They’re boxing, just to fight back

Bill Flick, The Pantagraph, October 13, 2019 Along with husband Don, Sharon Maupin for 16 years ran the popular Maupin’s Market in Saybrook. After selling it to explore other ventures, the Maupins moved around — to Decatur, to Peoria, to Eureka, even Rochester, N.Y., — before moving to Normal seven years ago to be nearer […]

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Mindful or Mind-full?

I’ll admit that when I first started hearing about meditation I was a little skeptical. The images that came to my mind were ones of a person sitting cross-legged on the floor thinking about nothing for hours at a time, and I thought to myself “There’s no way I can do that”. Fast forward to […]

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Backpacks, school supplies readied for Back 2 School party

BLOOMINGTON — More than 100 volunteers spent the week getting ready to help Bloomington-Normal students gear up for the school year. At this year’s annual Back 2 School Alliance Party, organizers will give away close to 3,000 backpacks filled with new school supplies to students from McLean County Unit 5 and Bloomington District 87 schools. Supplies […]

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What if I Don’t Like to Exercise?

We know that exercise is good for us, so why is it so hard to do it sometimes? I’ve had numerous people tell me that they just don’t like to exercise and it isn’t fun for them. First, let me dispel the myth that you’re alone if you feel this way. You’re not! For many […]

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Self-Compassion

Imagine that one of your friends called you feeling bad about themselves because they hadn’t been able to make it to the gym as much as they had planned. Would you tell them that they’re a failure and they might as well give up now because they’ll never reach their goal? Absolutely not! But how […]

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Developing A Growth Mindset

As I talk to people who are interested in improving their health and wellbeing, I’ve noticed there is a common thread that hold many of us back. We feel the need to prove, to either ourselves or others that we can be successful, and if we don’t reach our intended level of success, we feel […]

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Healthy Habits At Work

May is National Employee Health and Fitness Month. Since many of us spend a good deal of time at work, here are a few ways you can incorporate healthier habits while you’re in the office. Try some of these on your own or encourage coworkers to join you! Move around and stretch. You may have […]

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Prioritizing Your Health & Well Being

One of the biggest obstacles I hear my health coaching clients mention is that it is hard to find time to take care of themselves. We all want to accomplish everything that makes us a good spouse, parent, friend, coworker, caregiver, etc. but it’s easy to let these roles overshadow our own needs. When we […]

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Take time for yourself with these 6 self-care ideas

When you think of the word “self-care”, what do you picture? Do you see delicious treats, bubble baths, massages or other indulgences that are often portrayed on social media? Things that seem like more of a reward than an everyday part of life? While self-care can certainly involve these things, it seems to have taken […]

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Spring Clean Your Wellness Routine

As we start getting closer to warmer weather, many people use this transition as a time to deep clean, reduce clutter, and take stock of what they have. It can also be a great time to reflect on your habits and how they’re supporting your overall health and wellness. Once you have established a healthy […]

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Before you jump into your New Year’s resolutions, try this

The beginning of a new year can be an exciting time. We start the year feeling motivated about all the big changes we’ll make in the coming months. However, many of us finding that motivation fading by the end of February. I truly believe that one of the biggest reasons we don’t keep these resolutions […]

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Simple tips to be present and truly enjoy the holidays

The holidays can be both a joyful and a stressful time. We often rush right through the month of December going to parties, work events, family gatherings, and more. Before we know it, it’s the beginning of a new year. This year, take time to slow down, live in the moment and really enjoy the […]

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Can tweaking your mindset change your health?

The mind is a powerful thing with the ability to shape how we perceive the world. But can our perceptions impact our own health? Research into mindset, which is often called “the story we tell ourselves”, suggests that it is definitely possible. Here are a few examples…

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Staying healthy: It’s What’s Underneath that Counts

Sue Mullins and Karen Bennett lunged back and forth, stepped side to side, rotated their hips, bounced up and down and pulled their arms up and back. Then they did squats, bridges (lying down and raising their hips), knee raises, modified push-ups and modified planks. But, as they did these and other exercises under the direction of Stephanie Kates, all three women had a small exercise ball between their legs just above the knees. A band wrapped around the ball also was wrapped around the outside of the women’s legs.

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Fitness Program Reaches People with Disabilities

Exercise programs for people with disabilities are nothing new.
But a new, medically supervised pilot program targets a group of people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. After one year, program partners — the McLean County Health Department, Advocate BroMenn Health & Fitness Center and Marcfirst — will analyze each participant’s health and fitness data to determine whether to continue the program and perhaps expand it.

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Punching Back at Parkinson’s

Rock Steady Boxing began a month ago at the Advocate BroMenn fitness center in the Center for Integrated Wellness and already averages seven participants each class, said Smeltzer, a veteran Bloomington-Normal exercise physiologist who is fitness center manager and a certified Rock Steady Boxing instructor.

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Fight Back Against Parkinson’s Disease with Exercise!

According to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, as many as one million Americans live with Parkinson’s disease. Approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease each year, and this number does not reflect the thousands of cases that go undetected. Parkinson’s disease is a progressive, degenerative neurological disease that, unfortunately, has no cure.

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