Aug 01

The Nurse is probably one of the most misunderstood, often-ignored positions in the medical field. You would think that with the number of shows that pay homage to this profession that we would understand their duties but the only thing I know about a nurse is that Greg Focker (played by Ben Stiller) in Meet the Parents was a male one… okay I know a bit more but not much. Hmm there was that one Candy Stripers movie that used to come on all the time… Anyway. Go ahead and ask 10 people what a nurse’s duties are and I guarantee you get 10 different answers. We are ignorant and honestly not very curious about nurses. This becomes a bit of a problem when we become seniors and through the same attitude choose to leave our healthcare “up to the experts” and assume that nurses… [Read more]

Jun 28

“I will stay on course. Sometimes when I am running a hard work out I get discouraged. I begin to doubt if I can finish. The pain seeps into my lungs, my legs and eventually my heart feels like it will burst. Same as in life when you hit hurdles to your goals. You get weary from trying, your heart has so much pain and begins to think it will fail… As I thought about the hardest workouts and races in my life, I know it is always most difficult right before the finish line and accomplishing what I thought I could not. So I will stay the course. I encourage you to do so as well.” Lolo Jones (SOURCE) If you’ve been following Lolo’s life you know her name has become one of the public’s favorite target for scrutiny. From the Olympic disappointments to… [Read more]

May 06

I’ve come to realize that after we turn 30 there becomes 2 distinct paths that we can take when it comes to fitness. The gravity of life and the world seeks to pull us down, bend our backs and extremities to make us old, slow, and helpless – this is of course if you let it. While some health factors and situations that affect random members of the human race may cause this to be inevitable, the rest of us are able to fight it and maintain a great quality of life well into our 70’s (Studies have shown this to be true). This is why I call it the fork in the road; life rewards those who break laziness in lieu of fighting for a better quality of life and even though luck plays a factor into this when it comes to finances, when… [Read more]

Mar 28

A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with colon cancer. He attributed his customary heartburn, constipation and the presence of blood in his stool as “normal” (to him), especially that hemorrhoids were common among his family members.  Well, a colonoscopy had this vibrant 40+ year-old saying “Oh shit!” Did you know you should be taking a look at your poop on a regular basis to keep an eye on your digestive heath? Stools are the end product of eating and digesting our meals, as the body rid itself of undigested foods and toxins.  Have you ever wondered what a “normal stool” should be like especially when we experience the hardness and looseness of this smelly necessity? Well, let’s take a look. Normal Stool should have the general color of cardboard, 4 to 8 inches long, and curved like a banana. It should leave your body… [Read more]

Mar 01

Taking part in exercise, whether it’s playing sport, running or working out at the gym, provides numerous benefits; fitness, physique, current and future health all see gains in a variety of ways. However, injuries during exercise are not uncommon and after sprains, strains and pulled muscles, ligament damage is amongst those most frequently seen. Ligaments are the tissues that connect bones to each other and therefore play an important role in movement. Those who take part in sport are most likely to tear their anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), one of the ligaments in the knee, which usually occurs when you stop or change direction abruptly. You will soon know if this ligament has been damaged, as besides the “pop” you are likely to hear at the time it occurs, severe knee pain and swelling are accompanied by an inability to straighten your leg or place any… [Read more]

Feb 19

I am asking this question of myself and others like me really – I, like so many others who frequent the gym find It to be a bastion of annoying, unlikable people, standing in the way of the workout. The funny thing is that most people think this way… so in essence the gym is a crazy hell that we subject ourselves to daily. The ultimate gym for the workout enthusiast is an empty, private place, frequented only by those you know, and those who are “serious”. By now you probably think I’m an asshole if you aren’t one of the people in this fellowship. It is why lifters aim at going in at 6am or 10pm when the “Regulars” are in bed. It depends on the gym Back when I was at a former small gym my attitude was very different towards members. People… [Read more]

Feb 01

The majority of individual’s work on or desire to create a body image they love. How often do we hear, “I love everything about my body, but the one thing I would change is ….my stomach, my butt, my thighs, my arms…..you name it. Plastic surgeons are not at a loss for patients who desire is to lift up, plump up, flatten out, contour, and reduce. Well, if your beer belly, apron stomach, protruding tummy is your pet peeve, I am here to offer some sweet solutions in addition to your work out and dietary regimen. Some of these suggestion might make you say “What????, no way!!” But bear with me, because even though there is tons of nutrition information available, you can also agree there is lots of confusion and misinformation that has led to many of us becoming cynical. 1. Super Dark Chocolate – This… [Read more]

Nov 21
blonde doing yoga

Everyone wants it – that nicely toned, slender, and sexy body, but not everyone knows how to obtain it. With the right amount and types of exercises, combined with a healthy eating plan that suits your specific eating style (vegan, vegetarian, plant-based, raw food, etc.), you can definitely achieve a fit body. A fit body is one that not only “looks” good, but that is very healthy on the inside as well. Strength Training The best exercise to increase your strength, slenderize your body, and increase your metabolism is weight-bearing exercises. There are several choices to tone your muscles, which create that sleek and sexy body. The most common tools in strength training are free weights, weight machines, strength bands, and kettlebells. No matter which tool you decide to use to build and tone your muscles, the important thing is consistency in training. You should… [Read more]