Stress Reduction Techniques

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Meditation Meditation is one of the most popular forms of physical and mental relaxation. Some forms of meditation are based on religious beliefs, while others focus solely on breathing and relaxation. The meditative state involves a deep centering; a quieting of the mind, emotions and body. This state can be reached through a daily structured practice, or through an unstructured …

Stress, Cortisol and Weight Gain

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Despite the abundance of information on diet and exercise in the media, Americans are continuing to get fatter. According to a recent analysis, an estimated 30 percent of adults – over 60 million – are obese, defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher, and, an estimated 65 percent of adults are overweight or obese, defined …

Should You Work Out With A Cold?

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With the flu season upon us, one question I’m often asked is: should you continue to work out when you come down with a cold? A recent article in the New York Times addressed this topic and pointed to a couple of studies that were published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise about a decade ago. …

Set SMART Goals

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Why? Because goal setting works. Research studies have shown a direct correlation between goal setting and enhanced performance in both sports and business. One reason is that goals act like a roadmap. They take you from where you are to where you want to be. Think of it as a long term strategy that can be broken down into a …

Exercise Reduces Inflammation

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Here’s an interesting new study that shows how exercise reduces inflammation. It’s not the first study to suggest that your fitness level affects inflammation, but it is the first study to show the underlying mechanism involved. Researchers at the University of Illinois looked at the effect of heart rate recovery after exercise, on C-reactive protein (CRP), a blood protein that …

Track Your Lean Body Mass

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I’m a big believer in measuring lean body mass. I think it’s the single best way to determine your level of fitness. To quote Art De Vany, “Your lean body mass is the metabolically active you. It is the tissue that allows you to function and think and live.” Lean body mass is defined as, “anything that is not fat …

Weight Training, Mitochondria and Aging

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There’s little doubt that weight training reverses the effects of aging in human skeletal muscle. But in a new study, researchers at McMaster University wanted to see if the loss of mitochondrial function, related to the loss of muscle mass in older individuals, would also be reversed. (The mitochondria convert food into energy). So they compared the effects of six …

Reverse the Effects of Aging – Part 4

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The best measure of cardiovascular fitness is VO2max; it’s a gauge of the maximum amount of oxygen you can consume and use in one minute of aerobic exercise. Researchers claim that once you’ve reached 30 years of age, your VO2max decreases about 10 percent per decade, without training. The good news is that anyone can increase their VO2max by as …

Reverse the Effects of Aging – Part 3

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The Free Radical Theory of Aging is probably one of the most popular theories of aging. It’s about how oxidative stress brought on by free radicals results in aging and the development of a variety of diseases such as cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disorders and some cancers. A free radical is an atom with an unpaired electron. The nucleus of an …

Reverse the Effects of Aging – Part 2

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There’s been a lot of research on the aging process lately because of the large population of aging baby boomers – individuals born between 1946 and 1964. And one of the more popular theories researchers are advancing is the “glycation theory of aging.” Andrew Weil, in his book, Healthy Aging, explains that the process of glycation is like carmelization, or …