Swimming: Style and Substance

July 2, 2016 by Jonathan Urla, MFA

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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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VIDEO: Pre- or Post-Exercise Stretching Routine

May 21, 2016 by Jonathan Urla, MFA

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By Jonathan Urla, MFA

This post is part of 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 a video of stretches and exercises that are perfect for warming up or cooling down.

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The Benefits of an Exercise Practice Steeped in Routine and Focus

May 14, 2016 by Jonathan Urla, MFA

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By Jonathan Urla, MFA

When practicing how to skillfully master your body, whether through dance, Pilates, yoga, or any intelligent system of exercise, apply a “qualitative” focus. Practice consistently over time and you can truly begin to transform the way you look, feel, and perform.

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Need Motivation to Exercise — Get Specific

April 30, 2016 by Jonathan Urla, MFA

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The creators of the new National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP) decided that people should stop thinking of exercise, and instead think of moving around more. That’s nice, however telling people that any physical activity counts for exercise makes people think that everyday living is exercise.

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What’s Age Got to Do With It? Workouts for Women Over 40

April 23, 2016 by Jonathan Urla, MFA

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By Jonathan Urla, MFA

Age is not the primary factor in the choice of an exercise. The level of fitness and flexibility, absence of injury, and experience with the type of exercise are much more important.

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Stretching With A Yoga Strap

April 16, 2016 by Jonathan Urla, MFA

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By Jonathan Urla, MFA

There is nothing like giving your body a good stretch. However, sometimes it is not easy to stretch your muscles adequately or safely just by holding different positions. This is why I teach all my clients how to use a yoga strap to give themselves a full and safe stretch.

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The Hiking Advantage

April 9, 2016 by Jonathan Urla, MFA

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By Jonathan Urla, MFA

The incline part of hiking is what makes it a great exercise and gives the heart and legs a powerful workout.

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Three Great Upper Body Stretches to Do Every Day

April 2, 2016 by Jonathan Urla, MFA

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By Jonathan Urla, MFA

To help you relieve tension in the upper body, here are three great stretches that effectively release unnecessary tightness in this area and bring more freedom and range of motion for your arms.

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Six-Week Home Workout Challenge — Simple Circuits

March 26, 2016 by Jonathan Urla, MFA

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Jonathan Urla, a certified advanced health and fitness specialist, shares a simple home workout circuit routine that balances upper body exercises with lower body work.

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Exercise and Cancer Survivors — A Natural Partnership

March 19, 2016 by Jonathan Urla, MFA

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By Jonathan Urla, MFA

For all cancer survivors, maintaining a healthy diet and weight are important and exercise helps in this regard as well. It has also been shown to help reduce joint pain that sometimes occurs from medications, which then improves adherence to taking medications regularly.

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