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March 12, 2014

Running in the Dark

Like most runners/walkers or pet owners, Angie and I frequently run in morning or evening darkness because we simply do not have a choice. In the summer, we want to beat the heat and in the winter, there is so little evening sunlight that we have little choice other than the dreadmill, that is treadmill. So I decided to do some research to find out what runners and walkers can use to make themselves more visible to traffic. Here is a small list of items to consider:...

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March 6, 2014

How to Lose the Baby Weight

Now that you’ve settled into a great routine with your baby, you are probably itching to get back to your old self. Keep in mind that it took 9 months for your baby belly to grow, so start by setting realistic expectations and give yourself the time you need to achieve your post-partum goals. Some women have a much easier time kicking their pregnancy weight to the curb while others have to go the extra mile to make progress....

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Physical therapist and patient practicing Otago exercise.

September 23, 2013

The Otago Exercise Program reduces falls among older adults

Two years ago, the Carolina Geriatric Education Center at the UNC School of Medicine began training physical therapists to use the Otago Exercise Program, an evidence-based intervention program proven to reduce falls among older adults. The reactions from physical therapists and patients have been overwhelmingly positive.

Fitness, Research

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September 2, 2013

Liz Jackson: Ironwoman

In Lake Placid I met a woman who did not learn to swim until she was 39 and she was there completing her fourth Ironman. I also met a 72-year-old man completing his fifth Ironman. From my first tri at 39 years old to completing an Ironman at 45, I am a big believer that if a long-distance triathlon is something you’ve always wanted to do, then decide to commit to it and make it happen!

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August 29, 2013

Moderate physical activity does not increase risk of knee osteoarth...

Adults age 45 and older who engaged in moderate physical activity up to two and a half hours a week did not increase their risk of developing knee osteoarthritis over a 6-year follow-up period, a new study finds.

Arthritis, Fitness, Research, Wellness

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July 18, 2013

My First Triathlon: Rodney Reflects

When she completed her bike ride, she made a quick transition and was on the road for her 2 mile run. The brick training worked like a charm. As she approached the finish line, many of her team members were there to enthusiastically cheer her on. I hope she enjoyed the hugs because she was smothered in them as soon as she crossed the finish line. I cannot with complete certainty say how she felt but the smile said it all. She did it and she is now a triathlete!

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July 17, 2013

My First Triathlon: Mission Accomplished!

My first triathlon is history. It was such an amazing day from beginning to end. Seeing all the people around the pool was a sight to behold. I was thinking if I can just get through this part, everything will be alright. During the transition to the bike is when I think I got a little nervous. That’s when it hit me that I’m really doing this. I composed myself, mounted that bike, and off I went.

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June 28, 2013

My First Triathlon part 4: Rodney’s Perspective

After witnessing two triathlons, it was time for Theresa’s first mock triathlon, AKA "brick." We swam 300 yards in the pool, ran outside into our transition area (the Rex Bike rack), jumped on our bikes then ran. She did great. Am I concerned that Theresa will fall off the wagon while I am gone? Not at all. She is so determined to succeed and her Rex Support group will continue to support her.

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June 5, 2013

My First Sprint Triathlon: Part Three

As of this post, I am about five weeks into the training program. As expected, the intensity level has started to pick up a bit. The swims, bike rides, and runs are all getting longer. I am still working on my swimming technique but I know with more practice it will continue to improve. I'm about as new to cycling as I am to swimming so I've really got my work cut out for me, but I'm up for the challenge! There are a lot of avid cyclists at the wellness center and I have sought advice from many of them. I have been on a bike rides with some of my fellow members, Ron and Shannon. Shannon even rode his bike in the rain with me one Sunday! We have done a lot of hill work and I have been on some trailways for my shorter rides during the week. I believe Shannon was hand-picked by Rodney to wear me out on those hills and he does a good job!

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May 23, 2013

My First Sprint Triathlon: Part Two (Rodney’s Perspective)

As a Rex Garner Group Exercise Instructor, I have been fortunate to meet, observe and workout with a great number of dedicated athletes. We have runners, cyclists and swimmers who are dedicated to their training. We also have professional trainers and registered dietitians. It quickly became clear to me that we- Rex athletes and co-workers- could in fact take on the task of training someone that had a desire to become a triathlete.

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May 16, 2013

My First Sprint Triathlon: Part 1

When I was asked to train with Rodney and blog about my experiences in training for my first triathlon, I have to admit I was a bit nervous. One of my fellow members, Lisa, encouraged me to do it, even though I had just recently learned proper swim technique.

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Strength Training

April 8, 2013

Emerging Trends in Exercise Science

Post by Logan Johnson, CSCS. Logan is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, Personal Trainer and Wellness Instructor at Rex Wellness Center of Raleigh. A fellow co-worker forwarded a rather interesting article to me a few weeks ago regarding strength training and its effects on the ‘biomarkers of aging.’ These indicators give a more accurate…

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