of some of the most common causes and how to avoid them during exercise.

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Breath and Bodily Housecleaning

July 9, 2016 by Jonathan Urla, MFA

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If we make the habit of breathing conscious, we can start to feel how the diaphragm works and how the action of breathing affects the way we use our other core muscles.

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Swimming: Style and Substance

July 2, 2016 by Jonathan Urla, MFA

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By Jonathan Urla, MFA

All exercise releases endorphins, which help stave off depression, but swimming relaxes and rejuvenates in a way that feels more like a great yoga class.

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A Bicycle Built for You and Exercises for a Better Ride

June 25, 2016 by Jonathan Urla, MFA

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By Jonathan Urla, MFA

Riding a bike is one of the most popular pastimes for recreation. Here are five easy stretches and exercises to help keep your muscles loose and posture aligned.

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VIDEO: Tennis for Fitness and Fun

June 18, 2016 by Jonathan Urla, MFA

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By Jonathan Urla, MFA

While many people play well into their prime, tennis can be strenuous to the body, especially the knees and shoulders. It is wise to include pre- and post-game stretches and exercises. In today’s post, I am including a video of some targeted stretches and core exercises that will help get your body game-ready.

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Golfing for Pleasure, Not Pain

June 11, 2016 by Jonathan Urla, MFA

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By Jonathan Urla, MFA

Golf as a sport has a lot of things going for it — it involves walking outside in the fresh air, it is moderate in intensity, and it requires balance, flexibility, concentration and skill. To help prepare your body for the game of golf and reduce the negative effects, I recommend these warm-ups before playing.

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Summer Arms in One Month — Part 2

June 4, 2016 by Jonathan Urla, MFA

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By Jonathan Urla, MFA

Last week we learned a great strengthening routine to tone and sculpt the shoulder area of your arms. This week, we will focus on the front and back of your arms, namely your biceps and triceps.

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Get Summer Arms in One Month

May 28, 2016 by Jonathan Urla, MFA

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By Jonathan Urla, MFA

The shape and tone of your arms really begins with your shoulders —specifically, your deltoid muscles.

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