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3 things for better health - April 15

Need to be motivated to start the week off on a healthy note? No, it's not an April Fool's question, just try one or more of three things to start the week off on the right path.

1. WebMD recently listed the best and worst workouts. Pilates was on the top of the good list as a low-impact workout focused on the core—hips, back and abs—as a way for people to use their own body as the resistance element in the workout. "Pilates builds strength, makes you more flexible, and helps your joints move the way they should," WebMD reported. Other top options included tai chi, walking, yoga, swimming, running, elliptical, jumping rope, dancing and weight training (with a cautionary note on making sure technique is spot on and against using weights that are too heavy.)

On this list to do with caution regarding the potential for injuries was CrossFit and jump training. For more about each category, go to

2. Try one of the classes, activities, events in the Brainerd Public Schools Community Education guide for spring and summer. Youth enrichment courses include everything from art to sports, to band and theater to a culinary camp and STEM camp, along with recreation like bicycle motocross, baseball, soccer, and much more. For a complete list of programs for all ages, go to

3. Check out yoga in the park, one of the new offerings from Brainerd Parks and Recreation. The one-hour sessions welcome beginner and advanced students. Participants can bring a mat or blanket. Cost is $70 for a 14-session summer pass or drop in on an individual session for $10. Yoga sessions are 8-9 a.m. Saturdays beginning June 1 at Gregory Park.

For more tips from the weekly Three Things list, check out the Monday Motivator page each week in the Dispatch or e-edition, or go to and go to lifestyle to reach the drop-down menu for health or search using the keywords "Monday Motivator."

Questions or tips to share? Contact Renee Richardson, managing editor, at or 218-855-5852.