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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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The Best Aerobic Exercise for Calorie Burning and Fat Loss

Posted by Ross Harrison, CSCS, NSCA-CPT on July 28, 2010

     There constantly seem to be new commercials or infomercials selling aerobic exercise equipment to help you burn calories and lose fat. Many of these advertisements make a point of mentioning how their product gets you to burn calories at a faster rate than if you perform other types of exercise or use a different piece of equipment. With so many companies making statements about their equipment being the best for burning calories, it raises the questions, are these statements accurate and which form of aerobic exercise really is best for fat loss?

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Which Organic Foods are Worth the Extra Cost?

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

     Organic foods are becoming increasingly more popular and there are a number of reasons why. Organic products are usually more natural, contain fewer unhealthy substances, and they can even have more taste than their non-organic counterparts. Of course, there is a down side to all this, which is that they cost more than regular foods. The price of food is certainly an important consideration, especially in the current economy, so the question many people have is, which organic foods are worth the extra cost?

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Burning Extra Calories does not Always Translate into Fat Loss

Posted by Ross Harrison, CSCS, NSCA-CPT on July 21, 2010

     It can be a challenge to lose weight and especially fat, which is why so many people struggle to get rid of their unwanted pounds. So many people have problems with their weight that various media sources are constantly providing “helpful” suggestions. This is great, except much of this information is dumbed down or oversimplified to the point where the information becomes misleading or even incorrect. One issue that is frequently misrepresented is the relationship between calorie burning and fat loss. People are constantly saying that if you burn an additional X calories per day, then you will lose X amount of weight over the course of a week, month, or year. Unfortunately, things are not quite that simple.

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Are Organic Foods Better than Non-Organic Foods?

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

     Not too long ago, if you wanted to find a decent selection of organic products, you had to go to a specialty health food store. Now you can find organic produce, meats, dairy products and more at almost any grocery store. There is no question that organic foods have increased in popularity in recent years, but many people still have questions about organic products. Perhaps the most common question is, are organic foods really better than non-organic foods?

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Bodyweight Exercises: Misconceptions and Mistakes

Posted by Ross Harrison, CSCS, NSCA-CPT on July 14, 2010

     Bodyweight training has been a popular form of exercise for decades, especially when it comes to group exercise classes and workout videos. It can certainly be an effective form of exercise, but bodyweight training programs are often designed without really considering the many different types of people who perform the workouts. Bodyweight exercises are typically assumed to be appropriate for everyone, but that is not exactly true.

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Food as Fuel vs. Food as Enjoyment: Implications for Fat Loss

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

     The way you think about food has a significant impact on your nutritional habits and your health. Thinking about food in specific ways can have various effects, such as encouraging improvements in your body or making it almost impossible to lose fat. The two primarily competing attitudes involve thinking of food as either a source of fuel for your body or as a source of enjoyment or comfort. People who treat food as fuel are usually healthier and in better shape than people who view food as a source of enjoyment. In any case, it is ideal if you can find a healthy balance between the two.

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