I noticed a common theme this past week. Many people, including some of my clients, were in defense mode about Thanksgiving. They were concerned about how to avoid as many of the ‘bad’ foods as possible. They were preoccupied by how they could best offset the inevitable disaster that Turkey day would bring. This is an unfortunate way to be living and I also believe it hints that they have failed to assimilate the real lesson of proper dietary habits. Continue reading
This week I came across an interesting article from Mayo Clinic about sugar vs. artificial sweeteners. You can read the article under Artificial Sweeteners and Other Sugar Substitutes. I was looking specifically for a comparison of sugar against the various substitutes because I was confronted with the question: Is it better to sweeten coffee and tea with artificial sweetener instead of sugar. The answer is, not really. Continue reading
Calf stretching is pretty common out there. Runners in particular love to do a little stretch off the fence before they hit the road. Something I have noticed is that there does not seem to be much awareness about the fact that there are two calf muscles. Depending on how you stretch, one will be emphasized over the other. Continue reading
This is a collaborative post with Marissa Joseph, CSCS, PN1 – www.workinglines.org
Dancers and weight lifters should sit down and compare notes. Though they may think there is not much to talk about, they would be surprised at what they find. Each athlete excels in certain atheltic traits and their strengths compliment one another. Each can each learn from the other to improve their respective performances. Continue reading
This is part 2, check out Part 1 if you haven’t yet.
The glutes and lats are part of the core. Typically, we tend not to think of them that way because they appear to be relatively far away from the stomach. To clear up the mystery, it helps to think of the core as a base of stability, rather than to associate it only with the stomach or with washboard abs. The spine and hips create a stable base on which your body can operate, therefore, whatever helps to create stability in those areas can be thought of as part of the core. Continue reading
Core training is the topic that never gets old. We love flat abs and we also recognize that it is good for our aching backs. What we don’t always understand is that flat abs don’t necessarily equate to strong cores, and by extension, flat abs don’t mean our backs do not ache. Continue reading
Health and fitness loves a clear solution. Unfortunately, clear cut solutions are often impossibilities. Here are a couple of examples of common wisdom that would like to be rooted in fact, but simply aren’t. Continue reading
This is a guest post from Dianna Scotece. She has 20 years experience in the business.
A few years ago I was working a corporate health fair. My task was simple. Use body fat calipers to give the employees their body fat percentages. Prior to this day I already had 10 years experience taking these measurements, mainly on athletes and people who regularly exercised. Continue reading
Cycling, sometimes referred to as periodization, is the concept of structuring your training around different phases throughout an exercise program. Most recreational exercisers do not utilize this method although it can greatly increase gains as well as guard against injury. Continue reading
Pull ups are an extremely difficult exercise and the upper body strength that they build is undeniable. This may be one reason that you will see many variations on performing them - from pull up machines to kipping pull ups, as well as just plain poor form. I however, can see no reason for utilizing any method of pull up other than a true, uncompromised pull. Continue reading