Archive for February, 2009

Healthy Reads 2/27/09

Posted on February 27, 2009 - Filed Under Shout Outs | 4 Comments

Happy Friday to you.  I’ve read some great posts and articles this week and thought you’d be interested in some of them. 
First, at Dietriffic, read 8 Reasons Why Your Weight Loss Diet Can’t Help You.  Before you spend your money on the HCG, cabbage soup, or any other fad diet out there, read this. 
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Physical Activity Trends

Posted on February 26, 2009 - Filed Under Exercise | Leave a Comment

The above graph shows the proportion of the US population that reported no leisure-time physical activity (from CDC Statistics here).  In 1989, it was about 31%.  In 2007, it dropped to 24%.  So according to this, more people are getting at least some leisure-time activity.  That’s good news. 
Now below are my physical activity levels for [...]

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Posted on February 25, 2009 - Filed Under Fruit, Nutrition, Vegetables | 5 Comments

One of my favorite things to do is cook with my wife.  For some reason, it’s just way more fun when we do it together.  Pictured above is what we made last night.  We had zucchini, mushrooms, sweet potatoes and chicken. 
The zucchini was awesome.  We had never bought it to prepare at home and I [...]

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Risk Factors for Heart Disease and How To Improve Them

Posted on February 24, 2009 - Filed Under Heart Health, Prevention | 5 Comments

Here are “Risk Factors Associated with Coronary Heart Disease”1 and how to improve them.  [If this is too small to read, use your browser's zoom function].
Look at the “Nonmedication Methods to Improve” column.  Any common methods in there?
Ok, perhaps this is over-simplified, but for most people, these methods will reduce the risk of heart disease.
Lifestyle does matter.
Philip E. [...]

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One Day at a Time

Posted on February 23, 2009 - Filed Under Behavior Change | 11 Comments

“Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up.  It knows that it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed.
Every morning a lion wakes up.  It knows that it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve.
It doesn’t matter if you are a lion or a gazelle.  When the sun [...]

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Link It Up 2/20/09

Posted on February 20, 2009 - Filed Under Shout Outs | 5 Comments

It’s been a good week.  I hope it has been for you too.  Here are some good reads from around the web that I read this week.  Enjoy them.
From I read about Fast Food vs. Homemade food.  With the economy the way that it is, more people are eating at home and when they [...]

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A Ridiculous Ticket and My Favorite Fruits and Veggies

Posted on February 18, 2009 - Filed Under Fruit, Nutrition, Vegetables | 9 Comments

So I got a ticket today and I’m pretty annoyed about it.  I had just enjoyed some lunch with the wife and was heading home and I noticed a cop had pulled some one over in front of me.
There was plenty of room on the shoulder where they were and I passed at a reasonable [...]

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Physical Activity Pyramid

Posted on February 17, 2009 - Filed Under Exercise | 8 Comments

This is the “Activity Pyramid”1 as published in ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription.
Now this pyramid isn’t perfect and there are plenty of other activities that we can do, but in my opinion, this is a decent guide for most people. If sedentary people started to incorporate this, they would certainly see benefits of [...]

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A Quick Monday Thought

Posted on February 16, 2009 - Filed Under Healthy Lifestyle, Prevention | 9 Comments

“Thomas Jefferson, more than 200 years ago, stated: ‘The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human body in diet and in the causes and prevention of disease.’  No pill, vaccine, or injection can completely offset the diseases brought on by an unhealthy lifestyle.”1
Just [...]

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Link it Up 2/13/09

Posted on February 13, 2009 - Filed Under Shout Outs | 3 Comments

Happy Friday the 13th and early-Valentine’s Day.  Here are some great posts I’ve come across this week.  I hope they are useful for ya!
First let’s hit up Joe Friel’s blog and learn some Basic Training Assumptions.  Here we can learn about fitness and fatigue and how they are related. 
Next, check out Paul’s Health Blog and [...]

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