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Jessica Cline

Jessica is a former editorial assistant at IDEA Health and Fitness Association.

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Take a Different Kind of Vacation This Year

June 20, 2013

Do you get bored lying on the beach sipping mimosas? Would you rather spend your time focusing on reaching your health and fitness goals? If you want a one-of-a-kind experience, check out the selection of fitness-focused vacations available around the world.

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Creative Ideas that Inspire

May 23, 2013

The Orange 360 sessions held at Orange­theory® Fitness, in Phoenix, feature treadmill interval training, indoor rowing and resistance training. Classes are open to all fitness levels and are challenging enough for participants to reach their maximum calorie-burning zone. Attendees receive customized fitness assessments to keep them focused on their goals.

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Creative Ideas that Inspire

April 26, 2013

?Clap Attack, a youth program that combines sequenced exercises and hand clapping, is being introduced in physical education classes in Phoenix-area schools. The routine involves full-body exercises that require the children to think while moving. A selection of 15 exercises helps participants improve coordination and teamwork.
At Born 2 Dance Studio in Vienna, Virginia, participants experience a high-energy dance class with Bollywood-inspired music and moves. Doonya incorporates dance, cardio and strengthening into a 1-hour, full-body workout.

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Making Wellness Matter

April 25, 2013

The IDEA team is not only setting industry standards with its products and events but also inspiring cutting-edge corporate wellness with its Exercise Your Happiness initiative. The ultimate goal of the initiative is not simply to create a wellness program, but rather to develop an ideal wellness community that revolves around movement, healthy nutrition, positive attitudes and thoughts, and a supportive environment.

A New Beginning

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Safety Considerations for Outdoor Exercise Classes

April 1, 2013

Over the past few years, boot camps and outdoor exercise classes have been gaining popularity. According to the “Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2013,” published in ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal (2012; 16 [6], 8–17), boot camps ranked number 16 in popularity for 2013. Outdoor activities also showed up in the top trends, ranking 13.

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Creative Ideas That Inspire

April 1, 2013

At Tri-Lakes Fitness Center in Monument, Colorado, participants thrive in Yo-Bata. This class adventurously combines tabata training, power yoga moves, and cardio and strength training. To make it even more interesting and engaging, participants use bands, bars, weights, steps and sliding discs during this fast-paced, multifaceted class. Participants of all ages and abilities get motivated…

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Creative Ideas That Inspire

March 1, 2013

Mountain Fitness: Guide Training, offered by Discover Outdoors in New York City, is specifically designed to train the outdoor adventurer. The company’s philosophy is that form and fitness should follow function. Mountain Fitness: Guide Training uses rocks, logs and outdoor equipment to give participants a 90-minute, nontraditional workout.

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Creative Ideas That Inspire

February 1, 2013

Sports Club/LA in San Francisco members enjoy BLITZ™, a program that combines endurance, agility, core, strength and balance training. It provides customized one-on-one coaching in a group environment. The goal of the class, according to the website, is to “push yourself beyond your limits.”

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Leisure-Time Activity Helps Hearts

January 24, 2013

Leisure-time physical activity is generally considered any exercise, sports or recreational activity that is not job related, is not a household chore and is not fulfilling a regular transportation need. This study provides fresh evidence that leisure-time physical activity can positively impact heart health and longevity.

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Creative Ideas That Inspire

December 20, 2012

20/20 FUNKtion in Wethersfield, Connecticut, combines two unique workouts into one 40-minute class. Participants choose classes such as Kickin’ Core, a combination of kickboxing and an abdominal workout, and Gentle Grace, a class that merges low-impact aerobics, flexibility, balance and stability exercises for a full-body workout.

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Bananas: Giving You a Hand in Your Health

December 13, 2012

First noted by Alexander the Great on his conquest of India in 327 BC, the banana is America’s top-selling fruit.

Contrary to common perception, the banana actually comes from the world’s largest herbaceous flowering plant—not from a tree. Bananas grow in bunches called “hands”; a group of hands make up a “stem,” which can weigh over 100 pounds.

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Creative Ideas That Inspire

November 1, 2012

Fit Girl Studio™ in Evanston, Illinois, offers a variety of yoga and dance classes, and some options feature both. Dance Party Yoga (DPY!) combines yoga and dance in order to appeal to a larger audience. DPY! offers all the benefits of yoga, including strength and flexibility, while also providing cardio, and is “not for the faint of heart,” according to the class description.

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Food Focus: Broccoli

September 27, 2012

President Bush the elder snubbed it. Your mom probably made you eat it, wisely explaining how good it was for you. If you learned to love it, you’ll gain satisfaction from the following facts about this powerful vegetable. If you still don’t love it, maybe it’s time to try it again with a different preparation. Either way, it’s hard to argue with the nutritional goodness packed inside these miniature green trees that are in season now.

Broccoli Facts
Broccoli is named for its appearance; the word is derived from the Latin word brachium, which means arm or branch.

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