ANSWERS TO COMMON FITNESS QUESTIONS

We all have fitness questions, whether we’re new to working out or have been at it for a while. Here are the answers to some common fitness questions.  How Often Should I Work Out?  Everyone should commit to working out a minimum of three days a week to see results. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends a minimum of 150 minutes of high-intensity cardio, 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity exercise or a combination of moderate and vigorous-intensity exercise per week.

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EXERCISE: THE KEY TO A LONG LIFE

Do you want to live a long and healthy life? Be strong and agile as you age? Enjoy life into your 90s?  The key to a lengthy, prosperous life is exercise. No matter your age – whether you’re 16 or 65 – you should begin now with an exercise program or step up the one you already have. Studies have shown exercising on a regular basis is part of a healthier and more rewarding senior life. Staying active may affect how long you live and how energetic and vital you remain. Exercise provides a kind of health insurance.

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THE KNOWLEDGE TO BUILD A BETTER BODY

Kevin Balcirak is not playing around when it comes to fitness and health.

For the past 20 years, Balcirak (pronounced Ball-sir-rack) has owned and operated Body Structure in Lexington. While a 5-second Google search will yield a long list of gyms in the Bluegrass, Body Structure among them, Balcirak’s concept is quite different from the rest.

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chemistry and genetics; drug and alcohol abuse; and social factors such as financial problems, family breakdown, isolation or violence.


People with positive mental health work productively, cope with the stresses of life, realize their full potential and make meaningful contributions to their communities. You can maintain positive mental health by connecting with and helping others, getting help if needed, staying positive, remaining physically active, getting enough sleep and developing coping skills.

Mental health affects how we act, feel and think as we cope with life. It includes our emotional, psychological and social well-being. Mental health also determines how we relate to others, make choices and handle stress. Good mental health is a sense of self-esteem and confidence. It is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence right through adulthood. According to estimates, only about 17 percent of U.S adults are considered to be in a state of optimal mental health.


The World Health Organization (WHO) says mental health is not just the absence of any mental disorders. WHO stresses good mental health is “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.


Mental illnesses,are serious disorders that can affect your behavior, mood and thinking. There are various causes of mental disorders, including biological factors. Your family history and genes could play a role, and even your life experiences, such as a history of abuse or stress, may impact your mental health.


Mental illness results from complex interactions between the body, mind and environment. Factors that could contribute to mental illness are acute, long-term stress; biological influences such as hormones,

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HARLEENA SINGH

Harleena Singh is a professional freelance writer with a background in teaching and education. She has a keen interest in food and health related issues and can be approached through her website freelancewriter.co. Checkout her blog and network with her on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook.

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