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Fighting Childhood Obesity with Martial Arts

Did you know that over 30% of children and adolescents in the US are overweight or obese? Fewer than a quarter of children get the recommended amount of physical activity a day: 60 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise. A child who is regularly physically active will be more likely to carry that habits into adulthood. On the flip side, a sedentary child will likely grow into a sedentary adult.
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5 Fitness Tips for Beginners

Whether you’re embarking on your first journey from the couch to the gym or you're making your triumphant return to the treadmills, you've already completed one of the most important steps: deciding to incorporate physical fitness into your daily routine. Regular exercise has a host of health benefits for your body and mind. Here are five tips to embracing fitness for beginners.
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Fighting Depression With Martial Arts

  It is no secret that an active lifestyle has positive benefits to your physical health. Experts also say that getting a good workout can help your mental health. If you’re feeling low, whether it be from depression, anxiety or general stress and a bad mood, there are ways that you can fight back!  
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Joint Health 101

 
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What You Should Know About Fats in Your Diet

  There are many misconceptions about fats. With so much misinformation and so many fad diets, it can be easy to become confused about fats, their purpose and the differences between types of fat. In addition to potentially affecting your fitness goals, fats can impact both your short-term and long-term health. Understanding the difference between good fat and bad fat can help you make the best decisions for your health and well-being.  
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How to Become a Morning Person in 5 Easy Steps

 
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5 Sneaky Reasons You Might be Gaining Weight

  Weight gain can be extremely frustrating, especially when we feel like there’s no explanation for it. Part of the problem is that weight gain really is much more complicated than we think – it’s not just consuming excess calories and eating fatty foods, but is a complex reaction that oftentimes involves a wide variety of potential causes.  
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The Bare Bones Facts of Bone Health – And Why It’s So Important!

  Your bones are one of the most important parts of your body. They not only provide the support your body needs to hold muscles in place and move freely, but also supply calcium to the body's cells, holds the bone marrow that helps make your blood and bone cells, and protect your organs. Without healthy bones, your body and life would be much different. This is (part of!) the reason why eating right and exercising are so important.  
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How to Not Go Totally Insane When an Injury Forces You to Take Time Off Training

  A few weeks ago, I was heading out to hang out with some friends after an afternoon of training. As I was getting ready, I became aware of a growing pain in my lower right leg, starting at the ankle and moving up the shin. It just felt like a bruise, so I ignored it – until I went to put on jeans, and noticed a swelling the size of half a grapefruit (or a large orange; I’m not a fruit expert) ballooning from the limb.
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5 of the Most Common Martial Arts Injuries (And How to Reduce Your Chances of Getting Them)

  Whether your martial art has you rolling on the ground and grappling, striking and sparring, or working with weapons (hopefully the unsharpened variety!), there are five common types of injuries martial artists tend to see. It is nearly impossible to avoid all injuries, but there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of injury that everyone who practices any martial art should be aware of.  
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