Why Maintaining Muscle Mass is So Important

We can’t stop the clock from ticking.  Chronological aging starts at birth.  However, there’s also biological aging, and evidence suggests that the aging of your cells can, in fact, be slowed and in some cases reversed.  This is particularly true of muscle tissue, which can be redeveloped or regenerated in your 70s or 80s with the appropriate exercise and nutrition. It may come as a surprise … [Read more...]

Should You Eat Breakfast or Not?

Does eating breakfast speed up your metabolism and help you lose weight as some people claim?  British researchers randomly assigned 33 average weight people, as defined by the body mass index chart, to either eat a big breakfast (at least 700 calories) before 11am or to consume no calories until noon.   After sis weeks, the breakfast eaters had no higher (or lower) resting metabolic … [Read more...]

Why Strength Training?

Research has shown that strengthening exercises are both safe and effective for women and men of all ages, including those who are not in perfect health. In fact, people with health concerns—including heart disease or arthritis—often benefit the most from an exercise program that includes lifting weights a few times each week. Strength training, particularly in conjunction with regular aerobic … [Read more...]

Is Prolonged Sitting the New Smoking?

One of your favorite activities may actually be killing you. Our entire modern world is constructed to keep you sitting down. When we drive, we sit. When we work at an office, we sit. When we watch TV, well, you get the picture. And yet, a new study that’s running in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that this kind of sedentary behavior increases our chance of getting a disease or a … [Read more...]

Text Neck Syndrome is a Real Threat to our Health

Text Neck or Tech Neck are terms used to describe a repetitive stress syndrome caused by the exaggerated, forward position of the head relative to the shoulders.  This pattern is becoming prevalent in many people due to the excessive use of computers, tablets and mobile phones.  You are at risk of developing this pattern if you spend a lot time gazing down at a screen. Every one-inch of forward … [Read more...]

Physical Inactivity Should Be Classified as a Medical Condition Say Experts.

BREAKING NEWS!  If you’re not already prioritizing your physical conditioning, here’s a bit more evidence to suggest it’s time for a change in 2015. Physical Inactivity Should Be Classified as a Medical Condition Say Experts. - As many different tactics arise to battle obesity, research experts from the Mayo Clinic believe lack of exercise should be diagnosed as a medical condition.  … [Read more...]

Conquering Your Salt Habit

Here’s some great information we can all benefit from about reducing the amount of salt in our diet and why it should be important to us.It’s courtesy of the Harvard Medical School’s Health Beat. Salt — sodium chloride — is essential for survival. Your body depends on sodium to transmit nerve impulses, contract muscle fibers, and, along with potassium, balance fluid levels in all your … [Read more...]

Back Pain Warning Signs

If you’ve never suffered from back pain, you probably will. Conventional wisdom holds that eight out of 10 people under the age of 45 will suffer benign or malignant back pain at some point. Fortunately, heeding the warning signs can help you treat, cure and even prevent this fate. Inflammation is the biggest indicator, but spotting it can be tricky. As Itell patients all the time, knowledge is … [Read more...]

Structured Physical Activity Helps Seniors Stay Mobile and Independent

We are all either already considered to be a senior or are hopeful we make it to that classification in the future.  In either case, a groundbreaking research project conducted at the Univ. of Florida involving 1600 women and men between the ages of 70-89 concluded that an exercise program consisting of walking plus strength and balance exercises over a 2-1/2 year period reduced the likelihood of … [Read more...]

Preventing Repetitive Strain Injuries

Virtually every American business relies on computers today, and more than 50% of U.S. households have computers as well. Although computers provide numerous benefits, repeated and extended use can cause problems, such as repetitive strain injuries (RSIs). RSI refers to a category of injuries characterized by muscle, tendon and nerve damage caused by overuse or misuse. Any combination of the … [Read more...]

7 tips for smarter snacking

Here are 7 tips for smarter snacking   Go for the grain.  Whole-grain snacks — such as whole-grain low-salt pretzels or tortilla chips and high-fiber, whole-grain cereals — can give you some energy with staying power .             Bring back breakfast.  Many breakfast foods can be repurposed as a nutritious snack later in the day. How about a slice of whole-grain toast topped with … [Read more...]

Are you suffering from smart phone neck?

Constant smartphone use impacts everyday posture—often without being recognized. Do you suffer from headaches in the back of your head or behind your eye? Do you get neck or shoulder pain, radiating pain or numbness that may include tingling or burning into your arms? Do you have a stiff neck in the morning? Have your symptoms become worse over months or even years? Does this happen when you … [Read more...]

Should You Go Gluten Free?

For some athletes, eliminating gluten could enhance performance. Athletes know that diet can affect performance – it’s the reason we opt for pure, not processed, and fruit, not fries. But could carbo-loading be keeping you down? If you’re feeling low after filling up on pasta or cereal, you could have a form of gluten intolerance. Gluten and Celiac Disease Gluten is a particle found in … [Read more...]

Injury Treatment tips. Hot or cold?

Do you know when to use heat or cold therapy for an injury? If not, a recent review article by two University of Washington sports doctors, Matthew Karl, MD, and Stanley Herring, MD, can be your guide. Drs. Karl and Herring point out that the application of superficial heat to your body can improve the flexibility of your tendons and ligaments, reduce muscle spasms, alleviate pain, elevate … [Read more...]

Fresh Air and Sunshine Add to the Benefits of Exercise

Get Outside for a Natural High If you want a bigger boost to your cardiovascular exercise, some recent research says you need to get into a natural setting. According to a study conducted at Glasgow University in Scotland, you’ll obtain a 50% greater mental health improvement than when exercising indoors. Professor Richard Mitchell told the (London) Telegraph, “ The brain likes to be in the … [Read more...]

Enjoy Running Without The Injuries

Enjoy Running Without The Injuries Running is a fantastic way to promote weight loss, fitness and endurance. It’s also an outstanding cardiovascular booster that can help those in shape stay that way. Unfortunately, it can also be pretty hard on the body whether you choose to run outdoors and take in the scenery or you use a treadmill in a gym or the comfort of your own home. Injuries, sometimes … [Read more...]

Exercise for Healing

Glendale Memorial's free program aids cancer patients Richard Peterson uses resistance bands to increase his strength. EVER HAVE ONE OF THOSE MORNINGS WHEN YOUR GET OUT OF BED AND JUST DON'T FEEL LIKE EXERCISING? For people going through cancer treatments, that feeling can occur every day. Imagine, then, how surprising it is to witness an entire room of cancer survivors and … [Read more...]

Born to Motivate

In 1993 Brandon Flowers made a major career change. A catastrophe claims representative and supervisor for years, when the corporate climate shifted in a new direction, Brandon decided he would, too. This former college shot-putter and discus thrower had never lost touch with his active life- style, and since moving to California he had discovered personal fitness training. "This attracted my … [Read more...]

Strength Training Program Achieves Excellence

A top international business recognition for outstanding innovation in the area of Exercise Programming was awarded to the Cancer Treatment Center's Strength Training Program. They were one of three finalists in the 2002 Nova7Awards competition. Only 20 health/fitness facilities achieved finalist status in the seven categories of competition. Competitors for the award, administered by Fitness … [Read more...]

Strength Training – a New Dimension in Cancer Care

It is often said that "The cure is worse than the disease - and, at times, this is the feeling of cancer patients completing chemo treatments. While the treatment is life saving, it can also be very debilitating. In a dramatic step to assist patients to overcome their weakness and sense of fatigue, St. Vincent Medical Center provides a special program called "Dynamic Strength Training". This … [Read more...]

Training with Tubing

People are becoming increasingly aware of the many benefits of resistance training: increased functional strength, heightened body awareness, better posture and balance, and improved body composition. But many people seem reluctant to get started on a resistance training program. In some cases, they may feel they cannot afford private personal training sessions, and yet they hesitate to try this … [Read more...]

Program Provides the Strength to Battle Cancer

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10 Best Foods for Your Heart

Simple food choices go a long way when it comes to your heart's health. Focusing on fresh foods full of heart-healthy fats and antioxidants can decrease your risk of developing heart disease and cut your chances of a heart attack. These 10 foods will help keep your ticker in top shape. Oatmeal Start your day with a steaming bowl of oats, which are full of omega-3 fatty acids, folate, and … [Read more...]

Be The Healthy Role Model For Your Family

Childhood obesity, underage drinking, smoking and failure to exercise are all concerns for parents these days. If you want your kids to adopt a healthier, wiser lifestyle, you are going to have to show them the light. Children often learn best by example. Lead and they will likely follow. How can you set the example and get them off on the right foot if your habits aren’t that great? Consider … [Read more...]