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Nia Dance Gets Us Moving at Symposium 2013

May 17, 2013

The FitFactor program encourages physical activity for individuals with bleeding disorders to strengthen muscles and joints and help reduce the frequency of bleeding episodes.聽 We understand that choosing an exercise routine is very personal and that a 鈥渙ne size fits all鈥 philosophy just doesn鈥檛 apply when choosing a physical activity program that is right for […]

Playing it Safe with Hemophilia (video)

March 12, 2013

It is important that children with hemophilia make thoughtful decisions when choosing a sport that is right for them.聽 The CDC and the National Center on Birth Defects and Development Disabilities (NCBDDD) produced a short video聽that speaks to this message. In “Playing it Safe With Hemophilia,”friends with hemophilia talk about playing sports growing up and […]

Loving Kindness Meditation (Audio & Video)

February 18, 2013

There are many benefits of meditation. If you practice this guided meditation regularly it can help you stay positive towards yourself and others. It can also help to keep you calm in difficult situations and reduce irritation and anger. Kindness is an antidote for anger and irritation.

5 Tips for Flat Abs

January 18, 2013

It is the New Year, and most of us probably overindulge in some amazing eats during the holidays. As a result, our waistline increased a few inches. Or your belly fat may be hanging over your pants since Jan 2012L. Don’t worry here are 5 Tips to help you flatten that jelly belly. Tip #1 […]

Are you Getting in Gear?

November 21, 2012

HFA Celebrates Success with Get in Gear Fitness App Over 7,400 people have downloaded the app 聽 In June, Hemophilia Foundation of America (HFA) launched a free mobile fitness app to encourage people in thebleeding disorder community and community at large, to become more physically active and improve their overall health and wellness.聽 The Get […]

Adult Safety on a Bicycle – Video

November 5, 2012

Cycling is considered a safe, non-contact activity for those with hemophilia. Cycling is a great way to increase cardiovascular endurance, lose weight, and increase muscle tone. It is also good for the environment; riding a bike instead of driving reduces pollution and makes the air easier to breathe. Although cycling can be fun, adults need […]

Fun fall fitness activities

October 24, 2012

Fall brings about many changes; the leaves change color, the temperature gets cooler, and the days get shorter.聽 It is a great time to get outdoors and add some physical activities into your daily routine. Get the whole family involved, be creative and make it fun!聽 There are lots of ways to get physical activity […]

Keeping Your Child Safe on a Bicycle – Video

October 9, 2012

Cycling is a fun and popular activity among kids. With more children becoming overweight, encouraging your child to be more active and ride their bike can help lead them to a healthier lifestyle. This video will share a few tips to help you keep your child safe on a bicycle.

Introduction to Bicycle Safety – Video

October 6, 2012

Bicycling is very often recommended as a safe type of exercise for people who have hemophilia. We encourage bicycling as an alternative mode of transportation to a motor vehicle and as a great form of exercise. Please check with your physician or physical therapist before cycling. This video will share a few basics tips on […]

Aquatic Exercise – Swim Video

September 12, 2012

This video will review the benefits of aquatics exercise, and how adults with hemophilia can stay healthy and safe. Since water provides relief from impact on our joints while still providing resistance to our muscles it is a great place for people who have hemophilia to build stronger bodies. This video segment will show you […]

Lap Swimming Safety Tips – Swim Video

September 11, 2012

This swimming video will review the benefits, pros and cons for swimming laps, and how children and adults with hemophilia can stay healthy and safe in the pool. It will introduce you to lap swimming as a form or exercise and competition that may suit us well.聽 People with hemophilia, especially those who have experienced […]

Introduction to Tai Chi

July 30, 2012

Tai Chi is a practice originating from Chinese martial arts and Traditional Chinese Medicine. It involves a series of slow, meditative body movements that were originally designed for self-defense and to promote inner peace and calm. Yang, wu, and tai chi chih are three of the most popular styles of tai chi. The yang style […]

Download our free, new mobile App to “Get in Gear” with FitFactor & HFA!!

June 15, 2012

Would you like to help a fantastic聽charitable organization without having to write a check? How about helping the same organization while helping yourself get healthy?聽 Now you can do both! The Hemophilia Federation of America (HFA)聽has developed聽the Get in Gear mobile application.聽 It聽is designed to encourage people to become more active. It can be used […]

Benefits of Meditation and Relaxation Techniques

May 25, 2012

Stress is normal a physical reaction to activities and events in our life when we feel afraid, threaten or upset. Stress is your body’s way of protecting you. When functioning properly, stress can help you stay focused, energetic, alert and present. Stress affects the mind, body, and behavior in many ways, and everyone experiences stress […]

Super Grain Raffle!

May 16, 2012

is DISHING IT OUT! Choose your favorite SUPER GRAINS recipe! Send us a photo of you with your prepared dish and we’ll enter your name in a RAFFLE for a box of natural and organic products: Beef ~ Chicken ~ Seafood Super Grains Spices & Sauces Not a red meat eater?聽 Family doesn’t care for […]

Be Active – Interview with Paul Brayshaw

April 11, 2012

This interview was recorded while Paul was participating in the first annual Gears for Good Bike Ride. He talks about the support and encouragement he received from his parents, and how he will lead by example when sharing life lessons with his newborn son.  

Get Physically Fit

March 2, 2012

Getting physically fit doesn’t have to take a lot of time or cost a lot of money, but it can make a big difference in how you feel, your overall health and time & money spent on dealing with a bleed. Adults aged 18-64 should get at least 2 hours and 30 minutes (150 minutes) […]

Functional Training: perfect for joints and strengthening muscles

February 17, 2012

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.

Swimming Safety Tips for Parents – Swim Video

February 16, 2012

This swimming video segment will show how pools can be a great place for kids to play, how water can help protect vulnerable joints, and it will provide some safety tips for using swimming pools. A swimming pool can be a sort of anti-gravity chamber, the buoyancy of the water decreases the amount of impact […]

Indoor Fitness Fun

January 27, 2012

Blustery winds, icy sidewalks, and mounds of snow are all winter time hazards.聽 This is especially true to someone with a bleeding disorder.聽 The first sign of cold weather often brings fitness routines indoors.聽 While it can be challenging to stay active in the winter, it is important to maintain activity levels, not only for […]

Swimming Do’s and Don’ts

December 11, 2011

Terry Lamb is a Lion of Exercise

December 3, 2011

Having hemophilia doesn’t mean you or your child must live a sedentary life or be cut off from good opportunities for becoming fit. Just ask Terry Lamb of Virginia. This 59-year-old supporter of the FitFactor program lifts weights 6 days a week and swims on his day off. Back when Terry was born, there was […]

Gears for Good – Bike Ride Fundraiser

December 3, 2011

Gears for Good is a bike ride to raise funds and support for Helping Hands. This campaign blends our belief in health and wellness with a critical program that desperately needs additional funding. Watch this video to understand why Gears for Good is important.  

Gears for Good Bike Ride – Day 1

September 16, 2011

Gears for Good is a bike ride to raise funds and support for Helping Hands. Helping Hands is an emergency financial assistance program that aids hundreds of people with bleeding disorders each year. This program assists with basic living expenses such as mortgage payments, food and electric bills to help an individual or family through […]

Swimming Introduction

September 16, 2011

Swimming is very often recommended as a safer type of exercise for people who have hemophilia. A swimming pool can provide both a place for kids to play with less risk of joint injury and an excellent way to exercise your whole body.

Exercising with Your Child

March 4, 2011

Exercising with your child can be fun, exciting and an excellent way to bond and connect while your child develops. Research shows that toddlers need at least 30 minutes of structured physical activity per day and 60 minutes of free playtime. Other benefits of your child getting physically active include: (1) develop stronger muscles and […]

Jump-start Your Fitness Program

March 4, 2011

Starting a regular exercise program is key to staying healthy and protecting your joints. Physical activity can also delay or even prevent the diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Follow these tips to help jump-start your exercise program. Tip #1 – Stretching A quality exercise program involves stretching before and after your primary for of activity. […]

Barry Haarde Shares His Fitness Routine

March 3, 2011

My work out schedule includes weight lifting three times a week, and as you know, a great deal of bicycling. I’m currently riding between 100 and 150 miles on weekends and am doing 30 minute spins on a stationary bike 2 or 3 times during the workweek to supplement that. In ’06, before beginning nearly […]

Deep Breathing (Seated on the Floor) – Video

April 21, 2010

Breathing is essential for life and is one of our most vital functions. In yoga and other exercises, proper breathing brings more oxygen to the blood and to the brain, and controls Prana/Chi or the vital life energy. While breathing you strive to distribute your

Spinal Twist – Video

April 12, 2010

The spinal twist stretches the muscles on one side of the back and abdomen while, at the same time, contracting the muscles on the other side.


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