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How to Actually Get a Good Workout on the Elliptical

Posted by Five Seasons Family Sports Club on 9/27/16 11:59 AM

The elliptical trainer can provide a low-impact full-body workout, but it does come with a caveat: You're going to have to invest some real sweat equity into your training session in order to reap the full benefits of using this machine.

In other words, it's not good enough to hop on the elliptical and just go through the motions for a half an hour; if you really want to blast fat and tone those muscles, you'll need to approach your elliptical workout with intensity and intention, and that includes being willing to add some variety to your movements. With this new approach in mind, below are some tips to help you actually get a good workout on the elliptical.

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Topics: Fitness

4 Doubles Tennis Drills to Take Your Game to the Next Level

Posted by Five Seasons Family Sports Club on 9/23/16 9:00 AM

Playing great doubles tennis is just as much an art as it is a science. It requires several intangible elements--e.g., instinct, good chemistry, an unselfish mindset, etc.--in order to be successful, and as any seasoned doubles player will tell you, these qualities aren't developed overnight. One of the best ways to improve your effectiveness as a doubles team is to regularly practice doubles-specific tennis drills with your partner. Below are some simple yet highly effective doubles tennis drills that will take your doubles game to the next level.

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Topics: Tennis

How to Talk to Your Kids About Losing Weight and Getting Healthy

Posted by Five Seasons Family Sports Club on 9/21/16 10:17 AM

No matter how you slice it, talking to your child about losing weight can be a difficult task, especially when they're already feeling a little uneasy about the way they look. Scores of studies have shown that it is quite common for children and teens to struggle with body image issues, so it almost goes without saying that you'll need to exercise quite a bit of compassion and care in terms of your approach. Fortunately, there are several ways you can discuss the subject of weight loss with your child without hurting their feelings; just keep the following tips in mind to help you address the issue with an even-handed approach. 

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Topics: Healthy Living

7 Tips for Keeping Yourself Accountable to a Workout Schedule

Posted by Five Seasons Family Sports Club on 9/19/16 5:04 PM

So you've made big plans to get into shape and you just put the finishing touches on your workout schedule. That's a step in the right direction, but now comes the hard part: Actually following through with it. The good news is that you don't have to let all of your motivation fall through the cracks; just use the following seven tips to help you stay accountable to your workout schedule and goals.

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Topics: Fitness

The Best Exercises for Improving Your Backhand

Posted by Five Seasons Family Sports Club on 9/14/16 10:26 AM

For many tennis players, the backhand stroke is one of the most troublesome aspects of their game. Generally speaking, players tend to practice their forehand strokes far more than their backhand, which leads to an imbalance in their game that can limit them from being a capable all-court player. The following exercises for improving your backhand stroke will help you eliminate this all-too-common weakness from your game.

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Topics: Tennis

What to Cook This Weekend for a Week of Healthy Meals

Posted by Five Seasons Family Sports Club on 9/9/16 10:10 AM

When Monday rolls around to start the busy work week, a little meal preparation the weekend before goes a long way. Try cooking and preparing the following food items over the weekend so you can enjoy a full week of healthy meals.

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Topics: Healthy Living

7 Health Benefits of Yoga You Didn't Know

Posted by Five Seasons Family Sports Club on 9/7/16 11:00 AM

Most of us have heard about how great yoga is for improving strength and flexibility, but there are several other benefits that this ancient form of exercise can provide, no matter your age, gender, or fitness level. Below are seven awesome health benefits of yoga that you probably didn't know.

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Topics: Fitness, Healthy Living

Squeeze the Last Out of Summer With These Pool Workouts

Posted by Five Seasons Family Sports Club on 8/31/16 7:30 AM

Summer might be drawing to a close, but you can still splash it up with these fun pool workouts that will strengthen and tone your whole body.

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Topics: Fitness, Aquatics

Fridge Overhaul: What Should and Shouldn't Be In There When You're Getting Healthy

Posted by Five Seasons Family Sports Club on 8/25/16 10:22 AM

Any time you decide to make changes where your health or weight is concerned, it's impossible to leave food out of the conversation. Yes, in a perfect world we could all just work out and lose weight while eating a steady diet of doughnuts and pizza, but unfortunately, reality simply won't let us get away with it.

This means that in order to make significant changes in your fitness and weight loss journey, you're going to have to learn what foods to keep in your fridge versus what should be considered contraband. Here's a list of some of the items that should and shouldn't be in your refrigerator while you're working on getting healthy.

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Topics: Healthy Living

Tennis Terms for the Beginner

Posted by Five Seasons Family Sports Club on 8/23/16 10:09 AM

Do you speak tennis? Like practically every other sport, tennis has its own set of terms and jargon that might sound a little confusing to the beginner. If you're just starting out or want to be better informed while you watch matches, you can use the following list of basic tennis terms to help you expand your tennis vocabulary. Then click here to learn more about the rules of tennis!

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Topics: Tennis