Friday, December 09, 2011

Variation on Quadriceps Using Leg Extension Machine

Raise and lower your legs at two-second intervals for each motions. Repeat for four sets of ten repetitions. You may find you will break into a sweat and get more good pain from one set of these than you get from four sets of regular one-motion repetitions.

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Variation on Squats Using Swiss Ball

Take a medium- or small-sized Swiss ball and place it between your thighs. Squeeze. Sit and stand up form a seat. It is more difficult if you go up to an inch over the seat, not completely sitting down. Repeat for four sets of ten repetitions.

This primarily works out your inner thigh and gluteus maximus muscles.

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Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Skin and Food from Martha Stewart



Food and Nuts from Martha Stewart Living


December 2011 Issue, page 49

Watercress: A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that daily serving of watercress increased blood cells’ ability to resist DNA damage

Cinnamon: stabilizes blood sugar, may help to prevent diabetes, contains longevity-promoting properties that enhance cell function

Berries: contains the pigments anthocyanins that activate cell protective mechanisms that prevent collagen breakdown

Turmeric: contains curcuminoids that trigger activity of cell-protective enzymes and inhibit microscarring of collagen that leads to wrinkles

Cocoa: inhibits wrinkle-producing chain of reactions, stops production of inflammatory arachidonic acid protects skin from sun damage

Salmon: is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and high in collagen-building protein and anti-oxidant that prevent DNA damage from free radicals

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Nuts According to Martha Stewart

From the December Martha Stewart Living,

December 2011 Issue, page 58
Nut Health Facts

Almonds: vitamin B riboflavin, vitamin E, anti-aging antioxidant, magnesium, and molecules that prevent oxidation that leads to heart disease

Peanuts: folate, oleic acid, resveratrol – a heart anti-oxidant also found in red wine and chocolate

Pistachios: potassium, may reduce stress

Walnuts: alpha-linoleic acid, an omega-3 that boosts cognitive function, and disease-fighting gammatocopherol, a type of vitamin E

Hazelnuts: proanthocyanidins that may help strengthen blood vessels, reduce heart disease and boost brain health

Pecans: high ORAC score (antioxidant measurement), may delay age-related cognitive decline

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Sunday, December 04, 2011

Body Over Mind?

This can be true at times...Or spirit, mind, and body change places in what is "ruling" at a given moment. Perhaps it is best for spirit to usually prevail. Check out the video by Kimerer Lamothe, Ph.D.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsRym4RiLk8&feature=share

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Tips on Motivation

From Linked In Boo Sadikot

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Friday, December 02, 2011

From Healthcare-Now: US Ranks Last on Preventable Deaths Among High-Income Nations

http://www.healthcare-now.org/u-s-ranks-last-among-high-income-nations-on-preventable-deaths/

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Is Pizza a Vegetable?

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2011/11/17/pizza-as-vegetable-congress-proposes-new-school-lunch-bill/

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Molecules in Proteins That Keep Us Awake

http://medicaldaily.com/news/20111116/7920/keeping-us-awake-protein-amino-acid-sugar-orexin-cells-glucose-sugar-blocks-orexin-cells-dr.htm

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Sunday, November 06, 2011

What Happens When You Don't Exercise

This was posted by a LinkedIn contact and is attributed to Jack Lalanne. I would add that if you do not exercise, you lose valuable time to yourself, to reconnect with your center and release hormones that relax you. You lose time to clear your mind through your body, at times when the people and circumstances around you may not be the best.

Well, for starters, lets look at the muscular skeletal aspect. Your muscles, when not properly engaged in vigorous exercise, start to atrophy and become weaker without regular activity. All of that affects your body’s capacity to work efficiently. This in turn translates to the bones as well as they’re not getting enough physical activity to keep them strong and this eventually weakens them, leading to osteoporosis in older people. That’s why resistance training is important, not only in your younger years, but also as you age and aim to sustain strength in your bones. It’s never too late to start exercise and the benefits for you are immense, allowing you to have a better quality of life.
Without exercise your cardiovascular system is diminished, especially your heart and lungs. You can greatly improve them with a proper set of exercises. Remember that your heart is a muscle, so the stronger it is the more blood it can circulate through the body, thus keeping you healthy just the way the human body was designed to do. Also via exercise you eliminate toxins from your body by sweating. So, the more we move, the more toxins are flushed out of our bodies. The less we exercise or move, the more toxins are stored in the body. Take exercise as an investment for better health and saving your medical bills down the road.
Exercise is one of the key tools along with good sensible eating habits in sustaining or losing weight. Without it, we have seen whole populations become overweight through the years, accompanied with easy access to processed, junk foods and bad eating habits. This is leading to higher medical bills and earlier deaths. Some of these death may have been prevented with simple regular exercise and proper food education.

Those are a few reasons why exercise should be a part of your life just like breathing, eating and drinking, all of which is fundamental for a healthy life. It becomes quite obvious what happens to the body if you don’t exercise. Last, but not least, I quote a gentlemen who is a legend in the fitness/nutrition industry. Jack Lalanne, who at 94 years old still workouts 2 hours a day!

“Yes, exercise is the catalyst. That’s what makes everything happen: your digestion, your elimination, your sex life, your skin, hair, everything about you depends on circulation. And how do you increase circulation?” – Jack Lalanne.

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Thursday, November 03, 2011

Alcohol and Breast Cancer: Good Morning America Video

http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/higher-breast-cancer-risk-linked-alcohol-14863985

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Monday, October 31, 2011

Work Out the Abdominal and Latissimus Dorsi Muscles Together

Select free weights that are heavy enough to give you a workout but not too heavy that you cannot do four sets of ten repetitions on each side. Get on the floor with the palms of your hands and toes and balls of your feet. Use one free weight at a time. Stay as straight as you can, with your neck, back andf hips aligned. Lift the weight at your side until your elbows "passes" your waist for about four inches. Repeat a set with the other arm. You will use your abdominal muscles as stabilizers and also work out your latissimus dorsi muscles.

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Ten Ways to Stretch Strained Calf Muscles

I went hiking yesterday to Bear M ountain after not going for some years, and not warming up. My toes hurt. You can't get away from that with Timberland steel-tipped boots. I have a slight pain on a thin side calf muscle, the fibularis longus muscle . Here is a great Web site for calf stretches.

http://www.theflexibilitycoach.com/articles/8_10_ways_to_stretch_tight_calf_muscles.htm

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Health Benefits of Pumpkin

http://fitnessfest.org/health-benefits-of-pumpkin/

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

High Rates of Unsaturated Fat and Exercise Linked to Early Menopause

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Perhaps women need some fat to maintain estrogen levels.

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Contributing Article: Exercise for Cancer Patients


Exercise for Cancer Patients
Staying active during cancer treatment is not the first thing to cross someone’s mind but it is proven to have enormous benefits. Exercise can boost immune systems, reduce fatigue, and reduce stress levels and depression.  Staying active has been revealed to help lessen effects from cancers such as liver cancer, breast cancer and even unusual cancers such as epithelial mesothelioma.
Types of exercises that are especially beneficial for cancer patients:
  • Flexibility exercises like stretching, yoga and pilates. These are good for patients who are not ready for vigorous exercise but still want to maintain mobility and reap the benefits of working out.
  • Aerobic exercise such as swimming, jogging, or playing a sport. These types of exercises increase lung capacity and build cardiovascular fitness which can lower the risk of diabetes, stroke and heart attacks.
  • Resistance training, like weight lifting, is particularly important for cancer patients because there is often a loss of muscle through cancer treatment.
It is best if there is a combination of all of these types of exercises to increase the overall well-being of cancer patients. If these seem too overwhelming there are ways to increase physical activity without hitting the gym. Using the stairs instead of the escalator is a good way to start. 
It is essential, for cancer patients especially, to proceed with caution when it comes to their exercise routine. An oncology team can help when deciding on the right activities. Patients must stay in tune to their bodies and act appropriately.
People go through many challenges in life and exercise will always be a healthy way for people to cope and improve their conditions both physically and emotionally.  
Liz Davies is a recent college graduate and aspiring writer especially interested in health and wellness. She became particularly interested in ways cancer patients can cope with the side-effects of their treatment after her mother became an oncology nurse for lung cancer.

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Monday, October 03, 2011

Article: Men Don't have to Be as Fat as Women to Get Type 2 Diabetes

Check out this article:

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/235375.php

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Spiderman with Push Ups

Get ready for pain.

See the former Spider Man with Weights blog post. You will not use weights. Crawl on the floor. Keep your spine aligned and hips-butt down at spine level. Crawl with right arm and leg forward first, then left. That is one motion. Now do a push up. It is all right if your hands-arms are not parallel. That makes it harder. Crawl again and repeat 10 times. Rest. Do as many sets as you can.

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Article on Loving Your Body First to Lose Weight

This was posted in  the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Sit Ups with Medicine Ball

Grab a ten-pound medicine ball or higher and hold it with your arms straight. Lie down with bent knees and do four sets of ten abdominal crunches or sit-ups. Keep your chin facing the ceiling and your spine aligned. When you rise, exhale and bring your arms out holding the ball toward your knees. When you sit back down, inhale and bring your arms to starting position, with the medicine ball resting over your tummy. Do not go all the way back to the floor. Rather, rise back up again after you are one to two inches from the floor.

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New Study on Chocolate

Note the type of chocolate and servings.

http://tv.ibtimes.com/new-study-proves-chocolate-treats-reduce-risk-of-heart-attack-and-stroke/1755.html

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Wall Street Journal: Calorie Counts on Menus

Wall Street Journal:  Calorie counts in restaurants make little difference


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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Reverse Abdominal Crunch

Lie down on your tummy and contract your abdominal muscles so as to bring up your lower back off the floor. If you are strong enough, deepen your contraction to bring your upper arms and upper pelvis off the floor. Do four sets of ten repetitions.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

TODAY Show: Children and Bodybuilding

The TODAY had an excellent segment on children bodybuilding. It's all about balance. You do not want them obsessed with their bodies early on, and heavy weights can injure their growing tissues. However, light weights with many repetitions can condition them for life and sports and going to the gym regularly if they choose starting at 18 years old. I advocate more walking, calisthenics and sports for children.

The psychologists's and doctor's comments at the end are great.
http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/43770379/ns/today-today_news/t/child-bodybuilding-how-buff-your-kid/

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TODAY Show: Women's Bodies and Breasts

The TODAY show yesterday continued its excellent coverage of women's health and body image with a show on American's "breast obsession". I think that Europeans are less obsessed with that as they are less likely to get drunk (depending also on the country) than Americans because it is not so forbidden. Women go topless on the beach, including grandmothers with their grandchildren, and people drink a little as teenagers or younger, not having to binge drink at the magical age of 21 years old.

A psychologist and other guest stalked about how breasts are power and how trends are changing to a more curvy look. I am happy about the latter. I am an advocate of women having a balance of thinness, muscles and fat. Some are healthier or look better taller, shorter, bigger or smaller, but as an average, the middle road is healthiest and most beautiful.

What is interesting, however, is that women often run to be the latest "fad", as they put it, using extreme dieting and exercise, plastic surgery, bogus lotions, laxatives, and more. What people must do first is to accept their bodies, put health first, connect with themselves through meditation, nature and working out, and then choose for themselves what energy level they want and how they want to look, while loving themselves along the way. Anything other than these is in a context of not good enough, something is wrong with me, getting there, making it, and other various such elements. See my blog post "Choose Your Body" from years ago. Here is the TODAY show link:

http://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/kyle-drennen/2011/07/18/nbcs-today-wonders-why-americans-are-obsessed-breasts-then-shows-breas

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Thursday, July 07, 2011

Excellent Information on Stretching

Posted by Greg Brookes on LinkedIn:

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Read New Report on Americans and Obesity

By the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

http://www.rwjf.org/childhoodobesity/product.jsp?id=72575&cid=XEM_1095291

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Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Check out My Meetup Group Page

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Good Morning America: Little Girls Thinking They Are Fat

When will we stop the mass mentality of women having to be rail thin or close, or show all of their muscles to be thin? So many are too thin or overweight or obese (the latter due to a backlash often) because of this groupthink. Here is the GMA link: http://abcnews.go.com/US/body-image-issues-year-girl-worries-fat/story?id=13880833

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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Field of Excellence: Caring and Non-Attachment (Cross-Post)

I recently went to a SoHo cognac-tasting event by the House of Louis XIII, makers of fine champagne for decades. We sat in red velvety seats and saw film of how the House has operated. The French host was polite and beaming. Of course he wanted to sell the product at the end, but the overall atmosphere was that of caring, caring for the long process of picking the best soil, finest grapes, and best cask for the product. A high percentage of the grape product went into making excellent Remi Martin cognac, while a tiny percentage went into Louis XII cognac. He showed us how the cask was imperfect on certain edges, to show it was hand-made. He was proud of the 15-year-old barrel, made of 250-year-old oak, and revealed to us at a heightened moment when the film screen went up to the ceiling.

Caring will make it more likely you have a higher level of integrity, a higher level of success in what you do, and love life along the way. Bring this caring to your fitness routine. Here's the catch: What you care about is your choice. It may even change. How you want to look, as long as you are healthy, is your choice.

Most of this post will be cross-posted to www.louizaspiritualityandreligion.blogspot.com

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Recording by Educator on Health

Rick Jarow is a professor at Vassar College in New York State who also gives seminars on creating work you love. He has a weekly radio show. Hit this link, scroll down and hit the link for his June 12 show to hear about balance in health: Do not rely too much on diet, vitamins, drugs, physicians or yoga.

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Inspiring Article about Cyclist in Sunday Times

It was wonderful to read J. David Goodman's article about Damian Lopez Alfonso in Sunday's Times. Believe in yourself.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/12/nyregion/cyclists-embrace-a-handless-cuban-who-wants-to-race.html

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New York Times Article on Farm Animal Antibiotics and Congress

Nicholas Kristoff wrote a great article for today's Sunday Times. Here is the URL: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/12/opinion/12kristof.html

He makes a good point about animals often growing in filthy conditions, needing antibodies, developing resistant strains, and passing them to us. Lobbyists protect this. I say spend money for the animals to live in humane conditions and give antibodies only if necessary. Do research on how this affects us and provide for cautionary measures.

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Thursday, June 09, 2011

Christiane Northrup on Aging

http://www.drnorthrup.com/monthlywisdom/archive/jun2011.php

She talks about how taking on spiritual, mental and physical growth has many women be and feel 10-20 years younger than their Moms were or felt.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Butt Lift with Swiss Ball

Way back I blogged about a standard exercise where you lift your hips from the floor. Want to make it harder? Try it with a small- or medium-sized Swiss ball!

Lie down on the floor. Have your arms by your side or a little away if you want to support yourself with your hands. Keep your lower back on the floor. This will engage your abdominal muscles. Put your feet flat on the ball. They should be about shoulder-width apart. Keep your knees at a 90-degree or close to a 90-degree angle. Lift your hips off the floor in a steady pace. Repeat for five sets of ten repetitions. Trying to keep the Swiss ball in place will engage your abdominals as secondary muscles while you work your gluteus maximus.

Do you want to make it more difficult? Use one foot and leg at a time to lift your hips. Your other leg can be straight or almost straight up, or have the ankle of the passive leg rest over the knee of your more active leg. Repeat for five sets of ten repetitions for each leg.

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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Sitting at Work Promotes Obesity

See link for new research

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0019657

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Friday, May 27, 2011

New York Times Article Bikini Ready? Who's Judging?

Catherine Saint-Louis wrote a great article in yesterday's New York Times about bikini season preparation. Health is number one. After that, feel good about yourself. Don't go to extreme (or any really) diet or exercise plan. Have integrity in health and connect with yourself and intuition to know what is good for you. Feel energetic and love how you look whether you are there yet or on your way. If you really feel bad about an area of your body and want a procedure or surgery, that is your call. But first be healthy, feel good and be in action. Then silence yourself and know what you want.

Remember, many people out there feed off people whose lives are not going how they want. Many life coaches, plastic surgeons, etc. are good people and want to help other people. But money is always a motive and sometimes the number one motive. So be careful. Feel good about yourself!

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/26/fashion/the-bikini-as-a-badge-of-fitness.html

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Side Lunge

Conduct a lunge to the side. Start with the right leg. Keep your head and spine centered and back straight. Keep your left leg straight. Do not lock your knees or put the toes of your right foot beyond your right knee. Come back up slowly. Repeat to the left.

You can incorporate arm exercises with free weights. For instance, do biceps curls or overhead press, butterfly or chest press while you lunge.

Do four sets of ten repetitions.

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Never Too Old to Lift

Check out this 86-year-old gal.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9baGr99bvA&feature=share

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Video on Human Being Dietary History

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dw1MuD9EP4

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Saturday, May 07, 2011

Study by American Academy of Physicians Shows That Exercise Boosts Children's Adademic Success

http://www.aap.org/advocacy/releases/pas2011/movementsun.pdf

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Ten Health Tips from Mayo Clinic

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Sunday, May 01, 2011

I Recommend the Insanity DVDs

I saw [most of] an infomercial on this. I rarely watch them. Many fitness equipment infomercials are for gimmick products. You can exercise well on a mat. I have not bought these products, but, judging from the infomercial, they are excellent training DVDs. One must be fit to do the exercises and will only get more fit, all other factors like diet remaining the same or being enhanced. Many exercises involve interval training and plyometrics. If you are a beginner, get a physician's approval before you start. Do not forget to stretch before and after the exercises.

http://blog.extremefitnessresults.com/workout-guides/insanity/

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Fat Returns

There is an interesting story in the New York Times today about fat returning after liposuction. This may have something to do with a gene from the caveman times where food was not so plentiful. Our body wants to be ready for cold or days of little food. I am sure people differ here, too. It seems that, after liposuction, the amount of fat cells will increase in other areas. If one has had liposuction in the hips and thighs, the fat usually appears in the abdomen. I recently read that fat stores increase in the abdomen for menopausal women. These fat cells make estrogen as the hormone's levels decrease. In this article, physicians explained that fat cells do not reappear in the thighs because liposuction destroys the surrounding structures that would allow that.

To read the article, click here: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/01/weekinreview/01kolata.html

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Goals and Statistics

A very early blog post was about acceptance. Yes, accept yourself and your body how you are: If you are angry, get a pimple, gain or lose weight. Feel fabulous! You are!

As a personal trainer, I support people to have healthy goals without being at a too skinny or a fat extreme, and without excessive dieting and exercise. Then it is up to them to choose. I then support that. There is again a yin yang balance between flow (yin) and goals (yang). Acceptance with commitment can be the context.

Once you have your goals, you can have the goals be strict and hard or not depending on your personality, wanting to set a firm time schedule, etc. Once you create that (and it can change), choose measures. These can be heart rate, blood pressure, cholesterol, waist-to-hip ration, BMI index, tape measure and caliper measures, weight, strength, flexibility, energy and more. Any of these measures alone mean nothing. Together, and with your intuitive connection with yourself, you will know if you are progressing or not.

There is nowhere to get, but don't just stay there. If you consciously want to maintain and stay at the same level, that is fine. But I recommend not to do it for more than a few months at a time. A healthy human nature is to grow spiritually, intellectually and physically. If you are on a plateau (see very early blog post), do something different like yoga, Pilates, jogging, dance, martial arts, or something else you have not done.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Orthorexia

Great post: When does too much dieting or caution become a sickness?
http://health.yahoo.net/experts/dayinhealth/new-eating-disorders-are-they-real

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Myths of Aging

This is a great Oprah post. There is a difference between number age and biological age having to do with health, energy, and yes, looks! One can be 40 and younger than a 25-year-old, or 60 and younger than a 40-year-old.

http://www.oprah.com/health/Aging-Body-Changes-Aging-Myths

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Push Ups with a Step

Do you think that push ups are hard? Try this: Use a step, on other little steps to make it harder. Do push-ups. Go for four sets of ten repetitions. Or do four sets of five repetitions if that is all you can do. If you must at first, have your knees be on the floor. Breathe out when you go down and in when you rise.

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

NY Academy of Science Talk on Cancer by Dr. Siddharta Mukherjee

I attended a great talk by Dr. Mukherjee, author of the new book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer. I attended part of his talk, but liked
what he said about medicine encompassing everything from psychology to nanotechnology. I believe in integrating ideas.

Some MD/PhD students later told me that he said that he met a man he needed to meet in India, when it was more logical they would have met at Harvard. That may be synchronicity. For instance, I like balancing science with religion, synchronicity, intention etc.I thought when I was an undergraduate that medical school education needs to encompass genetics, and that it would take years to do so, especially in such a developing field, and alternative medicine.

Some interesting points are that diet probably affects some cancer not all. As I thought, the extreme of dieting or eating organic in order to prevent cancer is a not a cure-all strategy. In addition, there are some links to certain cancers and obesity but not certain links from obesity to all cancers. It was mentioned that one twin studied got cancer while another did not get it. there are spontaneous mutations. Unfortunately, cancer cells are usually not found until there are several in a tumor. It would be great to find a cell as soon as it turns cancerous and pinpoint the processes more.

I have not read the book, but it encompasses stories of many cancer patients and the history of cancer from what was found in early hieroglyphics. It is interesting how science and medicine, at a certain level, are very creative, and one can use both left and right brain for ideas and cures.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Science Times: Rabbis and Anorexia

Rabbis are reporting increased cases of anorexia and other eating disorders among young Orthodox Jewish women. This may be in response to the pressures of 1. being asked by prospective suitors or their families what their sizes, or even their mothers' sizes are, and 2. needing to start families early while pursuing careers. This happens in spite of their concealing garb.

Read about it here:
http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/11/eating-disorders-among-orthodox-jews/

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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Articles on Social Theory and Women's Plastic Surgery

These are by sociology professor Victoria Pitts-Taylor at the City University of New York. I have not read them, and thought she was a little too left for me (to be general) at one talk I heard her say, but they do sound very interesting! I am sure I back some of the points!

http://soc.qc.cuny.edu/faculty/pitts/

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Friday, April 08, 2011

City University of New York Body Image Meeting Saturday

I went and it was good. It was the first such event there and could have been organized better. For instance, in the schedule, people were not listed in the order they would speak for each room. Some did not show; that happens, I guess. The very last speech was a little too post modern for me. Lectures encompassed everything from disability to [a lot on] pressure on women to be thin.

An interesting questions was raised in a room: To what extent are we free to have the body WE want. I talk about this in early blog posts. First comes health, then look like you want, and don't try to look like anyone else. (You probably won't anyway.) We can pose similar questions like to what extent are we free to be ourselves, have the life we want, etc. People stressed how women are supposed to be thin, even in an unhealthy way, or way where they are pre-pubescent or pubescent, like some Macy's commercials in New York City I see lately. One woman did a study where she showed breast implants to women in Senegal and they thought they were atrocious. They'd come here if they had money to talk sense into us. they believed women, especially mothers, should let their natural breasts be, even without a bra. Many Western women, asked why they wear a bra, had no answer. (That is another discussion.)

I believe in the natural look myself: hourglass for women, and toned for men if you can have it.

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Saturday, April 02, 2011

Video How to Do a Sit Up

This was done at about 2:00 am with an old camera. The content is simple and true.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGHNbrlefAE

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Globalization of Fat Stigma

http://www.thirdage.com/news/fat-stigma-spreading-across-globe_3-30-2011

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Middle Aged Women Seeing Increased Pressure to Fit Thin Stereotypes

Today in the Science Times of the New York Times, Tara Parker-Pope wrote today that many women that are middle-aged or older are involved in extreme dieting and extreme exercising. I see anorexic or too-thin-looking women at the gym all the time. I have asked gym managers why they don't stop them from working out due to legal reasons. Cynthia Bulik, director of the Eating Disorders Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill says that half the clients since 2003 have been adults, rather than adolescents: "Even in their 50s and 60s -- and, believe it or not, beyond -- women are engaging in extreme weight- and shape-control behaviors."

Tamar Pryor clinical director of the Eating Disorder Center of Denver, who studied 200 cases of midlife eating disorders, says there are more that are under the radar because people are so functional in other areas of life. Older women, she says, are more adept at concealing the problems, and people may attribute symptoms to aging.

I have a client in her 60's who diets to the extreme. Yet she does not overexercise, and is realistic in terms of certain thing she cannot do with exercise that have to do with skin characteristics. She is overall balanced, yet she restricts any sweets, milk and more because she is afraid this will lead to overeating. She has not mastered this in herself or found that balance. She cannot change this unless she want to change. Her overall goal, though, is health, energy and abilities, so I would not say she is at the extreme that these ladies are.

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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Ibuprofen and Parkinson's Disease

In a recent study, published in Neurology, scientists from the Harvard School of Public Health showed a link between ibuprofen, found in Advil® and other drugs, and reduction of the chance of acquiring Parkinson's disease.

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/press-releases/2011-releases/parkinsons-disease-ibuprofen.html

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Harvard School of Public Health: Mercury Exposure and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

"... large-scale study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), researchers found no evidence that higher levels of mercury exposure were associated with higher risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, or total cardiovascular disease in two separate studies of U.S. adults."

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/press-releases/2011-releases/mercury-exposure-cardiovascular-disease.html

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Robert Wood Johnson Study on Health and Social Factors

What Shapes Health-Related Behaviors? The Role of Social Factors

This includes education, where we live, diet, exercise, smoking, and more.

http://www.rwjf.org/files/research/sdohwhatwhapeshealthrelatedbehaviorsissuebrief20110324.pdf?cid=XEM_206603

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Short Study on Stress and Health

How Social Factors Shape Health: The Role of Stress
This covers the impact of family and work situations, low income, and more.

http://www.rwjf.org/files/research/sdohstressandhealthissuebrief20110324.pdf?cid=XEM_206603

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Gym Etiquette

Here are some major points about gym etiquette:

1. Wipe your sweat from the machine or mat after you use it.

2. Return weights to how they were prior to using the machine.

3. Do not use your cellular telephone and keep it on only for incoming emergencies.

4.Do not interrupt someone during a set, like to use the machine, unless perhaps they are facing you and can easily nod.

5. Do not speak or moan (if lifting heavy weight) too loudly.

6. Do not drop weights to the floor. This makes noise and can even shake the floor.

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Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Push Up with Oblique

This is a tough exercise. Try it. I haven't.
Search for my push up blog post from years ago for the proper way to perform a push up. Hold a free weight in one hand. Use a weight that is doable and will give you a good workout for four sets of ten repetitions. When you are on the "up" part of the push up, twist your right side to the right in a controlled motion, using your right oblique, then return to starting position. Exhale when you go up, and inhale when you go down. Repeat for the left side. On repetition consists of twisting one time on each side.

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Monday, March 07, 2011

Lunge with a Twist

Here is a variation on a lunge where you use a medicine ball to twist for your oblique muscles. Search for the lunge blog post for the proper way to do a lunge. Grab a medicine ball with a high enough weight to give you a workout and that you can use for four sets of ten repetitions. If this is too many repetitions for you, do two sets of ten repetitions. One repetition consists of lunging once with your right leg and once with your left leg.

Hold the medicine ball in front of your waist. Once you are down in the lunge position, twist right and left, and return the medicine ball to center as you are getting up to the original position. Repeat for the other leg. Make sure to keep your back vertical. This further engages core muscles. For a harder workout, hold your arms straight out chest level with the ball.

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Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Tuesday Science Times Article on Self-Compassion

Tara Parker-Pope wrote in the Science Times section of the New York Times this week about a new book by Dr. Kristin Neff, associated professor of human development at the University of Austin in Texas. The book is about self-compassion. Dr, Neff points out that, while most people show compassion for friends, they show little for themselves, when they make a mistake. I can relate: I recently lost a bracelet. I am not sure if it was real if I’d found it or it was a present. I had allowed a man to get on my nerves. As I took off my jewelry at the gym and was not present. I remember thinking that I am not being careful where I am putting my bracelet, and would lose it. I then recalled several items, including heirlooms, I lost lately. I just looked for a pair of gorgeous shoes and can’t find them. Well, usually things turn up when you don’t look for them. I tempered this with thinking of how much I handle each day well.

The article author went on to say self-compassion is needed when one goes off a diet (although I believe in dieting once in a while, but not diets) or missing a workout. I have written about this in Pocket Guide to Fitness and the Acceptance and Being Grateful blog posts. Do a search. She writes accepting imperfection, although I advocate thinking of oneself as perfect. Who can tell you otherwise?

A key point is that, if one is not self-compassionate, they may get emotionally, and then give up on their nutrition and workout regimen. In a 2007 Wake Forest University study of two groups and diet, the group with the instructor who said: Everyone in this study eats this stuff, so I don’t’ think there’s any reason to feel real bad about it” ate less candy It is important to remind yourself that everyone has feelings of inadequacy once in a while. Dr. Neff will conduct a controlled study to see if self-compassion can reduce anxiety, depression and stress.

You can take a self-compassion test at www.self-compassion.org

This was cross-posted on www.louizaspiritualityandreligion.blogspot.com

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Tuesday, March 01, 2011

How to Rejuvenate Your Brain at Any Age

Sharon Begley wrote an article in Newsweek about having your brain get younger and sharper as you "age". You do this, according to the article, through exercise, meditating, and even video games. Look up the subject on http://www.pubmed.gov.

You can have your cells become younger with exercise too. Look up my telomere blog post.

http://www.newsweek.com/2011/01/03/can-you-build-a-better-brain.html

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Monday, February 28, 2011

BNL: Some Food Stimulation Increases Dopamine Levels in Binge Eaters

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) conducted a study to differentiate obese form binge eaters. The sight or smell of favorite foods triggers a spike in dopamine in binge eaters, but not in the "normal" obese. The findings are published online in the journal Obesity and suggest that the dopamine spike may play a role in triggering compulsive overeating.

The main scientists, Dr. Gene-Jack Wang, said:"These results identify dopamine neurotransmission, which primes the brain to seek reward, as being of relevance to the neurobiology of binge eating disorder." A similar dopamine spike has been shown in drug addicts' brains when shown images of drugs. Wang said that dopamine spikes were associated with people feeling a pike in hunger.

The subjects were 10 obese people with a clinical diagnosis of binge eating disorder, based on evaluations at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital, and 8 non-binging obese subjects. The scientists used positron emission tomography (PET) to scan the subjects' brains after injecting a radiotracer designed to bind to dopamine receptors in the brain. Subjects fasted for 16 hours prior to the study. They were scanned 4 times in 2 days. Heated food, which subjects could taste with swabs, made up the food stimulation condition. For the neutral stimulation scans, non-food-related pictures and inanimate objects such as toys were displayed for subjects to see and smell.

The subjects who had the highest binge eating levels also experienced the highest dopamine spikes. The amount of dopamine receptors between the two groups did not differ significantly. Dompamine spikes were present in the caudate region of the brain, which is involved in the in reinforcement of action potentially leading to reward, but not in processing of the reward.

"That means this response effectively primes the brain to seek the reward, which is also observed in drug-addicted subjects," Wang said.

In contrast, dopamine spikes in drug addicts were found in the brain's reward center.

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

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Wednesday, February 09, 2011

My New Book Is Out and Michelle Obama'sComments on Today Show

I am so excited to report that the new and improved second edition of Pocket Guide to Fitness is out!!! It can be purchased here:

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Michelle Obama told Matt on the Today Show, in response to his inquiry on Barak's fatty Super Bowl diet, that it's all about BALANCE, not extremes or deprivation, what I've been preaching on this blog for years. She likes French fries and so do I once in a while. The key is balance: 1. Know yourself; 2. Work out; and 3. Each healthily most of the time.

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Testimonial from Pocket Guide to Fitness Book Reader

Louiza Patsis's book Pocket Guide to Fitness made a huge difference in my life. I was stressed from kids, my sister's illness, and job insecurity, and I had gained weight. I am always confident and felt great, but wanted to take care of my health. The book had me see the mind-body connection around how I feel, accept myself, and commit to fitness. I learned science facts and useful exercises that I did at home with little or no equipment. I also started to run. Result: I lost 50 pounds in less than six months, got healthier, and feel more confident and secure in my life. My friend read it and also lost weight. Most importantly, we feel healthier and stronger. The book is an easy and at the same time valuable read for anyone serious about getting in shape.

- S. Padron, Queens, New York
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I was working with the same home trainer for years. I was having trouble paying the high fee and I felt that we were in a rut, doing the same exercises week after week. I began searching for someone new, especially for a female trainer.

I found Louiza Patsis on the Internet. She has provided me with exactly what I was looking for; a competent trainer who offers both affordable rates and an exhilarating exercise routine. In the past, I did mostly upper body and leg work, but I was unaware of how underdeveloped my abs are, until Louiza worked me out. Louiza is now helping me to correct this problem. She uses a variety of workout techniques, including professional dance moves and stretches.

Louiza’s attitude is personable, supportive and motivational. She frequently inquires as to how I am feeling, both during and after exercising. She is willing to modify a routine according to my personal fitness level, while encouraging me to go beyond my “comfort level” to achieve improved endurance, strength, and flexibility.

For me, a commercial gym is not an option. It is very important to have a home trainer to keep me on track and help me to reach my goals. I own various kinds of exercise equipment, and Louiza puts them all to good use. She inspires me to exercise and exert myself even between our training sessions. She also likes my cat Silky. I am glad that I found her and I hope that we will continue our association for many years to come.

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Thursday, February 03, 2011

New York Academy of Science Experts Panel on Obesity

Enjoy the following information and podcasts about obesity, including prevention and policy. Experts include those from Harvard University and John Hopkins University. For podcasts, look under "Media".

http://www.nyas.org/Publications/Ebriefings/Detail.aspx?cid=d9de3417-16fb-4f61-9197-4253bf9767bf

Monday, January 31, 2011

Exercise and AIDS

People with AIDS should be extra careful working out. They may be at the stage of their muscles atrophying. Each person will have different reactions to different drugs. Their physicians must be conducted before they start any exercise endeavor. You can find articles on this on www.pubmed.gov. Someone suggested I write a post on this, which I am doing but I am not conducting immense research. The above link will show you the latest, as well as older, studies.

Exercise is not a cure for AIDS. People that are HIV-positive may not have full-blown AIDS. The disease manifests itself differently in each person. However, some studies have found beneficial effects of exercise in HIV-positive individuals. Studies showed that the CD4 cell count increased after 24 months of exercise. See this link with information from Dr. Veljko Velkovic.

The LA Times article today HIV and AIDS Patients Find Exercise Improves Their Health shows that exercise helps persons with AIDS feel better and do more physically. They also cited several studies: a 2006 Massachusetts General Hospital study found that exercise manages symptoms of "metabolic syndrome," which as many as 45 percent of HIV-positive people have. This syndrome increases the likelihood of heart and diabetes complications. A 2005 Columbia University study found that moderate exercise with antiretroviral drugs, led to improved nervous-system function and circulation in HIV-positive persons.

Because I believe there is a lot of truth in mind over matter, exercise can’t be bad for HIV-positive or other people to feel better, breath better, be happier and thereby affect their cells, so I recommend it!

Disclaimer: None of the above information can be taken as a substitute for advice from a medical professional such as a physician.

My third book, Pocket Guide to Fitness, is available on www.louizapatsis.com, http://www.authorhouse.com, www.bn.com and http://www.amazon.com. If you look up my name on those Web sites, you will find my other books The Boy in a Wheelchair and Life, Work and Play: Poems and Short Stories.

Great Web Site on Supplements

Here is a great Web site on supplements, posted by fellow fitness trainer, Joe Canone, who has a degree in biochemistry. Joe, as I do, thinks that the Food and Drug Administration, or another body, should regulate supplements. Many people are gullible or may experience side effects, especially if they take too many supplements. Already, the first post on Vitamin B12 is great. http://www.google.com/search?q=joe+canone+supplements&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a

Disclaimer: None of the above information can be taken as a substitute for advice from a medical professional such as a physician.

My third book, Pocket Guide to Fitness, is available on www.louizapatsis.com, http://www.authorhouse.com, www.bn.com and http://www.amazon.com. If you look up my name on those Web sites, you will find my other books The Boy in a Wheelchair and Life, Work and Play: Poems and Short Stories.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Microbes in Our Guts

In the December 17, 2010 issue of Science was great in summing up the past year's events. One article was about all the microbes we have in our gut. I have been using sterilizer for a while, even before it became common in libraries, schools and gyms. I saw a news show portion weeks ago about how it is not good to overuse it, since we may then not build up immunity to microbes on our own, and since we have many microbes in us anyway.

I thought of that when I read the Science article by Elizabeth Pennisi. She talked about 200 Nobel Laureate's Joshua Lederberg's call to think of organisms like us with many tiny ones living symbiotically with us as superorganisms, rather than the we are good and they are bad usual thinking.

I was amazed to read that nine out of 10 dells in our body are microbial! This is more than I had thought. Only a few species of them make us sick. Others help us digest food and serve other functions as well. In 1999 at Stanford University in Palo Alto, David Relman and others found 3,956 types of bacteria, two-thirds new to science, in culture from human gums. Does this make you want to kiss anyone? In 2006, Steven Gill of the University in Buffalo, New York and in 2010 Jun Wang of BGI-Shenzhen in China did genetic studies to show that many gut bacteria genes complement our own and so together break down fiber, amino acids and drugs. This is fascinating.

Some bacteria help us fight disease. For instance Faecalibacterium prausnitzii has anti-inflammatory properties and may protect us against Crohn's disease. According to Sarkis Mazmanian of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Baceteroides fragilis keeps mice from getting colitis. Other bacteria form healthy gut cured diarrhea caused by Clostridium difficile. Bacteria can protect against other bacteria and viruses. Herbert Virgin of Washington University School of Medicine found that dormant herpesviruses pushed the immune system of mice to protect them against certain bacterial infections.

The more researchers learn about this, the more they can use bacteria and viruses, or their genetic material, to prevent and fight disease, and also to help humans and animals in their bodily functions. I am so excited about the new genetics building opening up shortly at New York University!

Disclaimer: None of the above information can be taken as a substitute for advice from a medical professional such as a physician.

My third book, Pocket Guide to Fitness, is available on www.louizapatsis.com, http://www.authorhouse.com, www.bn.com and http://www.amazon.com. If you look up my name on those Web sites, you will find my other books The Boy in a Wheelchair and Life, Work and Play: Poems and Short Stories.

Great Post on Types of Fat

As I have written before, fat is not bad and many people have a phobia about it. It is needed, and even helps with maintaining the proper function of insulin and a good heartbeat.

Here is a good post by a North Carolina personal trainer and author Darvis Simms. Isn't it great how the Internet connects us? http://personaltrainersunited.com/all-about-fat/

Disclaimer: None of the above information can be taken as a substitute for advice from a medical professional such as a physician.

My third book, Pocket Guide to Fitness, is available on www.louizapatsis.com, http://www.authorhouse.com, www.bn.com and http://www.amazon.com. If you look up my name on those Web sites, you will find my other books The Boy in a Wheelchair and Life, Work and Play: Poems and Short Stories.

Friday, January 07, 2011

Come Join My New York City Fitness Meetup Group

The first meeting is on Saturday January 15th. We can schedule an individual session prior to that.

http://www.meetup.com/Manhattan-and-Queens-Fitness-Group/

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Bar for Abdominals and Obliques

Get a bar with a weight that will work you out and that you can use for five sets of ten repetitions. Hold the bar vertically with both hands in front of you. Push down on it so it can be secure in the ground. This is part of the workout. Keep your hips steady and legs shoulder width apart. Rotate for half a circle clockwise "around the bar". Do the same counterclockwise. This is one repetition.

Disclaimer: None of the above information can be taken as a substitute for advice from a medical professional such as a physician.

My third book, Pocket Guide to Fitness, is available on www.LouizaPatsis.com, http://www.Authorhouse.com, www.BarnesandNoble.com and http://www.Amazon.com. If you look up my name on those Web sites, you will find my other books The Boy in a Wheelchair and Life, Work and Play: Poems and Short Stories.

Saturday, January 01, 2011

New York Times: Placebo May Work Even If Patients Know About It

In a recent study, docotrs told patients they'd receive a placebo. The placebo still made a difference. To me, this may show how powerful language is and how mind presides over body and may be some extension of a law of attraction.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/28/health/research/28perceptions.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=placebo%20effect&st=cse