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Posts found under "Behavior & Motivation " within Fit Life

Ask the Pediatrician: How Does Sleep Affect My Child’s Health?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Friday, February 01, 2013


Are you concerned about your child’s sleep habits? You’re not alone—many parents worry that their children don’t get enough sleep to stay healthy. Pediatrician Dr. Natalie Digate Muth explains the possible causes behind a child’s poor sleeping behavior, and how parents can help ensure their kids are getting the sleep they need for optimal growth and good health.




What are some tips to avoid overeating at holiday parties?

By Michael Mantell on Wednesday, December 05, 2012


Do you find yourself dreading the endless supply of holiday-themed temptations that will undoubtedly undo all of your healthy good intentions? Dr. Michael Mantell offers some great strategies that will not only help you survive the holidays—but thrive as well!




Can the weight of my child’s backpack affect posture or cause injury?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, September 19, 2012


With our kids back in school and in full learning mode, the workloads and homework are bound to start piling up, which too often leads to heavier backpacks and potential back pain. ACE Fitness Consultant Natalie Digate Muth, MD, MPH, RD shares tips on how to protect your children from back pain due to backpack use.




5-5-5 Chair Workout

By Lawrence Biscontini on Thursday, September 13, 2012


Get fit while you sit! Let ACE Fitness Expert Lawrence Biscontini guide you through a 15-minute chair workout that you can do at-home. With a focus on cardio, strength and flexibility, get the moves and music to help you on your way to leading your most fit life!




Gizmos for Your Get-Up and Go (Part 2 of 2)

By Jonathan Ross on Wednesday, August 22, 2012


In Part 2 of our series exploring technology that can help you on your journey to fitness, ACE Senior Fitness Consultant Jonathan Ross reviews some useful smartphone apps. Check out ways you can incorporate innovative ab exercises or calm your breathing just by using your phone.




I’m a busy mom- how can I establish (and stick to) a regular fitness routine?

By Shannon Fable on Wednesday, June 06, 2012


Before you have a baby, you may think all the talk about it changing your life and your workout routine is just that – talk. But unfortunately, it’s not. Between feeding and crying, there are doctor’s appointments and house cleanings and everything else that goes along with the parent. Try some of these strategies to ensure you have some ME time in all of that madness, because if you don’t take care of you, you can’t take care of your family.




What are five questions I should ask my child’s doctor?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, May 23, 2012


Parents invest a tremendous amount of time, energy and resources into raising healthy, well-adjusted children. At times, this responsibility may overwhelm or stump even the most put-together parent. Your child’s doctor can serve as a resource and ally in the very important and challenging role of ensuring the health, safety and well-being of adolescent children.




Is it true that metabolism decreases with age?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, February 01, 2012


The scenario plays out time and again: last year’s clothes fit more snugly and the number on the scale reads higher. Is it true that as you age, weight gain along with a decreased metabolism is inevitable? Get the facts and learn how you can stay fit throughout the years.




How can I avoid a hangover this holiday season?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, December 28, 2011


The company of family and friends, a few days off from work, the cheerful holiday spirit, and easy access to festive holiday drinks set the stage for increased alcohol consumption this time of year. Sip just a little bit more than the body can handle and the good times are followed by that uncomfortable, party-ending, I’m-never-going-to-drink-again…holiday hangover. Read on to find out how to avoid or get rid of one.




Can you bust four common fitness myths? (Part 2)

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, December 14, 2011


ACE Fitness Expert & Exercise Physiologist, Jessica Matthews, is back to bust four more common fitness myths! The second in a two-part series, Matthews not only sheds truth on the myths, she also shows how you can incorporate the truth into your fitness routine, so you can live a healthier, fitter life!




Does High Fructose Corn Syrup Really Make You Fat?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, August 31, 2011


High fructose corn syrup - most of us have heard of it, yet many of us are unsure of what exactly it is, and what it means for our waistlines. Let's separate fact from fiction as we discuss the controversy surrounding high fructose corn syrup.




What are some back pain do's and don'ts for exercise?

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, July 13, 2011


Back pain is something many people will experience. Although there are many causes of back pain, there are some common things you may be doing in your workout that are contributing to an already aching back. Join ACE's Jessica Matthews as she reveals some exercise Do's and Don'ts for exercisers experiencing back pain.




What is the best way to measure and monitor intensity during exercise?

By Viktoria Brautigam on Wednesday, June 01, 2011


Maximum heart rate? 220-your age? Heart rate zones? 206- 88% of age? Perceived exertion? Do these formulas and measurements have you a bit confused? Let’s talk about some of the traditional methods for measuring and monitoring intensity during exercise and discuss some new ways to ensure that are you are exercising at an intensity that is right for you.




Why do muscles tighten up?

By Viktoria Brautigam on Thursday, May 19, 2011


Tight muscles are not only frustrating and painful, but can also limit movement. Worst of all, they can make it harder to stick to your exercise program. Knowing how to manage and prevent tight muscles will help keep you exercising. Find out why muscles tighten up, and ways you can prevent and correct what can be called muscle tightness.




What are the best ways to pick fresh spring produce?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, May 04, 2011


Spring has finally arrived and Farmer’s Markets and grocery stores across the country are blossoming with flowers and fresh spring produce. Here we highlight some of the season’s most nutrient-dense and tasty fruits and vegetables and how you can pick for maximum flavor and nutrition.




Any quick tips on how I can go about adjusting my approach to improving my overall health?

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, April 27, 2011


Spring is a time of year that is often associated renewal, reorganization and change, and is a perfect opportunity to re-think your approach to leading a more active, healthy lifestyle. Let’s discuss just three ways to “spring clean” your overall approach to health and fitness.




Can I Eat Healthy on $7 a Day?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, April 20, 2011


One of the most commonly cited reasons people give for not eating healthy is that healthy food “costs too much.” With a little bit of planning, a family of four can get by on about $28 per day ($7 each) including a wholesome breakfast, lunch and dinner and even a few snacks along the way.




My yoga teacher regularly mentions the concept of “mindfulness.” Are there ways in which I can become more mindful, and are there health benefits associated with doing so?

By Beth Shepard on Wednesday, April 06, 2011


Practicing mindfulness is gaining popularity as a pathway to personal peace, well-being, and better quality of life. But what does being mindful really mean? Let’s explore the concept of mindfulness, discuss the health benefits of practicing regularly, and discover ways in which you can train yourself to become more mindful.




What are some good golf exercises?

By Pete McCall on Wednesday, March 23, 2011


When training for a sport, first study the sport to identify the movements involved in the execution of appropriate technique. For example, when watching the sport of golf it is evident that a successful golf-swing requires a lot of mobility from the feet and ankles, the hips and the thoracic spine.




Does Gastric Bypass Surgery Work?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Sometimes a healthy diet and exercise alone are not enough to fight obesity. For people who are severely obese, gastric bypass may be the answer to help drop significant amounts of weight which in turn leads to decreased health risk and increased quality of life. But does gastric bypass really work? That is, do people really lose all that weight and more importantly keep it off?




Should I Eat Organic? When Does It Really Matter?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, March 09, 2011


Many people happily cough up the almost double it sometimes costs to go organic whereas others balk at such a high price for a food that usually tastes no different than its conventional counterpart. So who’s right? Well, it turns out that it depends.




Why is it important to vary my workout routines?

By Cedric Bryant on Wednesday, February 09, 2011


You’ve probably heard the expression that “change is a good thing,” and when it comes to your workout routines, this statement rings true. Discover the many benefits of varying your approach to exercise.




Have any last-minute fitness gift ideas for the holidays?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, December 15, 2010


If you’re looking for a fitness gift idea for someone who is into health and fitness, or who plans to be once the New Year comes around, we’ve got some great options for you to consider.




How can I avoid injury while working out?

By Patricia Schwartz on Wednesday, October 13, 2010


Learn how to minimize your risk of injury while enhancing your overall workout experience.




I’ve been hearing a lot about “the female athlete triad.” What is this and who gets it?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, August 11, 2010


Participation in ample physical activity and consumption of a nutrient-dense and healthful diet are defining features of a healthy lifestyle. Oftentimes athletes are the model citizens of excellent health; however, a sizeable number of athletes have taken healthful habits to an extreme such that they become pathologic and detrimental to overall health and well being.




I typically work out for 45-minutes at a moderate intensity. How much water should I be consuming while exercising?

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, July 07, 2010


Staying hydrated during exercise is so important, especially during the warm months of summer, yet it is something many of us tend to overlook. Let’s discuss the recommendations for adequate hydration as well as strategies to ensure you stay properly hydrated before, during and after your workout session.




Should I take a multivitamin?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, June 09, 2010


If you’ve been paying attention to the latest on vitamin research and whether or not loading up on the nutritional supplements is worth it, you may be a little bit confused and frustrated.




How can I get rid of belly fat?

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, April 14, 2010


Feel like your fighting the battle of the bulge without much success? Discover a well-rounded approach to help banish belly fat once and for all.




What can I do to prevent and manage low back pain during pregnancy?

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, January 27, 2010


Let’s discuss the changes that occur in the body during pregnancy and identify stretching and strengthening exercises you can use to help alleviate low back pain.




Can exercise reduce the risk of catching a cold?

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, January 13, 2010


While more research is needed to fully understand the effects of exercise on the immune system, existing studies have established a link between moderate, regular exercise and a strong immune system.