We Were Born to Run

A fascinating article in Nature magazine suggests that evolutionarily, all humans are created to run. The researchers theorize that the human form is a perfect running machine; large gluteals providing balance, long legs, shorter arms and the structure of the foot and elastic achilles tendon all point towards great mechanics for running. Other positives like …

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Women and Weight Training

As a reminder to all of you, I want to reephasize the importance of strength training for women. I have written several articles on the subject, but have recently been doing some studying for an exam that has prompted me to reopen this topic. It is absolutely essential that women do some type of strength …

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A Few Fitness Tidbits

Looking over the many journals and fitness periodicals I receive, I wanted to share a few of these important tidbits with you: – Most of us know that Omega 3 Fatty Acids are very important to reduce cardiovascular disease risk and high cholesterol, and we know to use unsaturated fats and oils to prevent these …

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Don’t wait! Start your healthy eating resolution now!

If you’re like me, you wake up most Christmas mornings feeling like a stuffed sausage. The beautiful Christmas outfit I planned to wear is forgotten about, and I put on the loosest, most comfortable shirt I can find and get out the elastic waistband pants. Why? Because I’ve spent the last 6 weeks “enjoying” the …

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Don’t Fool Yourself- Thin Does NOT Always Mean Healthy

For decades, thinness has been equated with beauty, and, of course, good health. But the results of recent medical research studies have thrown a wrench into this blanket mindset. We all know that being signifcantly overweight increases our chances of contracting diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease and high blood pressure, so thin women have often …

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Back Pain- Taking Responsiblity For Your Own Health

A recently published study by Helen Frost, PT, in the BMJ, British Medical Journal, reported that routine physical therapy was no better at relieving mild to moderate back pain than good advice and self care through an instructional booklet provided by the PT. This study followed 286 patients with mild to moderate non-debilitating back pain, …

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The Importance of a Good Night’s Sleep

Sleep? Why is this subject on a fitness website? Because, as a middle aged woman like many of you, I am beginning to experience the onset of perimenopause. Many nights I wake up between 1 and 3 and just can’t get back to sleep. I am fighting insomnia, and paying a heavy price. Fatigue upon …

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Top 10 Fitness Mistakes

As an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, I receive professional journals on a regular basis. ACE recently sent their newsletter which contained an interesting article, “The Top 10 Mistakes People Make in the Gym”. I’d like to share some of these with you- they are all too common! – The all- or- nothing approach. Not having …

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NIH Launches Campaign to Fight Obesity

The US National Institutes of Health recently announced the launch of a massive campaign to fight obesity- an epidemic that affects close to two thirds of the population of the US. YES, close to two thirds of us are now classified as obese, costing us nearly $117 billion a year in direct medical costs and …

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