Archive for the ‘Fitness’ Category

Is Your Exercise Routine Lacking Purpose?

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

It’s common knowledge that regular exercise is an important part of promoting good health. However, many people shortchange themselves by following an exercise program without putting much thought into what they’re doing or why they’re doing it. This typically results in the benefits of the program being poorly aligned with the individual’s needs and goals, and in some cases, this can do more harm than good.

It goes without saying that most of us make important decisions through a process of specific and deliberate reasoning. Because exercise has a significant influence on health, and because this influence can sometimes be negative, choices relating to exercise deserve the same level of discretion. However, it’s common for people to invest their time, effort, and health into an exercise program without evaluating how appropriate it is for their needs. This greatly reduces the value they’ll gain from their effort.

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Is Your Body Ready for Exercise?

Monday, January 4th, 2010

Everyone recognizes exercise as a way to improve health and lose weight, but few people realize how important it is to ensure that their bodies are well prepared for it. Failure to do so will allow undetected limitations to cause chronic pain and injury. For this reason, it’s critically important to assess your capacity to exercise safely and address any identified limitations before they lead to significant problems.

Chances are that you have at least one physical limitations that you’re not aware of, and if you choose to exercise without identifying and correcting it, you may very well end up with one of today’s many common complaints and end up worse off physically than if you never exercised at all. Such complaints include pinched nerves or bulging discs in the neck or lower back, tendinitis or bursitis of the knee, hip, shoulder, or elbow, and more generally, an increased risk of chronic pain and acute injury. By making an effort to assess physical characteristics such as your posture, range of motion, and balance of strength, and by including corrective measures in your exercise routine to improve any identified limitations, you’ll greatly increase your resistance to pain and injury and improve your physical function.

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Don’t Let Reebok Fool You – Shoes Won’t Tone Your Butt!

Monday, December 14th, 2009

Reebok EasyToneReebok claims to have a simple answer to the elusive toned body that so many people want. They’ve created a line of shoes called EasyTone that will supposedly tone your lower body simply by walking in them.

According to Reebok, “EasyTone is designed to help give definition to your legs and butt. Simply walk and let the balance pods under your shoe do the rest. The slight instability created by the pods forces your muscles to work a little harder, toning you up as you strut.” Before you invest $100 or more in these sneakers thinking that they’ll actually improve your muscle tone, here are a few things to consider.

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Why the P90X Exercise Program is Overrated

Friday, October 9th, 2009

P90X Exercise ProgramEveryone is talking about the P90X exercise program and ads for it are taking the internet by storm. In fact, I’ve even been seeing ads for it on websites like Miriam Webster. Is all of this hype justified? Not if you ask me.

Despite its gimmicky marketing, I was intrigued by the P90X program based on a number of people’s opinions and decided to check it out. Although my primary intention was only to learn more about P90X, I was actually planning to give it a try. That was until I watched it. Although this program may be well suited for some, which I’ll discuss later, it’s definitely not for me. I prefer fitness programs that are motivated by excellent physical function, high resistance to injury, and above all else, optimal health. Even though the P90X program can certainly bring the average person closer to these ideals, I think it does so in a manner that’s compromised by the program’s undeniable priority of burning calories and getting “ripped.”

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How to Prevent and Eliminate Knee Pain

Monday, September 14th, 2009

Knee PainIs your quality of life being limited by chronic knee pain? If not, wouldn’t you like to reduce the possibility of this limitation? In either case, the information below will help you build strong knees that are resistant to pain and injury.

I dealt with the frustrations of chronic knee pain for about 4 years and sought the help of several specialists without making much progress. This is unfortunately a familiar case for many people. I knew that I must have been doing something to cause the pain and realized that the only way to truly resolve the problem was to figure out what it was.

After finally getting closer to the root of the problem, I made significant improvements and am now able to climb stairs, walk long distances, exercise, and play tennis without knee pain. It’s very satisfying to say the least and I hope that the proceeding information will help you achieve similar results.

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Be an Athlete in the Sport of Life

Friday, August 7th, 2009

Business Athlete Doing DeadliftBeing an athlete is often associated with extraordinary physical talent, but in my opinion, it’s more about the ability to perform physically and mentally at a high level which is something everyone should strive for, even if you have no interest in sports whatsoever.

The Definition of a True Athlete

Ironically, many athletes, even at the professional level, are unhealthy. While they may run fast, jump high, and have an amazing physique, the inside of their body could very well be in disastrous shape. Because of the extreme physiological burden that athletes put on their body, they have even more of a need to follow healthy lifestyle habits than the average person, but very few of them do. The excessive amount of activity coupled with inadequate rest and nutrition amounts to a body that is being gradually destroyed from the inside.

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Health Advice from Elite Powerlifter Eric Talmant

Monday, July 20th, 2009

Eric TalmantWhether you’re an athlete or not, the following interview with top powerlifter Eric Talmant will help you understand the importance of prioritizing your health over your fitness and appearance.

When I first started learning about natural health, I was frequently frustrated by how rarely it’s principles are applied to the needs of an athlete. After all, following conventional advice for sports oriented nutrition and conditioning is part of what led me to my prior health problems. As both an elite athlete and a big advocate of natural health, and also a fellow Metabolic Typing advisor, Eric Talmant bridges this gap. As such, I’m thrilled to have him share his unique perspective with you.

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Are Your Shoes Causing Foot and Ankle Dysfunction?

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

BarefootDespite how much we depend on our feet every day, few of us give much thought to their complexity or importance. Nearly everything we do involves some form of walking or running and it’s our feet that are responsible for absorbing the resulting ground impact and keeping us upright. Ironically, the shoes we wear to protect our feet inhibit their natural function, and in turn, can promote muscle and joint problems throughout the body.

Our Amazing Feet

The foot contains more than 20 bones, 30 joints, 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments, and 200,000 nerve endings. In fact, the feet contain a quarter of the bones in the human body, and as such, deserve more of our attention.

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Evolution and Why You’re Fat, Tired and Unhappy

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

CavemanDespite incredible advances in technology and medicine, people are dying at an alarming rate from preventable diseases and are having significant problems with obesity, fatigue and depression. Anyone with half a brain would figure that the advances we’ve achieved should help us live longer, healthier and happier lives, but they haven’t. How can this be?

Our health and well being are dictated by requirements that have resulted from millions of years of evolution. No matter how smart we are, we’ll never be able to change this fact, at least not for another few hundred thousand years. That’s about how long it would take us to start adapting genetically to the unhealthy lifestyle habits that are so common today. Many of us have lost site of the evolutionary factors that brought us to where we are now and have let modern society entice us into a lifestyle that we’re simply not equipped to handle.

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Cardio: A Waste of Time and Energy?

Monday, February 9th, 2009

Although cardiovascular exercise is extremely popular, it’s a less effective way to exercise in most cases and can even be counterproductive.

The three primary reasons for the popularity of cardiovascular exercise are health, weight loss, and athletic conditioning. Each of these goals have unique characteristics that make cardiovascular exercise a questionable choice for achieving them.

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