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Jelly Belly
Jelly Belly

Ask anybody. There's nothing quite like a sensational six pack. Coors, Heineken, and Michelob aside, there's nothing more ful-filling than a dazzling rack of abdominal muscles cemented firmly in your midsection, especially when the warm weather is still clutching on by the waist side. Imagine the chiseled arms, the rippled chest, the sculpted legs. And then picture a nice, plump pot belly pushing outward like a rising wad of Pillsbury dough, making hours of arduous work seem like a ludicrous...

Traditional Treatments for Back Pain... Which Ones Work and Which Ones Don’t?
Traditional Treatments for Back Pain... Which Ones Work and Which Ones Don’t?

Orthopedic Care One of the first places many people go when they experience back pain is the orthopedic specialist (surgeon) and a visit usually last 5-10 minutes. They will typically look at the problem/symptomatic area and often fail to look at the body as a whole. If you've been to an orthopedic specialist for your back pain, did they do a full body physical evaluation (takes 30 mins. or more)??? Not likely. Here are some of the common treatments used...

What to Know About Heart Rates
What to Know About Heart Rates

The most common places to measure heart rate using the palpation method is at the wrist (radial artery) and the neck (carotid artery). Other places sometimes used are the elbow (brachial artery) and the groin (femoral artery). To take your resting heart rate at the wrist, place your index and middle fingers together on the opposite wrist, about 1/2 inch on the inside of the joint, in line with the index finger. Feel for a pulse. When you find a...

The Truth About Low Carb Diets
The Truth About Low Carb Diets

With all of the conflicting studies and fuzzy interpretation of information, it's no wonder that confusion reigns when it comes to the value and safety of low-carb diets. It seems like heated debates are raging everywhere! Whether it's Atkins, the South Beach or some other low-carb plan, as many as 30 million Americans are following a low-carb diet. Advocates contend that the high amount of carbohydrates in our diet has led to increasing problems with obesity, diabetes, and other health...

No weights? No gym? NO PROBLEM!!
No weights? No gym? NO PROBLEM!!

Backpack Swing- Take a backpack and fill it with books. (this is nice because you can add or take out books based on your needs). Stand holding bag in front of you with straight arms. Let the bag swing down between your legs and behind you a bit. Bend the knees naturally. Swing the bag forward and up, keeping arms straight until bag is overhead. Play with where you hold the bag to make sure you have control of it,...

Does Stress Make You Sick?
Does Stress Make You Sick?

Australian researchers said they had scientifically proven a long-suspected link between emotional stress and illnesses ranging from the common cold to cancer. The group from Sydney's Garvan Institute found that a hormone released into the body during times of stress, neuropeptide Y (NPY), undermined the body's immune system and literally made you sick. "Until now there has mostly been circumstantial evidence of a link between the brain and the immune system, but now we have that connection," said the institute's...