General Health

Serotonin and Melatonin

Sunlight has a profound impact on our bodies, particularly on two hormones that control mood and energy:  serotonin and melatonin. Serotonin tends to boost mood and energy, while melatonin tends to make you feel sleepy.  Too much melatonin can even lead to depressed feelings in some people. Serotonin and Melatonin[…]

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Resistance Training or Aerobic Exercise

Now that the weather is getting nice, you may be tempted to forgo your resistance training and head outdoors for some aerobic exercise in the fresh air.  But beware:  if you give up your resistance training, you will be giving up more than you bargained for. Why Resistance Train? Resistance[…]

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Sleep Deprivation

How often do you hear someone say, “I had a great night’s sleep last night!” or “I feel refreshed and energetic!”?  Probably not very often.  Sleep deprivation doesn’t only seem to be the new normal, according to the National Sleep Foundation, it is the new normal:  most Americans are sleep-deprived. […]

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Find Your Motivation

Motivation is different for everyone – for some it is internal, for others it is external. Once you find your motivation, you are on the path to success. Mike Fohner, cross country running coach, tells this story about one of his students: Last year, one of my young cross-country runners[…]

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How To Lose Weight

One day you look in the mirror and think “ugh” and then you wonder how to lose weight? Zig Ziglar once said, “If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.” The general flow of human life tends to be toward ease and comfort.  One day flows into[…]

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Weekend Warriors

Weekend Warriors – Fitness starts in your mind.  Ask any athlete or fit person what the number one secret is to his success at fitness, and he will tell you it is commitment. Commitment to fitness means that you are in it for the long haul.  Fitness commitment rises above bad[…]

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Best Protein Powder

Protein powders can be part of a healthy diet, but how do you know which is the best protein powder? You don’t want to waste your money, and you want to buy the protein that is going to help you reach your goals. Finding the best protein powder may not[…]

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Runny Nose When Exercising

Have you heard of rhinitis? It is when you get a runny nose when exercising when it isn’t cold out or you aren’t suffering from allergies. Rhinitis is when the nasal mucous membranes are inflamed. Exercise, as well as the metabolic boost that it creates, makes your mucous membranes produce[…]

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Older Adults Staying Active

Getting older is a part of life but we don’t have to surrender to it and give up. There are many older adults staying active and you can too. As we age, we experience the loss of muscle tissue. This is called sarcopenia, and it can result in us losing[…]

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what fits your busy schedule better, exercising one hour a day or being dead 24 hours a day

Hormone Imbalance

Do you know what your pituitary gland, thyroid, thymus, adrenal glands and pancreas have in common?  They are all endocrine glands, and their jobs are to make hormones, and all can contribute to hormone imbalance. Hormones are chemicals that deliver messages throughout your entire body via the bloodstream.  These messages[…]

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