Health

  • Don’t let the jealousy of others get you down

    Don’t let the jealousy of others get you down

    Ever since I started working out, I’ve had to deal with backhanded compliments, negative comments, people warning me about the “dangers” of just about anything, and out of shape “health experts”. What you want to do is take these people and use them as fuel. If you don’t use this approach and you’re a sensitive

  • A (relatively) new virus on the block: enterovirus D68

    A (relatively) new virus on the block: enterovirus D68

    Hospitals in the mid-Western USA are seeing an abnormally high number of children with severe respiratory illness. From August to September 16, 2014, a total of 130 people in 12 states (Alabama, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania) were confirmed to have illness caused by enterovirus D68 (EV-D68).1 In

  • Common misconceptions when you have a trainer.

    Common misconceptions when you have a trainer.

    Working with a Trainer So you’ve bought yourself a few sessions or months with a personal trainer… Awesome! A trainer can show you how to safely and effectively work out and get into shape. They will teach you basic lifts, offer tips, etc. Sounds amazing, right? OK! See you guys next week. Just kidding! (Hey

  • Shingles: a disease on the rise

    Shingles: a disease on the rise

    I caught the chickenpox when I was in elementary school. It was circa 1980. There was not yet a vaccine against chickenpox, and the disease was spreading through my school classroom at a fast pace. I remember sitting in the gym for an assembly, and my friend next to me was picking at a blister-like

  • Fitness Quest: The Cheat Day

    Fitness Quest: The Cheat Day

    Fitness Quest is a weekly column in which the journey of losing 90 pounds is chronicled online in hopes of helping other people as well as providing a catalyst for motivation. I’ll come clean: I have been struggling recently. A week prior, I went to a Mexican restaurant for lunch with some coworkers. The food was

  • Bodyweight Series/ Push-up

    Bodyweight Series/ Push-up

    You can’t go to the gym? You don’t have a gym membership or don’t know what you’re doing? PERFECT! You’ve got all you need – your body! Body weight exercises are among the most simple, yet most effective exercises. If you have a body, then you can do a bodyweight push-up. Chances are that if

  • Fitness Quest: Early Lessons Learned

    Fitness Quest: Early Lessons Learned

    Fitness Quest is a weekly column in which the journey of losing 90 pounds is chronicled online in hopes of helping other people as well as providing a catalyst for motivation. Find Patterns in the Data During previous attempts at dieting, I struggled at various points. Tracking my weight with Weight Watchers showed this but I never understood why