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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! But with endless holiday parties, seasonal treats, and busy schedules, it can be easy to forgo our normal healthy habits. Camelback Village Registered Dietitian Jamie Miller has some key tipsonhow we can maintain our health this holiday season. There’s no reason to feel less than our best by the time New Year’s Day rolls around!

Cross training is a valuable fitness approach that is loosely defined as any incorporation of exercises varying from your traditional training or sports program. Most of the time, you’ll think about cross training if you want to reduce the risk of injury, increase weight loss, improve overall fitness, or just break free from the mental boredom of other activities in your routine. One example of cross training is barre. It’s not a foreign concept to most people who love health and fitness. But have you considered how barre can help you achieve these same benefits when strategically used as a form of cross training?

While we all know we’re supposed to drink water every day, there are still questions such as how much water you should have and how it impacts the body. These common questions actually have some pretty complex answers — and the proper intake varies from person to person as well as on a number of factors. Water intake requirements can vary based on health, medications, how active you are, where you live and many other factors. Studies have produced various recommendations on water intake and it varies greatly based on individual factors.

Tennis players, from amateur to professional and everything in-between, don’t spend all of their time on the court. For tennis players that want to improve their game, strengthening and training the body on and off the court is critical.Off court strengthening and conditioning doesn’t just improve your tennis game, it help prevent those pesky injuries. Performance increase and injury prevention is a win-win!Here are eight exercises that can easily be incorporated into any tennis player’s regular workout routine.

The latest gym buzzword is HIIT, but what does it stand for? This popular fitness trend is popping up everywhere — and with good reason. HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training.  The intervals consist of heavy (90 to 100 percent effort) and light (20 to 30 percent effort) workloads for a pre-determined amount of time. The latter is considered “active recovery.” For example, HIIT would combine a heavy workload like sprints for 45 seconds, with a light workload like walking for 20 seconds.

Seven months ago I embarked upon an incredible journey. I trekked Mount Everest reaching the elevation of 18,000 feet where breathing oxygen is so light that mosquitos can’t survive.I didn’t achieve this destination by accident. I set a goal, focused my intention, and achieved something that was extraordinarily important to me. In taking on this amazing trek, I learned a lot about Asia, mountain trekking, and the indigenous people of the Himalayan mountains. While there, I learned something even more important. Everything I gave to achieve my goal, I got back 100 fold. Now, as a result to giving so much to get to Everest, I have so much more to give to others.

 

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