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Spice Up Your Fitness Routine with Cross Training

Cross training is a training routine that involves several different forms of exercise. It limits the stress that occurs on a specific muscle group because different activities use muscles in slightly different ways. Here are some reasons to bring your workout inside a few times per week [...]

Exercise, Injury Prevention

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Play Pickleball—and Prevent Injuries

Does tennis sound fun, but the mere idea of running and twisting on a tennis court makes your knees scream in their sockets? Consider pickleball, a racquet game with a silly name that is America’s fastest-growing sport—nearly 5 million people are playing. Pickleball is popular in part because it’s low impact, but injuries are still…

Exercise, Fitness and Mobility

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Get Your Teen Moving

Convincing teens to be active and maintain their physical health is a challenge—when do teens listen to anything their parents say? But it’s critical for their health throughout their lives. “Eating a healthy diet and exercising are the two things that will have the biggest impact on their health as adults,” says UNC Health pediatrician…

Adolescents, Fitness and Mobility

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Prepare for a Healthier School Year

With another school year just around the corner, parents, children and teachers can add a fourth “R” to reading, (w)riting and (a)rithmetic—reducing your risk of getting sick. Common illnesses such as colds, the flu and COVID-19 can run rampant anywhere lots of people gather, and schools are no exception. Omicron variants of COVID-19 are still…

Coronavirus, Infectious Diseases, School-Age Children

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5 Things to Know About Pregnancy Past Age 35

Are you wondering if you’re too old to have a baby? More women are waiting to start a family, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The median age of mothers giving birth in the U.S. now is 30. The number of women ages 35 to 39 giving birth increased by 67 percent from 1990 to…

Health, Pregnancy and Maternal Health, Women's Health

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How to Exercise Safely During Pregnancy

During pregnancy, your body is working overtime to sustain you and your growing baby. Even a simple task like going to the grocery store can feel like an Olympic sport. With your body going through so many changes and tiring more easily, is it safe to exercise during pregnancy? Absolutely, says Mary Hale, a certified…

Pregnancy and Maternal Health, Wellness, Women's Health

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9 Benefits of Yoga for Cancer Survivors

You’ve gotten a diagnosis that’s particularly hard to hear: cancer. Facing cancer can be stressful and painful, but practicing yoga can help usher in a sense of calm and strength. If you’ve had cancer in the past or have it now, consider making yoga a part of your life—with clearance from your healthcare provider, of…

Cancer, Health, Wellness

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3 Things Young Athletes Need to Know About Protein

Whether in the locker room or on the sidelines, it seems like everyone in the world of youth sports is talking about the power of protein. This nutrient is found in food and, increasingly, in supplements, bars and shakes marketed to young athletes. Are these magic potions that fuel better performances on the court or…

Fitness and Mobility, Nutrition

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Walk to Build Strength and Endurance—One Step at a Time

Want to improve your fitness but not interested in training for a marathon or joining a high-intensity workout group? No problem. Walking is a great way to build endurance and strength, especially if you have not been exercising regularly. “There are so many benefits of walking,” says Beth Blount, a personal trainer at the UNC…

Fitness and Mobility, Wellness

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How to Stay—or Get—Fit as You Age

Remember your first steps? Of course you don’t—you were probably about a year old. You’ve been walking so long that you can’t remember ever not walking. So don’t stop now. Experts say exercise and movement are among the best things you can do to maintain your health and well-being in each stage of your life,…

Fitness and Mobility, Wellness

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5 Tips for Finding a Gym

If your New Year’s resolutions include getting into better shape or exercising more, one of the first steps toward meeting your goal may be finding a gym or fitness center. A gym can be a big investment, so you want to make sure you choose the right one for you. We spoke with UNC Wellness…

Wellness

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5 Things That Cause Constipation—and 5 Ways to Feel Better

Not being able to have a bowel movement—you know, pooping—and the discomfort that results is called constipation. This includes bowel movements that are infrequent, incomplete or difficult to pass. It is a fairly common issue in the United States, affecting around 16 out of 100 adults. Technically, constipation is having three or fewer bowel movements…

Digestive Health, Nutrition

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