Exercise, Nutrition and Fear Mongering

It is easy to scare people with the unknown. Even if you have training in exercise or nutrition they can be confusing, intimidating, and create a sense of the unknown.

To complicate matters, there are many charletans and snake oil salesmen who create misinformation to sell people their usually worthless, products.

I warn my patients that if it sounds too good to be true then it usually is. “If you avoid this one evil ingredient or spice or food particle, then you will get rid of all of your health ills and live a long, active life.” That’s generally the gist of their sales pitch. Continue reading Exercise, Nutrition and Fear Mongering

Mediterranean Diet/ Lifestyle Is Still The Best

The Mediterranean Diet/ Lifestyle has been touted as a healthy way to eat and live. I have always liked the philosophy of the Mediterranean lifestyle. It makes more sense to me than the other diets out there.

You can’t really even call it a diet. It is more of a way of eating, and it can be extended to include lifestyle choices. The Mediterranean Diet consists of eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, seeds and nuts, fish, and is rich in olive oil.

It is called the Mediterranean diet because this is how many people who live in the Mediterranean region eat. Ever since it was learned that people in that region tend to live longer and are healthier, scientists have been studying the area trying to ascertain why that is.

Scientists have come to learn that the increased lifespan is due to their lifestyle. This includes eating a heart healthy diet that avoids processed foods and reduces meat and diary consumption. It also includes being active. The people in this region tend to walk a lot and are in general more active than most of us in western societies.

What I like about the diet/ lifestyle is that is not anything set in stone. It gives you a lot of lee-way to make this lifestyle your own. You can make it suit your specific needs. It is a good guide for how to eat, but you don’t have to stick with it 100% of the time. If you eat in this style, then you can eat the junk foods that you want to. But you just have to keep it minimized to once or twice a week. The Mediterranean diet is a good guide for how to eat.

To me, it just makes sense.

Here is a link to an article that appeared on CNN about the Mediterranean Diet:


Here is a link to another article that I wrote on the Mediterranean Diet/ Lifestyle.

Here is another link to another article that I wrote on the health benefits of the Mediterranean Diet/ Lifestyle.


Choose Your Own Lifestyle

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Yesterday I was lucky enough to start off my day in my favorite way. I slept in, prepared and ate breakfast with my wife and children, and then went for a mountain bike ride with a good friend of mine.

I love starting the day off with a ride through the woods. It gets my blood flowing. It wakes me up. It gets those feel good hormones (like adrenalin and endorphins) flowing which will keep me feeling good for the rest of the day.

Throughout the ride my friend and I were talking about how the choices we make eventually become our lifestyle. Many components of daily life all feed into how we feel during the day, and how we feel in general. Continue reading Choose Your Own Lifestyle

Squatting to Ride the Subway/ Fitting In Exercise

metro-lisbonThe city of Moscow recently implemented a program that allows a patron to ride the subway for free if they can do 30 squats in 2 minutes.

30 squats may seem pretty easy, but if you are not in shape, then it can be very difficult and tiring.

It is an easy way to provide a little extra exercise to an increasingly sedentary population. I think that it’s a good way to reward people for being active and fit.

It gets harder and harder to fit exercise and activity into our increasingly busy schedules and lifestyles. I talk to people every day about how to realistically fit exercise into their schedules. Continue reading Squatting to Ride the Subway/ Fitting In Exercise

The Effects of Exercise on the Brain

Exercise has been shown to have a plethora of health benefits. It has been proven to reduce the risks of heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, decrease the onset and progression of osteo-arthritis, and so on.

Physical activity can also benefit the brain, which has been the subject of many studies within the past 10 years.

A new study was just released from Michigan State University that found that children who have attention hyperactivity deficit disorder (ADHD) get better grades with only a few minutes of exercise per day. The study, published in the current issue of the Journal of Pediatrics, shows how children with ADHD can better drown out distractions and focus better after doing physical activity. Continue reading The Effects of Exercise on the Brain