Eat More Fruits and Vegetables Now!

A new study suggests that people who eat a minimum of 7 servings a day significantly increase life span The study, published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, tracked the fruit and vegetable consumption of 65,000 adults in the UK between 2001 and 2008. While the participants Read more [...]

Why Fad Diets Don’t Work

Beware of low calorie diet fads to lose weight, by Travis Illian, Ph.D. So you’ve heard it said, over and over again, “If you want to lose weight you have to burn more calories than you consume.” Before you decide to eat just a salad today because you want to lose weight, understand that losing Read more [...]

How Your Height and Waist Can Influence Your Health

Waist-to-height ratio 'more accurate than Body Mass Index' to predict life expectancy, by Travis Illian, Ph.D. Keep a close eye on your waist-to-height ratio! According to experts, you should try to keep your waist less than half the length of your height. If you don’t, expect to dramatically shorten Read more [...]

7 Minutes to Stay Fit and Healthy

New exercise science proves you don't need to spend hours in the gym to get in shape,  by Travis Illian, Ph.D. Exercise can be a science and an art. But sometimes we just want someone to tell us what to do and how to do it. A recent article in the New York Times highlighted the fitness benefits of Read more [...]

How to Stay Active on the Weekends

Electric shock therapy, arctic “ice bath”, and 11 miles of fun. Can you think of a better way to spend your weekend? On Sunday May 19th, my husband, mom and I participated in the Jacksonville Tough Mudder. As we recited the Tough Mudder Creed, I was a bundle of nerves. A million thoughts went Read more [...]

A Form of Exercise to Fight Hunger

New studies from Japan suggest that vertical exercise movements, like jumping rope, fight feelings of hunger better than other forms of exercise. Researchers studied 15 healthy men with an average age of 24. Their goal was to compare hunger levels while jumping rope, cycling and resting. Their new Read more [...]

Eliminate Back Pain: Walk or Run Backwards! By Travis Illian, Ph.D.

There are many benefits to walking, but doing the same activity over and over again, like forward walking, can put a chronic strain on the leg and back muscles that are used to propel you forward.  A little variety, such as walking backwards, can be a helpful tool to keep your body in balance.  Walking Read more [...]

Should I walk or should I run? By Travis Illian, Ph.D.

I really enjoy getting asked this question…should I walk or run?  Let’s start with some basics: General Training Rule: Start with simple and move to complex!  This is an easy rule that is often broken.  Take the time to master simple tasks.  If you have not been working out for a while, Read more [...]