August 24, 2013
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HEALTH AND FITNESS: With work, old unhealthy dogs can learn new healthy tricks
Muscle memory allows the health-conscious to reverse certain bad habits.
HEALTH AND FITNESS: Successful weight management is a result of proper caloric balance
Pretty much all weight loss diets cause a reduction in calorie intake. Many people get frustrated though, because they get the math wrong when calculating their individual needs.
HEALTH & FITNESS: Just as watts measure electrical energy, calories measure heat energy
Whether you want to maintain, gain, or lose weight, you need to start by determining your caloric maintenance.
HEATH AND FITNESS: Cutting calories does not make your body to decide to not lose any more weight
The main reason the body comes to plateaus during dieting or exercise, besides noncompliance with the program, is that when weight is lost and you become more physically fit, your body uses fewer calories to perform the same workload.
HEALTH FITNESS: There are important numbers you should be aware of
There are some numbers everyone should know about themselves, including weight, blood pressure, waist size, cholesterol and fasting blood sugar level.
HEALTH AND FITNESS: Today is the best day to start improving fitness
One thing that I’ve found to be extremely beneficial is a gradual mindset shift, treating tomorrow not like a guarantee but more as a bonus. With that perspective, we’re much less likely to treat tomorrow as a closet where we toss the things we choose to put off doing today. Instead, it becomes an opportunity, something we get to do, not just feel obligated to do.
HEALTH AND FITNESS: Fitness goals adjust as you get older
We need to exercise at any age, but our needs certainly change over time. As much as I try to deny it, my 55-year-old body is not the same as my 20-year-old body was.
HEALTH & FITNESS: For good health, spend less time in the chair
Most of us realize we need to be more active, but there is evidence that we need to spend less time sitting down also. A recent report published in the Annals of Internal Medicine examined 47 studies showing that “heavy sitters” were in poorer health, regardless of how much exercise they did.
HEALTH & FITNESS: It is the time of year when we declare war on a favorite enemy - fat
As every good warrior knows, the first step in defeating your enemy is to know your enemy.
HEALTH & FITNESS: An active life can reduce chances of some chronic health problems
One of the best prescriptions for avoiding chronic diseases as an active, fit lifestyle.
HEALTH & FITNESS: The concept tends to be counterintuitive
Research has shown that people who are more flexible in their eating patterns are actually more successful in the long term, showing less of binge eating habits and weighing less.
HEALTH & FITNESS: Fortunately, for these sins there also are healthy redemptions
Succumbing to the “7 Deadly Sins” of fitness will stall your progress.
HEALTH & FITNESS: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis kills 6,000 people every year
While the ice bucket challenge has drawn some criticism, awareness about this always fatal illness also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease is needed.
HEALTH & FITNESS: Don't stress the small stuff
We’re all familiar with creating a to-do list to get things done. Another list which can be even more important is the not to-do list.
HEALTH AND FITNESS: If you are too extreme, you quickly can burn yourself out
Developing a reasonable, sustainable workout program is the best chance for maintaining a healthier lifestyle.
HEALTH AND FITNESS: Sweating helps the body maintain temperature, but water loss does not mean fat loss
Sweating has many benefits, but is not a sign that you are burning calories.
HEALTH & FITNESS: Gluten allergies do exist, but most who try it don't know why they should go gluten-free
If you’re not allergic to gluten or have celiac disease, you need to make sure you’re not exposing your diet to more fat, sugar and artificial ingredients that will have an adverse effect on your weight and health.
HEALTH AND FITNESS: Weight maintenance os an elusive proposition for most dieters
In losing weight, the idea is to lose fat, not lean muscle. Once the weight’s off, there are some tips on how to keep it from coming back.
HEALTH AND FITNESS: Remember to take proper precautions when exercising
One of the most important components of a fitness program that is as important, but often gets less attention, is recovery.
HEALTH AND FITNESS: Remember those resolutions, even if you occasionally break them
Two months have almost passed in this New Year, and you started 2014 strong with your resolution to get back in shape, and were doing great.
HEALTH & FITNESS: Science does not change, but our knowledge of it does
As we age, our ability to move about is one of the more important quality of life issues that we face.
HEALTH & FITNESS: Exercise-induced asthma can be a wintertime problem for some
While the cooler weather can make excerise more invigorating, those who suffer from exercise-induced asthma may need to take their workout program indoors.
HEALTH AND FITNESS: Some planning can help fight expanding waistlines during the holidays
It is OK to overindulge some during the holidays, but a goal should be to not let eating get completely out of control.
What does the number on the weight scale really mean? It simply tells us how much we weigh, not how many of those pounds are actually fat.
Health and Fitness column
Fall is here! It’s an exciting time of year. The leaves will be falling, and the weather will be getting cooler -hopefully! Parents love it because kids are back in school and there is some normalcy back in their schedule. I like it because it is the second biggest season for those getting started on a fitness program.
Health & Fitness column
Fitness is complicated these days. There are so many programs, exercises, and implements to choose from that it’s hard to know what you should really be doing to get in condition. I get a few emails a month from Albany Herald readers asking me for advice or my opinion of some program. Unfortunately, all routines tend to present different information, require different diets, and make an effort to present themselves as superior to all other training routines. Is there really such a thing as the “perfect workout”?