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Exercise Prescription for Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome

Obesity invariably leads to Metabolic Syndrome resulting in glucose intolerance or hyperinsulinaemia (high blood insulin levels), hypercholesterolemia (high blood lipid levels) and hypertension (high blood pressure). There are over 60 different diseases, disabilities and dysfunctions associated with obesity, metabolic syndrome, physical inactivity and poor nutrition that include numerous cancers, diabetes, a variety of cardiovascular and cardiorespiratory diseases, etc. It is estimated that approximately 70% of Americans over the age of 25 years have at least one component of metabolic syndrome and an alarming increase of metabolic syndrome in those under 25. Most medical and health experts believe that both obesity

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Study: Obesity is ‘Socially Contagious’

Associated Press July 25, 2007 - 08:10:20 PM PST If your friends and family get fat, chances are you will too, researchers report in a startling new study that suggests obesity is "socially contagious" and can spread easily from person to person. The large, federally funded study found that to be true even if your loved ones lived far away. Social ties seemed to play a surprisingly strong role, even more than genes are known to do. "We were stunned to find that friends who are hundreds of miles away have just as much impact on a person's weight status

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Pre-natal Excercise Programs

There are 3 primary goals most often mentioned by pregnant women who wish to get fit/stay fit during their pregnancy: 1  • Become as healthy as possible in order to have a healthy baby 2 • Develop the fitness level and skills to have an event-free labor and birth 3 • To have the quickest possible recovery and rapid return to    pre-pregnancy weight/body fat and shape The list of general safety guidelines for exercising while pregnant include: Don’t work out so hard that you cant catch your breath or you feel you are burning up. Don’t exercise if you

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Pre-natal Fitness

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) encourages healthy pregnant women to exercise daily at moderately vigorous intensity, for 30-60 minutes of non-impact, non-contact exercise. While the ACOG recommends physical activity throughout an uncomplicated pregnancy, regardless of exercise history or fitness level, it is absolutely critical that we safely and effectively manage your fitness programs. It is equally critical that you obtain permission from her physician for any and all fitness programs and that all exercise principles (i.e.: SAID, GPO, etc.) be strictly adhered to. ACOG guidelines state that exercise is contraindicated under the following conditions: Abdominal pain Excessive

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Train with a Polar FT60 or 80!

Using a heart rate monitor is the most objective way to listen to your heart and track your progress, and it can help you avoid heart disease. Whether you want to train to improve your performance or simply want to lead a healthier lifestyle, the most effective way to do both is to listen to your body. Of course, if you have no way of understanding it, you have no way of knowing what it’s telling you. That's why Polar heart rate and activity monitors are so essential – they help you listen and understand your body more effectively. But

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Supplementation and your Meal Plan

There are billions of dollars spent each year on meal and dietary supplements, from vitamins to protein bars and even those magic weight loss pills sold over the counter. The most important thing you need to understand, how is what you are taking really benefiting or supporting your overall fitness or health goals. Make sure you READ the labels and look for clean products that still support a healthy meal plan. Multivitamins are an excellent choice to fill in your nutrient holes from your eating plan and sometimes protein powders as well as protein supplements can help support, a busy

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Answers to perplexing personal training questions

There have been numerous questions and comments pouring in from you our members. I'm going to attempt to answer your questions in this issue of FitBits. 1. What can you tell me about super-slow training? Super Slow Training was popularized by Mike Mentzer in the 1970s. Super-slow was part of his heavy-duty system that has today become known as High Intensity Training. Arthur Jones the inventor of Nautilus Strength Training machines worked with Mike to develop his systems that included: tri-sets, giant sets, super slow, forced reps, stripping and other high intensity training programs. Mikes training systems lead to great

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POMEGRANATE: A Precious RUBY of a Superfood

Originally from the Middle East, primarily the Iran region and Asia, today the Pomegranate is mainly grown in India, Africa and the United States. There is evidence that Pomegranates have been in usage since the 4th millennium BC. The history is vast, from the Persians and the Greeks to the Romans and the Egyptians. Given the beauty and richness of this fruit, it has been asked, “Could this have been the forbidden apple that tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden?” Pomegranates have been used for medicinal, religious, cosmetic and culinary purposes. It has only been a few years since

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Super Slow Training

Super Slow Training was popularized by Mike Mentzer in the 1970s. Super-slow was part of his heavy-duty system that has today become known as High Intensity Training. Arthur Jones the inventor of Nautilus Strength Training machines worked with Mike to develop his systems that included: tri-sets, giant sets, super slow, forced reps, stripping and other high intensity training programs. Mikes training systems lead to great bodybuilding success (he won several major bodybuilding titles). Over the past few years several research articles have been published all showing quite clearly that Mike was right. Its unfortunate that his untimely death precluded him

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Benefits of Flexibility Training

Flexibility is one of the most overlooked Components of Fitness among both the athletic and non-athletic populations. For the non-athletic, lack of flexibility and a functional range of motion (ROM) around a joint can cause pain and discomfort. Low back pain syndrome is usually caused by lack of flexibility, poor strength and poor anaerobic endurance in the back and surrounding muscles groups (i.e. hip flexors). The athletic population does not spend that appropriate amount of time on their flexibility preferring to spend their time on the more "Showy" Components of Fitness. This decision leads to numerous athletic injuries. Athletes require

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