A Transformation Fueled by Friends, Faith and Mercy

It’s hard to imagine that Brian Busto, a biomedical equipment technician, has struggled with his weight for most of his life. The trim marathoner once shunned physical activity and depended on medication to control high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes. His transformation from an unhealthy 308 pounds to a 185-pound physique was not without…

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Why Yoga May Be Just What Your Heart Needs

Heart disease remains the number one killer of both men and women. Exercise and increased activity levels remains at the top of the heart healthy lifestyle changes list. But does exercise have to look or feel a certain way to improve heart health? Yoga looks nothing like the traditional aerobic exercise of walking, running, swimming or…

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5 Reasons to Hire a Personal Trainer

Sure, you hear about actors and models hiring personal trainers. There was also that show, The Biggest Loser, that featured personal trainers helping people with their weight loss goals. But why would someone like you want to hire a personal trainer? Here are five reasons to consider. Can you remember the first time you ever…

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No Longer Seeing Results from Your Workouts? Here’s Why.

Did you start out the New Year with a new exercise routine? Hopefully, it’s still delivering the results you are hoping for. But don’t count on that success for long. Find out why, as well as what you can do to keep the momentum going. At some point, our exercise routine can become stagnant and…

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15 Ways to Make the Holidays Happy AND Healthy

Give your family and yourself the gift of good health this holiday season by using strategies to incorporate exercise and good nutrition into the festivities. Holiday shopping, spending money, family obligations, wrapping gifts, children’s activities, church programs, decorating, cooking and traveling can all can be stressful and drain your energy. As Charlie Brown says, “AAAAAHHHHH!”…

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5 Reasons to Toss the Scale as a Measure of Exercise Success

It’s nice when the scale shows you a number that makes you happy, but the scale cannot tell you how fit you are. If the scale is making you feel like a failure, it’s time to look at the numbers differently.  Most people start an exercise program to lose weight as their primary goal. So,…

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The Quick & Easy Guide to Squeezing Exercise Into a Busy Schedule

Not enough time for an effective workout seems to be one of the biggest road blocks to an active lifestyle. However, if you think that’s the ultimate excuse for not exercising, think again! Here are quick and easy ways to get more exercise, no matter how busy your schedule is. Guest post by Britni Wilson,…

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Your Guide to Basic (But Often Complicated) Exercise Terminology

Confused by all the jargon some fitness enthusiasts and specialists use? Here’s a basic primer on the exercise terminology you need to know in order to take your workout beyond the beginner level. Guest post by Will Cutler, Mercy Health & Fitness Intern Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can be hard work. Hearing terminology that may…

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Four Ways to Keep Your Cool When Exercising in Hot Weather

With temperatures in the high 80s this week, it’s time for a quick reminder about exercising safely in hot temperatures. Exercise Early or Late As the weather gets warmer, your body needs to adjust to the temperature change. Exercise during the coolest part of the day, such as early morning or later in the evening…

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Pilates: ‘Old-school’ Workout Will Deliver Results for All Fitness Levels

"Old-school" workouts like Pilates are still a great way to get in shape, helping tone muscles, improve posture, and increase balance and flexibility. Are you ready to give Pilates a try? Classes start this fall in North Canton. The Philosophy Behind Pilates Pilates was developed more 90 years ago by Joseph Pilates, a self-defense instructor…

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For Improved Health, You Must Exercise Patience

Have you recently changed your diet and exercise routines but haven’t seen the results you would like? Patience and persistence are the keys to better health. Guest post by Angelina Ciraci, Mercy Health & Fitness intern When starting a new, healthier routine to achieve your wellness goals (weight loss, muscle building, increased stamina, etc.), you must…

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4 Warning Signs of Exercise Boredom & How to Break Out of It

Your body can get bored just like your mind. Think you might be stuck in the exercise doldrums? Check out these warning signs, as well as strategies for change. You Might Be Bored with Your Exercise If: 1) You feel like you’re stuck in a rut. A “rut” is defined as “a habit or pattern…

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Everything You Need to Know About Measuring Workout Intensity

Terms like rate of perceived exertion, metabolic equivalents and percentage of heart rate max may sound daunting if you’re just beginning an exercise routine. In fact, many regular exercisers don’t understand what they mean. It’s time to demystify these terms so that you can get a grip on how intense your workout is – or…

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Be an Exercise Einstein: 4 Tips for Summer Workout Brilliance

Ready to be an Einstein when it comes to exercise? Follow these four tips to make the most of the summer season! It’s that time of year when we all need to get inspired to shape up and get moving. The sun is shining and we are excited to wear shorts, swimsuits and sleeveless shirts….

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4 Simple Ways to Turn an Exercise Plan into a Routine

One 2012 study revealed exercising at a moderate intensity for 150 minutes per week (or 30 minutes per day, five days per week) as the American College of Sports Medicine recommends, you can expect a 1-to-7 return, meaning seven extra minutes of life gained for each minute spent exercising. Yet, the bigger issue for most — perhaps even…

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High or Low: Which Workout Intensity Is OK for Cancer Survivors?

If you or someone you love is a cancer survivor, don't be overwhelmed by the thought of an all-out, agressive, boot-camp-style workout. Learn more about the latest research on exercise for cancer survivors. It was a long winter. Even if you were stalwart enough to stand up to the cold, you might have found it…

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Why Your Exercise Plan Is a Big Fat Fail for Weight Loss

We are in the midst of what fitness professionals call the “resolution period,” an annual four-month period (January through April) when the #1 national health goal is weight loss.  However, at this point, the truth may already be dawning: your workout isn't burning off much fat. Why not? In March, outdoor physical activity often remains…

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Before Dinner or After? Your Optimal Time for Exercise

Recently, I was asked, “Will I would burn more calories if I exercise before I eat dinner or after?” When it comes to increased calorie burn, it doesn’t really matter if you work out before or after dinner. However, there are four things you should consider. Four Considerations for Exercise Around Meal Times You need…

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Mercy Mythbusters: Can You Achieve ‘Spot Reduction’ with Exercise?

Let’s admit it. We all have some area of our bodies we are not happy with, right? Comments like, "I need to lose this belly" or "I want to trim down my thighs," gave birth to the spot-reduction craze in our culture. Just like it sounds, the idea behind spot reduction is that you can reduce…

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5 S.M.A.R.T. Ways to Achieve Your Health Goals (Part 2)

Last month in her blog post, If You’re S.M.A.R.T, You’ll Set Obtainable, Reasonable Health Goals, Rachel Ondrejko, fitness specialist at the Mercy Health & Fitness Center in North Canton, briefly described S.M.A.R.T. goals and introduced two new "smart" programs for people in Stark County – Fit & Healthy and balance classes. This month, Mercy Weight…

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8 Simple Ways to Cut 250 Calories a Day

How important can 250 calories be? That’s just one extra slice of cheese pizza, another small piece of cake or one regular-sized Snickers® bar. As it turns out, 250 calories can be pretty important. Burning 250 more calories per day can be the difference between losing one pound per week and maintaining your present weight. Eating…

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