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Exercise and Fitness

Exercise is not just a weight loss tool - it's an effective "medicine" for disease prevention and treatment.

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Mankato, MN
04/25/2018
10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Advanced Strong Bodies

Fitness & Weight Management

Menomonie, WI
05/01/2018
10-11 a.m.

Basic Strong Bodies

Fitness & Weight Management

Menomonie, WI
05/01/2018
1-2 p.m.

Basic Strong Bodies

Fitness & Weight Management

Menomonie, WI
05/01/2018
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Advanced Strong Bodies

Fitness & Weight Management

Bloomer, WI
05/02/2018
11 a.m.-noon

Advanced Strong Bodies

Fitness & Weight Management

Bloomer, WI
05/02/2018
9-10 a.m.

Basic Strong Bodies - Full

Fitness & Weight Management

Bloomer, WI
05/02/2018
10-11 a.m.

Basic Strong Bodies

Fitness & Weight Management

Eau Claire, WI
05/07/2018
10:30-11:30 a.m.

Advanced Strong Bodies - Full

Fitness & Weight Management

Eau Claire, WI
05/07/2018
9-10 a.m.

Tai Chi - Full

Fitness & Weight Management

Menomonie, WI
05/15/2018
12:15-1 p.m.

Yoga for Your Core - Full

Fitness & Weight Management

Menomonie, WI
05/16/2018
12:15-1 p.m.

Aqua Zumba

Fitness & Weight Management

Menomonie, WI
06/04/2018
10:30-11:15 a.m.

From The Blog

Running Q&A: Choosing the right distance, increasing miles and more

Nothing gets me more motivated than signing up for a race, putting it on the calendar and working toward that goal. My excitement about marathons and running means I tend to get a lot of running-related questions from friends and coworkers. Here are some of the most common questions I get and my thoughts.

Christopher Crocker PAC By Chris Crocker April 16, 2018

Designing your taper to maximize your potential on race day

An important piece of training that many new runners forget to calculate into their program is the taper. Taper is the reduction in training load before a competition in order to optimize performance on race day.

April 11, 2018

Tips to keep runners hydrated

The National Academy of Medicine determined that adequate intake for men is roughly 13 cups and women is nine cups per day. For athletes, the thirst mechanism can be an unreliable signal to drink. Your observed thirst may be reduced because you’re focusing so much on the activity in which you’re participating.

Allyn Wergin RDN By Allyn Wergin April 2, 2018

Gaining lost weight? There’s help to keep it off

If not being able to keep weight off is something that’s been discouraging you, you might gain some motivation by hearing from the more than 10,000 people who have lost more than 30 pounds and kept it off for more than a year.

Shirley Shelley, R.D. By Shirley Shelley March 26, 2018

Yoga: Making a name in sports

When you think of yoga, your first thought is probably of a woman in a contorted position. However, it's important to note that yoga is for both men and women, and can be beneficial to young athletes.

Marcia Walker, P.T. By Marcia Walker March 7, 2018

Camp Wabi: Parent Q&A

Sending your child to a summer camp for a week can be frightening for you and your child, especially if it’s their first time. You may have questions, and we can answer them for you.

February 16, 2018

Cold weather exercises to try

Midwesterners know how to make the most of winter. We skate, ski, sled and snowshoe our way through the coldest months of the year. But if those standard “S” sports are starting to feel a little stale, there are plenty of other options.

January 18, 2018

Screen time and body weight — is there a connection?

Studies show that excess TV viewing in childhood predicts risk for obesity well into adulthood. For example, kids who have TV sets in their rooms are more likely to gain excess weight when compared to those who don’t have TVs.

November 21, 2017

How nutrients impact physical performance

Many physiological and nutritional demands occur within the body during exercise. The human body requires a continuous supply of energy to perform its many functions. As energy demands increase with exercise, additional energy must be supplied or the exercise will end.

November 7, 2017

Pump you up: Exercise with dumbbells

The CrossFit phenomenon has proven what Rocky Balboa always knew: You don’t need an expensive gym or sophisticated equipment to get in shape. If you’re willing (and able) to get pumped up, try these basic and effective moves for beginners.

October 16, 2017

How can I become a better runner and avoid injury?

People run for a variety of reasons. Whether it’s stress relief, weight loss, training for a race or simply so you can eat that delicious piece of cake guilt-free, it’s important to run smart to avoid injury. However, knowing how to run smart can be overwhelming for runners of all abilities. Here are some tips to consider the next time you go for a run.

Leslie Grommersch DPT By Leslie Grommersch August 29, 2017
Kimberly Olsen PT By Kimberly Olsen August 29, 2017
Desiree Essler PT By Desiree' Essler August 29, 2017

Record keeping can help you lose weight — and keep it off

Does it seem like you are eating all the right foods, exercising and your weight still isn’t going down? If you’re not keeping track of what you’re eating and what you’re doing for exercise, you need to start.

Shirley Shelley, R.D. By Shirley Shelley July 24, 2017