Active Steps: Staying active during Mardi Gras season

Education & Engagement

Published: February 16, 2017

You've made your New Year's resolution to exercise more often. You've made it through January and you've settled into your new exercise routine – congratulations! As those pounds slowly come off and your energy gradually increases, you're feeling really good. But then it's February, and King Cake and Mardi Gras season are fully upon us. How can you balance having fun with staying active? While it's important to maintain a regular workout routine, sometimes the…

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Active Steps: Improving Mental Wellbeing with Exercise

Education & Engagement

Published: December 15, 2016

Depression is increasingly becoming a common problem for many individuals. It is often difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of depression – because there are so many possible triggers – and even more difficult to find the right coping mechanisms. However, natural coping mechanisms such as physical activity may act as a great natural antidepressant for some people. Physical activity is not only known for improving physical health, but also known for improving mental health.…

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Active Steps: Maintain a Healthy Workout Schedule

Physical Activity Research

Published: September 21, 2016

Now that summer is winding down, schedules are beginning to fill up. You may suddenly be finding it hard to fit exercise into your schedule. Instead of skipping your workout, consider following a few of these tips to stay active throughout the day. Workout with a Friend Ask a friend to come running with you or to an exercise class. Not only will you motivate each other, but you will help hold each other accountable…

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Active Steps: Working Out in the Heat

Physical Activity Research

Published: June 28, 2016

Summer is finally here and is a great time to be outside! However, with summer comes higher temperatures and humidity which can be dangerous if you are not careful. If you are someone who likes to exercise outside, follow these six tips to stay safe and healthy. (Important note: You should consult your physician or other health care professional before starting or altering any fitness program to determine if it is right for your needs.)…

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Active Steps: Walk to Better Health

Physical Activity Research Education & Engagement

Published: April 28, 2016

(Photos: Tulane Prevention Research Center staff and students celebrated National Walking Day April 6 with a walking break in downtown New Orleans) The American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week, that's 30 minutes a day 5 times a week, to prevent cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes and many other diseases. The average U.S adult walks only 5,000 steps per day! This means that most Americans lead a sedentary lifestyle putting them at…

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Active Steps: Work It Out at Your Desk with 5 Yoga Poses

Physical Activity Research

Published: February 29, 2016

In today's busy world, in which many people are struggling to balance increased workloads and responsibilities and maintain health, managing stress levels is so important. Fortunately, yoga and meditation is not only for flexible individuals and hippies living in California. Anyone can practice mindful exercises to manage stress and increase energy. Taking just 20 minutes each morning to quiet the mind can help to decrease stress levels and increase focus. Now who doesn't want that?!…

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