Friday, April 17, 2015

Fitness Master

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Some call it frustrating, maddening, the reason why they don't pay more attention to the latest research in health and fitness. I call it something else.


Saturday, March 28, 2015

About 20 years ago, I began my school day by teaching a group of eighth graders that contained four girls who were close friends, sat close to my desk, and were not only impressively intelligent but also rather well-behaved. They approached eighth grade English like a grad course where an "A" equaled a pay raise, and I never had to worry about them talking or giggling or failing to pay attention.

Except on certain days after Christmas vacation. They changed. Really changed. They whispered. They giggled. Their minds seemed to stray.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Early one Thursday night, a man consumed an energy drink, an energy shot, and a diet pill. He did this on an empty stomach, so the fact that he stayed awake the entire night and did not fall asleep until 7 a.m. the next morning may not surprise you.

Until you discover the man's weight, his profession, and what he did for a good part of the night.

Terrence Cody weighs 349 pounds, plays nose tackle for the Baltimore Ravens, and banged heads, bodies, and god knows what else against the offensive linemen of the Cleveland Browns for four quarters of football.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

On a typical school day, I work out before I eat breakfast, with the second event occurring around 7 a.m. as I finalize the day's lesson plans at school. I drink a protein shake at 9:20, eat lunch at 11:45, have an afternoon snack around 2:30, and then begin supper by 5:45.

You'd think my eating would end with a before-bed snack, but no. I usually wake up twice before midnight and eat two more times.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Some facets of health and fitness such as understanding the inner workings of the body can be complex. It's my job as both a writer and a teacher to break down that complexity and create simplicity.

Monday, December 8, 2014

You've all read, I am sure, about how crucial it is to limit the amount of insulin your body secretes after eating. It's why you're advised to consume meals and snacks that are high in complex carbs and protein and low in simple carbs.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Visualize evolution.

Given that command, you are probably picturing that famous drawing found in science textbooks years ago.

It illustrates a sea creature coming ashore, followed by tiny mammals, followed by a monkey walking on all fours. The monkey develops into an ape that develops into a hairy little caveman whose knuckles touch the ground. Progressively taller and less hirsute cavemen appear, improve their posture, and voila the animal closest to the inland looks just like modern man.

According to science, such a transformation took place over millions of years.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

I never repeat, never want this column to read like a bad script from some 2:00 a.m. infomercial (as if there's such a thing as a good script from any early-morning infomercial). That's why I cringed when I reread part of the final sentence of last week's column.

"For proof that it's just about impossible to overeat if you're overeating protein . . . read the follow-up column slated for next week."

Saturday, August 16, 2014

One year ago, the intro to this column led to this line: "It's never been tougher." The "it" referred to being a teenager, teaching a teenager, and the real toughie parenting a teenager (though parenting a preteen can't be a walk in the park, either).

In that column, I wrote that "effective parenting today like the pursuit of health and fitness is a never-ending endeavor that's more an art than a science.

Talk about a daunting job. You rarely get a break, you often get grief, and you have no manual or guidebook to follow."

Saturday, August 9, 2014

One of the newspapers I read runs a recipe-exchange column. So about a week after a plea from Phyllis of Phillipsburg for an easy-to-follow fudge recipe, it prints three or four or five options submitted by other readers.

So why do I based on what I believe and the life I lead regularly read a column about how to make fattening foods like fudge? For the same reason I sometimes watch high-end car auctions on television.

You should be able to appreciate the elements of life you don't want or need in yours.