After a long and cold winter, spring is finally here, and many people are eager to get outside to exercise. Whether you’re looking to incorporate a brisk walk during your lunch break or prefer to start your day with a long-distance run, Allegheny Health Network primary care sports medicine physician Jared Ramsey, DO, shares advice on how to safely re-boot your spring workout routine.

No matter what’s going on or where it might be going on, time is often of the essence when it comes to just about anything. The clock can be one of the biggest barriers to finding consistent routines, especially when it comes to exercising on a regular basis. But it doesn’t have to be. Check out how to squeeze in a quick yet still-effective workout that can generate real results, even if only 30 minutes are up for grabs.

Caring for plants yields more than beautiful flowers and tasty produce. As they plan, dig, prune and harvest, gardeners are cultivating better physical and mental health. It’s good news that interest in gardening surged during the pandemic. That trend may continue to bloom and bear fruit.

Yoga practitioners know that a daily dose of sun can help focus the mind, improve circulation and tone muscles. Now the face can get in on the action, as well, thanks to face yoga, an anti-aging exercise regime for the face.

Oatmeal, garlic, flax seeds, beans, almonds and apples — these foods may sound odd when grouped together, but for balancing cholesterol levels they are a recipe for successful health.

No matter what’s going on or where it might be going on, time is often of the essence when it comes to just about anything. The clock can be one of the biggest barriers to finding consistent routines, especially when it comes to exercising on a regular basis. But it doesn’t have to be. Check out how to squeeze in a quick yet still-effective workout that can generate real results, even if only 30 minutes are up for grabs.

Yoga practitioners know that a daily dose of sun can help focus the mind, improve circulation and tone muscles. Now the face can get in on the action, as well, thanks to face yoga, an anti-aging exercise regime for the face.

Muscle pain and muscle aches are part of life and can happen to just about everyone. Whether they’re from tension, stress, a sports injury or a medical condition, everyday living can sometimes be a literal pain in the neck — and exacerbate related bodily aches, too. These aches usually affect the support structures that allow movement in daily life: the bones, the muscles, the ligaments and the tendons.

Winter is the customary cold and flu season, and a time during which many people aren’t as vigilant about maintaining their health as they might be at other times of the year. This winter has the additional variable of the coronavirus pandemic, which surged into 2021 with a second wave of spread and infection.

Barbara Bell knows the importance of medical care and regular visits to the doctor, and why they’re vital for her during the pandemic. Bell, a retired teacher, has rheumatoid arthritis and takes medication that suppresses her immune system.

A natural drug once seen as taboo by mainstream America may now be poised to help battle the country’s opioid crisis.

Getting a yearly physical in the middle of the deadliest pandemic in a century may seem low on the priority list, but keeping up with personal health in small ways throughout the year may save some trouble down the road.

The holiday season is one that – even during the coronavirus pandemic – will be sure to include plenty of calorie-rich goodies.

The coronavirus pandemic has wiped out countless events and altered many more since March.

As the population health and well-being consultant for the Finger Lakes Area School Health Plan, Ken Foresti’s goal is to find ways to better the lives of his clients.

Angela Ballard knows sweat. She is an educator and advocate of hyperhidrosis, in which the sweat glands produce more sweat than usual. She’s also a wife and mother.

It was once thought that eating a meat-based diet was the only way to add some meat to the bones. However, many health and fitness experts are now touting the benefits of a plant-based diet to bulk up, build muscle and improve athletic performance. Learn how proteins work, the difference between proteins derived from meat and plants, and what plants pack a powerful punch for playing sports and growing muscle.

After a couple weeks of feeling overwhelmed and even a bit blue in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic hitting the U.S., staff members at Penn Yan Central School District received some advice on how to feel better, thanks to Blue Zones; or, more specifically, to a four-week Blue Zones challenge.

The question of how much liquid to consume daily basis has no simple answer. Several studies have shown differing recommendations. However, specific fluid needs depend on several factors, which include overall health, location and even level of activeness. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach, but knowing more about the body’s need for liquids can help in estimating how much ought to be sipped up.

While working out at home has become a necessity for many -- with gyms closed during the coronavirus pandemic -- home fitness had already been trending before quarantines began.

Nick Setta once trained Tyler Jay, a left-handed baseball pitcher who was selected in the first round — sixth overall — of the 2015 Major League Baseball draft by the Minnesota Twins.

Building and maintaining a strong immune system is not exactly a walk in the park under normal circumstances.

Gyms and fitness centers across the U.S. are closed amidst the coronavirus outbreak, but there are many exercises that can be done at home to help people who are sheltering and maintain their fitness goals. Some gyms are even offering free live-streaming classes.

Staying at home during the coronavirus outbreak can help you avoid contracting the potentially deadly pathogen. Arming your immune system and creating a natural shield by eating foods rich in essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants can help you fight off an infection, whether it is COVID-19 or other viruses and bacterium.

It’s a no-brainer that exercise and physical activity benefits our bodies in countless ways. But for parents, it can sometimes be a challenge to get the kids off the couch or out of their bedrooms, especially in today’s tablet-obsessed and streaming-television-filled world of technology.

Doug Schmidt has been a leader in the plant-based diet movement in Western New York for years. Now, he has forever stamped his place in the plant-based world with the publication of a new cookbook, “Eat Plants Love,” which he authored with his wife, Shari.

What does “health” and “fitness” mean to you? Is it simply based off of your weight and how much you can lift? What does endurance have to do with it? What about flexibility?

It is healthy for the bodies to take probiotics. They cleanse the body and the gut system. The “good bacteria” helps keep the gut healthy. Instead of buying expensive probiotic products, nature offers some organic choices for you that you can use daily for a better gut health. The name itself is derived from the Latin 'pro-' 'for' and the Greek '-biotic' 'life. The discovery of the probiotics came in the early 20th century and was found in Bulgaria where the bacteria Bacillus Bulgarikus was found in milk.

Overeating during the holidays and New Year’s may now be in the rearview mirror. But that doesn’t necessarily make losing or maintaining weight easier for everyone — even if you resolved to make healthier food choices. It may be a tough work to keep a healthy weight and diet. For some people, it can be especially difficult.

When you picture people from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden dining at breakfast, lunch or dinner, what may come to mind is a big plate of Swedish meatballs, potatoes covered in gravy and deliciously flaky Danish pastries. But a relatively new way of eating is clearing off those meals from the table: the Nordic Diet.

In the wake of the recent opioid crisis, cannabidiol appears to have become a promising super drug that may lower opioid dependence. Now, CBD, the nonpsychoactive molecule in the cannabis plant and one of the two main components in marijuana has garnered several advocates in other industries, including the world of sports.

The period from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day is a season filled with food and drinks that — although very tasty — threaten to increase your waistline.