How To Choose an Effective Meal Replacement

Meal replacement products can be found at the local grocery store and/or supplied by a medical or weight-loss professional. Here are some key points to check when choosing: Approximately 200-300 calories Products with protein (12-20 grams per serving) may keep you fuller, longer (though research says it is debatable) Avoid bars or shakes high in sugar Fortified with one third …

Playgrounds Aren’t Just For Kids!

The state of New York has plans to provide its citizens with “adult playgrounds” geared toward helping improve grown-ups’ fitness levels. The first park, located at Macombs Dam Park in the Bronx, was built several years ago as a test. The interest in the 15-piece playground has been so great that the city plans to scatter about 24 more of …

Are You Sleep Deprived?

Sleep is very important to live a healthy life. In fact, there can be many drawbacks to not getting enough sleep at night. Your daily performance at work can start to lack and you may be out of energy by the time you see your kids. You can also be at greater risk for cardiometabolic disease of you get less …

Think Crunches Are the Answer?

Are you convinced all it is going to take is a few more crunches to cut the fat off your midsection? Well, a study was done that will hopefully change your mind and convince you that it takes more than a few crunches or other abdominal exercises to give you that coveted six-pack. The study recruited 24 sedentary men and …

Who Loves Cocoa?

I’m sure the word makes you think of decadent desserts and delightful candies. But it is way more than just those sinful treats. Cocoa contains a a great antioxidant, flavanol. The cocoa bean is small, but powerful. It contains more flavanol than other foods, such as tea and red wine. Flavanols safely interact and “tame” free radicals. Free radicals are …

Do You Want an Olympic Body?

Have you been watching the 2012 London Olympic Games? Have you been admiring their physical appearances? Who doesn’t? So, how do you get an Olympic body? Train like one! Olympians train many hours a day and eat thousands of perfect calories. Ok, so none of us have hours to train, and while we would all love to eat thousands of …

Sports Drinks and Your Teeth

Before you take your next sip, read this. A study published in General Dentistry found that increased consumption of sports and energy drinks is causing irreversible damage to teeth. The drinks’ high acidity was shown to erode teeth enamel, the tooth’s protective outer layer. Young adults consume these drinks assuming they will enhance their sports performance and energy levels and …

Are Marathons and Half-Marathons Safe?

Yes and No! Do you want to challenge yourself or have you already by running a marathon or a half-marathon? Well, don’t do it all the time. We have presented the risks or injuries that go hand in hand with long-distance running. A new study looked at about 2 million people who participated in long-distance running events and if they …

Don’t Just Sit There! Get Up and Move!

What do you do when you are not working out at Fit Family? Do you spend the bulk of your nonexercise time just sitting? A recent study in the Archives of Internal Medicine, involving 222,497 adults, aged 45 and older, shows a link between sitting for 11 hours or more and premature mortality. So, get off the couch and move …

Do You Worry Your Thighs Are Too Thick? Don’t!

A Study was published in the Harvard Men’s Health Watch newsletter involving 2,816 healthy men and women aged 35-65. This study tracked these individuals for about 12.5 years. They found those with thicker thighs had a lower risk of heart disease and premature death than those with thin thighs. To be exact those with thighs that measured 62cm, which equals …

Endurance Exercise Risk

How many marathoners do you know who don’t have health problems? After many years of marathons, runners have put a lot of pressure on their ankle, knee and hips joints. This can pose serious risks as marathoners get older. The pounding on the pavement can injure a marathoner in the long run. Now, don’t misread this and think you should …