Watch Your Calories During The Holidays

A patient of mine recently told me that this is the season of eating. It is indeed.

If we are lucky then we find ourselves surrounded by all types of rich and savory foods at this time of the year. It is easy to find an excuse to let yourself go almost every night of the week during this time of the year.

The average american will eat 3,000-4,500 calories during the Thanksgiving feast. That is the equivalent of 7 big macs. You’d have to swim almost 11 hours to burn off all of those calories. Continue reading Watch Your Calories During The Holidays

Can Obesity Shorten Your Life?

A new study out of McGill University of Canada concluded that obesity not only shortens one’s lifespan, but it also shortens the quality of one’s lifespan as well.

Western society has been suffering from an epidemic of obesity. More than one-third of all americans, or 78.6 million people, are overweight or obese. Continue reading Can Obesity Shorten Your Life?

Reduce Joint Pain Through Exercise

knee replacement 2A recent study came out concluding the at 1 in 5 americans are in chronic and daily pain. If you are in pain, you can reduce that pain through proper exercise and healthy eating.

It is easy to do, it just takes consistency. I’m not talking about spending an hour a day 5 days a week pumping heavy iron in an expensive gym. If you know what you are doing, then you can exercise from home, using a few inexpensive dumbbells. Spending 20 minutes 3 days a week. Continue reading Reduce Joint Pain Through Exercise

1 in 5 Americans In Chronic Daily Pain

200177292-001A large scale study was just published that proved that 1 in 5 Americans, roughly 39 million people, are in pain on a daily basis.

Pain affects everyone. I treat pain. I am a trigger point doctor, a chiropractor. I think that more people are in pain than what we think there are. And this study reinforces that.

If you suffer from chronic, daily pain you don’t have to throw in the towel. You can do something to lessen your pain. Proper exercise and healthy eating will reduce pain. But it has to be low intensity and low impact exercise along with stretching. Continue reading 1 in 5 Americans In Chronic Daily Pain

Extreme Exercising

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In our society, if you want someone to take notice of a product, label it “extreme”. It seems like everything is extreme now.

“This is the new and extreme version of potato chips, the flavor is EXTREME!”

“Volume 2 of our exercise system is even more extreme than volume 1!”

Just because something is extreme, doesn’t mean that it’s good for you. Continue reading Extreme Exercising

Prevent Low Back Pain Through Exercise and Healthy Eating

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Low back pain
 is one of the most invasive, pervasive and expensive health issues in our society.

It is amazing how many motions and activities can be limited by your back. You won’t appreciate how much you use your back until you can’t use it. Most people won’t appreciate it until they can’t get into and out of a car without pain, or they can’t get out of a chair without pain, or they can’t walk more than 20 feet without pain.

It is estimated that 80% of all people will get low back pain at one time in their lives. The greatest predetermining factor for having low back pain is having had it in the past. This means that if you have had it, then chances are that you will get it again at some point again in the future.

Continue reading Prevent Low Back Pain Through Exercise and Healthy Eating

Reduce Dependence on Pain Medication Through Exercise and Healthy Eating

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Pharmaceutical opiates are killing more than 40 people per day.

This is according to a new book by Erin Marie Daily titled “Generation Rx: A story of Dope, Death, and America’s Opiate Crisis”.

Opiates are a class of pharmaceutical drugs that are derived from the poppy plant. It is the same plant that heroin and morphine are made from. They are also called narcotics, pain killers, pain meds, etc.

If you can control your pain, then you can reduce your chances of having to turn to these medications for pain relief. Continue reading Reduce Dependence on Pain Medication Through Exercise and Healthy Eating

Life Is Not A Sprint, So Don’t Exercise Like It Is

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I have completed one marathon, and over ten 100 mile mountain bike races. I finished the marathon in a little over 4 hours. The hundred mile mountain bike races took longer, my fastest time is between 9 and 10 hours.

In every one of those long distance, endurance events, it always amazed me how many people started out too fast and burned out before finishing. Continue reading Life Is Not A Sprint, So Don’t Exercise Like It Is

Anti-Aging, or How to Age Gracefully

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Anti-aging, as a term, or concept, is thrown around very easily these days.

It can be used as an adjective, like “This hemorrhoid cream is amazing, it has anti-aging effects if applied to the face.”

This describes retin-A, a prescription hemorrhoid cream that was found to reduce puffiness and wrinkles in the face. The cream itself does not have anti-aging properties, it just makes one appear younger by temporarily reducing wrinkles.

It can also be used as a concept, in that eating healthy and exercising has anti-aging effects on the body. Leading a healthy lifestyle slows down the aging process. Continue reading Anti-Aging, or How to Age Gracefully

High Impact Exercise (and why you should stay away from it)

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I am a big fan of low impact, low intensity exercising. I like this type of exercising because I feel it gives you the best chance of being able to stick with an exercise routine long enough to reap the benefits from it.

The only way that we get any benefit out of exercising  is by sticking with it long term and doing it consistently.

Exercising should be done in a way that is sustainable for our bodies. If we start out an exercise routine too intensely then we will eventually hurt ourselves and have to stop exercising. If we try to start out doing too much, then we will injure ourselves and have to stop exercising. Continue reading High Impact Exercise (and why you should stay away from it)