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Good Things Come in Small Packages

In a society where many tend to judge the value of a meal by it’s size more than it’s nutritional content (or even its taste), there is more than a indication that our ideas of portion-control are majorly skewed. The result of this improper view, along with many other factors, has been a rise in obesity and obesity-related disease along…

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Chronic Exercise, a Treatment for Chronic Pain?

If you or someone you love suffers from chronic pain, you undoubtedly understand the frustration of trying to find even just a hint of temporary relief. Current research on exercise and those living with chronic pain in conjunction with the findings of a recent pain study in Australia may be able to offer a glimmer of hope to those who…

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Protect Your Cells with Pumpkin Seeds

Of all the my Halloween memories, one in particular stands out, and that is carving up a jack-o-lantern. Something about digging out the slimy innards of a large squash just says fall to me. I remember after we carved up the pumpkins I would help my mom pick out the seeds from the pumpkin goo so we could wash them…

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Exercise and Sleep

I can honestly say I have never heard anyone say to me, “I think I’m getting too much sleep, do you know any ways to help me cut back?” Usually it’s the exact opposite. These days everyone seems to be tired, all the time. Almost everyone is looking for ways to get more sleep, to go to sleep faster, stay…

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Varying your Abdominal Workout: How to Make the Most of Abdominal Exercise

In a study done by ASCM fellow and professor, Michele Olson, the effectiveness of muscular activation of popular abdominal exercises were tested compared to the standard abdominal “crunch.”     The study utilized EMG (electromyography) to test the muscular activity in the abdominal muscles by measuring the electrical energy that triggers muscular contraction. The greater the intensity of the signal, the greater…

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All About Abs

All About Abs  Anatomy and Physiology of the Abdominal Muscles  Did you know that there are four muscles that make up a tight tummy? And did you know that those “six-pack abs” are really one muscle called the rectus abdominis, the most recognized abdominal muscle. The transverse abdominis, external and internal obliques constitute the rest of the abdominal wall muscles….

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Water and Electrolytes – Necessary for Exercise

Did you know your body is 60% water by weight? Blood is 90% water, muscle is 75% water, bone is 25% water an fat is 5% water. There is water in our cells and outside our cells. Yes, water is a major component the body, but what does it do in there? Water has many essential functions in the body….

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Exercising in Hot Environments

Anyone who has lived in or visited Florida during the summer months has experienced how taxing exercise, or any additional physical exertion for that matter (i.e. yard work), can be. With temperatures reaching the nineties most days in July, it is essential do everything in one’s power to help the body adjust to the grueling temperatures and prevent heat-related illness….

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Carbohydrates…Friend or Foe?

In a society where we are quick to idolize and demonize different foods or exercises as they pertain to our health and fitness woes, it is important to take a little time to get the real dish on nutrition and what foods are really doing to and for your body. You may have heard that the carbohydrates and fat you…

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