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Archive for August, 2010

Learning Proper Exercise Technique: The Problem with Familiar Movements

Posted by Ross Harrison, CSCS, NSCA-CPT on August 29, 2010

     Performing exercises with proper technique is difficult. Any qualified fitness professional can walk into virtually any gym in the country and point out significant form flaws in the vast majority of exercisers, regardless if they are beginners or have been working out for years. Surprisingly, the biggest roadblocks to proper technique often have to do with your body’s natural habits.

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Misuse of Scientific Research in Health and Fitness Marketing

Posted by Ross Harrison, CSCS, NSCA-CPT on August 25, 2010

     It can be very difficult to separate quality sources of health and fitness information from misleading or untruthful information used for manipulation or product promotion. One of the primary reasons is because sources of quality information and sources of mediocre information both use scientific data to make their information come across as more factual or compelling.

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Preventing Overeating: Weight Loss Strategies for Eating at Home

Posted by Ross Harrison, CSCS, NSCA-CPT on August 22, 2010

     Overeating makes it almost impossible to achieve your health and fitness goals, because any time you consume more calories than you burn, your body is forced to store fat. This happens regardless of how healthy you eat, so it is important to avoid overeating as much as possible. This article discusses 4 tips you can use to improve your eating habits at home.

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Resistance Training vs. Bodybuilding: They are very Different

Posted by Ross Harrison, CSCS, NSCA-CPT on August 18, 2010

     Resistance training and bodybuilding are two popular fitness terms, but they are often used incorrectly, leading to confusion or misunderstandings. Resistance training and bodybuilding are definitely not the same thing, even though the terms are frequently used interchangeably.

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Tips to Prevent Overeating: General Strategies

Posted by Ross Harrison, CSCS, NSCA-CPT on August 15, 2010

     Overeating is one of the greatest obstacles for people wanting to lose fat, get in shape, and improve their health. Eating too much can make it almost impossible to achieve your health and fitness goals, because any time you consume more calories than you burn, your body will be forced to store more fat. This will happen regardless of how healthy you eat, so it is important to avoid overeating as much as possible.

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Stretching: Introduction and Basic Tips

Posted by Ross Harrison, CSCS, NSCA-CPT on August 11, 2010

     Stretching is one of the most important tools for maintaining optimal health and fitness. Stretching is essential for maintaining flexibility and helps prevent muscle stiffness, tightness, pain, and injuries. When muscles are not stretched on a regular basis they become tighter, shorter, and ultimately decrease in range of motion. If stretching is not used to offset these decreases in flexibility, then the changes can become permanent and further muscle and joint problems will result.

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Eating Healthy vs. Eating Less Unhealthy

Posted by Ross Harrison, CSCS, NSCA-CPT on August 8, 2010

     Everyone wants to have a healthy, well functioning body and one of the primary keys to achieving optimal health is healthy eating. However, eating right can be a challenge, especially when so many foods are heavily processed or have added ingredients that are very unhealthy. Another big problem is the way marketers make products sound healthier than they actually are and try to make people content with eating less unhealthy, instead of actually eating healthy.

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Lower Body Posture: Three Simple tips to Improve Muscle and Joint Health

Posted by Ross Harrison, CSCS, NSCA-CPT on August 4, 2010

     Having good posture is definitely important if you want a healthy and well-functioning body. However, even though people know it is important, people rarely think about posture while performing everyday activities. It is usually not until postural related pain or discomfort occurs that people consciously make an effort to think about their posture. Fortunately, there are some simple things you can start doing today to improve your posture and help prevent muscle and joint problems down the road. This post focuses specifically on tips to improve lower body posture.

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Balance and Stability: Functions and Misconceptions

Posted by Ross Harrison, CSCS, NSCA-CPT on August 1, 2010

     Balance and stability are two of the attributes that determine your overall level of fitness, but they are rarely given the attention they deserve in a typical training program. One reason is because most people do not appreciate their importance, at least not until they get older and their health and fitness naturally starts to decline. Another problem is the concepts and functions of balance and stability are often misunderstood and training to improve those attributes is rarely explained or even discussed by most media sources. As a result, balance and stability often go unaddressed, which can cause problems later in life.

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