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How Can You Get Inspired?

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He seems pretty happy about his fitness.


Hello & Happy Sunday!

The weather in Cleveland has been dreary, yet I smile not to have to shovel snow or scrape off my windshield.

Can you smile about your fitness right now or are there things you can tweak? We are always a work in progress, but the worst thing we can do is to be complacent about our fitness. After all, if we don’t take care of ourselves, then nobody will and we probably won’t be so happy with ourselves in the coming months. So what, if anything, is holding you back from achieving the results you want?

There are plenty of wrong turns I made in my life prior to becoming serious about my fitness. Not recognizing the importance of weight-bearing exercise and eating a clean diet were big downfalls for me. I remember when I was in my early marriage, Read More→

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School Lunch Program gone madder

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It’s bad enough when kids are fed high fat, high sugar starchy foods for lunch (along with sugared milk) and limply cooked veggies, but when I come across a piece of news like this, it really infuriates me and gives me more resolve to NEVER weaken to the convenience and economy of buying a school lunch.

Please read what my friend, Rocco Castellano, has reported on his blog this morning and read below about another piece of news that should have you questioning how much the powers-that-be really care for their people. Read More→

I have been following Dr. Pam Popper, a naturopath from Columbus, Ohio, and was moved to write this post about a study she brought to my attention, that was published in the New England Journal of Medicine.  Here it is.

Overweight teenagers, even those on the high side of normal, are at increased risk of developing heart disease in adulthood, even if they outgrow their weight problems, according to a recent study.  There’s a full article here.

For every 1 point increase in BMI, increases the risk of heart disease by 12%. Even those kids slightly overweight are at risk, which means that slightly overweight youth compound the overweight problem instead of obese children alone.

27,674 healthy young men were followed in order to determine the incidence of heart disease and diabetes Read More→

Today, the Cleveland Plain Dealer ran an article recapping the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s updated guidelines, which it modifies every five years. The move to a heavier plant-based diet is huge news considering the Food Pyramid, which has yet to be revised, has been heavy in grains and dairy for many years.  Essentially, the USDA is recommending 59% of total daily calories from vegetables and 42% from fruit, 15% from whole grains and 40% from fiber, which will happen easily if people adopt this way of eating.

Critics would argue that the dairy is too high, at 52% and that there is little indication of where meat falls.  The guidelines are not the Food Pyramid, but may help to shape it when that change is final.  If anything, these updates are heading in the right direction.

In a nutshell, here are the recommendations: Read More→

The New York Times reports that strength training for children is essential.  Recent research shows that children between the ages of 6-18 benefit from strength training by getter stronger and reducing their chance of injury.  The children experienced improved nerve-to-muscle (neuromuscular) communication, which suggests that weight training improves a child’s physical development and is an essential element of their nervous system growth (my emphasis added). Read More→

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