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Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 - Shane Doll

In today’s post we’ve got a guest article from fellow fitness professional Michael Volkin. He’s a proponent of several short burst workouts during the day as an alternative to the traditional hour long or more weight training routines.

And you know what he may be on to something. I’ve seen some compelling research as of late on this very subject.

I wanted to pass along and share the information as this type of training may be ideal for some individuals. After all, not everyone has large blocks of time to carve out of their busy schedule to head to the gym.

For these individuals it may be much more feasible to do some burst training for 15 minutes in the morning, perhaps at lunch hour, or after work.

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Tuesday, August 28th, 2012 - Shane Doll

For decades now Gatorade has been the gold standard in sports recovery drinks. Often imitated but never duplicated, Gatorade’s unique formula has been the go to resource for collegiate and professional athletes since the 1970′s.

It appears there may be an interesting all natural alternative for sports recovery that most of us never would have thought of until recently.

What is it? Coconut water.

Yep, the same drink previously only promoted by health gurus is now all the rage with athletes who are looking for recovery without excess sugar and calories.

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Saturday, August 25th, 2012 - Shane Doll

It appears physicians may have new technology to help better identify their patient’s risk of heart attack. While controversial and still relatively new, coronary calcium scans have been at the center of two new studies in the Journal of American Medical Association.

One of the studies found that coronary artery calcium was approximately six times better at predicting cardiovascular risk than a family history of coronary heart disease.

While we’re all on board with early detection let’s look into this further.

I recently found a story related to this new research in on CNN.com.

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Saturday, August 25th, 2012 - Shane Doll

We’ve known for some time now that foods high in antioxidants are beneficial in the prevention for some forms of cancer. Researchers are now looking at using antioxidant compounds in the actual treatment of cancer.

Green tea extract, specifically EPCG (epigallocatechin gallate) has been used in research before, but failed to reach tumors when delivered with normal intravenous administration.

However, a new study coming out of the University of Strathclyde shows researchers may be on to something.

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Wednesday, August 8th, 2012 - Shane Doll

For years physicians and health experts have been telling us that exercise plays an essential role in offsetting the risk of diabetes.

However, recent research is showing us that not all exercise will have the same effect at lowering risk.

Up until now the majority of studies were focused on the impacts of aerobic exercise and reduced risk of diabetes. This led health experts to primarily prescribe aerobic exercise like walking for individuals who were pre-diabetic or suffering from insulin resistance.

While certainly a good starting point for improved health, it appears resistance training may be even more effective at lowering risk of diabetes.

A study conducted at the Harvard School of Public Health examined this very issue.

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Monday, August 6th, 2012 - Shane Doll

Without question one of the most frequently used methods of overweight individuals looking to drop unwanted body fat is to seek the services of a commercial weight loss clinic.

While these clinics will vary in the treatment methods used, in order for the strategies to be effective, the individuals must complete the program.

Retention is an essential component to success, but many weight loss clinics struggle to keep their clients coming back. This has led many clinics to resort to strategies that produce rapid results, but not necessarily effective long-term weight management.

A recent study assessed this trend and published their findings in the Canadian Journal of Surgery (CJS).

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Monday, August 6th, 2012 - Shane Doll

Insulin resistance is the precursor to type II diabetes which has risen to epidemic levels in the US. While diet and exercise changes continue to be the best strategies for improving insulin sensitivity, new research may pave the way towards breakthrough treatments.

Scientists have long understood that inflammation in the body is the root problem behind type II diabetes and other chronic disease. The majority of studies are now focused on ways to reduce inflammation and thereby diminish the effects of low insulin sensitivity in the body.

Researchers at the University of of California, San Diego School of Medicine, have found that a certain type of while blood cell (called “neutrophils”), who’s primary role is attacking bacteria and foreign invaders in the body, also plays a role in mediating insulin resistance.

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Saturday, July 14th, 2012 - Shane Doll

In a USA Today story from the weekend edition out yesterday, a new study was just released by the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics on the impact of keep a food journal and the relation to weight loss.

The study conducted at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center tracked the dietary habits of 123 overweight or obese post-menopausal women on a weight loss program for one year.

Participants of the study followed diets with caloric intakes between 1,200 to 2,000 per day. While no specific dietary regiments were instructed, the women simply had to keep a food journal of everything they ate.

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Saturday, July 14th, 2012 - Staff

Insulin sensitivity and blood glucose testing is something that anyone who is borderline pre-diabetic will want to consider having done.

The more you know about how your insulin sensitivity and blood sugar levels, the better you’ll be able to make the most appropriate dietary changes for your unique needs.

In today’s post we’ll be discussing the various tests used to measure insulin sensitivity and blood sugar levels. This will give you a better understanding of the various assessments and their uses.

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Saturday, July 14th, 2012 - Staff

As a fitness coach and health educator, I constantly seek further reasons to promote exercise. We know it helps with maintaining a healthy body weight and is important with overall health and the offset of chronic illness and disease.

But what about Parkinson’s Disease, a syndrome characterized mostly by muscle tremors and an overall lack of muscle control?

In today’s post we’ll be discussing the role of exercise on Parkinson’s disease along with recommendations for exercise prescription.

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