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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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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Research Updates on Vitamin E Supplements, Effects of Drinking Sugared Sodas

Two recently published research studies caught my eye and I want to draw your attention to them. The first study, which Iread about on WebMD, discussed the results of an extensive review of seven large clinical studies that had evaluated the effectiveness of Vitamin E supplementation for the prevention of heart disease. The review concluded …

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Burning Fat Is Where It’s At-Part 2-physiology

In my previous blog, I discussed the myth surrounding “fat burning” exercise techniques. Previous articles and discussions have debunked the other multitude of myths surrounding the “secret” to burning fat including fat burning pills, foods, exercise belts, drinks etc. Bottom line- they do not work! To truly understand how our body burns fat, we must …

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Burning Fat Is Where Its At!

A recent question posted to the Health/Science writer at The Boston Globe has prompted me to cover an often confusing issue regarding burning fat via cardiovascular exercise. Do you burn more fat when exercising at a lower heart rate, and hence lower intensity, versus exercising at a high heart rate/intensity? As Judy Foreman so expertly …

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