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Shape-Ups Should Ship Out

Yesterday was a beautiful day and all of Hudson was out walking. This is a good thing- like many communities, Hudson is struggling with obesity among its residents. But, I was very surprised to see how many people were sporting the new “Shape-Ups” sneakers that have been advertised so much over the last few months. So- WARNING! WARNING! Rant and rave begins here…….. The commercials for Shape-Ups, Masai Barefoot Technology, or any other mimic of these shoes are downright misleading. Do you really think that the 18 year old, 5’9 ,110 pound model wearing these shoes got her butt and legs from wearing Shape-Ups? Of course not. Do you really think that these sneakers will produce the same results as […]

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Vitamin Supplements- Do They Work?

Over the last few weeks, several of my clients have asked me about what vitamin supplements to take. Some clients are seeking weight loss, some better energy and some want plain old better health. Since this seems to be the time of year when we think about improving our health, I thought I would give you a short summary of what I know and what I believe is right when it comes to supplements. Vitamins and minerals are essential for all of the cellular and metabolic activities of our bodies. Everything from blood, to skin, to disease prevention, to immune system function, to overall health, to exercise metabolism, depends on adequate vitamins and minerals. These things are so vital to […]

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Fitness Research Studies YOU Need to Know About

You’ve heard me talk about the importance of incoporating INTENSE exercise into your fitness regimen. I’ve spoken about how high intensity exercise- both weight training and cardio-is safe for most populations( as long as you start at a level appropriate for your fitness and progress up), and you’ve heard me expound on the fat burning, muscle building, time saving qualities of high intensity exercise.  Well, two recent studies sent to me online by Exercise Etc. confirm further what I have been saying. One study looked at the impact of high intensity interval training on Metabolic Syndrome, often a pre-cursor to diabetes and a major risk for heart disease, that is marked by large amounts of abdominal and visceral fat. After 16 weeks of […]

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Medical Research That Can Save A Life

Each week I receive a synopsis of recently published research studies through an online medical journal. While many of the studies are very technical and may not be of interest to most of us, every now and then, one comes along which is so important that I need to share it with you. Such is the case today. Read below- it may just save your life! A recent study that was an offshoot from the ongoing huge “Nurse’s Study” looked at the link between Breast Cancer and alcohol intake. This study showed that women who drink 3 alcoholic beverages a day have a 30% increased risk of breast cancer! Obviously, three alcoholic drinks a day is excessive any way you […]

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Latest Health and Fitness Research Updates

Here are important updates and information which may impact YOUR health: Dr. John Marymont of Baylor University reported that two inch high heels increase the pressure on the ball of the foot by 50%, causing neuromas, hammer toes and bunions, resulting in millions of dollars each year in health care costs. Don’t fool yourself ladies! Not only are high heels the cause of these unattractive and painful conditions, but high heels also can cause knee, ankle and back pain, not to mention increasing our risk for falls and ankle sprains. Is it worth it? Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine examined the role of dieting on bone loss. They found that participants who lost weight by diet alone also […]

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Latest Health and Fitness Research Updates

Here are summaries of some of the most recent published research on Health and Fitness. As always, Personal Best will attempt to provide you with pertinent, up -to- date information to help you be as healthy as possible. It is important to note however, that health information derived from research is continually re-evaluated and restudied- so make sure that you never take one study to be the final answer for your health and fitness needs. – A recent small research study seems to once again prove that shorter sessions of exercise performed throughout the day provide similar health benefits to one extended session per day. Specifically, this study showed that improvements in peak oxygen consumption (the ability to work at […]

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Latest Health and Fitness Research Updates

A few tidbits of information to help you be as healthy as you can be! Most Americans never lose the weight they gained over the holidays. This accounts for the several pound weight gain we experience each year that, over a decade, results in our obesity. So, if your goal is weight loss- start with getting those holiday pounds off first! Don’t wait too long! Researchers at The University of California at San Diego showed that high fat diets with large amounts of meat and dairy products encouraged diabetes by disrupting a gene that produces insulin. This small study showed that it’s not just excess sugary carbs that can trigger diabetes, it is also high fat, but further research is […]

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Latest Health and Fitness Research Updates

Here are the summaries of several recently published research studies which may impact your health and wellness: CPR guidelines have been updated by the American Heart Association. The AHA now recommends 30 chest compressions inbetween 2 rescue breaths instead of the usual 15 compressions. This emphasizes the incredible importance of moving blood through the heart and body via compressions , rather than relying on the the rescue breaths for oxygen. A recent medical study showed that many hospital patients are not getting correct dosages of antibiotics and painkillers when they are administered via a hypodermic needle in the buttocks muscle. Researchers concluded that excess fat stored in the buttocks due to being overweight or obese does not allow the needle […]

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Holiday Health and Wellness Tips

The holidays can be a stressful time if you are in the midst of an exercise and wellness regimen. We feel guilty if we indulge in food and drink at holiday parties, and exercise time can be pushed aside to squeeze in shopping and social obligations. Three small and simple tips may help you get through the season without too much guilt or too much straying from your wellness program. Something is better than nothing. If you find that you are busier than usual, you may not have time for your full daily workout. (Are you really busy- or is this just an excuse?) Do something anyway- even if it is only a few abdominal exercises or 15 minutes on […]

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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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