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It’s Not About Being Fat – Why Exercise Matters

You may have read a post or heard me say that exercise is not about weight loss. I say that a lot because it is a common myth. If you have significant weight to lose, exercise — no matter how much — will not get you to your goal. Weight loss is about food and hormones. Exercise can aid in your weight loss indirectly, but the theory of calories-in-calories-out is a myth. That doesn’t mean exercise is unimportant. Here is why it is VERY important. Using an evidence-based approach, the landmark Surgeon General’s Report on Physical Activity and Exercise (1996) identified...

Low Back Pain: What to Do?

Those at highest risk for low back pain are men and women between the ages of 30 and 55. Other risk factors include smoking and certain occupations (i.e. clerical, transportation). Weight and body type are not risk factors. However, depression and insomnia are strongly linked—either as predisposing or as a result. So what can you do to help manage recurring or chronic low-back pain (LBP)? First, you should get an exam from your doctor if you are experiencing LBP. Most LBP is mechanical, but not all, and there could be underlying causes that need medical treatment. Secondly, treatment will depend...