Four Weight-training Exercises to Build Bone Density, Increase Muscle Strength, and Increase Cardio

By Meagan Kline
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Bone loss begins happening in women at age 20. Between the ages of 20 and 80, women can lose up to 1/3 of the bone mineral density in the hip. As our group of 15 Utah moms compete in the My Heart Challenge: Moms Edition, here are four exercises you can do at home to help building muscle strength, increase bone density and improve your cardio workout. 

Warm up and cool down vital to exercise plan

By Meagan Kline
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Warming up and cooling down pre- and post-exercise are important steps that far too many people forget, or just don’t do. A good warm up and a proper cool down can increase the effectiveness of your exercise session, and help your muscles not hurt quite as bad the next day.

Better Heart Health Means More Birthdays... and That's a Good Thing

By Jason M Carlton
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There's a sort-of consensus out there that once you hit a certain age, you don't really look forward to your birthdays. Especially when you hit 40, 50, 60 or higher. David Larsen, one of the firefighters competing in the 2014 My Heart Challenge, celebrated his 40th birthday this past week. Since this week also marked the half-way point in the 100-day competition, he shared a few thoughts around birthdays and heart health. 

Challenges of changing to a healthier lifestyle

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Many people make New Years Resolutions, but not many of them are able to carry them throughout the year for one reason or another. The challenges people face when trying to make those healthier choices can sometimes put the brakes on success. But as the My Heart Challenge participants reported in this week, they shared their biggest challenge with the competition so far. We have complete faith in the 15 school principals and their ability to overcome their challenges - because they have great support from students, faculty, staff, family and friends. 

Principals share their favorite way to exercise

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Everyone's day is a little different. Some spend all day at a computer. Others spend all day on their feet. For some, it's a mixed bag. But these principals know that moving is a great way to keep year heart healthy, and share their favorite way of getting some exercise throughout the day.

5 Heart Numbers Everyone Should Know

By John D Day MD
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People do not realize how important their health is until they lose it. The key is to first get educated and then to take action. As a cardiologist at the Intermountain Heart Institute, I see many patients who don’t realize they can control certain factors of heart disease. At least 75% of heart conditions are totally preventable! Here are five numbers that everyone should know and work to maintain the recommended goals.