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Archives for August 2011

Do Athletes Need Protein Shakes?

by Heather Duchan August 30th, 2011| Sports
In recent years, marketing has convinced many to believe that athletes have exceptional protein needs, requiring supplementation by protein powders and bars. Every gym and health food store you go into has shelves full of protein shake powders, protein bars, and other protein supplementation products. This is definitely a

Sustaining a Family Fitness Program

by Angela Yorke August 29th, 2011| Family Fitness
It’s easy enough to plan a family fitness program, and to get everyone interested in it; however, the main challenge is to keep everyone interested. The saying goes that it takes 21 days to form a habit, so you can’t expect a group of couch potatoes to transform into

Tips for Juicing

by Heather Duchan August 25th, 2011| Eating Tips
Juicing and juice fasts have long been used by those on the fringe of health communities. Many juicing enthusiasts tout benefits, including more energy, mental clarity, weight loss, and reversal of illness and disease. There are many theories behind these benefits as well.

Cooking foods, even lightly, reduces nutrients. By

Starting a Fitness Program as a Senior

by Joan Jacobsen August 24th, 2011| Fitness Expert
Whether you're 65 and a part of the senior age group, or you're in your 50s but have not partaken in a workout regimen in a while, this article is for you!  Starting a new exercise program may not be as easy as when you were younger, but that

Ears Open

by Bea August 23rd, 2011| Mind & Body
Did you know that last year was the first year in four years that the pedestrian death toll went up?

Though there are no hard facts for the cause behind the rise in death toll, I do have a pretty logical guess: headphones. Headphones typically make people completely unaware of

How Much is “Enough” Exercise?

by Angela Yorke August 22nd, 2011| Exercises
I read a summary of a study that left me feeling both relieved and confused - relieved, because it turned out that a mere 15 minutes exercise daily would extend my lifespan, and confused, because convention always said that you should exercise 30 minutes or more over 5-6 days

Overloading vs. Overworking

by Angela Yorke August 18th, 2011| Cardio
The concept is simple: you do cardio if you want to lose weight. As a person’s fitness level improves, he or she is then able to increase the amount of cardiovascular exercise carried out to develop greater fitness. This is known as “overloading,” and is quite different from what

How to Eat Healthy at Restaurants

by Natalie Weiss August 17th, 2011| Nutrition
August is here. This means many of us will be taking off for summer vacations. It can be very difficult to maintain a weight loss program while traveling, because many meals are eaten out at restaurants. It is possible to eat healthy at almost any restaurant; it just takes

Lunge Variants

by Louise August 16th, 2011| Strength Training
Lunges are one of my favorite strength training exercises. They are great because they can be performed anywhere, they require no additional equipment, and they give you a fantastic workout that you can truly feel. They work a great portion of your lower body including your quads, glutes,

Crutch Walking

by Bea August 15th, 2011| Walking
Even if you have been reduced to a set of crutches, you can still get some walking in; however, if you are on crutches, it is important to remember that you are on them for a reason. You should not overwork yourself and overuse or favor another the part

Your Bike Saddle

by Bea August 12th, 2011| Biking
When biking, there are typically three points of contact. These are your handlebar, your pedals, and your seat. With these three critical parts of the bike, your work is distributed throughout the bike. If something is not correctly placed, then you will be less efficient as you could be.

If

Target Heart Rate

by Louise August 11th, 2011| Running
It is important to monitor your resting heart rate in order to know when your body is ready for a workout, or when it could use a day or two for recovery.

One's resting heart rate is determined after no recent exertions have been made; however, it is equally beneficial
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