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It must be a right of passage for most kids, watching classic Disney films like Cinderella, Snow White, Dumbo, and Pinocchio, just to name a few. In true Disney form, there is always a hero or heroine who must overcome his or her fears to defeat the evil witch, monster or various inanimate objects brought to life by overzealous animators. To this day I can’t tell you everything that happened in those movies as my view was inevitably obstructed by the clever hands-over-eyes technique employed whenever something scary was about to happen like the Evil Queen who tempts innocent Snow White to bite into a poisonous apple. “This is no ordinary apple. It’s a magic wishing apple,” says the queen, enticingly. Fortunately, for us, our apple crunching outcome is far more positive. As apple trees begin to blossom, check out the amazing health benefits of apples.
In desperate need of a warm up, we ventured down to sunny Florida last week. Mark’s parents have a lovely home there and it has become our winter respite. Our daily routine includes tennis, golf and a swim in the pool which includes a walk by the neighbors Gardenia bush — my favorite flower. In fact, Gardenias were the centerpiece of my high school prom bouquet. While other girls had corsages, my date went all out with a bridal like bouquet that he insisted I carry it all evening. Okay, awkward! Even though the details of the dance have faded, I am amazed at the power of scent to trigger memories. It’s no wonder aromatherapy has become such a beneficial tool in our wellness arsenal. What better way to celebrate the bloom of spring than with the power of the flower.
If you’ve put on a few pounds since bootcamp and want an easy way to lose weight, then this is perfect for you. If you’ve got something coming up, a sports event, a fitness test, a class reunion, or beach vacation where that gut you’ve been sucking in will be unleashed (or unbuckled), then this is for you too.
Losing weight doesn’t have to be a losing battle. And as they say, starting is the hardest part. Sure, some people say sticking with it is harder, but when you see results and you feel those results, then sticking with the workout plan becomes very easy…and we’re going to talk about how to easily burn those calories, lose the fat, and get in better shape in just weeks.
Good questions with answers below…
(1) How long is a workout? Should it be a half-hour or a full hour?
Depends on your goals and current fitness level. 30 min is great for a beginner / maintenance plan or high intense workout. 60+ min is needed for longer events like marathons, triathlons, spec ops training, but fine for a body building workout. Like I said — all depends…
Mine are usually 2–3 hours long full of calisthenics, running, swimming mix in the summer and shorter with weights and light cardio in the winter — see how
According to scientists at the Neuromuscular Research Laboratory of the Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition of the University of Pittsburgh less body fat improves physical and physiological performance in army soldiers.
According to results of this study soldiers meeting the Department of Defense (DoD) body fat standard and those exceeding the standard were subjected to a Wingate cycle protocol to test anaerobic power and capacity, an incremental treadmill maximal oxygen uptake test for aerobic capacity, isokinetic tests for knee flexion/extension and shoulder internal/external rotation strength, and the Army Physical Fitness Test.
Results showed that group 1 performed significantly better on 7 of the 10 fitness tests. In Soldiers with similar amounts of FFM, Soldiers with less body fat had improved aerobic and anaerobic capacity and increased muscular strength.
Learning to fish is a rite of passage for most kids, boys and girls alike. I remember catching my first fish on Kelly’s Island in Ohio while on our annual summer camping trip with family and friends. My elation turned to terror when I watched my poor little prize gasp for breath while it flopped around the bottom of the boat. With my arms flailing and my fish’s fins flapping, I managed to release the hook and return him to the water. Apparently, fishing was not my calling. It did, however, teach me good lessons in patience, coordination, boating and even a bit about biology. There are very few things that panic both fish and people more than the inability to catch our breath. As we continue our A’s of April series, let’s look at how we can improve our odds against asthma.
There is one key component to reaching your fitness goals, regardless of your current fitness levels. Consistency.
That may sound oversimplified but that doesn’t make it any less truthful. However, most people have lives that make this one component very difficult to obtain.
If you’re serious about your fitness goals, if you’d like to transform your body from the state it is in now to that of a modern day Spartan on the inside and out than what I’m about to share with you can help you achieve your goals.
If you’ve ever traveled around Maine in the early spring, you may be puzzled by the sight of buckets, bags and assorted tin cups attached to the trunks of trees. No, it’s not lawn art. It’s actually a tell-tale sign of spring — the tradition of tapping maple trees. In fact, this past weekend we celebrated Maine Maple Sunday when sugar shacks pop up all over the state to boil down the collected buckets of sap into sweet nectar of the pancake gods. While we may think of maple syrup as a delectable indulgence, it is chock full of health benefits.
With hundreds of programs shuffling around the fitness world, how do you know which program is right for you? Are you suppose to be following a fat loss workout, muscle-building workout, Crossfit, yoga, Pilates, P90x, Insanity, or whatever the latest craze is at the time? Understanding which program is right for you is always a tough question, and luckily I am here with some answers to help.
I’ve recently discovered picking and pawning shows on the History channel — yes, I am a total geek! My favorite game is to count how many times they use the well-worn cliché “back in the day.” So now it’s my turn. Did you even notice how comic book heroes always had a secret source for their superhuman strength? Back in the day, Popeye had his can of spinach. Today, even Ironman has gone green with Chlorophyll shakes — you know, to ward off the blood poisoning brought on by the Palladium core required for the ARC reactor in his body! Fortunately, for the rest of us, going green is a little less complicated but the results may be just as powerful.
Growing up I never had a nickname. It was always Chris or Chris Anne and, of course, the occasional “Christine!” when I was in big trouble. When my brother was born he got the nickname Tiger which I thought was a really awesome name because he sounded so tough. Guys always have the coolest nicknames like The Duke, Maverick, Indiana, and even The Babe. Occasionally they can be less flattering especially if you find that a certain protruding part of your anatomy is becoming name-worthy in it’s own right. If so, it may be time to banish that belly.
Did you ever see the movie Signs? I’m not usually into scary movies but this one sucked me in! The writer/director, M. Night Shyamalan was able to weave drama, suspense, science fiction and family tragedy into a faithful message of hope. It all begins with crop circles on a family’s farm and ends with our heros battling for their home and survival from alien invaders. Fortunately, the signs we usually encounter aren’t extra-terrestrial in nature. From flashing road signs to beeping message lights on our smart phones, signs are designed to get our attention. Your body is filled with them — maybe it’s time to pay attention to our internal signs.
When I was living in Texas, I toured the Johnson Space Center near Houston. It was remarkable to see that iconic image of the Mission Control Center, NASA’s command center for Gemini, Apollo and Space Shuttle missions. It is a surprisingly tiny room considering the magnitude of the accomplishments of both man and machine over the last 50+ years. Today, NASA, the US Military and other private organizations continue to innovate. The image here is an artist’s concept of an adaptive or “morphing” aerospace vehicle that can change their shape in flight to adapt to conditions and enhance flight performance. Wouldn’t it be cool if we could adapt on the fly as well? We can with the latest nutritional advancements for the 21st century.
My first encounter with the B2, or Stealth, Bomber was quite by accident at Holloman AFB, NM after a stained glass class of all things. I met a pilot who had stopped in to pick up his project and casually asked him what he flew. With a slight smile and not a word spoken, he pointed to the stained glass image of a sleek black wedge suspended in a crystal blue sky. At that time, the B2 was highly classified so I didn’t even know what I had seen until a few years later. While stealth technology gives the B2 an edge in combat, nutritional technology can give you an edge in personal performance.
I recently resurrected an antique clock that we’ve had sitting idly on a desk for years. My curiosity and propensity towards tinkering got me fiddling with it. The gears are in order and the chimes work but the hands on the clock face are frozen. It got me thinking that time passes whether we measure it or not. When do you want to know that what you’re doing isn’t working — now or 20 years from now when you can’t affect as much change?
I grew up in northern Pennsylvania, where many of my high school friends went into the military. One of them, Tanya Kabes Lauro, was originally turned away by the Navy for being “overweight” by their standards. She took the Navy training program (with 4am wake up workouts) and lost 60 pounds. Now a Navy veteran, Tanya is pursuing a career in health and fitness. She recently wrote a book called “Food for the Warrior: Mission to cook healthy.” All proceeds from the digital book go to the Wounded Warrior project too!
I asked Tanya to share a healthy recipe from the book that you could have it for breakfast, lunch or dinner. This is great for those without time to make breakfast in the morning, because you can prepare it Sunday night and eat it for the rest of the week’s breakfasts. The secret to successful weight loss is being prepared.
This is article 3 of the 3 part series of Health Screening 101. The first two articles in the series of Health Screening 101 are the following:
In this article, we will discuss the changes in his Health Screening Test after four months of following a Low Carb / Paleo diet, an exercise program, and a statin drug.
I’m not much of a magazine reader but I have flipped through a Reader’s Digest or two while visiting relatives. I go right for the clever short stories and jokes. I even submitted an inadvertent joke my nephew made about superheroes when he was four years old. He was describing all of their powers one evening to his uncle Mark. His favorite superhero is Spiderman (mine too, actually!). He shared every one of Spiderman’s powers in great detail. When Uncle Mark asked him about the next superhero on the list, Spider-woman, Lorenzo innocently quipped, “Oh, she’s just like Spiderman only more complicated.” It sure felt like a Reader’s Digest moment! In a world of information overload, condensing a lot of information into a little space to make things more digestible still works. What if you could do the same with your food choices?
Growing up the middle child in a family of four kids had its challenges. It seemed that I was always sharing everything except on Valentine’s Day. Every year, my dad brought home four heart-shaped boxes filled with decadent chocolate truffles, caramels and nougat. I coveted my box, plastering my name all over it and securing a secret hiding place. Despite all of my efforts, tragedy always ensued - from my hungry baby brother scarfing every last morsel until his cheeks looked like they were going to explode, to an equally ravenous Siberian husky bent on devouring chocolate, liner and cardboard box. Thankfully, as a grownup, I can fully enjoy what’s mine without sharing and knowing the health benefits of chocolate I can do it guilt-free.
I love the peace and tranquility of the Maine woods, especially waking up on a crisp winter morning like today and discovering deer tracks all over our property. Up until this weekend, they’ve enjoyed a mild winter with plenty to eat including the endless mounds of acorns we raked up this fall. Then we got 30 inches of snow. Fortunately for the deer, we put out food blocks for them to gnaw on if they get really hungry. All that nutrition condensed in a big block is a convenient way to get extra nutrients. You can do the same thing this winter without trudging through three feet of snow. I promise that it will also come in a slightly smaller package.