When your arteries are young they expand easily so blood can pass through them without much resistance. Unfortunately when we get older our arteries can become stiffer and lose their ability to open. Stiff arteries can increase your risk for high blood press, heart attack, stroke and heart disease.
Luckily there are a number of lifestyle modifications you can undertake to slow down the aging process of your arteries and even prevent them from ever becoming stiff (…)
Besides doing your short hard strength and interval work-outs you need to do easy longer aerobic work-outs on a regular basis. This principle can blend into living an active lifestyle (Principle #3) but an active lifestyle can be stop and go, while easy aerobics should be continuous.
It’s real important to do some type of long low-level aerobic activity for good health. What I mean by low level is anywhere from 55% to 70% of your maximum heart rate (on average your maximum heart rate is 220 – your age). You don’t even have to use your heart rate as a guide just walk, bike or do anything aerobic at a comfortable pace for an extended period of time (…)
Researchers at the University of Edinburgh just found that 12 to 14 year olds can play 24% longer at a high intensity if they consume isotonic drinks (like Gatorade). The study showed that drinking a 6% carbohydrate - electrolyte solution improved the young athletes...
Remember that old adage about look at your friends and it will tell you a lot about yourself? Well if your goal is to live a healthy lifestyle having fit friends makes the whole process much easier. If your close friends are living an active lifestyle and eating mostly whole natural foods you will most likely follow suit.
Since most people in the US don’t live a healthy lifestyle you might have to make a real effort to find some fit friends to socialize with. In addition, it can be a problem if your immediate family is sedentary (…)
At least one in ten athletes in the 2010 Winter Olympics was injured. The British Journal of Sports Medicine just published a report listing the winter sports that cause the most injuries, the winter sports that cause the least injuries and what the most common winter...
The best way to eat is lots of vegetables, a couple of fruits, some animal protein, an egg or two, some nuts and seeds, and plenty of healthy fat every day. I know there are so many schools of thought when it comes to the ideal diet. The last 20 years could not be any more confusing for the average person looking to lose some weight and eat healthy. After studying nutrition in school, then reading just about every best selling diet book that was published and finally using my experience working with a few hundred personal training clients over the years, I have concluded that eating whole natural foods are the way to go.
You have to eat a rainbow of colorful vegetables every day. Vegetables offer excellent nutritional value with minimal calories. Vegetables are my favorite source of carbohydrates (…)
It’s hard to explain why people who drink seem to live longer than people who do not drink. A new study that was reported by Time and published in the journal called Alcoholism, said that for some reason that is unknown, abstaining from drinking alcohol increases your...
It’s Labor Day weekend and I’m feeling a little bit out of shape. I had a great summer. The weather was extra hot in New York but sunny so I spent a lot of time just being active outside with the family and with friends. I was on vacation for over four weeks this summer so it was hard to keep my diet and exercise routine exactly perfect. It was a few too many beers and barbeques for me. Sometimes I don’t follow my own advice.
I seem to always feel out of shape by the end of the summer. Most people who workout all the time and take their diet and healthy life style seriously, go into the summer looking and feeling great but by the end of the summer are a little out of shape. I find this to be the opposite for the average person (…)
Research from the University of Exeter just reported that taking a supplement that increases the nitric oxide in your body could significantly boost your stamina during high-intensity exercise. Exeter first started their research with beet juice and showed how the...
If you have never run three miles before but have always wanted to, follow my program outlined below. The goal of this program is to get you running three miles at about a 10-minute pace after six weeks.
This is a beginner program so I’m assuming you have not been running and may be out of shape. If you are in shape you can skip the first couple of weeks and jump in at Week Three or Week Four, or wherever you feel comfortable (…)