A recent study examined the effectiveness of beet juice at increasing blood flow and thereby bolstering athletic performance. The results concluded that there were no observed benefits to this practice. What does this matter to you? Continue reading
I was in a conversation recently in which an interesting thought about nutrition came up. The question was whether or not some of the discussions in popular culture around food could be backfiring. Consider the film Super Size Me as an example. There, the star of the film feeds himself exclusively food form McDonald’s for an entire month. This experiment definitely served to make some important points about the dark side of fast food. On the other hand, might it also open the door to saying “well, at least I don’t eat like that guy!” Continue reading
Rows are a basic and hugely important exercise for almost everyone. In today’s world of long hours spent hunched over computers, Ipads, cell phones, Nooks, and so forth our posture suffers greatly. Strengthening the muscles of your back in order to restore and maintain good posture is critical. It is also an exercise that I see being performed incorrectly far more often than not. Here are some tips to get the most out of it. Continue reading
I have a client who struggles to find time to get to the gym. Recently, I put together a very simple kettlebell routine for him that could be done in 30 minutes. With a gym right across the street it would be easy for him to squeeze this in during his lunch break. Once back he could eat a packed lunch that he brought at his desk. The problem – he does not take a lunch break. Continue reading
The Hip hinge is the fundamental of hip movement. The goal is to flex the hip without bending the spine – In layman’s terms: bend over without rounding your back. The hip hinge is important in a host of common exercises including: deadlifts, squats, lunges, hyperextensions, goodmornings, ab rollouts, mountain climbers, and many more. Continue reading
Community Supported Agriculture, often shortened to CSA, is a way for communities to have access to locally grown foods in their area. They often operate with a subscription or membership. Subscribers then receive a box of fresh produce from the farm on a weekly basis. This arrangement has huge benefits for your health and fitness and it also has major added benefits to your local community and to the environment at large. Continue reading
The Single Legged Deadlift has become a relatively common exercise. It is especially good and is often used for those with knee trouble, especially conditions like IT Band syndrome, also known as runner’s knee. I’d like to highlight three very common mistakes that reduce the effectiveness of the exercise. Continue reading
The science of nutrition can be long and complex. It often seems like what we believe today will be contradicted tomorrow and it can leave many feeling confused and frustrated. This past week a new study on diets was released that seemed to be another cause to throw your hands in the air. But don’t worry, look past the trees and see the forest.
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Personal Trainers can be workout enthusiasts, drill sargeants, cheerleaders, eyecandy, or any combination thereof but this is not the whole picture. The best trainers offer much more, making them not just a luxury item for those with expendable income, but a valuable resource for those seeking better health. Here’s what Personal Trainers do and why I think everyone who is serious about exercise as a necessary part of life should have one, even if only for a short time. Continue reading
This book is mostly an exploration of neuroscience and psychology in which the author, in order to relay the sometimes complex information, tells the life story of two fictional characters who serve as models for the concepts. This encompasses many aspects of life, but there are two things in this book that I think are particularly worth noting as we think about health and wellness.