Lauren Higgins

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5 Steps to A Healthier Heart

Posted by Lauren Higgins on Friday, February 11, 2022
  1. Live smoke-free. For a person who smokes, quitting can seem like an insurmountable task, but it is the number one thing you can do to improve your heart health. Smoking is a major cause of cardiovascular disease and according to the CDC, causes one of every four deaths from the disease. Smoking can…
  • Raise triglycerides (a type of fat in your blood)
  • Lower “good” cholesterol (HDL)
  • Make blood sticky and more likely to clot, which can block blood flow to the heart and brain
  • Damage cells that line the blood vessels
  • Increase the buildup of plaque (fat, cholesterol, calcium, and other substances) in blood vessels
  • Cause thickening and narrowing of blood vessels
  1. Monitor your blood pressure. Aiming for a blood pressure under 120/80 mm Hg can decrease your risk of cardiovascular disease. Continuous high blood pressure can damage your arteries by making them less elastic, which decreases the flow of blood and oxygen to your heart. Following a heart-healthy diet and exercising regularly can help maintain a healthy blood pressure. Talk to your doctor if you think your blood pressure is concerning.
  2. Maintain a healthy body weight. Having a high body weight can be a contributing factor to cardiovascular disease. Being overweight can lead to fatty material building up in your arteries. When those arteries get clogged, it can lead to a heart attack. A healthy diet and regular cardiovascular exercises, as well as strength training, can help maintain a healthy weight.
  3. Get active! The American College of Sports Medicine recommends 150 minutes of moderate activity (like brisk walking) per week. Another great goal would be to strive for 10,000 steps per day. Even simple activities like walking can have a tremendous positive impact on your health. Your heart is a muscle, and like any other muscle, needs exercise to get stronger!
  4. Eat a heart-healthy diet. Make vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fish, and lean protein mealtime staples. Instead of focusing too much on what you must limit, focus on adding more of those heart-healthy foods into your everyday diet. Limiting sodium, saturated fat, and added sugar can also help maintain a heart-healthy lifestyle.
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Topics: Health, healthy, resolutions, fitness, exercise, Heart Disease, Men's Health, heart health

The Training Advantage: What is Personal Training and Why Could It Work for You?

Posted by Lauren Higgins on Thursday, July 29, 2021

One of the biggest barriers to improving health and fitness is a lack of motivation. Most people just sit around waiting for motivation to strike like lightning. In some rare cases this might happen, but most of the time we will be left waiting and wondering when we will get our lives together. Often motivation only comes from seeing results. Once we see results, we are then enticed to continue the actions that got those results in the first place. So how do we see results in the first place? One option would be to hire a Personal Trainer. 

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Topics: Fitness, resolutions, weight loss, workout, healthy, resolutions, fitness, exercise, Personal Training, Body Fat, self care

Osteoporosis & Women

Posted by Lauren Higgins on Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Women often make sure to have screenings for breast and gynecological health but forget about their bone health. Having good bone health is important for you to remain mobile and active in the second half of your life.

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POSTURE THROUGH THE GENERATIONS​

Posted by Lauren Higgins on Thursday, April 01, 2021

Posture check! Have you done a posture check recently? Check out some of the common posture issues we face based on our generation.


AGE

ISSUE

EXAMPLE

WAYS TO IMPOVE

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Topics: Milestone Programs, Fitness, Group Fitness Schedule, exercise, workout, Group Fitness, Low Impact Workouts, Injury Prevention, Pilates, Posture

WHAT IS YOUR METABOLISM?

Posted by Lauren Higgins on Friday, February 26, 2021

Do you really know what your metabolism is & how it factors into your overall health? We're breaking it down for you in this blog post!

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7 STEPS TO A HEALTHIER HEART

Posted by Lauren Higgins on Monday, January 25, 2021

Show your body some love by taking these 7 steps to a healthier heart!

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Topics: Fitness, exercise, workout, healthy, resolutions, fitness, exercise, Wellness, Heart Disease

Finding your Confidence in the Gym

Posted by Lauren Higgins on Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Starting something new can be overwhelming no matter what it is. A new hobby, sport, job, or even relationship can create a sense of uneasiness in everyone. When you think about it, starting a new workout routine has aspects of all those things! Exercise can be fun, therefore it can be a hobby. Exercise is obviously athletic, therefore could be classified as a sport in some cases. Exercise in some form is vital to your health and well being and should be treated with as much dedication as a new job. And exercise strengthens your relationship with your body and mind. Because of all these aspects of a workout routine, walking into the gym for the first time can be daunting! 

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Topics: Milestone Programs, Health, Fitness, resolutions, exercise, weight loss, workout, Group Fitness, Personal Training, Equipment

The Importance Of Hydration

Posted by Lauren Higgins on Wednesday, September 02, 2020
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Topics: Health, Wellness, Water, Healthy Eating, hydration

HMR Staff Spotlight | Brenda Lee

Posted by Lauren Higgins on Monday, January 13, 2020

"Joining the HMR Team at Milestone is one of the best decisions I have ever made."

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Topics: Milestone Programs, Health, Fitness, weight loss, hmr, inspiration, Wellness, HMR Success Stories

Why You Need to Practice Pilates According to 6 Fitness Experts

Posted by Lauren Higgins on Friday, January 10, 2020

6 Fitness experts discuss the benefits of Pilates and why you should be adding it to your workout routine.

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Topics: Health, Fitness, Nutrition, Wellness, Women's Health, Men's Health, Pilates

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