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Did you know exercise is beneficial in reducing stress, ADHD, depression, and anxiety? Exercise clears your mind, helps to keep you focused throughout the day, improves memory, and helps you get a better sleep! It’s like a massage to the mind, working out muscles to relieve tension and rid your mind of toxins. And you don’t have to be a fitness fanatic to reap the benefits. Research indicates that modest amounts (at least three times a week) of exercise can make a difference. No matter your age or fitness level, you can learn to use...read more
Yesterday was the viewing of my Dad, who passed away on Wednesday, February 1st at the age of 89 after more than five years of battling Alzheimer’s, which took him away a little bit at a time. We honor the passing of special man. I won’t call him a hero. He would have none of it. As he always said, “Words mean something,” and in his humility, I never heard him brag once. And insisted he was not a hero. So, I will honor his position. But Dad was one of the last from the “Greatest Generation.” The son of an...read more
We are right smack in the middle of the holiday season with increased time requirements and food temptations. Every year for the past 3 decades, Americans have gained weight. It is easy to eat badly and skip workouts. In fact, two studies drive home the problem of holiday weight gain. Research by the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging revealed that 51% of annual weight gain occurs during the holiday season. Winter weight gain is believed to be an important contributor to our nation’s obesity epidemic (Nutr Rev...read more
I recently saw that Washingtonians have the highest average workweek in the country. Arlington, specifically, ranks at #1 in workhours per week. Given the uber competitive environment we live in, most of us are not strangers to stress. And as most of you know, stress, over time, can lead to significant health challenges. On the other hand, it is generally accepted that fitness and well-being go hand in hand. And being in good shape also protects against the health problems that arise when we feel particularly stressed at work. As...read more
Many people do partial Squats. I see it too often, putting on too much weight and trying to squat too heavy or avoiding depth to get more reps. They only squat a quarter or half the way down. This makes the weight easier to squat because it moves over less distance. You can squat more weight or do more reps. But partial squats only work your quadriceps. They don’t strengthen your hamstrings and glutes, which are important for knee health. Many people think partial squats are safer, when in reality, they create muscle imbalances, which...read more
written by: “The Colonel” Brian Sulc Forty isn’t old at all and there’s no reason why, beyond some severe medical condition or untreated injury, you can’t turn your fitness and physique around with the right approach. Physically, you still have the capacity to build muscle and to change your shape using strength training and muscle gain. Research reveals that a new breed of motivated mid-life-crisis contenders are turning to fitness programs in a bid to regain their youth. Over 40’s now represent the fastest growing age...read more
written by: “The Colonel” Brian Sulc I have been getting some questions from the troops about diet and energy which boils down to a question on blood sugar (glucose). Your body stores about an active day’s worth of glucose in your blood stream. In the average male this is about 1,500 calories and about 1,000 in a woman. You burn this first when you burn calories. And you refill this first when you eat. And if you eat too much, your pancreas secretes insulin. This is called an insulin response. This happens in order to lower...read more