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03/29/2017 — Health Risk Assessment

New Health Assessment available April 1 to Local 689 Members!  Are you making the healthiest choices that will help you sleep better or enjoy an active retirement?  Not sure?  Plan to take the new health assessment offered by The Transit Employees' ...

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03/22/2017 — National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month! Here are some National Nutrition Month resources to get you started: My Plate Wins Real Solutions from Real Families (video) Remember to take advantage of the 689 Moving Metro Program.  

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03/22/2017 — National Colon Cancer Awareness Month

In February 2000, President Clinton officially dedicated March as National Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Since then, it has grown to be a rallying point for the colon cancer community where thousands of patients, survivors, caregivers and advocates t...

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May 22, 2017

More Fruits and Veggies Can Slash Obesity Odds

tehw shared this story from WebMD Health.

Researchers encourage a mostly plant-based diet

May 22, 2017

No Fruit Juice Before Age 1, Pediatricians Say

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Plus, they support limits for older kids and doing away with sippy cups for toddlers

May 22, 2017

The 7 Most Effective Bodyweight Exercises You Can Do

tehw shared this story from Prevention.

Even if you don't pay monthly dues at the gym or have a dedicated workout area at home, you still have the only tool you need to get in the best shape of your life: your own body. Doing bodyweight movements, like squats and push-ups, during high-intensity interval training (HIIT), is a super-effective workout—and one that's nearly equipment-free. If you have sneakers and a timer, you're ready to go. 

So what's HIIT? "It's a method of training in which you perform an exercise at your all-out, maximum effort for a short period of time, then follow it with a brief rest period," explains Daphnie Yang, a certified personal trainer and the creator of HIIT IT!, a NYC-based fitness class. "By repeating this over and over again you create intervals of spiking your heart rate up balanced with recovery." Even if you can't run a mile without stopping, chances are, you can sprint in place for 30 seconds. You'll need to push yourself, but only for short, manageable periods of time.

To get the most out of your bodyweight workout, focus on exercises that use multiple muscle groups at once. "They are more effective at raising your heart rate since they are using so much of the body at once, and they help you achieve benefits quicker than isolated strength-training exercises," says Candice Seti, PhD, a personal trainer and nutrition coach. (Once you get the hang of it, interval training can totally transform your body. Here are 6 reasons you should stick it out.)  

Here, trainers and fitness experts share 7 highly effective bodyweight moves that can help you reach your fitness goals. Don't do them every single day, as your changing body and developing muscles need time to regroup. "It's best to take a rest day, a weight training day, or cardio day in between if you really want to energize your results," says Devan Kline, CEO, co-founder, and trainer at Burn Boot Camp

(Supplement these moves with a customizable walking plan for maximum results. You'll even get a free MP3 player!) 

Most effective bodyweight exercises
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