Your Personal Best

Your Personal Best: Walking Sticks

  Walking is an important component to staying healthy as we age, and there's a way you can stay active and move even if you're having trouble taking an all-important walk.…

Your Personal Best: Brain Foods

Foods and nutrients that are good for our heart are also good for our brain, according to the American Brain Foundation. Dr. Milady Murphy says foods that are high in vitamins,…

Your Personal Best: Straight Leg Lifts

Everyone loses muscle mass as they age, and the process starts pretty early. But there are some useful exercises you can use to help keep or even gain muscle tone,…

Your Personal Best: Shoulder shrugs

Here's an exercise you can easily incorporate into your lifestyle or already existing exercise program, designed to strengthen your shoulders and upper back, improve posture and stabilize your neck. It's called…

Your Personal Best: Fighting Frailty

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyrsten Eller People experience several changes as they age, but luckily, one of them can be reversed through a simple additive to one's diet. According to…

Your Personal Best: Getting Outdoors

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyrsten Eller There's more to good health than being physically fit. Sometimes going outside is essential for mental health. "Being outdoors and enjoying nature has a…

Your Personal Best: Straight Arm Plank

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyrsten Eller Exercise is beneficial for a healthy lifestyle, but it can be difficult starting out. Dr. Milady Murphy has a simple toning exercise that works…

Your Personal Best: All About Fats

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyrsten Eller Although people tend to think fat is bad news, not all fat is weighed equally. According to the American Heart Association, different fats affect the…

Your Personal Best: Salt

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyrsten Eller Although high in sodium, salt is an essential mineral in our daily diet, as it's important for fluid balance and maintaining our muscles. However, if we…

Your Personal Best: Blood Pressure Control

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyrsten Eller As people get older, it's important they know their blood pressure numbers so they can keep it under control and further reduce the…

Your Personal Best: Dark chocolate

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyrsten Eller If you're a chocolate lover and looking for a healthier snack food, dark chocolate may be the way to go. According to the American…

Your Personal Best: Exercise Snacks

When you think about snacks, you think about little mini-meals throughout the day to increase your energy or stamina. But did you know you can think about exercise the same way? Three examples of mini exercises that take mere minutes and help regulate your blood sugar, stamina and health include: Punches: You can do them

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Your Personal Best: Balance and Strength

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyrsten Eller As we get older, we tend to lose balance and strength which can increase our risk of injuries. According to Dr. Milady Murphy, one simple exercise that negates that process and can improve our balance and strength is called the flamingo. “It’s simply done using a chair for

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Your Personal Best: Stress Management

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyrsten Eller The holiday season is meant to be enjoyed, but it also brings on stress, anxiety and depression for some. The American Psychological Association recommends following wellness principles, which consist of nutrition and stress management. It’s important to get 10 to 30 minutes of physical activity per day to

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Your Personal Best: Chair Dip Exercise

By WVUA Digital Reporter Anneliese Taggart The chair dip is an easy way you can strengthen and tone your upper body and core muscle groups, said Dr. Milady Murphy. This isometric exercise works important muscle groups without putting strain on your shoulder joints. Begin by sitting in a sturdy and secure chair with both hands

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Your Personal Best: Healthy Holiday Cooking

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyrsten Eller As the weather gets colder and the holidays approach, people are starting to cook more for their families. According to Dr. Milady Murphy, you can make simple substitutions regarding fat, sugar and salt without sacrificing flavor or taste and improve our heart health at the same time. “In

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Your Personal Best: Exercising in Nature

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyrsten Eller Nature has a calming effect on the body, mind and soul and can greatly improve both physical and mental health. According to the Journal of the American Heart Association, observing nature, exercising or doing some type of physical activity in green space lowers the stress hormones known as

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Your Personal Best: Knee Stabilization Exercises

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyrsten Eller Many people may start to experience knee discomfort the older they get, which could end up being debilitating. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, knee stabilization exercises are the only way to improve joint mobility and reduce knee pain. However, there are a variety of exercises

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Your Personal Best: Breast Cancer and Exercise

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyrsten Eller Breast cancer is a common form of cancer that affects about 1 in 8 women in their lifetime. According to the American Cancer Society, exercise is a powerful tool in regulating the hormones estrogen and insulin which can lower the risk of breast cancer. “What is recommended is

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Your Personal Best: Green Tea

By WVUA Digital Reporter Anneliese Taggart As the weather gets cooler, many of us may be reaching for warmer beverages. Consider reaching for warm beverages that have health benefits as well. Namely green tea. “One such beverage that has many health benefits is green tea because of its anti-inflammatory effects and anti-oxidants that build up

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Your Personal Best: The Three E’s of Exercise

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyrsten Eller Exercise is important in order to live a healthy lifestyle. Not only is it essential for your physical health, but it is for your mental health as well. According to Dr. Milady Murphy, for an exercise program to be successful, it has to be effective, efficient and easy

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Your Personal Best: Managing Diabetes

By WVUA Digital Reporter Anneliese Taggart According to the American Diabetes Association, 34 million Americans deal with diabetes, with approximately 95% having Type 2 diabetes. Below are tips in helping manage diabetes: Monitor your blood glucose levels daily Integrate healthy nutritional practices and exercise into your lifestyle Have a nutritious snack in the afternoon between

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