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Activity of the Month: High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

A complete physical activity program contains aerobic and strength training exercise. The American College of Sports Medicine states that adults are recommended achieve 150 minutes of exercise per week. Exercise recommendation can be met through 30-60 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise (5 days per week) or 20-60 minutes of vigorous-intensity exercise (3 days per week). High Intensity Interval Training is a popular training option that can help provide a complete cardio-strength workout that meets American College of Sports Medicine physical activity requirements. Intense periods of high intensity interval training can last from 5 seconds to 8 minutes, with these exercises performed at 85%-95% estimated maximum heartrate. Exercises that are performed during recovery periods are estimated at 40%-50% maximum heartrate. However, there can be some health concerns if exercises are not modified. Each interval should be challenging, but not impossible. If you are participating in high inte…
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Featured Activity of the Month: Kayaking

Kayaking can be a peaceful and leisurely activity on a lake, or it can be high intensity as you zip down river rapids. Kayaking doesn’t necessarily have to be an activity that is strictly enjoyed by adrenaline junkies. This is a great family activity that can increase appreciation for the great outdoors! ·Paddling will increase your heartrate and lead to improved heart health ·Paddling through the water will exercise almost every muscle in the upper body ·When balancing in a kayak the lower and upper abdominals are engaged which aids in strengthening the core muscles ·Pressure applied by the legs assists in turning and balancing; this isometric hold tones and burns calories ·Kayaking helps to improve aerobic fitness, strength, and flexibility ·Kayaking is an activity that reduces wear-and-tear on joints since paddling is low-impact Paddling just 5 miles per hour can burn up to 400 calories in an hour. That’s 1600 calories in a 4-hour span of time! Granted, 5 miles per hour in a kayak i…

What is the Power of Produce?

If you are a fan of fresh produce you have probably visited the Farmer’s Market at Festhalle Market Platz in the Warehouse District of Cullman. From April to October, the market bodes the freshest fruits and vegetables you can find. But, are there some fresh ingredients that you aren’t sure how to prepare? Or, are there certain foods that your children refuse to eat? Luckily, the Power of Produce (POP) program is back for the 2017 market season to try and help to convert your picky eaters! So, what exactly is the POP program? POP is targeted toward children ages 12 and under and their parents. It is a produce tasting program designed to make it easier for kids and adults to try new, healthy foods. Sometimes, it is not the kids that are picky and unwilling to try new foods, it’s the parents. This program presents the opportunity to step out and try new foods, by sampling recipes that feature these fruits and vegetables. The program not only allows the sampling of the produc…