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Dining Out – How to Make Healthier Menu Choices

In today’s society we are eating at restaurants more than ever before where almost half (47.9%) of our food dollars are spent away from the home.  This is problematic for a couple of reasons.  First, research shows that just one … Continue reading

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When Choosing a Personal Trainer All Certifications are not Created Equal

Working with a personal trainer can be a rewarding experience that can significantly increase your odds of achieving your long term fitness goals. In fact, one university study showed a 57% increase in individuals’ attitudes regarding physical activity after a … Continue reading

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Are You Getting Good Fitness Advice

Every day we are constantly bombarded with an endless stream of so called expert advice on everything from dating to improving our educational system.  The latest fitness and overall health trends are no exception as declarations from their proponents appear … Continue reading

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How to Find Your Target Heart Rate Range

In the prior post titled “Cardiovascular Exercise – How to Start a Program” the need for one to take a phased approach to physical conditioning was discussed. Using a progressive system utilizing a targeted range of heart rates that is … Continue reading

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Cardiovascular Exercise – How to Start a Program

I see it all the time, someone begins a cardio program only to be burned out or injured only after a few short weeks.  Many times this is because they try to exercise as hard as they can from the … Continue reading

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Choosing the Right Running Shoe

A good running shoe should be designed to assist with three major functions:  to provide a cushion for shock absorption, to support the foot by effectively distributing impact forces, and to supply a barrier to protect against outside elements.  Finding … Continue reading

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Timing of the Pre-Exercise Meal

A common question I receive is whether one should eat prior to exercise. First of all, it goes without saying that eating a balanced diet consisting of multiple meals (about 4 – 6) throughout the day is essential to keeping … Continue reading

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How Much Exercise Should You Get?

The answer wholly depends on your time constraints and specific goals. In fitness there exists a principle of Specific Adaptation to Imposed Demands (SAID). In other words, this principle asserts that the human body will adapt to the physical stress, … Continue reading

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Keeping a Diet Journal, not as Hard as You Think

One of the key success factors that weight loss experts tout is keeping a diet journal. This fact is backed up by decades of research including a significant finding in the August 2008 issue of the American Journal of Preventative … Continue reading

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How to Curb Alcohol Calories

Okay, I don’t want to be the diet Scrooge during the Holidays as I certainly hope you enjoy these times with family and friends to the fullest. However, some of you that drink may be able to lessen the holiday … Continue reading

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