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  1. Popular Eating Plans: Paleo

    The holidays are upon us and the New Year is right around the corner.  This means that millions of people are going to start a diet.  Over the next few weeks I’ll discuss various eating plans so you can help sort through the confusion and choose one that is best for you and your fitness goals. One of the biggest diet crazes in recent years is going Paleolithic (often shortened to Paleo). Altho…Read More

  2. Is “Hot” Yoga Safe?

    Since the release of a study by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) earlier this year which raised alarm over the high core temperatures of its Bikram (a.k.a. “hot) yoga participants, the safety of this popular form of yoga has been under closer scrutiny. Here’s what it’s all about, and if – or when – you should be concerned. “Hot Yoga”: What Is It? If you’re not familiar with h…Read More

  3. Better Health in the Bedroom

    Yes, it’s a racy title but it did get you to tune in!  Let’s face it, when we’re talking about health and well-being, the bedroom is an important category.  Two areas relating to the bedroom that have become chronic problems in North America are insomnia and low sex drive. Insomnia Of all the sleep disorders, insomnia is the most prevalent.  It is characterized by an inability to initiate…Read More

  4. 5 Reasons to Run 5Ks

    If you’ve never run or walked a 5K race before, you need to. Statistics from runningusa.org indicate that as of 2012, the 5K (3.1 miles) remained the preferred race distance, with a total of 6.2 million participants. For many of you, the concept of ‘racing’ might seem like an unrealistic goal, especially if you find it hard to maintain any level of movement, let alone speed. The good news is…Read More

  5. Successful, Long-Term Weight Loss

    Look around any community and one thing is very clear; Americans are gaining weight. Furthermore, those that want to lose are having a much harder time because of sedentary lifestyles and diets high in processed foods. Weight gain in the United States has skyrocketed over the last 20 years, and, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC.gov), today almost 68% of Americans are over wei…Read More

  6. Diabetics Can Incorporate Exercise to Control Blood Sugar

    Diabetes is a disease in which blood glucose levels are above normal. Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose, or sugar, for our bodies to use for energy. The pancreas, an organ that lies near the stomach, makes a hormone called insulin to help glucose get into the cells of our bodies. When you have diabetes, your body either doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t use its own insulin as w…Read More

  7. Bringing Down Your Blood Pressure with Exercise

    Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of arteries. When the doctor measures your blood pressure, the results are given in two numbers. The first number, called systolic blood pressure, is the pressure caused by your heart pushing out blood. The second number, called diastolic blood pressure is the pressure when your heart fills with blood. The safest range, often called no…Read More

  8. Exercise & Joint Health

    Talk to anyone over the age of 40 and most likely they have some kind of ache or pain, often times involving their joints.  Sometimes the joint discomfort is the result of wear-and-tear but other times it can be caused by an infection, an autoimmune disorder or a condition like gout. Any disease that involves the joints falls under the category of a rheumatic disease, of which there are 100 class…Read More

  9. Improve your Moods with Exercise

    We live in a fast paced society.  Two of the common emotional issues that face millions of people are stress and some sort of depression or mood disorder. Stress; the word alone often causes people to tense up.   Everyone feels stressed from time to time. Some people may cope with stress more effectively or recover from stressful events quicker than others. It’s important to know your limits …Read More

  10. Sleep Challenges & Solutions

    We all know how great it feels to get a good night’s sleep.  You awake feeling refreshed and energized.  Unfortunately, most of us also know what it is like to have a poor night’s sleep.  Whether it is kids, stress, inability to turn your brain off, hot flashes or pain keeping you awake, not sleeping is no fun.  In this article let’s explore the most common sleep issues and discuss ways …Read More