Tyson Olson

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I know this is supposed to be a blog about fitness but a few useful tips here and there non-fitness related won't hurt right?

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Tyson Olson

"Our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are,

but we are responsible for who we become."

 

Raise your hand if you'd like to lose body fat while building a little lean muscle.

Raise your hand! I want you to OWN that decision.

Raise it high and say I DO!

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Tyson Olson

Last week’s Fourth of July festivities are now a thing of the past, but the food and drink you might have over-indulged in during the traditional cookouts are not exactly celebratory. In fact, they are likely to have added on a few pounds. 

Hot dogs, hamburgers, fried chicken, giant steaks, ribs, brats, potato and pasta salad, ice cream, as well as beer and soft drinks, are classic barbecue fare. Not only are they well known diet...

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Did you know that while the average life expectancy in the United States is currently 78 years - in the 37th place on the worldwide longevity chart- a new government report indicates that only 69 of those years tend to be healthy? 

There is, however, some promising news coming from another recent study: that if you can reach the age of 50 without high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, diabetes or obesity, you have less than a 1 in 10 chance of ever developing heart disease - the leading killer of Americans.

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Summertime and the living is easy – at least that’s what the song says. But with all those fun activities calling your name, will you find time – and the motivation - to keep up your exercise program? 

“During the summer months many people slack off when it comes to working out,” says Jesse James Judd, owner of Meridian Adventure Boot Camp. “They figure they’d rather spend whatever free time they have doing other things and activities.” 

However, stopping your fitness routine, even temporarily, is a bad idea, Judd says. “You might...

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It is not always possible to predict our future health status, but new U.S. research shows a strong link between our fitness at 40 and the risk of developing heart disease – the leading killer of Americans - in later years. 

Based on two recently released studies, which analyzed fitness levels of 66,000 people over several decades, researchers discovered that physical activity we do in midlife is a good indicator of our long-term heart health. 

“The fitter you are at 4o or 50, the healthier your heart will be when you reach your senior years,...

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If you are health-conscious, you know how important our lifestyle is in preventing a host of serious diseases and other medical conditions, including stroke, which is the third leading cause of death right after cancer and heart attacks. 

Since May is the Stroke Awareness Month, it is a good time to learn about some preventive measures to protect ourselves from the debilitating “brain attack,” which kills or disables someone in the United States every 45 seconds. Not coincidentally, May is also the High Blood Pressure Education Month, shedding light on this symptom-less condition that can, if left untreated, lead to strokes. ...

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Are you one of those people who made a New Year’s resolution to eat better and exercise more often, but have not yet lived up to this promise? 

If you believe it’s too late to catch up, think again. May is the National Physical Fitness and Sports Month - a perfect opportunity to become active. “When it comes to exercise and healthy lifestyle, there’s no statue of limitations,” says Jesse James Judd, owner of Meridian Adventure Boot Camp. “It’s better to start late than not at all. The beauty of a regular exercise program is that it will benefit you no matter when you begin. The important thing is to make that first...

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What will you be giving your mom this Mother’s Day? If you are like most people, you will probably offer her flowers. But what about a more out-of-the-box gift that will keep on giving long after May 8th is over? 

“One of the most useful presents you can give your mom or grandma is a gift of health,” says Jesse James Judd, owner of Meridian Adventure Boot Camp. “And the best way to do it is by encouraging her to live a healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise.” 

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We all know that physical activity does wonders for our heart, joints, bones, muscles, and health in general, right? But did you know that exercise has also been proven to boost our brain function? 

A new study released last week demonstrates that, as we age, regular workouts improve our mental performance and help prevent memory loss, dementia, Alzheimer’s, and general cognitive decline. 

“Research has shown that exercise increases blood flow and oxygen levels to the area of the brain that regulates memory,” explains Jesse James Judd, owner...