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Accuracy of fitness trackers called into question

2/21/2015 - If you're wearing a fitness tracker to gauge your physical activity and the calories you've burned, you may want to reconsider the numbers you see at the end of your workout or day. The truth is, what you see may be far from accurate. In fact, the results could be way off base in either direction; research...

Fitness regimen helps older men live longer, say researchers

5/30/2014 - Researchers and experts have said that exercise and increased physical activity is good for the body at any age, but new data suggests in particular that regardless of a man's age, cardiovascular fitness can add more years of life. A new study of men over 70 years old with high blood pressure found...

Planet Fitness kicks pregnant woman out of the gym for her 'belly hanging out'

4/29/2014 11:03:15 AM - A young pregnant woman was working out on a treadmill at a Planet Fitness gym in Charlotte, N.C., when one of the staff approached her and explained that she couldn't bare her bulging midriff. She had to change tops or leave. So she was given a choice. Melissa Mantor explained that she's 18 weeks...

How to stay obese: Get less than one hour of vigorous exercise a year

3/5/2014 - Tens of millions of Americans are obese, and while figures have stabilized in recent years according to government findings, the numbers are still staggering. Poor dietary choices rank high as a cause of obesity, but another factor -- and in my view, one that gets far less attention -- is Americans'...

Research: Lack of cardiovascular fitness kills more than diabetes, smoking and obesity combined

12/3/2013 - The ability of the heart and lungs to provide oxygenated blood to tissues, coupled with the the muscles' proper use oxygen is called cardiovascular fitness. Aerobic activity increases cardiovascular fitness. It involves using the larger muscle groups during sustained physical movement. Most physical...

Four unhealthy habits that are crushing your fitness goals

8/25/2013 - Staying fit and healthy is not easy. Even when good habits are practiced, such as eating right and exercising, fitness goals can seem forever unattainable. Sometimes, unhealthy habits picked up over the years can be the reason,and it is not easy to get out of a bad habit. Here are four common habits...

The mind-blowing secret that keeps both fitness and junk food industries in business

8/10/2013 8:47:52 AM - I wasn't expecting to be let in on a dirty little industry secret. I was just shooting the breeze with a manager of the large, local fitness center where I work out five days a week. It seems that fitness centers are counting on members failing to achieve their fitness goals. In fact, they bank...

Denver to start charging groups who do yoga or fitness in public parks

7/17/2013 - Fitness groups that hold classes at public parks, green spaces, and other multi-use public areas in Colorado's capital city of Denver could soon have to pay user fees to the city in order to continue using them, according to new proposals. Paid exercise programs like CrossFit and yoga that involve large...

FDA warns public about fitness supplement allegedly linked to five deaths, but says nothing about pharmaceuticals that kill 100,000

5/9/2013 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a new safety warning about an ingredient sometimes added to fitness supplements that it claims could cause health problems in certain individuals. According to a recent public announcement, the FDA has received complaints from a handful of consumers...

California fitness insanity: City demands 15 percent of fitness instructors' revenues for training people in public parks

1/8/2013 - It is a burgeoning trend all across the country, especially as increasing amounts of people couple their personal fitness goals with local community-building efforts. But fitness groups that meet and train with paid instructors at public parks throughout the city of Santa Monica in California could...

Experts' tips on staying fit during the holidays

12/17/2012 - The holiday season is just around the corner, and with it comes the holiday feasting, which can often make it really hard to stick to a diet or a fitness routine. According to statistics, Americans gain about a pound each year during the winter holidays, something that could be averted with a few diet...

Fit kids do better academically

12/14/2012 - Middle school students who are more physically fit get better grades and perform better on standardized tests, according to a study conducted by researchers from Michigan State University (MSU) and published in the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness. According to lead researcher Dawn...

Company tries to claim intellectual property ownership over children's exercises like 'leap frog'

7/18/2012 - Almost everyone has heard of a ridiculous court case involving companies or individuals making incredulous, specious claims, but this may be the first time someone has tried to claim ownership of a child activity. Focused Fitness, LLC, has filed suit against Action Based Learning, LLC, for attempting...

Equity company that helped buy NutraSweet from Monsanto also funds Sunny Delight, Fitness Quest and Mattress Firm

2/13/2012 10:26:56 PM - Prior to the year 2000, the Monsanto Co. owned the NutraSweet Co., which is responsible for the inventions of both aspartame and neotame, two artificial sweeteners that are highly pervasive in the conventional food supply. But today, NutraSweet is actually now owned by J.W. Childs Equity Partners II...

Intermittent fasting and high intensity fitness boost HGH

1/20/2012 - The human body was designed very efficiently for times of scarcity and stress. Food scarcity was a common reality and the body has developed specific pathways to be very efficient in times of fasting. In times of stress, for survival purposes we adapted a fight or flight mode that forces us to work...

Real health care begins with you

4/12/2011 - For a good number of years now, there has been a lot of talk and debate concerning the effects of our political, financial and social situations. The world economy, environment, wars and health issues are all jockeying for the top positions of importance to all of us as residents of the planet Earth....

Physical fitness prevents seasonal flu infections far better than vaccines

1/24/2011 - Staying physically fit may reduce your time spent sick during cold and flu season by nearly 50 percent, according to a study conducted by researchers from Appalachian State University and published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Researchers followed 1,002 adults younger than age 86 for...

Twelve top experts speak out about health, fitness and longevity

1/7/2011 - A little over two years ago, I was invited to be part of a content creation project involving over a dozen experts who teamed up to create what came to be called The People's Guide to Health, Happiness and Longevity. The producer of the content was none other than Craig Pepin-Donat, who has since gone...

Get your children away from the TV - Physical fitness makes smarter brains

10/12/2010 - Want to raise healthy and smart children? Then don't allow them to be couch potatoes. Exercise, it turns out, does more than benefit the body and overall health -- physical fitness builds smarter brains in youngsters, too. That's the news from a study just published in the journal Brain Research....

Children's Fitness Levels Continue to Decline; Today's Kids are Weak and Unfit

2/2/2010 - Researchers from Essex University recently concluded a study that evaluated the changing fitness abilities of modern children. Evaluated a decade apart based on physical strength, the study revealed that 10-year-olds from 1998 were capable of outrunning 95 percent of 10-year-olds in 2008. While...

Brain Fitness should be Alongside All Fitness Protocols

12/26/2009 - We all share worries about brain decline, especially among the aging population. Scientists have long concluded that mental processing does slow with age. According to most studies, the human brain stops growing in its early 20s, after which it starts to contract. But studies show as we age it is never...

Having a Positive Mindset Can Make Diet and Exercise Easier

10/20/2008 - Panelist for The International Health and Fitness Symposium and Trainer for NBC's The Biggest Loser, Kim Lyons, talks with founder, chairman and host for the event, Craig Pepin-Donat, The Fit Advocate about Changing Your Mindset toward Diet and Exercise. Pepin-Donat: Our society is sicker and fatter...

Toxic Chemicals Are Destroying Our Health - an Interview With Debra Lynn Dadd

10/10/2008 - Panelist for The International Health and Fitness Symposium and "The Queen of Green," Debra Lynn Dadd, Talks with Symposium Chairman and Host Craig Pepin-Donat, The Fit Advocate, about Toxic Chemicals that are Destroying our Health. The World Cancer Report states that cancer rates could increase...

Long Duration or Short Burst Exercising - Deciding Which Is Best for Health and Fat Loss

9/15/2008 - With Exercise, keeping it short is the best way to go. Did you know that a short burst of intense exercise is extremely beneficial not only for overall fitness but for building lean muscle tissue and promoting longevity? Just imagine -- exercising anywhere from only 2 minutes to a maximum of 17 a couple...

Foods That Prevent Cancer - An Interview With Mike Adams

9/13/2008 - The "Health Ranger" and International Health Fitness Symposium panelist, Mike Adams, talks with chairman and host Craig Pepin-Donat, The Fit Advocate about Startling Nutrition Secrets. Every year, the FDA and CDC release frightening statistics: "One in every three men will contract some form of cancer";...

The Secret Truth About Big Pharma

9/10/2008 - Panelist for The International Health and Fitness Symposium and "The People's Chemist," Shane Ellison, Shares the Secret Truth about Big Pharma. We live in the "age of drugs." Not illegal, addictive substances, but legal over-the-counter and prescription medications. These substances can be just as dangerous...

What is the Big, Fat Health and Fitness Lie?

7/19/2008 - This interview is an excerpt from Kevin Gianni's The Healthiest Year of Your Life, which can be found at ( . In this excerpt, Craig Pepin Donat shares on the experiences that led him to write The Big Fat Health and Fitness Lie. The Healthiest Year of Your Life...

What You Should Know About Gyms and Fitness Equipment by Craig Pepin Donat

7/14/2008 - This interview is an excerpt from Kevin Gianni's The Healthiest Year of Your Life, which can be found at ( . In this excerpt, Craig Pepin Donat shares on gyms, fitness equipment, prescriptions and "scientific" studies. The Healthiest Year of Your Life with Craig...

Review: The People's Guide to Health, Happiness and Longevity Reveals Life Enhancement Secrets of 12 Top Experts

6/6/2008 - For the last several months, I've been collaborating with renowned author, entrepreneur and content creator Craig Pepin-Donat on a unique, high-density content program that's just been announced this week. It's called The People's Guide to Health, Happiness and Longevity, and it features twelve audio...

Fruitarianism and Boot Camp Fitness, Richard Blackman Style

5/16/2008 - This is Kevin Gianni, and I'd like to welcome you to another very special Raw Summit Teleseminar, which can be found online at ( . The purpose of the Raw Summit is to pass along cutting edge information about health and living food technologies for you to reach optimal...

Fitness More Than Fatness Determines Your Health and Longevity

1/22/2008 - Did you know that fitness level is a strong predictor of longevity, especially for adults over age 60? While obesity receives much airtime as a public health problem, it seems that being thin is not the be-all and end-all of a healthy body. Results of a 12-year study have indicated that fitness levels...

The 7 Big Health and Fitness Lies About Optimal Health and Weight Loss (Part 3)

12/15/2007 - One of the most successful ways to lose weight and reach optimum health is to challenge what you've been told. Successful people aren't reasonable and use a ton of common sense to make their fitness work for them. The solution is to ask yourself why you're doing something that you think will work for...

Lies of the Health and Fitness Industry Exposed

12/10/2007 - If history has taught us anything, it is that when a business concept exhibits the potential for growth, companies and industries spread like a virus to expand and exploit the opportunity. From the meager beginnings of muscle-bound bodybuilders, steel barbells, medicine balls and once-a-day vitamins,...

Use Mind Programming to Reach Your Weight Loss and Fitness Goals

12/5/2007 - One of the easiest ways to lose weight and reach the fitness goals you really want to achieve is to learn how to program your mind for success. The techniques here are just two of the 8-Step process that will set your fitness and health on autopilot. If you embrace these simple ideas, you might find...

The 7 Big Health and Fitness Lies About Optimal Health and Weight Loss (Part 2)

11/28/2007 - It's common knowledge in the health and fitness world that you need to find a plan that works for you and stick with it to lose weight and reach your optimum health goals.  But here's the thing - we're not robots, nor are we immortal.  In any successful exercise and weight loss program there needs to...

The 7 Big Health and Fitness Lies About Optimal Health and Weight Loss (Part 1)

11/27/2007 - In a perfect world, 98% of people who lose weight would not gain it back.  But the reality is that they do.  Losing weight and reaching optimum health has become more of a challenge than it needs to be due to certain factors I've researched and outlined in this three part series.  This is an excerpt...

Six Principles for Improved Health and Lasting Weight-Loss

10/31/2007 - How many times have you proclaimed, "I need to go on a diet"? How many of those diets resulted in long-term success? Not many, if any. Millions of people are looking for the answer to improved health and fitness, and spend billions of dollars every year on diets and weight loss. Diets continually fail...

Orlistat Marketed as Alli is a Big, Fat Lie

10/26/2007 - Every year more than 70 million people resolve to lose weight by going on a diet, which feeds the big, fat $58 billion diet and weight-loss industry. After all the money is wasted, the cold, harsh reality is that fewer than 5 percent of dieters will realize long-term results. The other 95 percent will...

Fitness level affects bariatric surgery outcomes (press release)

10/4/2006 - Morbidly obese patients with poor cardiopulmonary fitness may experience increased complications after bariatric surgery. New research published in the August issue of CHEST, the peer-reviewed journal of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), shows that bariatric surgery patients with low...

Poor Fitness Associated with Increase in Prevalence of Cardiovascular Disease (press release)

9/13/2006 - Approximately one-third of adolescents and 14 percent of adults (aged 20 to 49 years) in the U.S. have poor cardiorespiratory fitness, with an associated increased prevalence of cardiovascular disease risk factors such as higher total cholesterol and blood pressure levels, according to a study in the...

Fitness counteracts cognitive decline from hormone-replacement therapy (press release)

8/31/2006 - Women pondering hormone-replacement therapy also should consider regular exercise. A new study at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign suggests that being physically fit offsets cognitive declines attributed to long-term therapy. "This...

Adding Weight to Toys May Help Improve Children’s Fitness (press release)

8/23/2006 - Adding weight to toys may serve as a way to improve children’s fitness, according to research at Indiana State University. Professor John Ozmun and graduate student Lee Robbins conducted the study with 7- and 8-year-old children, who carried 3-pound weighted and unweighted cardboard blocks while...

Wheelchair-bound fitness icon proves that anyone can be healthy through exercise and nutrition

8/7/2004 - Kevin Saunders is riding a wheelchair across the country to serve as an example that people can attain physical fitness no matter what obstacles may stand in the way. He was paralyzed from the chest down due to a work injury. He later pursued physical fitness and became a para-olympian, winning bronze...

Many people approach physical fitness for cosmetic reasons; but real strength training is about body, mind and spirit, not good looks

5/9/2004 1:05:25 PM - Do you jump right into a workout without warming up? Do you "jerk" the weights when strength training? Do you overstretch in Yoga class because you don't want to look like a noob? Editors from Fitness Magazine offer some tips in this article, but I'd like to go past the obvious and get to the...

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