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Women in The Corporate World- Have you sacrificed your health for your work?

It is not a cliche to say that women may have a harder time than men trying to balance all aspects of their lives- work, play, friends and family- something has to give when we are trying to fit all of these things into our day. Women traditionally play a greater role in the running of the household than many men, and once you add on a full time job, a woman often feels stressed and overwhelmed by trying to do it all. And, of course, the guilt of remaining “a good mom and caretaker” does not allow women to let go of family responsibilities. But there is even one more complication to this equation- what about the woman herself? […]

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Latest Research Updates

Here are the latest updates from research on health and wellness that may impact you: A study published in The Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology reported that adolescent girls who tried extreme dieting, had parents who were obese or who were depressed, were more likley to be obese as adults. 496 girls were followed through their teenage years to determine what adolescent behaviors could predict adult obesity. Interestingly, consumption of fatty foods, overeating and infrequent exercise did not predict obesity later in life. Furthermore, purging behaviors such as vomiting and laxative abuse were MORE likely to produce weight gain rather than weight loss. The Boston Globe reported that scientists from Norway tracked the health of 43,000 men and women […]

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There is NO finish line

Goal setting. It is one of the first things we learn in “personal training school”. We’ve been told, “Make sure all your clients have short term and long term goals”. We’ve been taught that, without them, a client cannot be successful. While I agree to some extent- I am beginning to rethink this over focus on goal setting- can it lead to feelings of failure if a goal is not achieved? What happens once you achieve “Your Goal”? Do you set another one? Or do you lay back and bask in the glory of achievement? Recently, I saw a great tag line at my local gym- “There is no finish line”. I loved that saying! It put lots of things […]

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“Stop Killing Yourself With Your Knife And Fork”- Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee’s health obsession

Despite what our common sense tells us, despite the fact that we are in denial about our eating and exercising habits, let’s face it, we are all still hoping that there is some “secret” to successful weight loss that has not been revealed to us yet. Yes, maybe in 100 years, we will finally figure out some way to help those who cannot help themselves, but, until then, we have to accept the fat that there is no ONE secret to losing weight and keeping it off. It’s up to us to change the terrible eating habits and laziness that is epidemic here in the US. One role model for all of us is Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who has […]

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Latte Let Down- Do you know what’s in your coffee drink?

Coffee, coffee drinks and all their delicious varieties are immensely popular here in the US. While the jury is still out about the negative or positive effects of coffee itself, there is a growing trend towards sugary, dessert like coffee drinks that is definitely harmful! I recently met with a client who treats herself to a coffee drink in the late afternoon. I’ll admit it- I love my ice coffee with skim milk during the summer- but what I discovered about my client’s treat shocked me. I went on the Starbuck’s website which features- thank you Starbuck’s!- nutritional information about it’s products and discovered that her large coffee drink was almost 600 calories. 600 calories of pure sugar and pure […]

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Fitness Research Summaries-Latest Updates

Here are the summaries of recently published studies from the fitness and medical industry: -Secondhand smoke increases risk of insulin resistance in children. Insulin resistance is a precursor to diabetes- and smoking has long had this effect on adult smokers, but this study is the first to link this effect with secondhand smoke. -Adding dairy products to your diet decreases belly fat and increases muscle tissue. This comprehensive study affirms a previous study touting the benefits of dairy products for weight loss. Have you added dairy to your diet yet? – Recent research has shown that one pound of weight loss decreases the stress on the knee joint by 4 pounds. Even modest amounts of weight loss are valuable- as […]

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Exercising in the Heat and Humidity- Dangerous and Stupid!

The country has experienced extreme summer weather over the last few weeks. From Arizona to Pennsylvania, where hundreds of boyscouts fell ill just sitting in the heat, to the Northeast, where humidity levels were oppressive, the heat and humidity has mimicked temperatures in the 100-110 range. And yet, last week, on the hottest and most humid day I have experienced in my life, a middle age average man was jogging up a hill near my home at noontime! What an idiot, I thought! I held my tongue- for once- and pondered why this man would even attempt such a ridiculous feat. Suddenly I had it – EGO! MALE EGO! This man obviously thought, “I’m in such good shape- that unlike […]

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Health and Fitness facts- Did You Know?…..

If you need a few more reasons to begin an exercise program….. Just one pound of bodyweight lost decreases the load to the knees by four pounds. New research shows that the primary reason for childhood obesity is inactivity, not poor nutrition. The higher your cardiovascular fitness level, the lower the risk of Metabolic Syndrome- the precursor to diabetes. Recent research shows that a walking program post breast cancer decreases the reoccurrence of breast cancer by 25%. Heart disease is the number one killer of women- not breast cancer. Obese seniors who have weight loss surgeries such as gastic bypass and gastric banding are much more compliant with exercise and healthy eating than younger weight loss surgery patients. With age […]

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Teachers Beware! Are You At Risk For Poor Posture and Pain?

I was recently meeting with a chiropractor that I work with, and we were relating to each other case studies of interesting clients/patients. I began talking about one of my favorite clients, a retired school teacher with chronic pain from a rounded upper back and forward head, caused by years of leaning over student’s desks while teaching. We had tried everything to help her- including physical therapy, visits to multiple doctors, massage therapy and more- and nothing helps completely. The chiropractor exclaimed that she too, had many retired and current teachers with the same postural abnormalities, and we both agreed, this population was remarkable for the permanent damage done by stooping posture. Thus- a blog was born! Teachers-beware! The posture […]

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One More Reason to Exercise- Reducing Dangerous Visceral Fat

We all know that exercise makes us look good and feel good and reduces our risk of many dangerous diseases and illnesses, but let’s face it, most people exercise because they want to “look good” and lose weight. A recent study at John Hopkins University School of Medicine showed a dramatically positive result from exercise that many of you may have overlooked in your reasoning to exercise. Much information has been available to the public about the dangers of abdominal fat- the fat that covers our belly and waist. But this fat is not nearly as dangerous as visceral fat- fat which settles deep inside the abdominal wall and surrounds the organs. This type of fat has been shown to […]

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