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Want to Begin Running? Try These 4 Tips

In a typical year, fall weather brings a slew of races for runners and walkers, from 5Ks to marathons. This year, most of those races have been canceled or are taking place virtually because of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Even so, whether you’re training for a virtual race this year, an in-person race…

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Prevent and Treat These 9 Most Common Sports Injuries

Sports injuries are common, whether you’re an elite athlete, a marathoner or a fitness class enthusiast. Every year, about 8.6 million Americans are sidelined by sports- and recreation-related injuries. The risk of injury should not deter you from playing sports and exercising. Physical activity is good for the body and mind. However, being aware of…

Orthopedics, Sports Medicine

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Is It Safe to Go to the Gym Now?

Fitness enthusiasts across the country may be eager to resume their indoor workouts as gyms reopen their doors. But is it safe to walk into a gym to pump iron or take a spin class during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-2019) pandemic? The experts say: Working out inside in close proximity to others is risky.…

Coronavirus, Safety

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3 Tips for Avoiding At-Home Workout Injuries

With many gyms closed and mental health experts encouraging exercise as a stress reliever during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, more people than ever are finding ways to exercise at home. But, as at-home workouts become a new norm, it’s important to take the proper steps to prevent injuries. UNC Health physical therapist Jeff…

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3 Tips on How to Stay Active If You Can’t Get to the Gym

Being active has been shown to have many health benefits, both physically and mentally. Working out can give you more energy and improve your overall mood. Moderate exercise can even give your immune system a boost. If you’re homebound or on the road, it doesn’t mean your workout routine needs to suffer. Here are some…

Coronavirus, Fitness

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How to Reduce the Risk of Workout-Related Injuries

At the dawn of a new year or leading up to a big event or a milestone birthday, many of us make resolutions to finally get fit. But we may get a little overzealous as we dive into new routines or hit the treadmill with vigor. This can lead to injury, which may result in…

Sports Medicine, Wellness

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Winter-Proof Your Workout

Working out in the winter can give you more energy and improve your overall mood. Moderate exercise can even give your immune system a boost and keep you from catching every cold virus you encounter. Here are six tips to get started: 1. Recruit a workout buddy. A friend to regularly exercise with can motivate…

Fitness, Wellness

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13 Fun Ways to Get Moving As a Family

13 fun, easy, and affordable ideas to keep your family having fun this summer. The whole family will benefit by staying active without having to break the bank! [...]

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Safety Tips for Older Drivers

With age comes wisdom and experience, but aging also may affect some functional performance. For example, you might experience some changes that make driving more difficult. One of those changes is decreased processing speed for reaction time, which is the ability to take in visual information and produce a motor reaction to it:  You see…

Geriatrics, Wellness

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How to Love Yourself in a World That Says You Aren’t Good Enough

More than ever, the average person is bombarded with images of superhuman-looking celebrities and models displaying the standards of health and beauty that we’re supposed to live up to. With the integration of social media into our everyday lives, those “standards” are difficult to ignore. And now, with easy-to-use photo editing apps, even our co-workers…

Eating Disorders, Wellness

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4 Tips to Get You Excited About the Gym Again

It happens to even the most dedicated exerciser. The path you take on your daily run suddenly doesn’t look as scenic. The strength-training routine you were excited to try has gone stale, the #gainz slowly dwindling. If you find yourself in a workout rut, don’t get discouraged—try something new! Lauren Rosella, a wellness instructor at…

Fitness, Wellness

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Male Infertility: What You Need to Know

UNC urologist and male fertility specialist Matt Coward, MD, would like to start a conversation about male infertility. As the general understanding of male infertility has grown over the years, the myth that fertility issues are a female problem has been debunked. But, he says, there is still a wide gap in the number of…

Fertility, Men's Health

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