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  • The highest marginal return on exercise

    Posted by on May 18, 2014
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    It is not how much exercise you can withstand that matters; it is how little exercise you can get away with doing that produces optimum results. Any additional exercise beyond that point is at best a waste of time and at worst detrimental as the body cannot adequately recover from the dose of exercise. That ought to be the starting point in deciding on the structure of an exercise program. Certainly you don’t want to waste time or go backwards. That was the philosophy of Arthur Jones when he first developed Nautilus equipment.

    Who has time to spend hours in the gym for months and years on end? What good is a program that requires you to go to the gym three or more times a week for more than an hour if you are only going to stick to it for a best a couple of months. After a couple of months burnout, lack of progress, or injuries will occur, but you will still be paying monthly dues on a year’s gym membership.

  • Blood Pressure Reduced with High Intensity Interval Training

    Posted by on May 15, 2014
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    High intensity of aerobic exercise lowers blood pressure more that low intensity aerobic exercise. That has definitely been my experience. From this study,

    Aerobic interval training reduces blood pressure and improves myocardial function in hypertensive patients, comes this conclusion:

    “This study indicates that the blood pressure reducing effect of exercise in essential hypertension is intensity dependent. Aerobic interval training is an effective method to lower blood pressure and improve other cardiovascular risk factors.”

  • The Big Fat Lie

    Posted by on May 8, 2014
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    Ms. Teicholz’s book, "The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet," will be soon published. Her WSJ article The Questionable Link Between Saturated Fat and Heart Disease offers some convincing history of why we came to accept as conventional wisdom that a saturated fat diet causes heart disease.  It seems that Dr. Ancel Benjamin Keys, a scientist at the University of Minnesota and the leading advocate of the low fat diet used some very faulty methods to put forth his case in the early 1950s.  Those faulty methods were not scrutinized until 2002 –  too late to put that horse back in the barn - and the data was inaccurate.

    The ball started rolling, Dr. Keys made the cover of Time when people
    used to read it and he landed position in the fledgling American Heart
    Association. They adopted his position and eventually so did the US
    government.  It was based on flawed data!

    What were the unintended consequences?  From the article above:

  • Cancer Risk and Alcohol

    Posted by on May 4, 2014
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    From this article Medscape article No Amount of Alcohol Is Safe:

    "A causal relationship exists between alcohol consumption and cancers of the mouth, pharynx, larynx, esophagus, colon-rectum, liver, and female breast; a significant relationship also exists between alcohol consumption and pancreatic cancer.”

    But what about light drinkers? There is this:

    “But surely, light drinking doesn't cause or contribute to cancer? Apparently, it does. In a meta-analysis of 222 studies comprising 92,000 light drinkers and 60,000 nondrinkers with cancer, light drinking was associated with risk for oropharyngeal cancer, esophageal squamous cell carcinoma, and female breast cancer.”

  • Making the incredible look seemingly ho hum

    Posted by on May 3, 2014
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    I am amazed by the athleticism of this seemingly routine catch.


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  • The benefit of exercise that cannot be measured

    Posted by on April 14, 2014
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    When we are younger we exercise to look better and perhaps to perform better at a sport or activity, and of course, to be healthy. When we are older we still want to perform well and look good, but there's other benefits that move to the forefront. At we get older our old injuries begin to haunt us. As we get older we are not as resiliant, and we need an added measure of protection against injuries. At my age I just want to feel good and not get hurt or sick. I am at a point that I have to exercise to avoid the pains that old injuries bring.

  • High-Intensity Strength Training Beneficial to Parkinson's Patients

    Posted by on April 1, 2014
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    From this study, High-intensity strength training shows benefit for Parkinson’s patients comes this quote:

    "High-intensity strength training produced significant improvements in quality of life, mood and motor function in older patients with Parkinson’s disease…“We saw improvements in strength, muscle size and power, which we expected after rigorous weight training; but we also saw improvement in balance and muscle control, We also saw improvement in cognition, mood and sense of well-being.”

    At Austin Personal Training and New Orleans Personal Training we have worked with Parkinson patients. We use primarily medical rehab equipment and can finely tune the weight and range of motion to those with limitations.

  • Earl Grey Tea as Good as Statins?

    Posted by on April 1, 2014
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    From Wikipedia - the Bergamot orange is a fragrant fruit the size of an orange, with a yellow color similar to a lemon. Bergamot has been used for the treatment of tension depression, stress, and skin infection such as psoriasis and eczema. It is the key ingredient in Earl Grey tea.

    Now there is potentially a new benefit. Scientists believe bergamot can significantly lower cholesterol. From the Journal of Functional Foods comes this study Hypocholesterolaemic activity of 3-hydroxy-3-methyl-glutaryl flavanones enriched fraction from bergamot fruit (Citrus bergamia) and this quote:

    The daily supplementation of HMGF in the diet could be very effective for the treatment of hypercholesterolaemia.

  • Austin # 7 and New Orleans # 10 for Hipsters

    Posted by on March 9, 2014
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    A Forbes magazine article put out a list of the 20 hippest neighborhoods, and East Austin, Austin, TX and the Warehouse District, New Orleans, LA ranked seventh and tenth respectively. Forbes used Merriam-Webster definition of a “hipster” as “a person who is unusually aware of and interested in new and unconventional patterns.” Well, I guess that is something.

    From the article this quote:

  • Austin Ranked # 1 again

    Posted by on February 20, 2014
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    From this Forbes article Is there no stopping this city? Forbes ranks Austin No.1 for fourth-straight year:

    “Austin's accolades keep piling up. After the city ranked at or near the top of most economic polls and surveys in 2013, the Texas capital has started 2014 right where it left off, ranking No. 1 on Forbes' list of the country's fastest-growing cities for the fourth year in a row.”

    And this:

    “Forbes also noted that Austin's economy grew at a stellar 5.9 percent in 2013.”