Viva La Café!  Toast to a Longer Life with Coffee

Viva La Café! Toast to a Longer Life with Coffee

000000Let’s Toast to a Longer Life Thanks to Coffee! Some health myths are hard to break no matter how much good science comes out.  For example, there are still some people who think coffee may not be healthy.  Granted, some people cannot tolerate the buzz or have other health issues at play that may not pair well with caffeine.  But coffee is more than just it’s caffeine content.  And now there’s even more mounting evidence that coffee – caffeinated or not – may lead to a longer life according to scientists. The Annals of Internal Medicine recently published a study showing people who drank a cup of coffee a day were 12% less likely to die compared to those who didn’t drink coffee.  For those who drank 2 to 3 cups a day, there was an 18% reduced chance of death.  The study period ran for over 16 years.  The data came from a multiethnic collaboration between the University of Hawaii Cancer Center and the Keck School of Medicine.   Researchers studied 215,000 ethnically diverse participants to examine lifestyle risk factors that may lead to cancer.  Of the more than 180,000 participants that were coffee drinkers, they found the drink was good for you whether you are white, African-American, Latino or Asian.   It didn’t matter whether the coffee was high octane or decaf.  Mortality rates were lower for both, suggesting the association is not tied to caffeine, according to V. Wendy Setiawan, senior author of the study and an associate professor of preventive medicine at the Keck School of Medicine. “Coffee contains a lot of antioxidants and phenolic...

Staying Fit While You Travel has Just become Completely Excuse Proof

000000Years ago I used to think I was an outlier. I’d stay at a hotel and be the only one grunting and sweating in their gym. Back in those dark ages, a hotel might throw a few pieces of dilapidated equipment and rusty weights into a dank, basement room and pass it off as a gym. Hmmm… maybe that’s why I’d be the only one in there. Fortunately, the hospitality industry has come to realize the fitness & wellness market is worth tapping into. Now, people like me who want to maintain their fitness routines when they’re away from home, have options when it comes to hotel fitness. A New Trend in Fitness Travel Research surveys have shown that plenty of people intend to workout when they travel. In fact, Forty-six percent of hotel guests, according to recent Cornell University Center for Hospitality Research study, say they plan on using the hotel gym. In actuality, only 22 percent do.  If you’re guilty, say “I!”  The International Hotel group estimates there are 17 million wellness-minded travelers who feel their healthy lifestyle needs are not being met. And a survey by Westin found that 70 percent of global travelers struggle to maintain their wellness routines on the road.  Good news!  It’s getting easier and you don’t even have to suit up to go to the gym.   A Functional Mini Gym Right in Your Room Now that my tribe is really being heard, a new hospitality trend has emerged, In-Room Fitness. While the concept isn’t totally new and other hotels have taken steps to fill the need, Hilton has just taken...
Simple Beginner, Level 1 Workout

Simple Beginner, Level 1 Workout

010000Everyone needs to start somewhere.  I created a few  easy, beginner workout programs for GymRa for that very reason.  These workouts (most all are on YouTube) will help you build the confidence and core competency you need to get on your way to making fitness part of your daily life.  These workouts include beginner cardio moves, basic strength and toning exercises and core work to keep you spine healthy and prevent injuries. If you’re not a beginner, consider sharing with someone you know who is....
Science Shows Only This Workout Can Actually Make You Younger

Science Shows Only This Workout Can Actually Make You Younger

001000Two Studies Found Links Between High Intensity Exercise and Anti-Aging Back in the beginning of the year I was interviewing the Chief Science Officer at the American Council on Exercise, Dr. Cedric Bryant. Their mission is to get the word out about the benefits of exercise and promote initiatives to make this happen. I write a blog about fitness and healthy living topics, so I do my part to inform the masses. During our conversation we started talking about my injuries and my crusty, stenotic spine that has an assortment of bulging and herniated discs (partially inherited, partially self-inflicted). “But I’ll never stop doing my boot camp workouts or Spinning” I chuckled! Then his eyes widened in agreement and he said, “there is some very interesting research coming out that a friend of mine was involved with…” He proceeded to tell me about a recent study done at the Mayo Clinic which revealed some surprising outcomes to the researchers about anti-aging and exercise. Of all the methods of exercise they tested, only high-intensity interval training (HIIT) appeared to slow down aging on a cellular level. The study was recently published in March in the journal, Cell Metabolism But the real surprise was that the older the subject was, the better the HIIT training worked! Researchers know exercise is great for a myriad of things from cognition to staving off a variety of age related diseases. Wouldn’t it be nice to know what types of exercise have anti-aging benefits and could help rebuild organelles (the subunits within a cell) that deteriorate with age?  The Mayo Clinic Study The Mayo Clinic study enrolled...
High Heels Can Be Causing Back, Knee and Hip Pain (and make your feet hurt too!)

High Heels Can Be Causing Back, Knee and Hip Pain (and make your feet hurt too!)

001111Ladies, ever wonder why you suffer from regular bouts of lower back pain?  Achy hips?  How about crazy tight leg muscles?  Don’t blame it on your cycling class, or too many squats or, the trainer you only see once or twice a week.  Look down.  Are you wearing high heels?  Bingo!  You’ve heard high heels are bad for you.  But it’s not just because they cause all kinds of pain and trauma to your feet.  High heels are also messing up your physical fitness.  They throw you out of proper postural alignment causing your joints and spine to take on more wear and tear, which means aches and pains. Is it possible to still look rockin’ and save your joints?  My suggestion is more Athleisure-wear.  I know some fashion hard-liners say, no way will I walk around in yoga pants on a weekday!  But we’ve come a long way since those flare-leg, fold-over yoga pants.   Let’s chat for a moment about the evils of high heels.     First there’s the obvious.  They make your feet hurt.  Blisters, calluses and swelling are par for the course.  And pointy toes, fuhgeddaboutit!  I’m sure they were invented by someone on the Marquis de Sade’s payroll.  Second, they can lead to foot injuries like plantar fasciitis (usually from a bone spur that makes your heels hurt), hammertoes, bunions, and neuromas.   Then there’s the domino effect.   Not only do high heels make your feet hurt, but problems with the feet can travel up the leg and cause injuries in the back, knees and hips.  Your knees take on extra pressure from the...
How Women Can Lose Weight After 40 (especially around the middle)

How Women Can Lose Weight After 40 (especially around the middle)

111010  Are you a woman over 40 and noticing it’s getting harder to lose weight?  Got some extra stubborn fluff and puff around the middle?  Maybe you’re finding that the diets you did in your 20’s or 30’s don’t work as fast as they used to or don’t even work at all!  If you’re already well past 40, chances are you’ve found it’s harder to lose weight.  And, those inches around your waistline won’t budge. Yes ladies, “Middle Age Spread” is a real thing.  Now before you click the little “x” on your browser to close this page and curse my name in disgust, sit tight.  First, I’m going to lay out the facts of why this happens to most women.  Then, I’m going to give you some action steps you can take to start losing weight again! Why the Weight Creeps On and On   Hormones. Ok, no big surprise here.  During perimenopause, our estrogen and testosterone levels start to drop.  By menopause, they plummet.  This is probably why approximately 30% of women between 50 and 59 are obese.  http://www.womenshealth.northwestern.edu/blog/menopause-and-weight-gain There appears to be a connection between estrogen and body weight regulation.  With lower estrogen levels, lab animals tend to eat more and be less physically active.  http://www.womenshealth.northwestern.edu/blog/menopause-and-weight-gain Levels that are too high or too low appear to lead to fat storage.  And, lower estrogen levels may also slow down your metabolic rate (the speed  at your body converts stored energy into working energy).   Being Less Active.  Many of us just slow down with age and exercise less.  This is just bad all around.  This is true for both men and women. ...