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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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Get Heart-Smart for February!

  Did you know? February is American Heart Month! Although you should be taking care of your heart all the time, no matter where you live, this is an especially crucial issue for those of us in the States: heart disease is the leading cause of death for both American men and women. In fact, one out of every four deaths are caused by heart disease.
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The Best Ways for Seniors to Savor Their Lives - And Get Healthier!

  Do you feel like, as you’ve grown older, you’re losing some of the best of your youthful attributes? I don’t just mean lush hair or tight skin – I mean the important ones, like a sharp mind and relatively pain-free movement. Since aging is inevitable, you may feel like you have no say in the matter. But you have far more control than you think!    
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Thinking About Adding Supplements to Your Healthcare Routine? Read This First!

 
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Planning to Get Fit in 2019? Here’s Why You Need to Cut Down on Salt

  If you read The Centurion, you’ve definitely seen one or two posts about sugar: why it’s bad (but so delicious!), why you should probably quit eating it so much and what happens when you do. However, as awful as excessive sugar is for you, it’s not the only hazard hiding in your snacks. Today, we’re looking at another dietary disaster: salt.  
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Sugar: How Much is Too Much?

  Editor’s note: If you read the Centurion, you probably remember the whole month-without-sugar challenge, and the absolute failure that was the first month and the success that was the second. The people who participated in the challenge noticed some positive results; however, we never really touched on just want makes sugar so bad in the first place. Well, we’re exploring that now!  
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5 Stay-at-Home Ideas for Winter Workouts

  As winter hits, so do the snow and ice. Whether you find yourself dealing with seriously unsafe streets, or simply find it too cold to leave your house, winter weather can seriously cut into gym time. This doesn’t mean that you should force yourself to brave dangerous weather or freezing temperatures to stay in shape. You can take a break from the gym and still stay fit!  
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Rolling Right: How to Avoid Injury on the BJJ Mats

  Brazilian jiu-jitsu is an outstanding hobby. Not only does it teach valuable self-defense skills, it’s also a phenomenal workout, and so fun to do that it will never feel like a chore. Unfortunately, as with all contact sports, BJJ also brings with it the risk of injury. The odds of getting hurt only increase the longer you participate and the older you get.  
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Managing Your Gut Health: Controlling Your Digestive Problems With Diet And Exercise

  Editor’s note: With Thanksgiving just behind us, and Christmas and the rest of the holiday season ahead, we’ve got a lot to look forward to. We’ve also got a lot to look out for, especially when it comes to our diets. The surplus of rich holiday food and drink is a recipe for gut trouble, especially for those with already-sensitive stomachs. This timely guest article is your guide for dealing with tummy trouble, and it’s especially relevant this time of year! Please read on and enjoy this article on keeping your gut healthy!  
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Improving Your Mental Health

  Did you know? October is National Depression Awareness Month, as well as the month that hosts Mental Illness Awareness Week. Although October is almost over, this important issue should be kept on the forefront. Exercise, especially exercise that also includes mental strengthening components (like martial arts!), can help, and many martial artists are already helping fight against mental illnesses like PTSD and depression.
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