"He who lives without discipline dies without honor."
- Icelandic Proverb
 
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"Physicians have an ethical responsibility to inform patients of the stark
health risks of inactivity, and encourage them to get more active.
Unfortunately, main-stream medicine has not done this.
If we had a pill that offered all the health benefits of exercise, we would
find a way to make sure every patient took it."
                                            - Robert E. Sallis, M.D., FACSM
"KILLER AT LARGE" - An eye-opening Obesity documentary
A Shinebox Media Production
       Obesity rates in the United States have reached epidemic proportions in recent years. The Center For  Disease
    Control estimate that at least 110,000 people die per year due to obesity and 1/3 of all cancer deaths are directly
    related to it. - >>  read more
Depression and Obesity Coexists
13 FEBRUARY 2008 - Gold's Gym, Douglasville, GA.
       Obesity and depression often go hand-in-hand in middle-aged women, a new U.S. study found. The research
    collected information on the height, weight, dietary and exercise habits, and body image of 4,641 women, ages 40 to
    65, enrolled in a health plan.

    The women also completed a questionnaire used to measure depression symptoms. Women with clinical depression
    were more than twice as likely to be obese (a body mass index of 30 or more), and obese women were more than
    twice as likely to be depressed, the study found.  >>  Read More
COCONUT OIL:   "Don't believe the hype"   (Colgan Institute News- APRIL 2005)
April 2005 © Colgan Institute, 2005
       There has been a lot of hype recently about coconut oil and I have been receiving a lot of questions on the hotline
    about our thoughts on coconut oil. Coconut oil was used extensively in prepackaged foods along with palm oil. Both
    were used heavily in margarines. They were cheap and in plentiful supply.

    Then as the medical community and scientists discovered that saturated fats were bad for our health, they have slowly
    been replaced...    >>  Read More
Laughter REALLY is "Medicine" After All
       A team of University of Maryland School of Medicine researchers, led by Dr. Michael Miller, has
    recently shown for the first time that laughter is linked to healthy function of blood vessels. >>  Read More
The Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce
March 2008  - Environmental Working Group(EWG)
       EWG always recommends buying organic, but we know you can't always find it.
    Our new Guide — now in its 5th edition — features the 12 fruits and veggies with the most and least pesticides so
    you'll know which ones to buy organic, and which conventionally-grown ones are okay when organic isn't available.
     >>  Read More
"The 5 Psychological Phases of Fitness" - by Stew Smith CSCS (former Navy SEAL)
Source:  www.stewsmith.com
       I have often used the five phases to describe to people how they are going to feel in the near future about starting a
    fitness program whether as a beginner or as an advanced athlete preparing for Navy SEALs or Special Forces
    training.  I have found that both the out of shape beginner and the advanced Special Operations candidate develop into
    their goals through the process described below:

    The first phase of fitness requires a person to make a decision to get healthy or become a Special Operations
    candidate.  This phase takes 2-3 seconds, but it actually takes about 2-3 weeks to make habits that will fuel your
    desire to obtain your goals.      >>  Read More
 
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"It's in Your Blood"
Source: Will Brinks - Posted December 18th, 2003 in Fitness and Performance
       One topic that seems to be a never-ending source of confusion is blood, or more precisely, understanding blood work and
    which tests to get and why. It never fails to amaze me that the vast majority of bodybuilders and other athletes have no issue
    spending literally thousands of dollars on supplements (some of which have virtually no science behind them to justify their
    use) and gym memberships each year, but won't spend a penny on blood tests to see what's really going on with their
    hormones and other indicators of health (e.g., cholesterol, liver function, etc.)       >>  Read More
GREEN TEA ALTERNATIVES:  " Tea's benefits are color-blind"
By Andrew Weil, MD, Prevention
    Q: Is green tea the only kind that is good for you? I'm not so crazy about its grassy flavor.

    A:  All colors of true tea—which only comes from the Camellia sinensis plant—make especially
    healthful beverages. The lightest leaves, green and white, are minimally processed and, in general,
    retain more disease-protective polyphenols and other antioxidants. But darker teas contain healthy theaflavins, which
    form when their polyphenols ferment and turn orange red. (Teas brewed from herbs, such as peppermint or ginger, aren't
    considered true teas, but they may contain antioxidant properties.)     -   >> Read More
"Power Breath" - by DR. Colgan
APRIL 10, 2007    © Colgan Institute 2007
       Elite athletes know that imposing any exercise program on a dysfunctional body only worsens dysfunction.  You first have to
    analyze each person’s unique posture and structure and design a program to correct their specific structural imbalances, by
    strengthening weak muscles, and stretching tight muscles and fascia.  Only then you can train properly. But, one important
    function that affects all movement is often overlooked – breathing. Correct breathing is in rhythm with movement, is vital for both
    oxygenating your tissues and stabilizing your core.

    Athletes at rest take 12-15 breaths a minute. The best tend to breath slowest and deepest. At 15 breaths a minute, you breath
    900 times every hour, over 20,000 breaths every day.  In concert with good structure and muscular development, breathing is an
    important source of power.  The form and rhythm and timing of each breath affects every movement we make.  Yet, most of the
    people we test breathe poorly.  Imagine any other action in sport or in life that is practiced poorly 20,000 times a day.  Disastrous!

    The common faults we see are:
  • Chest breathing
  • Exhaling at the point of effort.
  • Breathing that is uncoordinated with movement.

    Three-Part Breathing
    We teach power breathing for sport (and for life) as a...    >>  Read More
Diet & Exercise: The Synergistic Approach
Christine McKinney, M.S., R.D., C.D.E.
                                                               
                                                 Forgetting About Exercise

    People often ask me, "Which one is more important, diet or exercise?"
    I reply, "Do you want your airplane to have one wing or two?"
    Diet and exercise need to be done together — don't forget to exercise regularly.  
                               Christine McKinney, M.S., R.D., C.D.E.

                            7 Diet Mistakes You Can Avoid    >> Get Them Here
Body Composition - "One of the best indicators of health. Why It's Important"
Used by The Pentegon, US Naval Academy, Boston College and more...
    "Body fat percentage will become a new standard for health in adults."

                                                                                         C. Everett Koop
                                                                                         Former Surgeon General

    Body composition (percent fat and lean) reflects the results of both physical activity and nutritional practices.
    Body weight alone can be very misleading. The scale cannot tell the difference between a pound of fat and a
    pound of muscle. Over time, people tend to gain fat and lose muscle without an obvious change in their
    weight. And, even though we...       >>  Read More
Microwave Popcorn and Decreased Lung Function
by  Sloane Miller
Monday, January 7, 2008
    You won't look at popcorn and butter the same way again!     >>  Read More