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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 [...]

Fitness, Health, Wellness

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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, 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, 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…

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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, 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…

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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

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Survivor: Boys and Men Have Eating Disorders, Too

Eating disorders can affect anyone. While they may be associated with girls and women, about 1 in 3 people struggling with an eating disorder such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder are male. About 10 million men, teens and boys in the United States will struggle with these potentially fatal illnesses at some…

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Read This if You’re Concerned About Your Child’s Weight

Have you noticed that your child’s body has changed during the pandemic? Did a visit to the pediatrician start a conversation about your child’s weight? Does your child’s percentile ranking on a BMI chart seem especially high? If any of the above are true, don’t panic—and think carefully before you broach this topic with your…

Children's Health, Nutrition

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5 Tips for a Smooth Recovery After Surgery

If you’re scheduled to have surgery, you’ll want to take steps to prepare for it to help ensure you have a successful operation. There are also steps you can take after surgery to heal faster and return to the things you love. UNC Health trauma and acute care surgery nurse educator Beth Schreiber, RN, suggests…

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A Get-Back-Into-Working-Out Plan

Sometimes your fitness routine becomes more of a memory than an everyday occurrence. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced nearly everyone to modify their workout habits in some way, and for some, that’s meant dropping exercise altogether. If this describes you, that’s OK! It’s been a very tough year (and counting), but it’s always a good…

Coronavirus, Fitness

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