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Functional Fitness. What is it?

In your Vivo classes, you will often hear the term Functional Fitness. So, what does this refer to? Kevin Snodgrass, Head Trainer at Vivo, defines Functional Fitness as “the real …

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Can too much screen time accelerate aging?

The use of technologies with screens is on the rise around the world, but did you know that some studies even suggest that adults over 55 use screen time more than young …

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How to stay social later in life & why it will benefit your health.

Let’s say you’re exercising regularly, watching your diet, and getting at least eight hours of sleep every night. You should absolutely be proud of yourself. However, there is one more …

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Cognitive Benefits of Being in Nature

Finding time to get outdoors isn’t always easy. However, studies have shown it is well worth fitting into your schedule no matter how busy you may be. Interacting with nature …

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Kevin Snodgrass - Head Trainer - Team Vivo

Meet Trainer Kevin Snodgrass

My goal is to profoundly change the lives of my clients and I see the transformations happening every day. I have been a personal trainer for more than 10 years …

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Balance & Strength Are Two Key Components for Quality of Life

30% of older adults, many who are quite fit, suffer accidental falls every year Balance Training engages neural connections that aid the complex skill of balance Vivo combines strength, balance, and mental acuity …

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Vivo Community Conversation

Last night’s Vivo Community Conversation on Balance Training with Dr. Chris Thompson left us with strong incentives to incorporate balance training exercises into daily life Here is a handout recapping the …

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Foam Rolling Can be a Part of Fall Prevention?

According to the CDC’s Injury Prevention and Control: tips on Fall Prevention improving one’s balance and strength is the number two factor in prevention after speaking truthfully to your doctor. And the Mayo Clinic’s research …

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Working Towards Stronger Backs and Hips

Here are a few ways to address back and hip pain  Develop that core (go to Vivo!). Stronger core muscles, flexibility and endurance all help to reduce long term back …

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Functional Movements of the Week:

The Chair Stand and Staggered Sit to Stand Chair stands are an essential and perhaps the most obvious functional movement. The ability to stand up to get out of bed …

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Functional Movement:

The Vivo program focuses on Functional Training. This means all our exercises are geared towards real-life movements that require multiple body parts to complete a task. We should be able to …

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The Healthy Red, White and Blue Barbecue

Still feeling patriotic, attending family picnics, or just craving a few new fresh summer produce offerings? Hit a roadside farm stand and try a few of these (extremely healthy) picnic …

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Staying Healthy and Young through Skip-Gen Outings

Skip-gen travel destinations for grandparents and kids: Moab, Boston, Mackinac Island. Do you know what “skip-gen” means? I saw this article in USA Today and wondered just that. In recent literature, Skip-Gen …

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Senior Trailblazers- Keep Going Team Vivo!

Do you need a little inspiration or a new goal? Check out what these amazing Seniors are doing right now:  -Last week Wally Funk, female space trailblazer, became the oldest (and …

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Volunteering can increase your happiness, support cognition, and improve the community!

 Did you know that among many other publications, The Greater Good reports adults who volunteer report higher life satisfaction and better physical health? Most studies agree: Active-ager volunteers improve their general mental …

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Mindfulness is a Key Component of Improving Mental Health

During Vivo’s Mental Health Month we have highlighted some of the primary ways to support your overall mental health.  These include: Talking honestly with your doctor if you experience more …

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Olympic Inspiration

Did You Know the Summer Olympics 2021 is introducing 5 new sports? Surfing, Karate, Baseball/Softball, Skateboarding, and Sport Climbing are the “new” sports competing in the Olympics that should be …

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Summer Fun Gadget Rundown

There are a lot of cool gadgets out now to make our fun (and not so fun) activities safer and easier. This week I was intrigued by a cool Facebook …

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Foam Rolling Benefits: From Muscle Relief to Better Blood Flow

According to Harvard Health Publishing, Foam rolling is a simple process of rolling major muscles over a thick cylinder of foam or semi-firm object. Doing this for 10 minutes before and/or …

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Science And Benefits Of Regular Exercise As We Age

Both the New York Times** and Time Magazine have written articles on the science and benefits of regular exercise as we age … no matter how old we are when we start! Many …

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Red, White & Blue: First Aid for Life and Traveling

Do You Know First Aid? CPR? The Heimlich Maneuver for choking? You should!! As we begin to emerge from the COVID-19 Pandemic, resuming travel and favorite activities, we should be …

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Community Conversation Takeaway:

A big THANK YOU to Dr. Joe Nocera for his informative talk on research that demonstrates the ways that exercise improves brain function, especially in older adult brains. Dr. Nocera’s work …

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Yoga Is More Than Just A Great Stretch…

We have posted some of the benefits of yoga in the past, but did you know that in addition to helping balance and relieve joint pain, practicing Yoga 2x a …

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Mental Health and the Complex Connection with Sleep:

Having trouble sleeping? According to some estimates, you and approximately 33% of the world’s population suffer from some form of insomnia! Did You Know that lack of sleep quantity and quality is …

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Everyone Needs A Vacation

While everyone needs a vacation… it only takes one week without exercise to start backsliding.  From The Business Insider: after one week without exercise “You’re already less fit. You’ve lost about 5% …

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Functional Movement:

The Deadlift Picking up your dog today or a grandchild, what about the groceries or assisting a friend or loved one with an injury to get up? All of these …

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Inflammation is a Hot Topic

Inflammation is a hot topic which means there is plenty of misinformation out there! There are a lot of opinions and products sold with the promise of lowering inflammation, but …

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Stability, strength, and posture:

The natural loss of stability and fear of falling as we age can begin a dangerous and self-fulfilling cycle that actually leads to instability. Fear of falling leads to reduced …

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Planks and Functional Movement:

Did you know that planks are one of the most versatile exercises with the highest potential for gain that we can perform?   A plank executed correctly will engage the majority of …

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Yoga and Arthritis

According to the Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center, Yoga is an excellent way to strengthen joints and tendons while also increasing flexibility and mobility. Their studies have shown that in just 8 …

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