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Why Try Tai Chi? A Traverse City Instructor Shares the Health Benefits

Traverse City tai chi instructor Ann Parker tells the many benefits of this gentle workout for the mind and body. Bonus: It’s effective and doable for almost everyone. Practiced around the world, tai chi is a low impact, relaxing form of exercise that anyone can learn. Tai chi blends mental and spiritual aspects into movement […]

How Cancer-Survivor Sara Cockrell Stays Active Outdoors

See if you can catch Sara Cockrell. When she’s not hiking, biking or paddling at one of her favorite spots with friends in Northern Michigan, she’s likely traveling the world—hiking in Iceland, backcountry skiing in Colorado, or trekking along famous Western trails, to name just a few of her adventures. “I love being outside,” says […]

A Walk in the City: 5 Northern Michigan Trails You Can Do In Town

In-town trails make it easy to get active in Northern Michigan. Health and fitness experts say that a minimum of 30 minutes of walking a day does everything from lower blood pressure to burn fat. And it just plain makes you feel better. In-town trails are a convenient way to make that happen—over lunch, after […]

Benefits of Working Out with Your Dog & Exercise Safety Tips for Your Pup

We know dogs add much to our lives. But studies show they not only make us happy, but also keep us healthy—having a dog in your life darn near guarantees increased activity, lower blood pressure, and elevated moods. Dogs can also be the ultimate motivators too. A long run seems better with a little company. […]

Traverse City Track Club is 55 Years and Running

In 1962, George Kuhn started the Traverse City Track Club with a weekly summer race. Today, the non-profit organization still maintains that tradition and over the years has added on races, training programs, and charitable events. We chatted with Lisa Taylor, the executive director of the Traverse City Track Club, to learn more about Northern Michigan’s largest and oldest […]

Building a Child-Focused Health and Wellness Culture in Northern Michigan

Shape Up North (SUN) is a regional collaborative dedicated to helping our communities achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Coordinated by Munson Medical Center (MMC), the overall goal of this project is to change the culture for elementary school aged children to one of health, wellness and fitness by focusing on children’s’ sphere of influence […]

How to Make Exercise Part of Your Daily Routine—Without the Gym

Your workout doesn’t have to include treadmills or dumbbells. Try these simple ways to make exercise part of your daily routine. I woke up one morning and, for the first time, decided to walk to work.  The route took me a mile along West Grand Traverse Bay, and then when I reached the city limits […]