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David Norris Comes to Summer Fun Camp

 
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Fishing, Running, and Sunshine: The Keys to a Successful Ski Season

Summertime in Alaska is crazy. We all go into overdrive, and it seems like for most of us, the level of activity ramps up with the increase in sunlight. As a professional cross-country ski racer, summertime is actually the part of the year when I have to train the most. In our sport, it takes so long to make improvements that we need every workout, every day we can get, in order to get faster by next season. We train May through November, then compete almost every weekend December-March while training every day to prepare for the big events. After the Olympics in Korea in 2018, where I finished a career best 6th place in the Team Sprint event, I am more motivated than ever to train as hard as possible. Unfortunately, or fortunately, this means I somehow have to find a way to mesh the demands of training two or even three times a day with the summertime Alaskan lifestyle.
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ZUMBA IN THE PARK

on Jun 17, 2019 3:25:04 PM By | The Alaska Club | 0 Comments | zumba workout dance outdoors
The Alaska Club is a proud to sponsor Zumba in Town Square Park, along with Anchorage Downtown Partnership. We bring Zumba every Tuesday, all summer long starting at noon in Anchorage Town Square Park, it’s the perfect combination of Zumba fun and Alaskan Sun. Appropriate for all fitness and experience levels! No need to sign up, just show up and let's dance away the lunch hour and work up a taste for reindeer sausage  or shaved ice at one of the nearby vendors.
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Less Screen Time, More Play Time

Just two weeks ago, I attended an education conference in New York City on learning and brain activity in youth and children. The chief concern at this conference was the preponderance of screen time, primarily cell phone usage, teachers witness among their students. While studies have not made a direct correlation to the rise of anxiety and depression seen among children and youth to electronic device habits, bullying and obesity have been positively correlated to cell phone usage by these groups. Consistent with these findings is a greater sense of social alienation found among children and teens who are now logging long hours on their electronic devices and becoming sleep-deprived in the process.
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How I Get Ready For Mountain Running Season

Believe it or not, spring is my favorite time of year to train. Despite coming off a long and fatiguing ski racing season, I am always excited to get back to springtime in Alaska. The weather is generally pretty amazing at this time of year- lots of bluebird days that make for great crust skiing in the morning, awesome trail running in the afternoon, and even better corn skiing in the evenings. With such perfect conditions its easy to get carried away recreating and neglect the body- especially when it comes to running. As someone who has struggled with countless overuse injuries throughout the duration of my career, its really important for me to build into my running progression. I’ve found that if I’m not careful about gradually increasing both distance and pace, my minor springtime tweaks turn into long-term injuries that prevent me from training/racing later in the summer. Picking out the right pair shoes from Skinny Raven also helps avoid injuries further down the road.
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Is That Boost Really Beneficial?

on May 2, 2019 3:07:32 PM By | The Alaska Club | 0 Comments | food workout diet fitness routine supplements
Trends are everywhere you look, and now we’re seeing more of them in the gym. It’s no longer where you wear your grungiest of clothes. Now, women and men are decked out in stylish and carefully tailored Gym Shark and Lululemon apparel. They could slay at the gym or even on a runway. Gym trends even transcend apparel and influence supporting workout items. Now you’ll see about 70% of the gym sporting large Beats headphones, a resistance band they bought with a social media influencer code, and one of those nifty looking shaker bottles.
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Exercise Gives You Endorphins

on Apr 10, 2019 12:12:26 PM By | The Alaska Club | 0 Comments | alaska mental health spring endorphins
Whether it looks like it or not, my calendar says it’s officially Spring. As the light comes back and the temperatures rise, we begin to peak our head out from hibernation, ready to shake off the winter blues. So what’s the best way to shake off these blues and spring back into action? Well as Legally Blonde’s Elle Woods famously said, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy.”
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Why the Weight Room?

 
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What's on your playlist?

on Feb 26, 2019 9:38:32 AM By | The Alaska Club | 0 Comments | workout fitness routine music playlist
Spring is around the corner and we’re ready to hit the ground running. What better way to fuel your workout than with a killer playlist? Lucky for you, your friends at The Alaska Club have curated a list of the “illest” tracks that are sure to get your feet moving (and maybe those hips swaying a little bit too).
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Checking in on New Year's Resolutions

on Jan 29, 2019 11:33:05 AM By | Barbara DuBois | 0 Comments | Community fitness Gym New Year's Resolution strength training winter
Given up on your resolutions? We may be just a little stymied from our past habits of making unrealistic new year’s resolutions. This is especially true of making new year’s resolutions regarding our health. And the reality of permanent change in health behavior is much different than what we envision it to be. Let’s think about some of these unrealistic expectations which potentially sabotage us, thus preventing us from becoming the kind of health-oriented people we want to be.
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A letter from the Get Fit Challenge Winner

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How to Get a Good Workout in Bad Weather

on Jan 8, 2019 11:17:04 AM By | Sheila Olson | 0 Comments | alaska workout winter fitness routine
 
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Beating the Burnout

on Dec 26, 2018 11:15:05 AM By | The Alaska Club | 0 Comments | friendship workout healthy living
You’re nearly there. You’ve almost made it through another year. Did 2018 feel like a whirlwind, or was it just me? Maybe you’re feeling charged and ready to take on 2019, maybe you plan to just keep chugging along or maybe you’re like many, and you’re feeling burnt out.
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Twelve days could change it all

on Dec 13, 2018 10:59:07 AM By | Barbara DuBois | 0 Comments | 12 Day of Fitness winter weight loss fitness routine
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Don’t count on fad diets for long term weight loss

Many people watch their waistlines and experiment with different fad diets to lose weight. While there are anecdotes galore of short-term success, these efforts generally end in weight regained and frustration. Instead of following one of the many crazy diets for temporary weight loss, try the following tips:
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Gobble Gobble Grovel

on Nov 5, 2018 2:35:26 PM By | The Alaska Club | 0 Comments | workout fitness routine
With all the food we’re about to consume this month, we thought we would give you a full body workout that would ease the guilt and maybe just leave you groveling after all the gobbling. So here is a killer workout, the kind that will leave you grabbing objects for support as you go to sit down.
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Go on Autopilot

on Nov 2, 2018 9:33:07 AM By | Barbara DuBois | 0 Comments | swimming fitness fitness routine
For three years now, on an average of six days out of the week, you will find me in the Alaska Club pool sometime between 6:45 AM and 7:00 AM, everyday but Sunday. Some days I’m in the water for 20 minutes, some days for an hour. It is simply the most important thing I do to start my day. That kick-back-post-swim-rejuvenation feeling of well-being is so priceless, there is nothing like it. It’s an internal blast of energy that comes seemingly out of nowhere. Most swimmers experience this. I’m not the only one either who knows this and is consistently there at that seemingly ungodly hour. The regulars know each other by face, if not by name. We all have seen the same swim team members, various coaches, water-aerobic teachers, Richard the mechanic who works all night and me, the autopilot teacher. I say autopilot because I convinced myself about three years ago that I would be a better teacher, friend, colleague, wife and person if I peppered my life up with a pre-work work-out. Hence, I jump start my day with some smooth, gentle activity that energizes me in a seemingly non-arduous manner. Sometimes I swim in a lane with Richard and we discuss my crazy brother in Florida, or we just joke incessantly while swimming. The other morning another swimmer gingerly pointed out that my neck tie was precariously untied and we laughed raucously while discussing our mutually embarrassing water experiences. Many times, I simply am entranced in meditative swimming and zone out my surroundings.
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Exercise as an elixir to disease

on Oct 18, 2018 11:03:04 AM By | Barbara DuBois | 0 Comments | Gym and Health Club Exercises healthy living injury disease
There is amazing news on the home front regarding exercise! It is no news that a sedentary lifestyle puts a person at risk for the “metabolic syndrome.” Metabolic syndrome, according to the Mayo Clinic, is a person who endures, “high blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol levels.” This syndrome dramatically increases a person’s risk for a whole host of diseases that are lifestyle related: heart disease, cancer, stroke, osteoporosis, diabetes, to name a few.  Incredibly, even mental health problems such as depression and Alzheimer’s have now been recognized as more frequently appearing diseases among the inactive.
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Combating the Change of Seasons

on Oct 8, 2018 10:12:41 AM By | The Alaska Club | 0 Comments | Nutrition mental health healthy living winter
The termination dust has settled, cruelly taunting that winter is indeed coming. The upcoming winter season offers little light, which can result in vitamin D deficiencies, which can be so severe at times, many develop seasonal affective disorder. The acronym appropriately spells out SAD. Symptoms of SAD can include anxiety, sleep deprivation and depression.
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A Decade of Group Power

 
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You Can’t Run From an Injury

on Sep 19, 2018 2:26:52 PM By | The Alaska Club | 0 Comments | health healthy living rest injury
As Alaskans, we push our bodies to the limits during the sunny months, trying to fit everything in before a blanket of snow and ice covers the ground. This constant activity can be hard on our bodies and there’s a good chance, as summer comes to an end, you’ve developed an injury.
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5 Simple Ways to Stay in Shape While Traveling

on Aug 27, 2018 11:10:50 AM By | Sheila Olson | 0 Comments | Hydration diet summertime travel
Even the most fitness and diet-conscious among us struggle when it comes to traveling. Not only are you nowhere near your gym or your familiar running paths, but you’re also tempted by high-caloric foods and unable to prepare your meals the way you’re used to. Plus, who has time to work out when they are traveling? Whether it’s for business or pleasure, it’s difficult to stay in shape when you’re away from home. Difficult, but certainly doable. Here’s how.
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Journal the Journey

on Aug 8, 2018 8:53:51 AM By | The Alaska Club | 0 Comments | Getting Fit workout summertime
“Dear journal, those burpees were really hard and I’m never doing them again”. Okay, that’s not exactly what we mean when we say journal the journey. What we’re really talking about is documenting your workout, including reps, sets, weights, exercises, intensity level, date and time.
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Membership Options Fit For Your Lifestyle

on Jul 10, 2018 12:07:42 PM By | The Alaska Club | 12 Comments |
With all the memberships, classes, facilities and amenities The Alaska Club has to offer, it can be hard to keep track of it all. We’re here to clear things up for you and delve deeper into what The Alaska Club has to offer, and how we provide you with options to fit your lifestyle, whether single, a family, a swimmer, someone looking for training or someone looking for group fitness.
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Finding Balance During the Summer Months

on Jul 2, 2018 10:26:52 AM By | The Alaska Club | 0 Comments | Yoga in the Park warm summer camp summertime
Sweet summertime is here, a glorious window where Alaskans attempt to pack in every activity we can. During this time we’re so busy trying to get everything checked off our bucket list before a long winter begins, we sometimes lose our routines and begin to feel a little off balance.
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Why US Olympian Sadie Bjornsen Loves Summertime & The Alaska Club?

Summer in Alaska is one of my favorite parts of living here! Even though I am a professional cross country ski racer, summer still takes the cake. With endless daylight comes endless opportunities to adventure. In order to make the most of the summer, I am a believer in preparation. While some may call it "beach bod" season, I call it preparation season. Doing things like hiking, fishing, rafting, and biking require a little bit of strength and stamina to unlock a whole new world of opportunities and locations.
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Three Exercises That Balance Your Fitness Routine With Your Busy Life

on Jun 12, 2018 10:04:01 AM By | Sheila Olson | 0 Comments | swimming fitness summer hiking dance
Every morning you make yourself a protein-powder shake, hit the gym (or your workout room at home) and lift a few hundred pounds in several different exercises, then jump onto the treadmill for some cardio. The next day you might vary the routine somewhat, maybe more cardio and fewer weights. The day after that is more of the same.
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A Magical Spring

on May 29, 2018 11:27:46 AM By | Barbara DuBois | 0 Comments | alaska summer hiking spring warm
There’s only one word to fully describe spring in Alaska: magic. It is a magical time of renewal, energy, sun (yes unlimited sunshine), green trees and blue skies and more outdoor time than you can come to terms with. It’s also sort of a progressive experience when you open the door in the morning to let your dog out and suddenly, you realize: there’s no expansive blanket of white snow everywhere. After seeing it for half a year and accepting the reality of white, everywhere, and yet a miracle occurs. Abruptly, Alaska changes its image quicker than a chameleon. The tulips and daffodils poke up through iced over soil, determined to emerge against the odds of bitter icy winds and gray days. I thrill at the emergence of just their little pointed sprouts and carefully monitor their growth.
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Can Someone Tell Me What Clean Eating Is?

on May 17, 2018 10:36:46 AM By | The Alaska Club | 0 Comments | Nutrition Clean eating healthy living weight loss diet
 
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Top Tips for Stretching—Why & How

on May 11, 2018 9:32:39 AM By | Patrick Curtis | 0 Comments |
 
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FUN CAMPS AT THE ALASKA CLUB – A great place for kids!

on Apr 11, 2018 3:13:58 PM By | The Alaska Club | 0 Comments | Kids Youth Fitness Kids Camp summer camp
Soon school will be out, and The Alaska Club’s Summer Fun camp will be in full swing. Have you registered your kids yet? You don’t have to be a member, Summer Fun Camp is open to the public! We offer 12 weeks of fun, and each week has a new theme: Alaska Zoo All About Sports & Fitness Water-Mania Outdoor Adventures Colossal Super Heroes Choose all 12 weeks or 1 week at a time. At The Alaska Club, it’s not only a great time for your kids, but it’s really easy to sign them up. Just go to http://www.thealaskaclub.com/camps or our The Alaska Club Kids Facebook Page and register. You can also call our reservations center at 907-356-7939.
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Triathlon Training: Striking a Balance

on Apr 6, 2018 10:29:03 AM By | Victoria Oxentenko | 0 Comments |
The following post is both personal and relatable, with a shared message of why fitness is so important to not only your physical health but mental health as well. Preparing for any event takes dedication, drive, and most importantly a passion to succeed. Making and completing goals can carry over to all things in life, but always remember to enjoy the process, as that is what truly matters in the end.
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Keeping it cool on the trail

on Mar 22, 2018 1:45:33 PM By | Barbara DuBois | 0 Comments | Hydration ski cross country skiing hypothermia warm
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Spring Into Action

on Mar 15, 2018 10:40:33 AM By | The Alaska Club | 0 Comments | mental health spring
 
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We are the champions, my friend

on Feb 26, 2018 3:34:52 PM By | Barbara DuBois | 0 Comments | Olympics US Ski Team
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Getting to the Heart of Heart Health

on Feb 5, 2018 4:26:57 PM By | The Alaska Club | 0 Comments |
What’s the number one killer in the U.S.? It’s actually our hearts if not taken care of correctly. In fact, heart disease takes the lives of 1 in 3 women every year. With heart disease being such an epidemic in the U.S., the American Heart Association has made February Heart Health Month. The month signifies a time to raise awareness for a preventable disease and stand in solidarity with those who suffer as we fight to find cures and further prevention.
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A Survey of Weight Loss Diets

on Jan 24, 2018 11:20:37 AM By | Barbara DuBois | 1 Comment | Nutrition food Clean eating cooking weight loss diet
Losing weight is high on almost everyone’s list of New Year’s resolutions in this country. According to Angela Haupt, assistant managing editor of health at U.S. News & World Report, weight loss experts ranked the top 10 diets based on the following criteria:
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New Year Resolution: Ditch the Fitness Resolutions

on Jan 12, 2018 10:35:47 AM By | The Alaska Club | 0 Comments | New Year's Resolution workout healthy living weight loss
New year, new you. It’s easy to tell yourself this will be the year you wake up every morning to work out, stop eating fast food and give up soda cold turkey. But after two weeks of a jam-packed gym post New Year’s, the crowd soon dwindles back down to the regulars and we find ourselves ordering a diet Coke in the nearest drive-thru. In fact, one-third of New Year’s resolutions don’t make it passed January.
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Why You Need to Drink a Ho Ho Ho ‘Lotta Water

on Dec 11, 2017 1:40:26 PM By | The Alaska Club | 0 Comments | Hydration
 
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12-Days-of-Fitness

on Dec 5, 2017 1:26:54 PM By | Patrick Curtis | 0 Comments | 12 Day of Fitness
 
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Workey For That Turkey

on Nov 9, 2017 2:57:39 PM By | Tina Day | 0 Comments | Clean eating
The holidays are here and so are all the savory and sweet treats that come with them. Between the plethora of get-togethers and events, it seems almost impossible to avoid the temptation of gobble gobbling all the food in front of you. In fact, a single Thanksgiving meal can total between 2,500 to 4,500 calories. That’s right, one meal and you’ve significantly surpassed the recommended 2,000 daily calorie intake.
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Ruth & Samantha Set Out On a Journey to Change Their Lives

on Nov 1, 2017 2:18:27 PM By | Tina Day | 2 Comments | fitness Clean eating weight loss
We sat down recently with TAC members Ruth & Samantha, two sisters who are on a journey to change their lives. They shared with us how over the years both have struggled with losing weight and keeping it off. It’s a challenge they’re now facing head on!
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Winter is Coming!

on Oct 12, 2017 3:08:41 PM By | Barbara DuBois | 0 Comments | Gym and Health Club Exercises fitness winter
The trees are shedding their gold and the snow is gradually creeping down the mountains. Alaskans are observing animals everywhere kicking into high gear as they ready themselves for a long winter and for the last autumnal rites of mating. People are posting on social media sites of bears foraging in neighborhoods, on heavily frequented trails and simply ambling down roads. Moose are precariously grazing on the Northern Lights Boulevard median, besides the Glenn and Minnesota Boulevard and literally everywhere besides someplace safe. My maternal instinct wants me to urge them away, but with my luck, I’d unwittingly influence them to run into traffic. The Parks Service continues to knock out the valiant efforts of the beavers’ damming projects at University Lake, only to see the dams rebuilt in a few days. All the critters know it’s coming. They’re getting ready.
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Healthy Eating Tips

on Oct 2, 2017 10:39:54 AM By | The Alaska Club | 0 Comments | Healthy eating
Roast meat and vegetables in the oven instead of frying. You can roast pretty much anything in the oven in half an hour or less with only one teaspoon of olive oil, salt and pepper. Use foil to line the oven tray or make a foil “boat” for no-mess and easy clean up afterwards.
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Too Much or Not Enough?

on Sep 12, 2017 1:48:31 PM By | The Alaska Club | 0 Comments | Healthy eating Clean eating
Apple for breakfast… salad for lunch…everything in the fridge and pantry for dinner! Let’s face it, finding the right balance when it comes to portion control can be tough. Where’s that invisible line between starving and overeating?
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Rise and Grind

on Aug 4, 2017 12:08:22 PM By | Tina Day | 0 Comments | Getting Fit
Your fluffy cloud. Your safe haven. The only thing that hugs you back just right. It’s your bed, and sometimes there’s no harder thing to say goodbye to. The struggle is only intensified when there’s an intense workout directly ahead of you. But getting up in the morning for an early workout can actually be one of the most rewarding things you do all day. So what do you do to get over the hump and get into the morning rise and grind routine?
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Cooking Up Energy: Food for Before & After Workouts

on Jul 5, 2017 10:40:02 AM By | The Alaska Club | 0 Comments | food cooking
We’ve all experienced the uncomfortable feeling of a meal sitting in your stomach like a rock while you attempt to work out. So what do you eat to avoid the dreaded “food baby”? 
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You Flow Girl! (And Gentlemen)

on May 31, 2017 1:33:20 PM By | Tina Day | 0 Comments | Yoga Community Events Yoga in the Park
When mentioning yoga, for many, a series of uncomfortable twisted poses (arsana) comes to mind, but yoga is much more than handstands and touching your feet to your head. Yoga is a 5,000-year-old Indian practice that connects the mind, body and breath through meditation. There are many different variations of yoga, including yoga flow, aerial yoga, hot yoga, yin yoga, hatha yoga, lyengar yoga, and the list goes on. While we won’t go into the details of each, the important thing to know is that yoga serves as a way to strengthen the mind and the body simultaneously, as they learn to move fluidly together.
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Compound Strength Movements for Enhanced Results

on May 19, 2017 9:45:25 AM By | Patrick Curtis | 0 Comments | fitness strength training
While combining activities or exercises for greater benefit is not an entirely new idea—think alternating push-ups with jumping jacks—the fitness industry has seen a tremendous recent growth in high-intensity-interval-training (HIIT) in a variety of forms.  One of the key concepts in this method of exercise is combining movements or alternating between two types of work through intervals for greater benefit.  The incredible human body will respond to this by getting stronger, faster and more coordinated through the various movements.  Another advantage to this type of training is time savings with the ability to target a variety of benefits in one workout.  For the purpose of this article we will keep the focus on strength specifically and how to get even better results from combining one or more strength movements—known as ‘compound exercises.’  There are a variety of ways to combine movements with one primary approach including a lower body move in combination with an upper body, effectively creating a ‘total body’ movement.  Squats and lunges may be done along with upper body moves to increase balance, control, coordination and, ultimately, functional strength that repeats the moves we make in real life activities.  
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The Bear Facts on Healthy Living

on May 9, 2017 1:46:16 PM By | Barbara DuBois | 0 Comments | summer hiking healthy living
Like all Alaskans who spend any time outdoors, I have had my bear encounters…many of them right here in the Anchorage woods. One time I was walking in North Bicentennial Park (Bear Central Park) with my friend Rosie and engaging in some mindless chit chat, when Rosie abruptly interrupted me with a low-toned, ominously simple warning, “Barb, a bear.”
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