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Hobby Ideas

  • Charlottesville
  • Eagleview
  • Hunt Valley
  • Midlothian
  • Short Pump
  • Timonium
  • West Chester
January is Hobby Month! If you feel that you’re already struggling with your New Year’s resolutions, it’s not too late to start something new and different. The benefits of taking up hobbies include providing stress relief, creating a positive new challenge for your mind and body, potentially uniting you with others who share your interests, encouraging…
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snow shoveling tips

  • Charlottesville
  • Midlothian
  • Short Pump
It’s officially winter! Here are a few snow shoveling tips for you… Do not shovel after eating or while smoking. Dress appropriately and in layers. Wear shoes or boots with good treads. Spread sand, rock salt, or kitty litter on your driveway or sidewalk to increase traction. Take it slow and stretch out before you…
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acac's 9th annual Ber's Bowl is here!

  • Midlothian
  • Short Pump

Exercise for a cause this Super Bowl weekend at acac Midlothian’s 9th Annual Ber’s Bowl! Join us Friday, February 5-Sunday, February 7, as acac Midlothian opens its doors and offers free group exercise classes to raise money for pediatric cancer research.

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Are You Afraid to Join a Gym?

  • Charlottesville
  • Eagleview
  • Hunt Valley
  • Midlothian
  • Short Pump
  • Timonium
  • West Chester

Many people understand the value of exercise, yet they avoid it like the plague. Especially at a gym. There can be worries and doubts that get in the way of taking that first step towards fitness. At acac, we recognize you may have some hesitations, and we try to allay those fears.

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The Mental Health Benefits of Giving Back

  • Charlottesville
  • Eagleview
  • Hunt Valley
  • Midlothian
  • Short Pump
  • Timonium
  • West Chester

When we think of generosity we typically think of how our actions affect others—but what about the effects of generosity on our own minds and bodies? Studies have shown that acts of giving are linked to increased mental health and wellness for all involved.

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Staying Motivated Throughout Weight Loss

  • Charlottesville
  • Eagleview
  • Midlothian
  • Short Pump
  • West Chester

Whether you have those last pesky five pounds to lose or have a longer journey ahead of you, staying motivated can prove to be challenging! Here are some tips you can try to keep your enthusiasm high and your mind focused on your goals.

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The Link Between Exercise and Depression

  • Charlottesville
  • Eagleview
  • Midlothian
  • Short Pump
  • West Chester
We all know that exercise is good for physical health, but how about mental health. Dr. Matt Bitsko examines the link between activity and the symptoms of depression.   What is depression? Depression is a mood disorder that impacts the way you think, feel, and behave. Common symptoms can include chronic sadness, a loss of interest…
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Just one yoga class can make a difference all week long

  • Charlottesville
  • Eagleview
  • Midlothian
  • Short Pump
  • West Chester

Even just one yoga class each week can make a difference in your life. Give it a try! If you are new to exercise or participating in acac‘s physician referred exercise program, we have a class to suit your needs.

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Battling Cancer with Fitness and Friends

  • Charlottesville
  • Eagleview
  • Midlothian
  • Short Pump
  • West Chester

When Theresa’s cancer came back for a second time, she knew she wanted to begin an exercise program to help get through her treatments. Theresa also knew there would be days that she wouldn’t feel like working out. Here’s what working out with a friend did for her.

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Mythbusters: Superfood Edition

  • Charlottesville
  • Eagleview
  • Midlothian
  • Short Pump
  • West Chester
Superfoods aren’t just another food trend—they’re foods that contain higher-than-average levels of vitamins and minerals for our health. Whether fruit, vegetable, or meat, superfoods provide natural nutrients our bodies need to not only survive, but thrive each day. As acac West Chester Nutritionist and Registered Dietitian Margaret Moses says, “Superfoods are those foods that go…
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Exercise is Powerful Medicine

  • Charlottesville
  • Eagleview
  • Midlothian
  • Short Pump
  • West Chester

Although many of us think of exercise as a means for maintaining or losing weight, acac‘s Nurse Erin reminds us that good things happen to your health from day one of your exercise program–even before the scale begins to show results.

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partner exercises

  • Charlottesville
  • Eagleview
  • Midlothian
  • Short Pump
  • West Chester
You’ve heard about the benefits of working out with others, including accountability, motivation, and FUN! Give these partner exercises a try. If you have any questions or would like to learn more, ask any acac Fitness Specialist. Chariot Runs Grab some dense tubing (like bike tire tubing) & wrap around your partner’s waist. Resist as they try…
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Bringing Health Back to School

  • Midlothian
  • Short Pump
  • West Chester

No one knows quite how it happens. First, you’re planning a beach vacation five months down the road and wondering if you’ll fit into last summer’s clothing. Then you blink and suddenly it’s Labor Day weekend and the kids are headed back to school. Your mental health is sure to undergo a few strains—but what about your physical health?

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Stories of Friendship at the Gym

  • Charlottesville
  • Eagleview
  • Midlothian
  • Short Pump

Doing any activity with a friend just seems like more fun. Fitness is no exception.

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core strength: how to work the core while you're at work

  • Charlottesville
  • Eagleview
  • Midlothian
  • Short Pump
  • West Chester

Many of us are hearing and reading about the importance of a strong core…

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10 Ways to Make Packing Your Lunch More Enjoyable

  • Charlottesville
  • Eagleview
  • Midlothian
  • Short Pump
  • West Chester

Packing your lunch for work can save you hundreds of dollars over the course of a year. It can also help you lose weight and eat healthier. Taking a little time to plan on the weekend or the night before can provide you with a nutritious lunch that you look forward to eating. Enjoy these 10 tips for making a packed lunch enjoyable.

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