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Erika Smith

Erika Smith is the Fitness Coordinator at The Lifestyle Center. She earned her bachelor’s of science degree in Health Promotion from Lynchburg College and her personal trainer certification through the American Fitness and Aerobics Association.

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5 Ways Adults Can Prepare for Weekend Athletics

Posted by Erika Smith on Jun 11, 2018 9:28:00 AM

Are You a Weekend Warrior?

Adults who spend their time off playing on soccer leagues, hitting the tennis courts or jogging in fun runs often find that they’re competing with their bodies as well as the opposing team.

Doctors even have a name for these sometime athletes: weekend warriors. It’s a reference to the two-day intense span that most adults devote to their game, hobby or sport, followed by several days of inactivity (and soreness) during the week.

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Topics: Lifestyle & Wellness, Orthopedics, Health Care 101




9 Ways to Stay Fit this Winter

Posted by Erika Smith on Dec 4, 2017 7:28:00 AM

Winter hibernation is the quickest path to gain weight and a case of the seasonal blues. Don’t let the frosty weather take a bite out of your workout. Resolve to stay active with these tips and learn how to stay healthy during the holidays.

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Topics: Lifestyle & Wellness, Weight Management




How to Safely Start a Running Program

Posted by Erika Smith on Sep 24, 2017 10:00:00 PM

A recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology revealed that people who ran for just a few minutes every day had a reduced risk from dying of heart disease. The study monitored more than 55,000 adults between the ages of 18 and 100 over a 15-year period. Researchers concluded that even those who had smoked, had diabetes or were considered obese still benefitted from running each day.

Running also offers a multitude of additional physical and mental health benefits. It works multiple muscle groups at the same time, it burns calories at a high rate thus helping with weight loss, it helps strengthen joints and bones and releases hormones that make you feel happier.

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Topics: Lifestyle & Wellness




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