Posts Tagged ‘Exercise’

Do you have the “Eye of the Tiger”?

Most people you talk to at one time or another have stopped and started a weight loss program. When someone starts a weight loss program, they’re usually very motivated about it. They’ve got the “Eye of the Tiger”. But then, after a few weeks or months, they lose momentum and motivation. They’ve lost their “Eye of the Tiger”. Read the rest of this entry »


“G” is for Grunt

Are you a grunt?

I’m in the gym doing my workout.  I’m lifting fairly heavy weights, and really giving it everything I got with every rep of every set.  I can hear myself breathing.  Taking a nice deep breath and exhaling on the exertion and interspersed with this are grunts.  Yes, I grunt.  No, not LOUD dramatic grunts.

As I’m hearing myself, it got me thinking.  If I’m giving it everything I got during my workout, I can’t help but let out a few grunts here and there.  I’m also very focused on pushing the weight with correct form and really feeling my muscles work.

Do I grunt for attention?  No.  I’m in the moment.  My own self-absorbed competition. Read the rest of this entry »


New Obesity Research: Are “Unknown Factors” Responsible?

FOX News Alabama has just reported on a study conducted by obesity researchers at the University of Alabama concluding, in the words of researcher David B. Allison, Ph.D., that “the usual answer of too much eating and too little exercise may be a drastic oversimplification of the true causes of obesity” and that “increasing body weight may involve some unidentified or poorly understood factors.”  The study subjects were a group of primates called marmosets that lived with or around humans.  The researchers could find no explanation for why the marmosets gained weight over time.  A follow-up study with other mammals yielded similar findings, provoking speculations that “light changes, viruses and epigenetics” could be possible contributing factors to weight gain. Read the rest of this entry »


The Benefits of Exercise

If you’re not already exercising on a regular basis, you may be missing out on many of the physiological benefits. There are physiological effects on the body you can only get from exercise. Diet alone won’t provide these benefits, however, you won’t get the full benefits of exercise without good nutrition.

The Science of Fitness
We all know the health benefits exercise has such as improving cardiovascular health, lowering blood pressure, reducing the risk of diabetes, etc.  Read the rest of this entry »


My Toy Box

I’ve blogged about various pieces of fitness equipment over at… particularly the goofy, “As Seen on TV”  kinds. Items like the Jump Snap, Hawaii Chair, Giddyup  Core Exerciser and Shake Weight are funny at first glance – until you realize that people really do get conned into buying them… along with other gimmicky and/or poorly-designed contraptions. 

While I don’t imagine that anyone here is that gullible, items like these serve as sad reminders of how baaaad a lot of home workout devices really are.  I mean, the Treadmill Desk??? Please…

Nonetheless, there are some good home fitness “toys” out there too, and I’ve acquired a few.  They’re quite handy to have around for those days when I don’t get to the gym… not to mention the moments when I need some quick bursts of activity to perk me up over the course of a long day spent in front of the computer.

Here’s what I have stashed in my toy box:

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Words of Wisdom From James Villepigue

James Villepigue is one of the top Fitness Professionals in the country.  I had the pleasure of having him as a guest on my Fit Talk Show and during my conversation with James, he said something which really stuck with me.

James said, “the best workout program is the one you’re not following”. Think about that.  There are so many great workout programs you can buy, but if you’re not following the program, what good is it? Read the rest of this entry »


Lessons From the MST3K Vault

Mike and the 'BotsEvery single member of my family is a die-hard “MSTie” – that is, a fan of the now-defunct Sci-Fi Channel comedy show, Mystery Science Theater 3000 (aka MST3K). The first time I watched the show, I thought the premise (a man and two robots forced to watch bad movies on an orbiting space station as part of a mind-control experiment) was totally lame, but I got hooked pretty quickly on the humor. Although the show’s long gone, we still watch our favorite episodes from time-to-time (courtesy of

But as funny as the movies were, the “shorts” that often preceded them were even better. Many of the latter were send-ups of old, black-and-white 1950’s, low-budget “public service announcements” and instructional films that illustrated how folks of that era were expected to behave in various situations. Beyond the laughs, however, one of the things we noticed while watching them, was how “normal” the people looked. The majority of them were relatively lean – even those who were obviously not professional actors.  I wasn’t too surprised, though – these films were in the can long before the current “obesity crisis” got rolling.

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True Alpha FAMILY

Childhood obesity is on the rise and with many schools looking to get rid of physical education classes because they deem them “unnecessary”.  I wrote an article on CHILDHOOD OBESITY a little while back and the statistics that are out there are extremely scary. 

Who is to care for our children?  These are the children of our future who will run this great country one day.  We are all responsible.  I know you have already read Alpha Male Challenge.  You have made some positive changes in your life and are living the alpha lifestyle.  But why must it stop there? Read the rest of this entry »


American Heart Association FAIL

My regular “Heartwire” news update popped into my inbox yesterday morning. As usual, I quickly scanned the contents to see if there was anything of interest… and did a double-take on one particular line (free registration required):

Nintendo Wii gets the AHA thumbs-up

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The Real Fountain of Youth

As a fitness professional over the age of 40, all of my clients are over the age of 35. My clientele consists of men and women between the ages of 35-64. More and more people are turning to living a healthier lifestyle that includes a diet and exercise program to reverse the signs of aging and to live a healthier, more active life as they get older.

Many of the adverse effects of aging can be reversed or slowed down by living a healthy lifestyle. Athletically and nutritionally fit individuals measure out 10 to 20 years biologically younger than their chronological age. Diet and exercise does not stop the biological clock, but it can slow it down considerably. Exercise and a healthy diet is the closest thing we have to an anti-aging pill. Gerontologists tell us that once we reach the age of 50, the need for fitness is even more crucial due to the many physiological changes that occur with age.

Just because you’re over the age of 35, it doesn’t mean that you are doomed to be fatter or obese. Most people will write it off as “part of getting older”. I say that is RUBBISH! As a woman in her 40’s I am much leaner, more active and in way better shape than I was in my 20’s and 30’s. I also look younger than some women who are younger than me! The plain and simple fact is, if you take care of your body on the inside, it will show on the outside.

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