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This is my 5th visit to Japan. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to come here to train Pilates teachers. Each time I come I am overwhelmed with social and cultural observations about the Japanese and the contrast to American culture. The Japanese have traditionally been a very fit,
It has been a week since the little country of Haiti was devastated by an earthquake which has left the entire world reeling. It will be years before Haiti recovers: physically, economically, socially, and psychologically. As a world community, brought together by television, computers, newspapers and radio, tragedies
Often when we discuss the aging, we focus on changes we might observe in Coordination, Motor Control and Psychomotor Skills with advanced age. Perhaps we simply generalize about aging and make the assumption that these changes are inevitable.
Fascia....Fascinating In the world of Fitness and Wellness that I like to call home, we are challenged with attempting to Listen to what our clients are telling us about their body, to Look at their posture and movement patterns and to Provide exercises, techniques, and advise to help them live a
Having a good marriage can lead to a number of health benefits, and the stronger the commitment the greater the rewards. Marriage is a witness to our value on this earth and to our actual existence. It may be the greatest gift one person can give another. Every year, we see more
I was looking through the swim suit section of a well-known lingerie/clothing catalogue the other day with a photographer friend of mine. As a fitness professional I have to say that I do look at the bodies of the models with both admiration and curiosity "how much of this is
Why all the fuss about protein? As someone who has been in the fitness industry for over 30 years as well as someone who has "formal training" in nutrition and exercise, I felt as though I had a pretty good handle on protein requirement and intake. As a physically active vegetarian,
What is Power Plate? The Power Plate® device stimulates the body's natural response to vibration. These vibrations transmit waves of energy throughout the body, activating muscle contractions between 25 and 50 times per second. The Power Plate offers an enormous range of benefits, from improvement in blood circulation, to a variety of
Understanding the Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acid You would almost have to be marooned on a tropical island to miss all the buzz about Omega-3 fatty acid these days. Almost every doctor is recommending it, every supplement company is selling it and all the while many health professionals still insist we
Controversy arose earlier this year when Stanford University published a study which suggested that organic fruits and vegetables may not be as healthful as touted by the pro-organic community. Unfortunately, this received quite a bit of superficial publicity from the mainstream press. However, this is an extremely important topic, and
It has been almost 20 years since I began speaking to community groups, schools, and state governments about the long-term ramifications of inactivity and poor nutrition habits. Here we are 20 years later in the midst of an obesity epidemic. It is simply heart wrenching. And we
Welcome to 2010! This was one of those benchmark years for many fitness industry organizations. At the time we were setting goals we thought 2010 was so far away that surely we would have the time to change the "fitness world" as we know it. But as with
As a physiologist I continue to hear about that "devil" salt and how we must control it to prevent hypertension and all sorts of terrible diseases. However, salt is not always bad for you, In fact our bodies need salt in order for cells to communicate. It is actually possible
Correction: In my Blog from Japan I referenced a book by Chester Leibs as "Can Mamachari's Save Tokyo". The current working title is: Can Mamachari's Save the Earth, published by Yoshensha. Unfortunately the book is planned to be published only in Japanese. Hopefully we will see an English version very soon
A recent article in the New York Times asks “Are Crunches Worth the Effort”? The article refers to a study conducted at Indiana State University, which suggests that training the “core” does not necessarily contribute to improved athletic or physical performance. ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED 2012-10-04
Since my return from my most recent visit to Japan, I have been telling my friends, students (anyone who will listen..) about all the great adventures that I had. One of which was Kabuki Theatre. I had the opportunity to attend with Kauru, one of the Japanese Master
There is much ado about aging these days. We worry about looking old, feeling old, getting old, and being old. We definitely do not feel good about old. Old conjures up thoughts about osteoporosis, sexual dysfunction, loss of sight, loss of hair, loss of hearing, loss of mind... Satchel Paige said,
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