Monday, November 24, 2008

We're All Made of Corn!

I rented a fantastic documentary from Netflix this weekend. It's as eye-opening and impactful as "Super Size Me"!

Did you know that we're basically made of corn? No really, your hair sample will tell you so.

When you order a fast food meal, you're consuming corn-fed beef, french fries fried in corn oil and sodas made with high fructose corn syrup.

The over-production of corn in our country is an economic solution to agriculture, but if we continue down the same path, we're going to reverse the progress we're made for the average lifespan.

Learn more here!

Committed to your health,

Friday, November 21, 2008

Why Pilates Won't Help You Lose Weight

Before you go and defend Pilates, please know that I love many things about it. It definitely helps tighten your core and improve flexibility. But, usually those are secondary goals. You can't show off a tight core with a thick layer of adipose tissue over it!

So, what will help you lose weight?

1. Eat right.

2. Strength train to increase your muscle mass so you burn more calories all day long.

3. Do your cardiovascular exercise with intervals once or twice a week, so you burn more calories for a time after your workout. (I'll post more details about that later.)

4. Cardiovascular exercise done in a steady state fashion, should only be done to burn extra calories if you've covered 1, 2 & 3 (or for some reason can't do #3).

5. Pilates, yoga, more daily activity like walking , etc all have great benefits - but they're more mental than weight-loss oriented. Yes, Pilates, Yoga and walking build some muscle when you start the program, but only progressive resistance will continue it. Unless you're gaining weight as you're doing the exercises, you aren't increasing your resistance each workout. That would be counterproductive! ;-)

So go ahead and do your Pilates. Just make sure you know why you're doing it, and that you aren't missing out on higher priorities! (And be sure to balance out all those flexed positions with extra extension and retractions work!)

Committed to your health,

Web 2.0

Whew! It's been longer than I thought since I posted! It's amazing how fast time goes by when you have little kids. My daughter is now 5 and my son is almost 22 months. I'm taking a little break from my kids and trying to catch up with the times! You can now find me via Web 2.0:




See you on the internet!