American Diabetes Month Meatless Monday: 6 Healthy Habits to Reduce Your Risk

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Diabetes is an urgent health issue in the Hispanic community–1 in 10 Latinos has diabetes and it is estimated that 1 out of 2 Hispanic children born in 2000 will develop diabetes. This disease causes blood sugar levels (glucose) to spike which over time can harm your heart, nerves, skin, mouth, kidneys, eyes, and feet, even causing […]

Labor Day Weekend Fitness: US Open Tennis

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This Labor Day weekend, I’m taking inspiration from the international athletes competing in the U.S. Open and heading to the court for a game of tennis. In a tennis match, players use rackets to hit a rubber ball back and forth over a net. This sport can be played by two people (called singles) or four people (doubles). Although I’ve never […]

Fitness: 3 Reasons to Try Pilates

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As back-to-school season approaches and my teacher‘s schedule begins to feel overwhelming, I turn to Pilates for an efficient workout that reduces stress. ¿Qué es Pilates? This mat-based fitness program uses small, isolated movements that engage only the muscles needed for each move, fitting a lot of work into few repetitions. Don’t be fooled–these tiny movements […]

Fitness: 5 Reasons to Try Stand Up Paddleboarding this Summer

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Take advantage of the final days of summer with a stand up paddleboarding workout. This sport is accurately named: participants stand on a foam board and use a paddle to move through the water. Curiosity prompted me to step out of my fitness comfort zone and buy an online coupon for a beginner’s “SUP” class with my husband and some amigos. Although I’ve been a dancer all […]

Fitness: 5 Tips for a Safe Workout in Summer Heat

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I look forward to summer as a time to be active outdoors, but exercising in the heat can be hazardous to your health. You don’t have to put your fitness routine on vacation when it gets hot, but you do need to take extra precautions to stay safe as temperatures rise. Natalie’s Tips for a Safe Workout in Summer Heat Stay hydrated: Your […]

Fitness: Build Strength and Endurance with a Running Circuit

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Looking for a convenient total-body workout that will get you in great shape for summer? Try a running circuit. ¿Running qué? A running circuit combines my favorite endurance activity running, which I recommend in Fitness: 45 Minute Run to the Mailbox, and my go-to muscle-building routine circuit training which I describe in Fitness: Four Reasons to Love Circuit Training. How does it […]

Father’s Day Fitness: 5 Family-Friendly Fitness Activities

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Instead of getting your papi a tie this Father’s Day, invest in the health of the entire familia by staying active while spending quality time together. Share the love, get fit, and create memories with one of my family-friendly options: Natalie’s 5 Family-Friendly Fitness Activities Team sports: Instead of watching Dad‘s favorite sport, play it! Level the playing field so that everyone can […]

Fitness: 4 Reasons to Try Canoeing this Summer

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An Oklahoma native, I am no stranger to hot summer days. When temperatures rise, I stay motivated to move by choosing fun new activities that don’t feel like a workout. Last week when the thermostat hit 90, I moved my classroom to the canal where my students and I stayed cool and active canoeing. ¿Canoeing? ¿As […]