Fitness and Exercise Blog - November 2005 fitness blog

Exercise and the Holidays

I noticed that once December arrives many people stop exercising or stop going to the gym. One of the reasons is because of Christmas and the busy holiday season. They just feel they do not have the time. Winter time also sees an increased number of heart attacks which is partly due to the colder weather. Your arteries get smaller due to the cold causing your heart to work harder.  Also most people experience increased levels of stress due to holiday shopping and the holiday season.

I recommend that you continue to exercise at least twice a week during the holidays. Exercise helps alleviate your mental stress and keeps your heart healthy. You can then take the Christmas week off. It's always good to give your body a bit of a rest with a week off from the gym or a weight training routine every couple of months anyway, or as you feel you may need it. 

Another way to combat the stress of holiday shopping is to shop online. Throughout my site at I have selected a few merchants that can make your holiday shopping easier and faster without you having to look for parking or put up with all the crowds.

Posted on: Wednesday November 30, 2005 6:20 pm

Health Tip - Eating Cereal

A health tip for you today. By now everyone knows the importance of eating a regular breakfast or you should, if you don't! One of the causes of weight gain is that many people either skip breakfast or eat an unhealthy breakfast. By not eating a breakfast, simply stated this forces your body to store food as excess fat resulting in weight gain.

Many people say that they do not have time to eat breakfast, but really how long does it take to have a healthy cereal with low fat milk? Cereal is a quick and effective way of nourishing your body with vitamins, nutrients and energy to begin your day. Also, people who eat healthy cereals in the morning also tend to control their weight more effectively.

Posted on: Wednesday November 23, 2005 12:45 pm

Smoking and Heart Disease

Many times when I'm at the gym, someone will walk by me and they really smell of cigarettes. Maybe it's my acute sense of smell that I notice this or they are simply heavy smokers. One of the many reasons to exercise is to maintain a strong heart and keep your arteries unclogged. It defeats the purpose if you are exercising and then going home and smoking a pack of cigarettes per day. 

In a recent Japanese study that I heard about today, even second hand smoke quickly causes heart disease. The scientists discovered that 30 minutes of exposure to second hand smoke caused heart disease and the clogging of arteries. This is more reason to quit smoking or at least be considerate when you do light up to the people around you.

Posted on: Tuesday November 22, 2005 11:02 am

Escalating or High Density Training - Maximum Impact Weight Training

I came across an interesting book focusing on one particular way of strength training. It's called Escalating or High Density Training and it focuses on gaining more muscle in a shorter period of time. At the same time, burning off more fat in a shorter period of time. This type of training cuts your workout recovery time and prevents joint and muscle pains allowing you to safely train without injury. It's ideal for athletes, people looking to stay in shape, bodybuilders and especially for anyone with limited time for exercise. You can get an effective strength training workout in the least amount of time.

Charles Staley is a proponent of this system and has written a book on this type of training called Muscle Logic : EDT Delivers Twice the Muscle in Half the Time. Trainers and Olympic athletes agree that this system works. It's ideal for both professionals, bodybuilders and people interested in just staying in shape.

It's a book that's worth a read. In his book, Charles Staley provides:
- both beginner, intermediate and advanced programs for athletes interested in maximum performance at any level
- a 2 hour per week program for serious recreational bodybuilders
- simple, effective ways to apply Escalating Density Training to develop power, speed and endurance
- techniques that help you cut recovery time to train more intensely and frequently to reach your goals faster

Posted on: Wednesday November 2, 2005 11:09 am

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