Health Articles Category: Exercise

11th Annual Indoor Triathlon

Area residents can test their endurance at the 11th Annual Fitness Plus Indoor Triathlon on Saturday, March 5. Beginning at 8 am in the Saint Francis Health and Wellness Center, 150 S. Mount Auburn Road (Entrance 8), the triathlon includes a 300-yard swim, five-mile ride on... Read more

A Mom’s Healthy Turnaround 

For Meghan Cook, the turning point in her struggle with weight came last summer at her daughter’s softball practice. When the coach invited parents to scrimmage with their daughters, Cook fell on her way to first base because her size made it difficult to run. “I was... Read more

Arthritis Aquatics

Warm water can be quite soothing for people who suffer from arthritis. Saint Francis Medical Center's Fitness Plus offers warm water aquatics for arthritis patients every day of the week. "When you exercise in water, you can improve your range of motion, relieve joint stiffness and build... Read more

Avoid Sports Injuries With Offseason Conditioning

One of the most important aspects of playing a sport is making smart choices about what activities you do during the offseason. Offseason conditioning is key to remaining injury free. Any athlete who participates in a competitive sports activity during a season is basically involved in a "controlled crash."... Read more

Boost Good Cholesterol

In addition to keeping your low-density lipoprotein (LDL or “bad” cholesterol) level low, you should consider taking steps to boost your high-density lipoprotein (HDL or “good” cholesterol) level if it is too low. “A high HDL is associated with a lower risk for heart disease,” says Matthew... Read more

Cardiac Risk Assessments

If you have a history of heart disease, smoking, high blood pressure or high cholesterol, you should participate in a regular cardiac risk assessment. This can occur during a routine physical examination with your primary care physician, or during an office visit with a cardiologist. “Our primary... Read more

Check for – and Lower – High Cholesterol

High cholesterol can be a risk factor for both heart disease and stroke, which is why you should have your cholesterol checked regularly. If it is too high, you need to take steps to lower it. High cholesterol is defined as a total cholesterol level of 200 milligrams... Read more

Combat Bloating During Pregnancy

When you are pregnant, you are likely to experience uncomfortable bloating and gas. This is due to the hormone progesterone, which causes your gastrointestinal tract to relax and slow down digestion. “When digestion slows, this gives the nutrients from the food you eat more time to reach... Read more

Distracted Walking Injures Pedestrians

Walking and chewing gum is easy compared to walking and texting. Nationwide, pedestrians are increasingly suffering injuries due to “distracted walking,” or walking while using an electronic device. These people are so distracted by their devices that they fail to notice the sidewalk cracks, lampposts and... Read more

Ease Your Lower Back Pain

While nearly everyone suffers from occasional lower back pain, some people have problems that continue to resurface. While you may not be able to eliminate the pain altogether, you can decrease it by following these guidelines: Practice safe lifting techniques. Before you lift something, test it to make... Read more

Eat, Move, Lose!

Take control of your health with Fitness Plus’ Eat, Move, Lose! program. This eight-week exercise circuit program helps you take the appropriate steps to make lifestyle changes in diet and exercise so that you have the tools you need to continue living healthy — even after the... Read more

Exercise in Short Bursts

Studies have shown that exercising for short periods of time can be just as good for your health as exercising for 30 minutes or more. One of these studies focused on people who have prehypertension – a condition that is the precursor to high blood pressure. Erica... Read more

Exercise Plan Helps You Stay Healthy

If you are prediabetic or suffer from chronic problems such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol, you could benefit from a solid exercise plan. Saint Francis Medical Center’s Exercise is Medicine® program is based on the American College of Sports Medicine program, which was launched in... Read more

Fit Fore Golf

If you are a golfer, you know how physically draining it can be to play 18 holes and have to go back to work the next day. The Fit Fore Golf Program at Saint Francis Medical Center’s Fitness Plus helps avid golfers build up their core... Read more

From 385 Pounds to Avid Hiker

At age 37, Josh Harlan came to a tough conclusion: He would never be able to lose weight on his own. Weighing in at 385 pounds, he knew he did not have the willpower to improve his health. “I was slowly going to wither away and... Read more

Have a Heart: Lose Weight, Gain Better Health

With three great weight-loss options to choose from at Saint Francis Medical Center, what have you got to lose? From exercise at Fitness Plus, to diets with The Healthy Weigh, all the way to bariatric surgery with Weight Loss Solutions, any or all of these programs... Read more

Heathly Weigh/HMR Recognized

HMR Weight Management Services diet program created by HMR and utilized by Saint Francis’ Healthy Weigh program has been named the No. 2 Best Weight-Loss Diet in U.S. News & World Reports’ Best Diets of 2015. The ranking was based on both short- and long-term weight-loss... Read more

In the Pool with Arthritis 

If you suffer from arthritis, Arthritis Aquatics classes at Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Fitness Plus may be the perfect way for you to find relief from your pain. “The water’s buoyancy takes pressure off your joints,” says Sandy Duncan, MSA, ACSM, EP-C, manager for Health and Wellness... Read more

Jingle Bell Run / Walk

Runners compete in a road race The 2018 Jingle Bell Run and Walk benefiting the Arthritis Foundation is now accepting registrations. Saint Francis Healthcare System is the main corporate sponsor of the 2018 Run and Walk in Cape Girardeau on Saturday, December 8. The event will include a 5K run and a... Read more


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