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Benefits of Martial Arts Training For Kids

By: Laura Saunders Admit it. When the going gets tough at home, we’ve all plopped the kids in front of the television and breathed a sigh of relief. Finally, we can get started on dinner, maybe check email or sort that massive pile of laundry. But when your five-year old yells

Gender Bias in Women’s Health & Medical Treatment

Women’s health issues have traditionally been ignored in patriarchal systems such as our own. The old paradigm viewed half the population as primarily emotional beings whose purpose was to bear offspring and serve the male. Although some progress has been attained in this area, many of the issues facing women continue to be marginalized, negated, […]

Total Body Conditioning

Over the past 25 years, ever since the introduction of Dr. Kenneth Cooper’s book, Aerobics, many individuals have focused on walking, running, cycling and other types of aerobic activity as their only means of exercise. Unfortunately, this has led to many of us neglecting another key component of fitness –

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The Psychology of Selling Why People Hire Fitness Professionals

By Jim Labadie Now more than ever, we in the fitness industry have a moral obligation to help those who are in desperate need of our help. We, in fact, have a responsibility to sell solutions to the problems associated with a sedentary lifestyle. Therefore, as a fitness professional you need to

Fitness Tips For Working with Breast Cancer Survivors

Did you know that every 3 minutes another woman is diagnosed with breast cancer? Breast cancer is the most common caner diagnosed in women. Due to improved detection and treatment, these women and men (men can get breast cancer to) are living longer and healthier lives. The treatment that they must undergo is grueling; physically and […]

Muscle Recovery After Ultra Marathon & Endurance Events

MUSCLE RECOVERY FROM EXTREME ENDURANCE EVENTS: THE ‘AWFUL AFTERS’ COUNTING THE COST OF A 140-MILE TRANS-SAHARA FOOTRACE By: Dr. Bill Misner Ph.D.Eavesdropping…Ultra heroes and heroines of the 15th Marathon de Sables murmured without shame, “What have I done to myself”…,”It is totally fricken’ loony out there…,” “I couldn’t breathe, you have to live to race […]

Fitness Programs & Workplace Stress

By: Mark J. Occhipinti, M.S., Ph.D., N.D.c. “It is a laughable sight, to see those guilds of cobblers and tailors… when they march in procession.. stopping, round shouldered, limping men, swaying from side to side. They look as though they had all been carefully selected for an exhibition of their infirmities.”

No One Wants A Ketone Body

“The Truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it” Gen. Norman H. Schwarzkopf Surely you’ve all heard of Ketone Bodies. Ketone bodies are manufactured by the Liver when too much protein is being used for energy. The dangers associated with ketone

Water Pollution Today

by Brian Lavendel Pollution of lakes, rivers, streams, oceans: it’s a problem many of us are aware of and concerned about. The good news is that today, the actions of individuals can have a large impact on the quality of our waters. Yes, each one of us can help keep our

Nutrition and the Central Fatigue Hypothesis

by Matt Samuels, RD Athletes are quite familiar with localized fatigue. This can be observed during any weight training session when an exercise is taken to failure or during an endurance event when one body part fatigues before others. This localized fatigue occurs within the muscle itself and can be caused