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Monthly Archives: December 2015

  1. Sarah's Fitness Blog

    Sometime last summer my husband tore the lateral meniscus in his right knee. He first noticed a sharp pain when he went to stand up one evening, but it wasn’t that bad, not bad enough to see a doctor, or so he thought.  A month later, when he was having a great deal of difficulty walking up stairs, he finally went in, and the doctor took an x-ray and told him it was arthritis, the kind you get when you’re getting old and have done a lot of hiking in your past. A physical therapist taught him some knee strengthening exercises, and he did them, now and then, when his knee hurt, but then the pain got worse and worse, and finally the doctor sent him in for an MRI, where they discovered the torn lateral meniscus.  Once again, they sent him to a physical therapist, first, trying to strengthen those knee muscles.  He did the exercises now and then, probably not enough.  Finally he had to have arthroscopic surgery to cut the torn meniscus away. They say it was

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  2. 12 INTERESTING NEW FITNESS PRODUCTS SEEN IN 2015

    This year’s trade show took up most of the Los Angeles convention center and it was a challenge to see all of the vendors. For this reason, this is not an exhaustive list of all the new products and programs that were presented, but these are the ones that caught my eye because they could change how we deliver fitness to the consumer. ActivMotion Bar This is one of those products that makes you think: “Why hasn’t someone developed this sooner?” The ActivMotion Bar is basically a hollow tube with ball bearings that shift as the bar moves. This creates two different types of challenges: 1) maintaining stability to keep the bearings from moving—moving a weight more slowly keeps the muscles under tension longer, which can help develop strength; and 2) controlling a shifting mass involves the elastic fascia and connective tissue, which can improve the strength of the entire myofascial system. Spartan Race Workout Programs on a Stairm

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  3. Study on the StairMaster

    I knew years in advance that I had to take the internal medicine boards in 2015. Since my husband works in football, I knew I better not schedule the test for the fall. So, April 2015 was it. My study plan? I had a vague idea that I’d buy the standard board review books and maybe take an internal medicine board review course. I’ve been in practice all this time, right? The material would be really familiar to me by now, right?

    Six Months from the Internal Medicine Boards (Not Enough Study Time)

    November 2014 rolled around. In my little bits and pieces of free time, I researched board review books. It took me a month to be able to make a decision. When I did, I got on the computer and ordered the MKSAP books with the online interactive modules. I spent a TON of money, and a cement-block sized box arrived on my doorstep a few days later. One night in December when the kids were asleep, I opened the box and eagerly flipped through the pretty books, gla
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  4. Why is Cardio Exercise So Important?

    Cardiovascular fitness is the ability of the heart, blood cells and lungs to supply oxygen-rich blood to the working muscle tissues and the ability of the muscles to use oxygen to produce energy for movement. This type of fitness is a health-related component of physical fitness that is brought about by sustained physical activity. A person’s ability to deliver oxygen to the working muscles is affected by many physiological parameters, including heart rate, stroke volume, cardiac output, and maximal oxygen consumption. Understanding the relationship between cardiorespiratory endurance training and other categories of conditioning requires a review of changes that occur with increased aerobic, or anaerobic capacity. As aerobic/anaerobic capacity increases, general metabolism rises, muscle metabolism is enhanced, hemoglobin rises, buffers in the bloodstream increase, venous return is improved, stroke volume is improved, and the blood bed becomes

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  5. But Will It Make You Happy? By Stephanie Rosenbloom

    A two-bedroom apartment. Two cars. Enough wedding china to serve two dozen people. Yet Tammy Strobel wasn’t happy. Working as a project manager with an investment management firm in Davis, Calif., and making about $40,000 a year, she was, as she put it, caught in the “work-spend treadmill.” So one day she stepped off. Inspired by books and blog entries about living simply, Ms. Strobel and her husband, Logan Smith, both 31, began donating some of their belongings to charity. As the months passed, out went stacks of sweaters, shoes, books, pots and pans, even the television after a trial separation during which it was relegated to a closet. Eventually, they got rid of their cars, too. Emboldened by a Web site that challenges consumers to live with just 100 personal items, Ms. Strobel winnowed down her wardrobe and toiletries to precisely that number. Her mother called her crazy. Today, three years after Ms. Strobel and Mr. Smith began downsizing, they live in Portl

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  6. How Gratitude Is Healthy

    With the holiday season upon us, we are reminded that the significance of these days extends far beyond the food or presents. Rather, it offers us many opportunities to give thanks and reflect on the things in life we are most grateful for. The practical concept of regularly expressing gratitude may be foreign to some, and especially challenging as we navigate our fast-paced, responsibility-packed lives. But slowing down to express your sincerest gratitude is worth the time and has more positive effects than you may realize—including benefits to your health and wellness. Let’s take a minute to consider what gratitude is, and how it’s connected to happiness, so that you can create more in your life and feel its positive effects.

    Gratitude IS:

    • A universal feeling
    • A vehicle for building empathy
    • The realization of your value and worth through another individual’s eyes
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