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Improve Fitness the Easy Way — In Your Own Back Yard

Jul 23rd 2018

It’s summer. The sun is shining, and the weather is just right for fun.But if you’re one of the 50 million Americans that are living a sedentary life, you might not be getting all the benefits that getting outside can give you. Steven Blair, an expert in exercise science and a professor at the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health, calls this lack of exercise, “the biggest public health problem of the 21st century.”And he should know. Not only does he study the effects of exercise on your brain and physiology, but he contributed to the 1996 U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Physical Activity and Health as the senior scientific editor. Let’s take a look at the ways that you can improve fitness to benefit your health and your happiness.Improve Fitness with Exercise and HealthThere’s an extensive amount of research that shows that exercising — even as little as 30 minutes per day — can add a significant boost to your health. Just by making it a…

Water Basketball and 5 Pool Games You Need to Try

Jul 4th 2018

It’s summer and it’s time to get out and enjoy the sunshine. If you have a pool, you’re in a select group of lucky individuals who don’t even have to leave their homes in order to have a blast.Pools are a great way to get family and friends together for some fun in the sun. Even when it’s hot and humid, a pool offers the perfect way to be active without being overheated.And it’s a good thing you’ve got a built-in source of entertainment right in your own backyard. In our world of hustle and bustle, there’s a growing trend to take a summer vacation — at home. Whimsically named “staycations,” this trend underscores that today’s families want simpler fun and leisure activities that don’t cost a lot of money and don’t require the hectic pace of airline and car travel. So there are the stay-cationers, but what’s even more interesting is that more and more Americans seem to be opting for no vacations at all, with 43% of Americans claiming they won’t take vacation at all thi…