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Archive for May, 2010

Health and Fitness Psychology – 7 Tips to Ensure Your Success – Part 1

Posted by Ross Harrison, CSCS, NSCA-CPT on May 30, 2010

     It’s common for people to think about the impact of exercise and nutrition on their body, but most people don’t really think about the effects of psychology or their mindset on their results. Believe it or not, it is often possible to determine if a person will ultimately succeed or fail based on the psychological approach they have towards their health and fitness routine. If you have the right mindset, it greatly increases your chances of improving and experiencing long-term success in all aspects of health and fitness. On the other hand, if you have the wrong attitude, it can completely sabotage your efforts.

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Eating on the Go – Tips and Tricks to Survive a Busy Schedule

Posted by Ross Harrison, CSCS, NSCA-CPT on May 26, 2010

     One of the most common nutritional related problems people have is finding a way to eat healthy while on the go. Many people have questions about what they should do and I was asked about this recently, so I decided to write a post on the topic. The simple fact is eating on the go is challenging, because it means you are already short on time and the less time you have, the lower the chance you will find something healthy to eat. In general, the quickest and easiest meals to eat on the go are also the ones you should probably avoid. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to improve your eating habits during a busy day.

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Exercise Secrets – The Importance of Intent

Posted by Ross Harrison, CSCS, NSCA-CPT on May 23, 2010

     I’m sure you know exercise provides a wide variety of health benefits, but you may not realize that what you get out of your training is partially dependent on your focus and intent while exercising. Many people intentionally distract themselves from their exercise by watching TV, reading, or performing some other task to take their mind off their workout. Sometimes this is not a big deal, but most of the time, not paying attention results in less effective workouts, slower rates of improvement, and possibly pain or injury.

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Insulin, the Glycemic Index, and Fat Loss

Posted by Ross Harrison, CSCS, NSCA-CPT on May 19, 2010

     Insulin is a hormone that has multiple functions, but the one most people are concerned about is its role in storing fat in your body. When calories are consumed, insulin is released and the more insulin there is in your system, the more calories are converted in to fat (except in special circumstances). As a result, many popular diets focus on keeping your insulin levels down to prevent unnecessary fat storage and ultimately promote fat loss. The important thing to realize is different foods cause different amounts of insulin to be released, so you can actually help control your insulin level by eating the right foods.

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Fact or Fiction: Lifting Weights Makes you Big and Bulky

Posted by Ross Harrison, CSCS, NSCA-CPT on May 16, 2010

     This is an issue that has been causing confusion for as long as I can remember and while people are certainly more educated about resistance training than ever before, there are still misconceptions about how lifting weights affects your body. There is no question that lifting weights can increase muscle size and the sport of bodybuilding has certainly left images in people’s minds of over muscled individuals with physiques that many find unappealing. Since people often associate lifting weights with bodybuilding, it becomes natural to assume that lifting weights makes you big and bulky.

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Supplements: Which Ones Live up to their Hype? Part 1 – Vitamins/Minerals and Performance Enhancers

Posted by Ross Harrison, CSCS, NSCA-CPT on May 12, 2010

     In a previous post, I provided some general information about supplements (see An Introduction to Supplements and the Supplement Industry), but now I am going a step further to take a closer look at different types of supplements. Specifically, my goal is to discuss which supplements are beneficial and worth the money and which ones simply do not live up to their hype or are overpriced for the benefits they provide.

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My Favorites: Food Value Shopping Technique

Posted by Ross Harrison, CSCS, NSCA-CPT on May 9, 2010

     Chances are food makes up a significant portion of your monthly budget, especially if you have a large family. If you are anything like me, you want to get the most value for your money when you purchase foods, but this can be rather challenging at times. Some grocery stores provide a little information to help, such as the listing the price per ounce, but this is really only useful when comparing products that are very similar. I wanted a better way to determine if a product was worth spending money on, so I developed my own system, which I will share with you in this post.

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Fact or Fiction: Exercising in Water is Good for Your Entire Body

Posted by Ross Harrison, CSCS, NSCA-CPT on May 5, 2010

     Water aerobics and other water based workouts are becoming more popular all the time and everyone from individuals recovering from injuries to advanced athletes in peak condition are benefiting from this form of exercise. With so many different people benefiting from exercising in the water, it is being considered a great form of exercise for everyone and some people are even saying it is the best form of exercise. However, the issue remains whether or not this is the ideal workout that truly benefits your entire body.

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May is “Exercise is Medicine” Month

Posted by Ross Harrison, CSCS, NSCA-CPT on May 2, 2010

     Today I am taking a break from writing about a specific health and fitness topic to let you know about Exercise is Medicine, which is a joint initiative involving the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the American Medical Association (AMA). The exciting thing about Exercise is Medicine is that it is one of the few programs where there is cooperation between a large fitness organization and a large medical organization. This may seem strange, but the fitness community and the medical community are often not on the same page and this could be a sign of better things to come.

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