A Healthier U


By Kate O’Farrell, M.S., ACSM-CEP, PEAK Health and Fitness

What does fitness mean to you? Sometimes the word can be a bit intimidating. Put simply, fitness is your physical ability to perform specific tasks. The fitness goals we set vary widely depending on what we hope to achieve. Whether we want to be able to climb a flight of stairs without being too winded or climb Machu Pichu, our bodies need a little training to reach our goals.

Greatist, a great resource for a variety of health topics, introduces us to five exercises that can be the foundation of our exercise routine. These moves, if done properly, can improve our strength and endurance to help us perform whatever movement goals we have set for ourselves.

Here’s the challenge: Can you perform these five moves?

  1. The push-up
  2. The squat
  3. The dumbbell overhead press
    dumbbell overhead press
  4. The forearm plank
    forearm plank
  5. The forward lunge
    forward lunge

Check out Greatist’s website for proper form cues and common mistakes that individuals make.

If you are not currently able to perform these exercises, start where you can. Feel free to modify. Set a goal and move more today. Fitness doesn’t require a gym membership, stretchy pants or expensive equipment. All you need is a healthy goal and a little motivation.

Not sure where to start? We can help. PEAK Health and Fitness offers personal training, fitness assessments, and wellness coaching to help you reach your own goals for fitness. Check out our website to see how we can help.

Let’s do this together.



Salt is everywhere. It’s in our pantries and on our kitchen tables. It is present in most foods we eat and some beverages we drink. It is essential for our bodies to function properly. However, it also can be dangerous, or in some cases even deadly. Recently a mother in South Carolina made headlines for killing her 17-month old daughter – using just a teaspoon of salt. For many the reaction to the story was not only shock but questions about how that was even possible. “Salt poisoning is a real thing,” says Sherrie Pace with the Utah Poison Control Center.  “There are dangerous salt ingestion practices demonstrated on the Internet that some people will follow, and they don’t understand the risk”

Read the full story here.


Utahns are used to periods of bad air. Every winter the inversion descends upon the valleys, trapping us in a layer of muck that makes breathing difficult and conditions deadly for those with certain medical conditions. While summer may have periods of elevated ozone, wildfires can mimic the kind of bad air conditions of the winter months. “Right now we have the same poor air quality normally associated with the inversion,” says Robert Paine, M.D., a pulmonary and critical care physician with University of Utah Health Care. “That means people who take precautions during those times should be taking precautions now.”

Find the full article here.

For more expert health news and information, visit healthcare.utah.edu/healthfeed.