A few weeks ago I was asked to do a special golf conditioning seminar at a very popular natural health food supermarket. This seminar attracted quite a crowd. Of the main reasons there was so much interest is because core conditioning can do such remarkable things for your golf game. Every golfer wants to play better. This desire is a common thread running from professional golfers touring on the PGA circuit to the amateur beginner at your local public golf course. For many, golf is a chance to relax, relieve stress, do some business and get some exercise. Regardless of why someone plays golf or what level they play at, the desire to lower one’s personal score is present in every recreational and professional golfer I’ve ever met. You’re about to learn how to improve your score quickly and easily by leveraging the 2 major keys to golf conditioning success.
First, In case you’re not familiar with me, my name is David Grisaffi and I’m a corrective exercise kinesiologist, certified lifestyle coach and a certified golf biomechanics expert. From years of training golfers at every level, I’ve discovered the two most overlooked secrets in improving your golf scores and they’re not what you think.
The most common methods to achieve better golf performance are a combination of professional lessons and more practice. Although this approach seems logical, it’s the very reason why many golfers end up with overuse injuries in the wrist, shoulder and most commonly, the lower back. Few golfers associate the need for improved physical conditioning with the quest for improved performance. However, physical conditioning and an improved golf game are tied so closely together they are intertwined with and inseparable from lessons given by a good PGA professional.
The most important tool in your golf game is your body and what kind of physical condition it’s in. Many professional golfers have taken up core conditioning and golf fitness because they need to improve their game, but this was especially true after Tiger Woods showed up on the scene bigger, stronger and physically better than the rest. Since then, almost all golfers have looked into, if not already started, a core conditioning program. In fact, if you’re not on a golf conditioning program yet, you are in the minority. Continue readingContinue reading Major Keys to Golf Conditioning Success
Belly fat is a cause of concern for millions around the world, and with right reason. Studies have shown people with tummies overflowing with belly fat are at a greater risk of developing heart disease, cancer and many others. However, this ‘pandemic’ can be greatly curbed if you make a pledge to follow an apt nutrition and fitness regimen. This regimen should be geared to improving overall fitness, rather than just focusing on a particular body part.
If you are getting panicky about becoming a replica of the Laughing Buddha, follow these steps to beat the flab and say adios to bloated bellies for good:
Maintain a balanced diet: And by that, I mean eat everything in moderation. Crash diets and popping diet pills have an adverse affect on your metabolism. The body needs ample nourishment from the right foods to keep itself healthy and free of disease. To begin losing belly fat start with some obvious villains such as trans fats (doughnuts, French fries, cream cookies, butter and candy bars) and high fructose corn syrup. These processed food substitutes wreck havoc on your quest for less belly fat. By reading labels you will become and expect at recognizing these culprits. Consume monounsaturated fats found in avocados, dark chocolate, nuts (raw almonds, walnuts, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds and hemp seeds) and olive oil. In addition to omega 3 oils – flaxseed, hempseeds, fish oil, instead.
That said, indulge in your favorite foods once in a while, but keep your focus on less sugar, processed foods and more belly fat fighting cruciferous vegetables (Broccoli, Cauliflower, brussel sprouts, and Cabbage), Citrus fruits, red raspberries and white meat. The effects of eating fatty, refined foods tend to show most around your tummy area, so always start with the food you put in your mouth. Continue readingContinue reading Lose Belly Fat For Good
As a Certified Corrective Exercise Kinesiologist, I receive e-mails daily asking me “How do I workout without back pain?” or “How can I prevent back pain during my workouts?”. The answer to both questions is the same and it is a very simple answer. Strengthen your core!
This answer can actually kill three birds with one stone. You can eliminate lower back pain, prevent lower back pain from coming back, and get six pack abs. “What is this miracle cure?”, you ask. An abdominal exercise routine that includes full flexion and extension that also incorporates transverse movement during the exercises.
If you are reading this article, your probably already understand the basics of a strong core. I bet you have crunched ’til the cows came home. That only works the rectus abdominis. It will show some results for six pack abs, but it is only one part of the muscle groups that have to be strengthened to solidify your core. By adding transverse rotation to your crunches you can work the internal and external obliques so that you have a nice frame to go around that six pack.
A soft core increases the pressure on the spine during exercises that require twisting or bending. That increased pressure is one of the main causes of lower back pain during your workouts. That lower back pain will cause your body to subconsciously adjust your stance during your workouts. This altered stance will, in turn, wreak havoc on your joints and minimize the effectiveness of your workout. Essentially, you will be doing more and gaining less because your stance is incorrect. That is where I can help you with my expertise as a Certified Corrective Exercise Kinesiologist and being C.H.E.K Certified.
Professional sports stars all know the importance of a strong core in improving distance in golf, baseball, and football. Professional runners understand that a strong set of abdominals will reduce the shock on your hips and spine. All of theses athletes know that being pain free increases their performance and allows them to have a comfortable lifestyle outside of work.
Several of those same professional athletes have bought my e-book “Firm and Flatten Your Abs” and used it with great results. My book is not for pros only. Anyone can use it to gain core strength and six pack abs.
Before you start any exercise routine,or if you suffer from lower back pain, please consult an Certified Corrective Exercise Kinesiologist or your health care provider. You are more than welcome to contact me by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or simply download my book at the same site and you will find over 40 great abdominal exercises to help you strengthen your core to eliminate your lower back pain and get a set of six pack abs.
Each of us would like to extend our lives, have more fun and enjoy the process. There are many ways to enjoy ourselves such as dinning out with friends, playing a round of golf or perhaps lying in a mud bath at spa. We all enjoy these exciting times and would love to have them last as long we can. My number one factor to achieving this success: Exercise!
To enjoy life, be active and keep up a good pace we all need to exercise in some form almost daily. Exercise can extend your life by many years. It helps you feel, look and function better for a longer period of time. It improves vitality, increases circulation and strengthens the heart which cuts you chances of heart disease or stroke.
It also helps you control your weight. So the faster you start a program the better benefit you will gain as you age. I suggest doing some daily activities such as walking, biking or light jogging. Once you feel good about what you are doing add some weight training to your routine.
Take control of your life now and reap the benefits later. If you want a go into later life more active and less dependent take responsibility for your health. If you smoke stop right now! If you need to lose a few pounds (most of us do) do it now! Eat more vegetables and fruits (preferably organic). Drink less alcohol and get more sleep.
You body was designed to move. So let’s get it moving. The old saying goes “use it” or “lose it”.
Here is a little more information on what you can do to help extend you life:
Do aerobic exercise at least 4 times per week for 30 minutes. Your heart and lunges will love you for it. You need to push yourself a little harder each week or so. The muscles in you body need to get out of there comfort zone once in a while. So work in interval patterns. Such as warm up 5 minutes then go hard for 2 minutes slow down for 2 then repeat for 3 to 4 times and cool down for 5 minutes. This also works great for losing weight also.
By adding exercise to your lifestyle your muscles will remain more flexible, become stronger and your joints will become more stable. This is a great way to extend you life and you will enjoy the process.
Each and every one of us has tried to lose body fat and some have been successful while others have not. When you look good, you feel good I tell my clients. It really is that simple. If you put forward effort to make yourself better the inner feeling you get is yours and yours alone. By losing weight you not only look and feel better but is also improves your health and well being.
By losing some pounds, you can significantly reduce your risk of such diabetes, heart disease, back pain, cancer, joint pain and more. You can reduce or eliminate all of these by losing weight and gaining muscle. You can live and maximize a great life by following my 15 reasons to lose weight.
ØFeel Great! Simple but people underestimate the power here!
ØYou will save breathes…and you will be able to breath easier
ØSlow the aging process
ØBoost immunity system
ØReduce cancer risk
ØManage menopause better
ØReduce blood pressure
ØImprove liver function
ØImprove concentration and memory
ØReduce change of diabetes
Now that you have my 15 tips let’s see what else we can come up with to motivate you in your weight loss efforts.
Have you ever wondered why people that are thin look younger in general compared to there overweight counterparts? The answer is they are younger on the inside and out. Of course if you smoke, drink to much etc. we all look bad but I talking about the general look of thinner people. Being overweight accelerates the aging process and we are so overweight as a society. The last thing I read two thirds of our population is OVERWEIGHT!
When we are overweight we age faster period! One out of three people are so overweight that they are getting disease such as diabetes years earlier then thinner individuals. This is great to the doctors who treat all these ailments but not good for us in general.
We all need to get some weight off and by doing so we improve our chances of aging slowly and steadily to enjoy our life far into our 80’s. Get the FAT OFF! NOW!
Even though olive trees originated in Asia, they have been a staple in the Mediterranean for over 3000 years. Most of the olive crop in converted to oil as we all enjoy in everyday cooking.
In this process the olives are pitted, smashed and the juice remains. It is then placed in a centrifuge to separate the oil from the water. The oil is then bottles for our consumption.
The benefits of olive oil are worldly known from curing ear infections to lower blood cholesterol levels. In those countries where olive oil is consumed extensively (not here in the USA by the way) such as Greece, Spain and Italy there is a low instance of cardiovascular disease even though there diet is high in fat. Part of the reason these cultures do not develop cardiovascular problems at the same rate as Americas can be there great consumption of Olive oil and there lack of partially hydrogenated fats.
To reduce you chance of cardiovascular disease add olive oil to you diet. Olive Oil contains 77 percent monounsaturated fatty acids, 14 percent saturated fatty acids and 9 percent polyunsaturated fatty acids and vitamin E.Olive oil also aids in digestion, relives upset stomach, flatulence and heartburn.
Another benefit of olive oil is constipation relief. Take 1 Tsp of olive oil mixed with lemon juice on an empty stomach. Olive Oil also as mentioned above contributes to the reduction of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels without affecting HDL (“good”) cholesterol levels. We need to consume 15% of our total caloric diet with olive oils you main fat source. Replace vegetable oil, butter, salad dressings with olive oil to get the best bang for your buck.
To build strong fingernails Ladies and soften cuticles soak you nails each night in a mixture of 3 parts lukewarm olive oil and 1 part lemon juice.
CHICAGO – Carotenoids, found in green leafy vegetables and colored fruits, have been found to increase visual performance and may prevent age-related eye diseases, according to a study in the Journal of Food Science, published by the Institute of Food Technologists. Authors from the University of Georgia compiled the results of multiple studies on the effects of the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin on visual performance. These carotenoids play an important role in human vision, including a positive impact on the retina.
After reviewing the various studies, the authors concluded that macular pigments, such as lutein and zeaxanthin do have an effect on visual performance. Lutein and zeaxanthin can reduce disability and discomfort from glare, enhance contrast, and reduce photostress recovery times. They can also reduce glare from light absorption and increase the visual range.
Lead author Dr. Billy R. Hammond Jr. noted that the research of the effects of lutein and zeazanthin are important because “it is clear that they could potentially improve vision through biological means. For example, a study conducted in 2008 suggests that the pigments protect the retina and lens and perhaps even help prevent age-related eye diseases such as macular degeneration and cataract.”
WASHINGTON — The omega-3 essential fatty acids commonly found in fatty fish and algae help animals avoid sensory overload, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. The finding connects low omega-3s to the information-processing problems found in people with schizophrenia; bipolar, obsessive-compulsive, and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorders; Huntington’s disease; and other afflictions of the nervous system.
The study, reported in the journal Behavioral Neuroscience, provides more evidence that fish is brain food. The key finding was that two omega-3 fatty acids – docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) – appear to be most useful in the nervous system, maybe by maintaining nerve-cell membranes.
Due to the constant advancement of science and technology, new and new facts related to health and fitness is coming into the limelight. One of the recent and important facts is that nuts can aid in fat loss to a great extent. There are several clinical studies that have proven this fact and there are several studies that are still working on this aspect.
Research Proves that Nuts can lead to Weight Loss
One of the premier institutions, Harvard University has conducted several research based clinical studies that show that different types of nuts including peanuts can be part of a healthy diet and greatly help men and women in fat loss. In December 1999, a study was published in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition, which outlined the fact that diets consisting of high amount of monounsaturated fat in the form of peanuts or even peanut butter and olive oil has a far superior effect on fat loss vis-à-vis low-fat diets.
The classification of peanuts in the USDA Food Guide Pyramid is in the category of high protein diet. It has also been mentioned in the same category as fish, meat, poultry, eggs, and dry beans. The truth is that peanut is a plant-based protein and hence it doesn’t have any cholesterol unlike in animal-based proteins. In fact, peanuts contain a higher percentage of good un-saturated fats vis-à-vis saturated fats and hence they are shown at the bottom of Vegetarian and Mediterranean Food Guide Pyramids.Continue readingContinue reading Nuts – Do They Work For Fat Loss
Fat In your diet does not affect weight gain over time says Dr. Nita Forouhi—
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – People who want to maintain a healthy weight over time shouldn’t obsess about their fat intake, new research shows.
The percentage of calories that a person got from fat, as opposed to protein or carbohydrates, had nothing to do with how much weight they gained in the coming years, the research team found.
The kinds of fat they ate didn’t matter either, Dr. Nita Forouhi of the Institute of Metabolic Science, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, UK and her colleagues found.
The findings, Forouhi noted in an email to Reuters Health, show that “it is more important to aim for a healthy lifestyle including a balanced healthy diet and regular physical activity, than to focus on fat intake alone as a factor for weight gain.”
The role of dietary fat content in obesity and weight gain is still controversial, Forouhi and her team note. To investigate, they looked at data on nearly 90,000 men and women from six different countries participating in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition Study. Participants were followed for up to 10 years. Source