Category: CEC Articles

Warming Up Properly

Warming Up Properly

If you’re like me, you have several hobbies that involve a great deal of physical activity, such as hiking, running, biking, riding motocross, in-line skating, etc. You spend hours, even days shopping for the right hiking boots or running shoes, tuning your bike, and rotating the wheels on your in-line skates, but often then you completely forget to prepare your bodies for the physical demands that you’re about to place on it. Jumping right into physical activity without warming up is very dangerous. It can lead to an increased injury risk, lack of coordination, and even heart arrhythmias and cardiac arrest in the most serious cases.

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Pay Attention to Pain

Pay Attention to Pain

When any workout or specific exercise causes you pain, pay attention. Knowing how to react can help you avoid a serious injury. Strength training can cause several types of pain including:

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Increase Vertical Jump

Increase Vertical Jump

When the basketball off season is in full swing and I have been asked numerous times, "how do I increase my vertical?"  Most aspiring basketball players think about flying through the air "Like Mike".  As fitness professionals these people come to us for help in achieving that dream.  They see the value of having professional training to get them off the ground quicker and higher than their opponent. 

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Study Shows Interval Training Burns More Fat

Study Shows Interval Training Burns More Fat

Interval training burns fat and improves fitness more quickly than constant but moderately intensive physical activity, according to research by a University of Guelph researcher.

The study by Jason Talanian, a PhD student in the Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences, was published in the Journal of Applied Physiology. It found that after interval training, the amount of fat burned in an hour of continuous moderate cycling increased by 36 percent and cardiovascular fitness increased by 13 percent.

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Exercise is Medicine

Exercise is Medicine

It is amazing that physician networking is so infrequently explored by the personal training community. A November 2007 press release from the American Medical Association (AMA) announced the launch of a new initiative called Exercise is Medicine, a program designed to encourage America’s patients to incorporate physical activity and exercise into their daily routine.

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Fast Food Puts Teens On Fast Track To Obesity

Obesity has become a significantly increasing problem in teens and adolescents in recent years. Dietary habits and lifestyle has remarkably changed. After school, many adolescents rest near the television while doing homework or sit for hours in front of a computer, sustaining that activity with high-calorie junk foods.

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HDL Cholesterol

HDL Cholesterol

How many of you consider yourself a skeptic? I know I do. When an expert or authority makes a pronouncement that Cause A leads to Effect B, I’m a lot more likely to accept his or her ideas if this expert can explain how or why Cause A leads to Effect B or in some way describe the mechanism of its action. I have a hard time going on faith alone, especially since our playing field is littered with “experts”, many of whom disagree with each other. So when our experts tell us that aerobic exercise causes an increase in the amount of HDL cholesterol in our bloodstream, I would like to know how it happens.

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Dining Out Healthy

Dining Out Healthy

Just because you’re eating out shouldn’t mean you have to compromise the healthy eating habits you’ve learned! You’ll be surprised how easy it can be with a little conscious effort and some help from the restaurant industry. The following are a few guidelines that if followed, should eliminate any self-inflicted starvation guilt usually caused the morning after an evening on the town.
 

 

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Fruits and Vegetables Every Day!

Fruits and Vegetables Every Day!

Nutrition plays a vital role in maintaining a healthy immune system. Listed below are some nutrition principles and suggestions for dietary supplements to improve health…

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carrots, apples and radishes

Dietary Fiber

Everyone knows that fiber is a necessary component of any healthy diet, especially Americans. What people in our great nation do not so widely realize…

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