Category Archives: Premier

Heart Rate-Based Interval Training

Heart Rate-Based Interval Training How would you like to burn more calories, in less time, burn more calories for hours after your workout and increase your metabolism long term? Heart rate-based interval training may be for you. This is high-intensity exercise. Check with your medical provider before attempting. It’s also quite advanced. Some level of…
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More Midnight Musings of an Exercise Physiologist

Over the course of and long and varied career in sports, fitness and health, I’ve had time to muse over many things. Two-plus years ago I wrote a collection of quick tips and thoughts on health and fitness. It got some great responses. Here are a few more. (more…)
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Another Weighty Issue: Body Composition

This is the third in a series on weight loss. In my first installment, I discussed the distinction between weight loss and fat loss. As you lose fat, it’s important to maintain muscle, or at least minimize muscle loss. I also discussed the limitation of the scales. They’re not an accurate way to track this…
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A Few More Weighty Thoughts

Anyone who’s struggled with weight loss knows that weight loss is hard, and that maintaining a healthy weight following weight loss can be even harder. (More on this in my earlier article in this series.) Those who do lose weight and keep it off long-term are a small minority. What if you adjusted your expectations?…
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Some Very Special Medicines

Could I interest you in some very special medicines? These medicines can help prevent and treat some 40 chronic diseases including heart disease, diabetes, obesity and hypertension. They can help you lose weight and maintain a healthy weight. They can improve almost every area of life, from your ability to focus at work, to lifting…
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A Few Weighty Thoughts

Last month I told you I wasn’t a dietitian, but I’ve stayed in a Holiday Inn. As an exercise physiologist and health coach, I’ve learned plenty about nutrition and weight loss. Eighty percent of the people who join Premier Health & Fitness Center list “Weight Loss” as their primary reason for joining, so I see…
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Do You Know Where Your Resolutions Are?

What were your health-related New Year’s resolutions? Did you resolve to lose weight, get in shape, maybe get your blood pressure and/or cholesterol down? Maybe you started with the best of intentions and did well for a few weeks, only to fall back into old patterns. If this sounds like you, you aren’t alone. Studies…
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Don’t Take Nutritional Advice from Me

What are your health-related goals? Lose weight? Lower your blood pressure? Get your blood sugar under control or your cholesterol down? All these goals will require long-term changes in your eating habits. Making these changes often requires the assistance of a qualified nutrition professional. To whom will you turn for sound nutritional advice? (more…)
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Cardio: Are You Getting Enough?

February is Heart Month. (Valentine’s Day. Hearts. Get it?) All month long you’ll see and hear messages about heart health. Cardiorespiratory (cardio) exercise improves the ability of the heart, lungs, and circulation to deliver oxygen to the working muscles and for those muscles to use it. Greater cardio fitness lowers your risk for developing heart…
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A Beginner’s Guide to the Gym

Is getting fit one of your New Year’s resolutions? If so, you’re in good company. Losing weight and getting fit are the most popular resolutions for Americans. Maybe you’ve decided to join a gym. As a guy who makes his living in a fitness center, I endorse your decision. (Naturally, I hope you’ll join Premier…
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