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Baby Boot Camp has begun

“One, two, three, four, the itsy bitsy spider climbed up the water spout … ” Hearts are pumping and thighs are burning. Baby Boot Camp has begun. Baby Boot Camp is a one-hour pre- and post-natal fitness class where exercise routines revolve around moms, kids and strollers. On a hot Tuesday morning in July, … Continue reading →

Pratt: Even on my best days, it’s a struggle.

Editor’s note: Ed Pratt, a columnist for The Advocate and assistant to the chancellor for media relations at Southern University, is on a journey to lose 40 pounds this year. Let’s see how he is doing. June and early July have not been kind to me. For about two days I weighed 234 … Continue reading →

Tai chi can help relieve stress

The ancient martial art of tai chi has been practiced in China for centuries. Practiced as a graceful form of exercise, tai chi has developed quite a fan base in the western hemisphere, where people looking to improve their health and reduce stress in a low-impact way have embraced tai chi. “Tai chi” is the English-language phrase … Continue reading →

STRETCHING

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Many athletes have been told to stretch before starting a workout, as such a routine prepares the body for physical exertion. But new evidence suggests that stretching before a workout may do more harm than good. Several studies now indicate that static stretching, or slowly moving muscles until they start to hurt and then holding the … Continue reading →

Why do we need fiber?

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Many food products boast added fiber on their packaging. Breads, cookies, beverages, and so much more contain extra fiber in response to the public’s growing desire to consume foods with high levels of dietary fiber, which medical professionals claim is an essential element to a healthy diet. Despite that publicity, many consumers remain in the … Continue reading →

Champions BR team takes home disc golf trophy

by colette dean

Special to Be Fit BR

by colette dean Special to Be Fit BR The competition was fierce, but the Baton Rouge Disc Golf Club triumphed over rival Alabama to win the Southern National Championship this spring. While the game was throwing Frisbees into chain baskets rather than footballs across goal lines, any day you beat Bama is a good … Continue reading →

DYNASTY! EBR takes state title again

BY KAREN MARTIN Special Sections editor The LSU Tigers, going after their seventh College World Series title, have nothing on the East Baton Rouge Schools Fitness Team. This spring, the EBR team of elementary school-age youngsters won the state Fitness Championship for the fourth consecutive year. Pretty impressive. There’s more. EBR … Continue reading →

Let’s get summer ready

The sun is shining longer every day, telling you it’s time to get ready for vacations, activities with family and friends and, of course, swimsuit season. Here’s some simple fitness tips you can follow to look and feel good this summer season: Stay hydrated. Drinking water helps flush your system, and, as a … Continue reading →

Be water wise

Swimming and skiing are fun and great ways to exercise. But being in the water carries its own perils. Follow these tips to help keep you safe this summer: Watch your children. A child can drown in as little as 20 seconds. Be a water watcher and Continue reading →

Pratt: You win some, you lose some

Editor’s note: Ed Pratt, a columnist for The Advocate and assistant to the chancellor for media relations at Southern University, is on a journey to lose 40 pounds this year. Let’s see how he’s doing. by edward pratt Special to Be Fit BR May was a not a great … Continue reading →

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger

There comes a time when your body is telling you it’s time to ease up. Age and injuries might not let you run as far or bike as fast as you once did. But that doesn’t mean it’s time to pull the plug on exercise. Here’s how you can keep going: Recognize your new recovery … Continue reading →

What’s in that pill?

Lots of people believe that because herbs are not chemical drugs, they are completely safe. Not true. Some herbal remedies do have adverse effects, as do vitamin and mineral supplements. Before you open that next bottle of ginkgo biloba or kava kava, consider these truths and myths about herbal products: Herbal compounds vary … Continue reading →

The Accidental Vegetarian

BY KAREN MARTIN Special Sections editor June Pulliam is a vegetarian, but it wasn’t really a conscious choice that took meat out of her diet. Pulliam grew up in the Midwest, where there’s lots of pork, pork and more pork. But no longer does the 50-year-old LSU English instructor dine on chops … Continue reading →

Healthy habits for kids

If eating healthier and getting more exercise tops your to-do list, consider extending these worthwhile goals to the whole family. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood obesity in this country has more than tripled over the past 30 years. But you can help your family get the right nutrition and exercise to stay … Continue reading →

Pratt: Still losing, still struggling

Editor’s note: Ed Pratt, a columnist for The Advocate and assistant to the chancellor for media relations at Southern University, is on a journey to lose 40 pounds this year. Let’s see how he’s doing. BY EDWARD PRATT Special to Be Fit BR April was not a great … Continue reading →

5 ways to add exercise to your busy life

1 Lunch-time lift. Instead of munching on that energy-draining middle-of-the-day meal, go for a workout. Can’t get to a gym? Take a walk around the office grounds. As an added benefit, getting your blood pumping will probably result in a more productive afternoon. Continue reading →

On the fence

BY KAREN MARTIN

Special Sections editor

BY KAREN MARTIN Special Sections editor Laurie Marcella, 44, and Beate Browning, 45, signed their kids up for a fencing class. The kind with swords, not pickets. “We were sitting on the side,” recalls Browning, “and it looked like so much fun we wanted to jump up and join them.” So they did. Continue reading →

And still champ: Ron Guidry gives his all to boxing, golf

BY KAREN MARTIN

Special Sections editor

BY KAREN MARTIN Special Sections editor In 1961, Ron Guidry hung up his boxing gloves for what he thought was the last time. He’d been a winner in high school — state Golden Gloves champ as a junior — and continued to box during his three years in the Army, where he earned championships … Continue reading →

New Y program aids over-50 crowd

April marks the launch of 50 Moving Forward, a healthy living plan designed to motivate adults 50 years and older with fresh ideas around behaviors that experts say are crucial to healthy aging. The plan, a partnership of the YMCA and Pfizer, includes physical activity; preventative measures, such as screenings and vaccinations; healthy eating and social interaction. Continue reading →

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