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Wednesday, September 17, 2014         

Training Day

Ignore the infomercials and all the outlandish claims of rapid weight loss with no effort involved.

Rounded shoulders are not limited to folks in their vintage years. Many of us in the younger generation suffer from this as well.

The only way to keep your body from getting sluggish and complacent is to use it.

As much as we all would like to get to the gym every day or run a few laps around Kapiolani Park, life takes over and time runs out.

Why do we exercise? Why do we go out there and make the effort to fit it into our busy lives? If we are not doing it, why do we think about doing it?

Flexibility is often an overlooked and misunderstood component of an exercise and health regimen. Simply put, flexibility is having the optimal range of motion in all the joints of the body.

Have you ever tracked your calories as best you could and determined that you are running a clear deficit of 3,500 calories per week -- enough for a 1-pound loss -- and yet still you see no weight loss?

Exercise, once a natural and everyday part of life, has become a chore and something for which we need to make time.

According to Webster's Dictionary, synergy can be defined as two or more agents working together to produce a result not obtainable by any of the agents independently.

It's the Year of the Rabbit, meaning that taking initiative will lead to success. Let's start this year fresh with a brand-new workout to set the pace for the next four weeks.

You made it! Christmas has passed, and the new year is almost upon us.

You walk mile after mile at a continuous clip, interspersed with the occasional sprint. The loads you carry get heavier and heavier, yet your pace stays the same.

One of the most important things you can do for yourself and your body is to get enough sleep. An enormous amount of sleep research conducted during the past 20 years has shed much light on its importance to our health.

The time for festivities and gift-giving is here. Ah, yes, the holidays are upon us.

The holidays are right around the corner. It just doesn't seem fair, does it? You work so hard all year to meet last year's weight-loss resolution only to have it all get messed up in the last quarter of the year.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. All of us have been deeply affected by this disease, either directly or indirectly.

Have you ever considered what you eat after you work out? When I say "work out," I mean exercise in general. Depending on your fitness level, a workout can be considered anything from a few circuits around Kahala Mall in the morning or a heavy set at the gym.

Setting a goal is one of the most effective steps you can take toward achieving what you want. However, the common mistake people make in setting goals is that they are not always congruent with a person's lifestyle or values.

There is a common myth that a workout isn't effective unless you feel sore the next day. Depending on your goal and athletic level, an experienced fitness professional can design a program accomplishing what you want with the least amount of soreness and pain possible through "stacking" exercises that complement each other.

A 5-foot-long resistance band can provide a versatile yet lightweight piece of equipment to take along on your travels to maintain muscle mass and a workout routine.

Sugar and its impact on our health is often misunderstood or misrepresented. There are two main types of sugar we use for energy: glucose and fructose, the latter having potentially more harmful effects in a person's fat-loss goals.

Ask 10 different experts in the fitness field about eating breakfast before a workout and you'll get 10 different answers. The confusion results from information overload and misinterpretation of research findings.

One factor contributing to a healthy lifestyle is physical activity -- more specifically, physical activity that challenges or surpasses the amount to which you are accustomed.

Turn on the television and scroll through the channels, and eventually you will come across an infomercial replete with sweaty people moving vigorously and posing with an oversize pair of pants they used to fit.

Studies abound indicating physical exercise is essential in maintaining optimum brain health. The brain requires an enormous amount of total body resources to maintain its functions. In fact, even though the brain is roughly 2 percent of total body weight, it uses 25 percent of total body glucose. In other words, for every 1,000 calories of fuel our body takes in, 250 of those calories go to the brain.

Overtraining isn't just for top athletes. It can apply to anyone who exercises, and could be the underlying cause of many hiccups toward progress.

Every exercise regimen, whether geared toward an elite athlete or a postoperative cardiac patient, will inevitably go stale and no longer yield the desired results.

The human body is a masterfully designed machine capable of performing a staggering range of activities.

"Practice makes perfect." This is false. The statement should read, "Practice makes habits."

Take this familiar scenario: You are walking casually to the bus stop and then realize the bus is pulling up and you are still quite a length behind. The bus begins to pull away from the curb, and you still have 100 yards to go. In a split second, you turn on the juice and dash toward the bus. Your arms are pumping, your legs are striding and your lungs are blowing like a blacksmith's bellows.

What does weight loss really mean to you? Say you want to lose 15 pounds. Have you ever given serious thought as to why? Does the 15 pounds off mean you would be able to wear that dress you purposely bought smaller for your cousin's wedding? What about after?

When you take into account all the immediate effects and health implications that a chronic fast-food diet entails, you will find it is not convenient at all.

To lose one pound in one week, a person has to get rid of 3,500 kilocalories. To do this, you can burn 500 calories a day, cut out 500 calories a day or find a combination of both. As simple as this sounds, there are many factors contributing to the ease or difficulty of losing or gaining weight.


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