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Saturday, January 5, 2013

It's a rather small article, one I first read last September, and I know why I didn't I didn't write about it then. While it presents a provocative new idea, it lacks the typical slew of studies and statistics to support it.

But as Sir George Pickering once said, "Not everything that counts can be counted." And self-control, a quality that's so crucial to all sorts of success, definitely counts even though you may have a devil of a time counting it.

In fact, it's so crucial to success in life that I'd be remiss not to write about it.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Five weeks ago, the headline to this column read "A loss of muscle: Why so many diets fail." The column used hypothetical examples of overweight women losing weight with and without augmenting the loss with exercise and explained why those who exercise have a far better chance of maintaining the weight loss.

Exercise during moderate weight loss insures that the weight lost is primarily fat. Without exercise as much as 50 percent of the weight loss can be muscle.

Losing muscle makes it more likely that the weight lost will be regained for a simple reason. Muscle isn't inert.

Monday, December 3, 2012

The October 13 column about creatine focused on the product's versatility. Once a staple for hardcore bodybuilders and weightlifters who wanted to add muscle, the supplement is now used by many endurance athletes and also to treat depression.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Last week's column explained how the reduction in your metabolic rate is what does in most diets and how exercise helps negate that. But that's not news to those who regularly read this column.

The following benefit of exercise during dieting, however, should be.

While exercise expends energy, meaning you burn calories, it actually reduces your urge to eat immediately afterwards, according to a study performed at Brigham Young University.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Time to tell you about a workout supplement that worked too well. Again.

October is when serious cyclists get serious in the weight room, but last October I was feeling so beat up and weak that I couldn't imagine lifting with any intensity.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Zoloft is one of the many drugs to battle depression. As it does, it can also create, according to the Nurses Drug Guide, 55 adverse side effects, including chest pain, blurred vision, loss of hair, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, paranoia, and suicidal thoughts.

Oh, and males can develop breasts and lose sexual function.

Running is one of the many exercises used to battle depression. As it does, it can also create, according to any runner's guide, a few adverse side effects, including blisters, shin splints, runner's knee, and plantar fascia.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Picture a wise old yogi with a flowing white beard in a flowing white robe. A hermit who meditates high on a remote mountain and only reveals the secrets of the universe to truth seekers serious enough to make the ascent.

Now picture his knees bent and arms raised for balance, one foot forward, a wild look in his eyes. His bare feet on a surfboard and the surfboard atop the crest of a frothing wave.

I saw such an image on a poster more than 30 years ago. I'll never forget it, probably because the caption contained such good advice.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

When the topic turns to food, the objective is often simple: to cite studies (and possibly personal experience) to get you to consume less of something.

A column printed nearly 12 years ago, for example, urged you not to drink any soda. That's because a study using Massachusetts middle schoolers published in The Lancet, England's prestigious medical journal, found that the kids' odds of becoming obese increased with every daily serving of a sugar-sweetened drink.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Guess what? There is no way to escape aging. You are of the nature to grow old and die.

Both old age and death are inevitable.

While that's hardly a heartwarming thought, it certainly is true. And it certainly is something you should think about even if thinking about it depresses you.

Because thinking about it just might get you up off your butt and exercising, get you eating good things instead of junk. Yes, I know some will read this intro and do the opposite because there's no winning a war against inevitability, but I hope that way of thinking is not for you.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

After years of researching the subject, Lee Jones, a scientist at Duke University, believes he knows how those who would rather not exercise can avoiding doing so yet still receive the same health benefits. If you have aversion to exercise, all you need to do is take 200 different drugs.