At any given time, over 100 million Americans are on a diet (MarketResearch .com 2014). That’s about a third of the U.S. population. Despite the hundreds of best- seller diet books and the $60-plus billion Americans spend trying to lose weight each year (Marketdata Enterprises 2014), permanent weight loss remains elusive for most. Even so, dozens of diets remain on the market, each with ardent followers and outspoken opponents.
In his book Pilates’ Return to Life Through Contrology, Joseph Pilates wrote: “Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness and can neither be acquired by wishful thinking nor by outright purchase (Pilates & Miller 1998).” First published in 1945, this book is more relevant than ever today, as clients seem to have less time to work out, and a lot more excuses as to why.
newsletter_teaser: In his book Pilates’ Return to Life Through Contrology, Joseph Pilates wrote: “Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness and can neither be acquired by wishful thinking nor by outright purchase (Pilates & Miller 1998).” First published in 1945, this book is more relevant than ever today.
Do you have a hard time raising your arms to wash your hair, putting dishes in an overhead cupboard or pulling on a sweatshirt? You may be suffering from excessive thoracic kyphosis.
ETK is a disproportionate forward rounding or curvature of the middle and upper back, also known as the thoracic spine (Kendall, McCreary & Provance 2005). Everyday movements and athletic performance can be limited by ETK, as this excessive rounding of the middle and upper back can affect the function of your breathing, shoulders, spine and arms.
Myth: Exercise alone can overcome poor eating habits.
Truth: An average person would have to run 6 or 7 miles to burn off the 750 calories in a McDonald’s® Double Quarter Pounder® with Cheese.
Myth: Preworkout stretching reduces injury risk.
Truth: Researchers for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention looked at more than 300 studies and found no link between stretching and lower injury rates.
The health benefits of nuts like walnuts, pecans and almonds have been widely promoted. But for the millions of Americans with food allergies, the advice to eat nuts could be hazardous to their health. For these individuals, nuts—or other food allergens, such as shellfish and milk—could prove deadly.