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New Orleans Cuisine

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One of the rewards of following a good diet is the luxury of splurging every once in a while without going off the rails to good health. What better place to do it than New Orleans. This aptly titled article 23 Truly Unbelievable Dishes Found Only In NOLA places Dat Dog’s Alligator Dog & Crawfish Étouffé Fries number one of the list.

Dat Dog is just up the street from our New Orleans location, New Orleans Fitness Training  I try to stop there every time I visit New Orleans.  At our other location, Austin Fitness Training, we’ll settle for good BBQ.


Memorial Day

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I'm from a not-so-innocent town

near where the Red River flows.

It was full of burly oilfield men

now buried in monument rows.


I hale from mines, ports, and shops

producing jobs and dreams.

I’m from churches and civic clubs,

and I know free press themes.


I come from Blue Ridge shadows

north and further east.

I live in the cradle of a new nation

where history has become a feast.


I know well lands filled by timber,

and fields of waving grass.

I’ve lived by seamless deserts

where teams of mules once passed.


I hale from boxcars and highways


Avoiding hyper-extending the knees on the leg press

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Most leg press machines provide movement in a straight line. With straight line movement there is more shearing force at the end point of the movement, and if one locks out at the end point there is greater potential for hyper-extending the knee. As an example see here (warning graphic).  At Austin Fitness Trainers and at New Orleans Fitness Trainers  we use MedX equipment. The MedX leg press provides an arcing range of motion similar to the rotation of the knee, and it can be set so that there is no locking out at the end point.


The link between diabetes and Alzheimer's

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From this article, Researchers find stronger links between diabetes and Alzheimer's comes this quote:

“Their study, using mice, found that elevated glucose in the blood – a primary consequence of diabetes -- can rapidly increase levels of amyloid beta, which shows up in brain plaques in Alzheimer’s patients. The buildup of these plaques is believed to be what brings on the memory loss that Alzheimer’s causes in the brain.”

And this:

“If the mice did not have the amyloid plaques in the brains, doubling their blood glucose levels increased amyloid beta levels in the brain by 20%. When the scientists repeated the experiment in older mice that already had developed brain plaques, amyloid beta levels rose by 40%”


Cardiovascular benefits of strength training

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After a high intensity strength training workout you will be breathing hard.  This video was taken three minutes after a workout, so that I could get some of my wind back and have my pulse come down a bit.  EPOC, Essessive Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption is high after aerobic exercise, higher still after a strength training workout, and highest after a high intensity strength training workout.  A higher level of EPOC means more calories burned.  With a high intensity strength training workout, besides getting stronger, you will  positively affect your cardiovascular system, lower your sugar, and and burn calories long after the workout is over.


Crazy Exercises

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Part of my 35 years in the fitness industry was spent working in big box gyms. My job was to help members with their exercises. For those that did not want assistance I stood back and watched as long as they did not do anything dangerous. One man seemed hell bent on injuring his back on an abdominal machine.  I asked him if he needed any help.  He responded that he was a doctor.  I took that as a no.  For many with a decade plus years in medical school they don’t want advice from a towel boy.  Eventually he did injure his back.

At Austin Personal Trainer and New Orleans Personal Trainer we can show you a safe way to exercise.


Charmed substances that contain life preserving properties. Saccharine?

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From the Woody Allen movie, Sleeper, describing health foods, “Those charmed substances that some years ago that were felt to contain life preserving properties”.

There have been changes in the conventional wisdom regarding a number of charmed and not so charning substances – margarine versus butter, eggs, salt intake, dark chocolate, cholesterol, coffee, high carb diets versus diets with more meat and fat, and now saccharine. From this Medical News Today article, Could saccharin be used to treat aggressive cancers? comes this quote:


The therapeutic effect of the mutual dog gaze

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From this Scientific American article, Is the Gaze from Those Big Puppy Eyes the Look of Your Doggie's Love?  come this quote:

 “Many studies find that positive interactions between people and dogs can be beneficial for both species. Increases in β-endorphin
(beta-endorphin), oxytocin and dopamine—neurochemicals associated with positive feelings and bonding—have been observed in both dogs and people after enjoyable interactions like petting, play and talking. “


BMI Versus Eyeballing

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It used to be that to determine how fat a person was one took calipers and took anywhere from three to seven measurements of the body, came up with a total, and looked at a chart that took age into account to come up with a number for body fat percentage.  That might take a few minutes or a little longer if you did as recommended and checked it twice to make sure. 

Now BMI is the preferred measurement.  Take weight and height and look at a chart – you’re done, let’s golf. 

In his prime fighting weight Mike Tyson was 5’10’ and 220 pounds.  According to BMI charts Mike's BMI of 31.6 would classify Mike as clinically obese. BMI is wildly inaccurate.  Why is it used?  It is easy, that is why.  It takes few seconds instead of a few minutes.  What is worse, researchers base studies on the BMI. 

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