Workout Tips

Let Loose and WERQ It!

What do you get when you mix funky dance moves, plyometrics, and pop and hip-hop music together? A really fun and challenging workout. Er, make that WERQ-out. My two left feet and I (see Zumba), recently sampled a free WERQ…

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Go from being a walker to a runner

Ready to Be a Runner? Here’s How to Get There!

Walking is a great form of exercise with loads of health benefits like weight loss, less stress and a reduced risk of heart disease, breast cancer, colon cancer and type 2 diabetes. But if you’re looking for a new challenge…

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#HealthyMe: BCBSM Employee Takes Faith in Wellness Personally

Helping local Grand Rapids-area churches grow their wellness ministries led Cle Jackson to his spiritual home. Now, Jackson is stepping up to help lead his congregation toward better health. As a BCBSM senior community liaison, Jackson organizes and promotes healthy…

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Eight Health and Fitness Myths Debunked

There are all kinds of myths out there about health and fitness. What workouts are best, what foods cause weight loss, exactly how many sit ups do you need to be doing to see abs? Lets take a look at…

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How to Ace Your #HealthyMe Goal to Exercise More

A few weeks ago, we discussed how to reach your goal if you’re trying to eat healthier. Now we’re talking to those of you who have made goals to exercise more or get into better shape. If that’s you, are…

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What are you watching on TV during your workout?

Watching TV tends to be counterproductive for engaging in physical activity.  This is probably because people typically watch TV while they’re sitting on the couch. Ironically, many gyms have televisions lined up side by side, across the walls in front…

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Running tattoo is permanent reminder to pursue health for one Michigan man

The tattoo on Wyoming resident Tom Popma’s left calf is officially the Fifth Third Riverbank Run logo. For Popma, it’s much more than that. It’s become an almost talismanic reminder for the 32-year-old to never return to unhealthy habits he’s…

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Which is better: Working out in the morning, or in the afternoon?

When someone asks a fitness trainer what time of day is best to work out, I’m pretty sure they all have different answers.  That is because the answer is different for everyone. This seems to be one of those things…

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Solutions for shin splints

When it comes to running injuries, shin splints are as common as they are painful. The sharp pain along the front of the lower leg has several causes, including flat feet, tight calf muscles and high-impact workout routines. The good…

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