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FitFactor: Yoga May Be the Best Activity for People with Bleeding Disorders

May 9, 2018

Yoga’s Numerous Benefits Yoga is often touted as one of the best activities for people with bleeding disorders because it is low impact, builds flexibility and strengthens joints and muscles, resulting in fewer bleeds. However, there are numerous other benefits that we see upon practicing this sport consistently including building confidence, reducing stress and improving […]

FitFactor: Functional Training – Strengthen Joints and Muscles to Improve Everyday Movements

February 5, 2018

Functional training exercises train your muscles to work together and prepare you for daily tasks by simulating common movements you might do at home, at work or in sports. By using basic movement patterns like pushing, pulling, squatting and carrying, you build stability, strength and mobility that will in turn help with your daily movements. […]

Fit Factor: Inspiring Fitness Stories to Get You Going in 2018

January 9, 2018

Below, we’ll introduce you to three such people: Trevor Dunn, a young man with von Willebrand Disease, Dawn Evans, an adult woman who is asymptomatic carrier of Hemophilia A, and Barry Haarde, an adult male with severe Hemophilia A.  All of them have discovered a form of physical activity that is enjoyable and adaptable to […]

FitFactor: 10 Tips to Stay Healthy this Holiday Season

December 7, 2017

The holidays are upon us, and staying healthy during this season can be challenging.  While this is true for the general population, it is especially important for individuals with hemophilia or other bleeding disorders.  We understand the importance that activity and a healthy diet play in maintaining an ideal weight and decreasing the number of bleeding episodes […]

Young Adult Podcast: Maintaining Motivation: Creating Habits for a Lifetime of Fitness

November 3, 2017

By offering additional resources and education about the benefits of self-care and exercise for young adults, we hope to inspire a lifetime of healthy choices and habits! Our guest on this podcast is Karen Sullivan, retired professor of Health/Fitness at Marymount University. Tune into hear Karen discuss how to build sustainable fitness habits and how to get back on […]

Young Adult Podcast Series: Getting Tech-y with It: A Hemophiliacs Fitness Journey

October 19, 2017

By offering additional resources and education about the benefits of self-care and exercise for young adults, we hope to inspire a lifetime of healthy choices and habits! Our guest on this podcast is James DeFilippi, a triathlete who tells us everything that goes into his training, from his training regimen to the technology he uses to work […]

Young Adult Podcast Series: Weight Lifting

October 19, 2017

By offering additional resources and education about the benefits of self-care and exercise for young adults, we hope to inspire a lifetime of healthy choices and habits! Listen in to learn about the benefits of hitting the weight room from Michael Zolotnitsky, Doctor of Physical Therapy. As a teenager, Michael made a conscious lifestyle change to […]

Young Adult Podcast Series: Yoga

October 19, 2017

By offering additional resources and education about the benefits of self-care and exercise for young adults, we hope to inspire a lifetime of healthy choices and habits! Tune in to in to hear about yoga, weight training, to help you live better with a bleeding disorder.

FitFactor: Stay Motivated for Fitness

October 3, 2017

For many of us, the biggest challenge to getting physical activity is just putting our minds to it. We all know how easy it is to talk ourselves out of something – and exercise is no exception. There are tons of ways we can keep our bodies healthy and active, so it doesn’t need to […]

FitFactor: Las ventajas de ir al cuarto de pesas

August 31, 2017

  El entrenamiento con pesas juega un papel importante en mantener su cuerpo en forma y saludable. Es una gran manera para las personas con trastornos de sangrado para fortalecer los músculos y las articulaciones y, al hacerlo, reducir la frecuencia y la gravedad de las hemorragias. Hablamos con Michael Zolotnitsky, Doctor en Terapia Física, […]

FitFactor: 7 maneras de mantenerse activo en invierno

August 31, 2017

Todos sabemos que trabajar en el invierno puede sentirse como una hazaña imposible a veces. Sin embargo, una vez que comience a hacerla parte de su rutina regular, se convertirá en una tarea sencilla y será más fácil de sostener a través de otras épocas del año cuando el clima no es tan duro. Mantener […]

FitFactor: ¡Consejos para tomar su rutina de ejercicios de vacaciones con usted!

August 31, 2017

  Si usted está escapando del clima de invierno para algunos R&R por la playa, o dirigirse a la casa de un familiar para ponerse al día, el viajar interrumpe su horario normal y puede hacer más difícil permanecer en la cima de su rutina de salud y ritmo de ejercicios. Hacer ejercicios es a […]

Fit Factor: This Summer, Keep Fit With The Fam!

June 5, 2017

With Father’s Day around the corner, now is the time to start thinking up fun, active ways to spend time with your dad. This year, add a new activity to do to make Father’s Day special, like climbing a mountain or going bird watching. Being physically active with your dad (and your family in general), […]

Fit Factor: Tips to Take Your Exercise Routine on Vacation with You!

March 6, 2017

Whether you are escaping the winter weather for some R&R by the beach, or heading to a relative’s home to catch up, travel disrupts your normal schedule and can make it harder to stay on top of your health and fitness routine. Working out is often easily forgotten on vacation as other activities take priority. […]

7 Ways to Stay Active in Winter

February 6, 2017

We all know that working out in the winter can feel like an impossible feat at times. However, once you start making it part of your regular routine, it’ll turn into a simple task and become easier to sustain through other parts of year when the weather isn’t so harsh. Keeping your body healthy and […]

FitFactor: The Benefits of Hitting the Weight Room

October 31, 2016

Weight training plays an important role in keeping your body fit and healthy. It’s a great way for people with bleeding disorders to strengthen muscles and joints and by doing so, reduce the frequency and severity of bleeds. We spoke with Michael Zolotnitsky, Doctor of Physical Therapy, about the benefits of weight training and his […]

FitFactor: Get Your Gears Going!

October 3, 2016

In late September, a group of community members, HFA staff, and sponsors rode, by bike, 156 miles from West Virginia to Washington, D.C. following the old mule tracks next to the C & O Canal. We started out on a Friday in West Virginia and finished at the canal’s beginning in Georgetown on Sunday, spending […]

Take a Hike! Safety Tips for the Trail

July 1, 2016

It is important for individuals with bleeding disorders to participate in some form of physical activity.  Being physically active helps to strengthen one’s muscles, bones and joints.  One of the many benefits of having a strong healthy body can be a reduction in the number of bleeding episodes an individual might experience. Of equal importance […]

The Ins and Outs of BMI

June 1, 2016

By Michelle Morath “Healthy Bodies Bleed Less” continues to be the mantra of HFA’s FitFactor program. It is our goal to get every community member at least considering the positive effects that physical activity and a healthy diet can have not only on their joint health, but also their overall health and sense of well-being. […]

10 Healthy Holiday Hints to Hit the New Year Right

December 22, 2015

The holidays are upon us, and staying healthy during this season can be challenging.  While this is true for the general population, it is especially important for individuals with hemophilia or other bleeding disorders.  We understand the importance that activity and a healthy diet play in maintaining an ideal weight and decreasing the number of bleeding episodes […]

Get Behind “Gears for Good”

September 24, 2015

It’s not too late to make a difference! The Gears for Good bike ride is this Saturday, September 26th, 2015. FitFactor encourages physical activity in individuals with bleeding disorders.  HFA provides an opportunity for those who are physically active to benefit the bleeding disorders community in our annual charity bike ride-Gears for Good.  You don’t […]

Hiking Safety Tips: Staying Safe on the Trail

July 30, 2015

Looking for a fun, challenging, outdoor physical activity?  Try hiking!! Hiking is a safe and popular sport for people with bleeding disorders. Not only can many forests be reached without a lot of driving, but hiking can be a fun and inspiring activity for the whole family.  Along with the excitement of enjoying nature, hiking is […]

Cycling 4,000 Miles for Hemophilia Awareness

June 19, 2015

Note: This story originally appeared on PRWeb. Barry Haarde is a participant in HFA’s annual Gears for Good ride from West Virginia to Washington, DC. Cyclist Barry Haarde is on a mission to raise awareness about hemophilia and encourage individuals to support needy hemophilic children through Save One Life, which supports more than 1,200 individuals with […]

Keep Kids Active this Summer

June 5, 2015

School is out, so now what?  Summer is a great time to keep kids busy with physical activity because the weather allows for many outdoor activities.  The CDC recommends that kids get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.  Children with bleeding disorders need to exercise too.  Physical activity helps to strengthen their muscles and keep […]

5 Walking Strategies for Fitness Success

May 14, 2015

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports month!  It is also a great time of year to get back into or start a fitness routine.  Walking is a great form of exercise for those with bleeding disorders. Nearly everyone can do it, with very little to no cost or special equipment.  The Arthritis Foundation agrees that […]

You’re Never Too Old

April 17, 2015

Let’s face it, we are all getting older.  People with hemophilia who have access to factor replacement therapy now have a normal life expectancy and are having to deal with the issues of aging.  One of the most important things we can do for ourselves is to stay physically active.  For individuals with hemophilia or […]

Spring Training: Time To Get Off The Couch

March 19, 2015

Spring is the time for new opportunities. Days are getting longer, trees are budding, and those cool breezes are finally turning warm. Spring is an opportunity to revitalize ourselves and get back into action after winter’s long hibernation. With more opportunities for exercise and outdoor activity, spring is a great time to get off the […]

Escaping Winter Weather? Take Your Workout with You!

February 26, 2015

Ready to ditch the ice and snow for warmer temperatures, a sandy beach and some sun?   While it is easy to sit back and relax on vacation, it is also very important to keep up your fitness routine.  Schedules relax while traveling and we tend to over indulge in things that may cause us to […]

Living Fit With von Willebrand Disease

February 13, 2015

One of the most common bleeding disorders in women is von Willebrand Disease (vWD), which occurs in about 1% of the US population. Heavy bleeding is one of the most common problems women report to their doctors. It affects more than 10 million American women each year. This means that about one out of every […]

Staying Fit Together

January 26, 2015

The U.S Department of Health and Human Services shares some tips on how to stay active when the winter weather makes it unsafe to be outdoors. Take a look! HHS HealthBeat (January 29, 2013) Staying fit together When the weather outside is frightful, being active ain’t so delightful. It just takes motivation. Stay active with a […]


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