Archive | March, 2012

The Power of Silence

Everywhere I go all I hear is noise. There is so much noise around that sometimes I can barely distinguish my own thoughts from the surrounding chatter. The outside noise and chatter of daily living can be so intense that you may often feel like your head is going to explode. No wonder so many […]

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12 Weeks Till Summer! Will You Be Ready?

You can still build your leanest body by summer. If you haven’t started yet, now is the time to get going! What are you waiting for? I’ve been on your case since January. Don’t you dare show up this summer with your winter layers on; that’s pure unadulterated laziness. Get started now if you haven’t […]

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Fat Vs. Muscle

We hear it all the time… “I’m working out less and my muscles are turning into fat!” This is one of the biggest myths in weight training. Muscle and fat are completely different types of tissue and can’t magically be changed. Muscle shrinks (atrophy) when not stimulated, so your muscles may seem softer. Compounding the […]

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Getting Back in Shape After 40

Generally, Americans over 40 are not very physically fit. Many of them believe that exercise at their age is too tough, too risky, or that it’s too late for them to start. However, nothing could be further from the truth. Just a modest increase in your present activity level can lead to significant improvements in […]

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One Step at a Time is Good Walking

There’s an ancient Chinese proverb that says, “One step at a time is good walking.” I try to remember this when I have more things to do than I can possibly get done in the amount of time that I have, which is just about everyday. This ancient proverb has been a guiding principle that […]

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Are Energy Drinks Safe?

You’ve seen them and may have even tried them. They’re marketed as a quick “boost of energy” in a can. But are they safe and should you indulge? Over the past few years, “energy drinks” have become a popular part of the scenery at bars, convenience stores, even in health club vending machines. The most […]

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The Scoop on Fruit Smoothies, Part 2/2

A BETTER WAY TO ENJOY SMOOTHIES Let’s face it, the fast food industry has forever changed the landscape of the American psyche. We live in an age of convenience and “quick fixes.” Therefore I’m sure the smoothie industry is only going to grow with the times. With this in mind, the next time you feel […]

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The Scoop on Fruit Smoothies, Part 1/2

Are the exotic blends great tasting, healthy treats or just high-calorie sugar shakes? As juice bars are popping up on practically every street corner, in malls and in supermarkets, these trendy shops are serving up exotic concoctions of blended yogurt and fruit juices, making the cool smoothie the latest nutrition craze. What was once mainly […]

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Why are Trans Fatty Acids Bad for You and How do You Avoid Them?

You might have read about trans fatty acids in the news recently. In fact, there has been a lot of concern lately about the link between trans fatty acids and heart disease. Trans fatty acids, also known as trans fats, are found naturally in some foods, including beef, pork, lamb, butter and milk. But most […]

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Will Drinking Coffee Have the Same Effect as Caffeine?

Most people are aware that caffeine can give you that extra boost to exercise harder. Therefore, most people just assume that drinking coffee will do the trick, but does it? According to the latest research, it’s a mistake to assume that the effects of caffeine always extend to caffeinated drinks such as coffee. In a […]

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