Topic: Exercise

exercise safety
Jul 5 2022

Exercise safety: Why “no pain, no gain” can lead to injury

Healthy Living  •  By Miles Varn, MD

If you think that you have to really suffer to benefit from a workout, you may be setting yourself up for injuries. The mantra, “no pain, no gain,” has contributed to the belief that experiencing pain during exercise means you’re getting a better workout. However, pain is the brain’s way of signaling that you should... Read More

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Lifestyle medicine
Dec 14 2021

Could lifestyle medicine help you be healthier?

Healthy Living  •  By Miles Varn, MD

You know what a healthy lifestyle looks like—healthy food choices, regular activity, and avoiding health harming habits like smoking, excess alcohol, and substance use disorder. What you might not know is that there are physicians and other healthcare providers who focus on preventing and treating health problems by using evidence-based therapeutic lifestyle interventions to prevent... Read More

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wellness
Feb 2 2021

How the four pillars of wellness can help you be healthier and happier

Complementary & Integrative Medicine  •  By Michael Scott, ND, MSA

The COVID-19 pandemic has altered every facet of our daily life—how we socialize, how we do basic tasks like grocery shopping, how our children attend school, and how we work. These changes coupled with the other stresses caused by the pandemic all contribute to higher levels of depression, anxiety, and negative coping strategies including substance... Read More

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winter workout
Jan 5 2021

Important tips for winter workout safety

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

If the gym has been your go to place to work out once the weather turns cold, rainy, and snowy, you may be reconsidering that plan this winter. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, workouts at crowded indoor gyms may put you at risk of contracting the virus. Fortunately, there are several other ways you can... Read More

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exercise routine
Sep 15 2020

Six Tips for Getting Back into Your Exercise Routine Safely

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn, MD

With gyms, health clubs, and fitness classes closed for months, the COVID-19 pandemic may have significantly disrupted your exercise routine. Getting active again is not only good for your physical health, it’s also important for your mental health and can help you manage the symptoms of depression and anxiety, which a growing number of people... Read More

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weight
Dec 10 2019

Tips to help you manage your weight during the holidays

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Sugar cookies and eggnog, latkes and sufganiyot, pumpkin pie and candied yams. At home, at work, at parties—everywhere you look this time of year, there are tempting treats. All too often, holiday indulgences lead to weight gain, New Year’s regrets, and diet resolutions. While some Americans put on between five and seven pounds during the... Read More

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exercise
Jul 9 2019

Exercise is important for more than managing your weight

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn, MD

One of the top pieces of advice that nutrition and exercise experts share is that regular exercise is an essential part of any plan to lose weight and keep the weight off. But even if you’re already at a healthy weight, getting exercise regularly is important for your overall health and wellbeing. One study published... Read More

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healthy lifestyle
Mar 7 2017

How to overcome the top five roadblocks to a healthy lifestyle

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn

Most people know what a healthy lifestyle looks like, but making that leap from understanding what you should do to lower your risk of health problems to actually making a healthy lifestyle a regular part of your life can be difficult. Identifying what roadblocks are preventing you from making healthy lifestyle choices is the first... Read More

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exercise routine
Feb 14 2017

In heart disease, genes are not necessarily destiny

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn

Researchers have discovered that a number of genetic mutations are associated with an increased risk of developing heart disease, which is one reason why knowing your family history is an important part of building a personalized health and prevention strategy. If you have a father or brother who had a heart attack before age 55... Read More

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Are you at risk for prediabetes?
Jan 17 2017

Half of family doctors don’t follow prediabetes screening guidelines. Does yours?

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn

The number of people with prediabetes has grown to 86 million in the U.S. That means 1 in 3 adults has blood sugar that’s higher than normal but not yet high enough for a diabetes diagnosis. Of that 86 million, 9 out of 10 are not aware they have the condition. If left untreated, prediabetes... Read More

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