“Benefits of Exercise on Aging”

There are numerous benefits associated with exercise. That is true for older adults as well. Click on the link above to read my recent contribution to the Raleigh Orthopaedic blog on the topic.

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Congratulations to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Tar Heels!

Congratulations to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Tar Heels. After last year’s devastating loss in the national championship game, this year’s victory in the last game of the NCAA Tournament must indeed feel like “redemption” to their fans. A lot of my friends and colleagues are flying high this morning.

I would be remiss if I did not congratulate the Gonzaga Bulldogs on their runner-up season. I have to believe that at some point in the not-too-distant future, the Zags will reach the top of the NCAA men’s basketball mountain.

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Congratulations to the 2017 World Champion New England Patriots!

Wow! What a game! The New England Patriots won an incredible Super Bowl LI against the Atlanta Falcons last night. When the Falcons were up late in the third quarter, I thought to myself that this was the Falcons game to lose. The Falcons couldn’t hold the lead, but the credit has to go to the Patriots led by Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. That was an incredible comeback.

Congratulations to the Atlanta Falcons on an incredible season, an NFC Championship, and a hard-fought Super Bowl. Just a little short last night. It is a shame anyone had to lose that game.

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“Making the Case for Resistance Training by Endurance Athletes” (Complete Article Series)

Can resistance training benefit the endurance sport athlete? Yes! Get the details here. 🏋️‍♀️🏊‍♀️🚴‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏅

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Below are links to my series of articles regarding the importance of including a resistance training program, as part of the overall training plan of an endurance athlete. Whether you are an endurance athlete that does not currently resistance train or you are an endurance athlete that questions the effectiveness of your current resistance training program, within this article series you will find a justification for resistance training by the endurance athlete and some guidelines to get the most benefit from a resistance training program.

Here are the links:

https://functionalsportsperformanceblog.wordpress.com/2014/01/06/making-the-case-for-resistance-training-by-endurance-athletes-part-i/

https://functionalsportsperformanceblog.wordpress.com/2014/01/13/making-the-case-for-resistance-training-by-endurance-athletes-part-ii/

https://functionalsportsperformanceblog.wordpress.com/2014/01/20/making-the-case-for-resistance-training-by-endurance-athletes-part-iii/

https://functionalsportsperformanceblog.wordpress.com/2014/01/27/making-the-case-for-resistance-training-by-endurance-athletes-part-iv/

https://functionalsportsperformanceblog.wordpress.com/2014/02/03/making-the-case-for-resistance-training-by-endurance-athletes-part-v/

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“It’s estimated we eat….

“It’s estimated we eat 4500 calories on #thanksgiving. The key is keeping it to one day & not continuing that daily thru Jan 1 #realistic.” — Dr. Chris Mohr (http://mohrresults.com/category/blog/) on Twitter @drchrismohr

(https://twitter.com/drchrismohr/status/801508240148353025)

Enjoy your Thanksgiving Day feast. Just remember to resume good habits you have established earlier in the year. 🙂

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Congratulations to the 2016 World Champion Chicago Cubs!

Last week the Chicago Cubs won a thrilling Game 7 against the Cleveland Indians. Having been a long-time fan of the Chicago Cubs, it has been a dream come true. I am so impressed with this team that ended the longest championship drought in U.S. sports history. They carried the hopes of Cubs Nation on their shoulders and delivered. That is particularly impressive considering the relative youth of this team. The Cubs are “loveable losers” no more!

Below are some links from the past few days of revelry. Enjoy!

David Haugh, writing for the Chicago Tribune, breaks down the significance of the Game 7 victory. Here is his article: http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/columnists/ct-cubs-world-series-historic-haugh-spt-1103-20161102-column.html

FOXSports gave us views of a Cubs-themed, blue-dyed Chicago River. Here are the pictures: http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/mlb/the-chicago-river-was-dyed-blue-for-the-cubs-world-series-parade/ss-AAjUnGi?ocid=st#image=1

The New York Times had their bases covered, so to speak, in the event that the Cubs lost in the World Series. Here is a look at the proposed front page: http://ftw.usatoday.com/2016/11/new-york-times-reveals-front-page-it-had-planned-for-the-cubs-losing-the-world-series

Saturday Night Live saw three members of the Cubs — Dexter Fowler, Anthony Rizzo, and David Ross — join with former cast member and long-time Cubs fan, Bill Murray, to celebrate the World Series win by joining the show. Here is the story with a couple videos from the show: http://ftw.usatoday.com/2016/11/chicago-cubs-players-saturday-night-live-funny-hilarious-skit-video-benedict-cumberbatch

The Washington Post has published pictures from the Cubs victory parade and rally in Grant Park. It is estimated that 5 million people took part in the festivities. I wish I could have been there. I had to settle for watching the festivities on TV. Here are the photos: https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/nationals/photos-from-the-cubs-victory-parade-and-rally-108-years-in-the-making/2016/11/04/1d484faa-a2a2-11e6-a44d-cc2898cfab06_gallery.html

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“Of Course Physical Strength Is Important to Masculinity”

Writer David French makes the argument that men should embrace the pursuit of physical fitness and strength. While acknowledging that every man doesn’t need to be as physically capable as another, he concludes that “a man has an obligation to be strong.” His article is in no way aimed at denying the impressive potential that women have to get stronger and fitter. He simply calls for men to accept that they have too great a physical potential to reject such a gift. As Mr. French states, “Physical weakness is not a virtue. He goes on to state that, “Voluntary weakness is a vice.” I would have to agree.

Click on the link above to read his article.

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“Nutrition: The Too Simple To Be Sexy Diet”

Fitness professional Nick Tumminello, the NSCA’s 2016 Personal Trainer of the Year, shares some simple advice for tidying up your diet and losing weight. Generally speaking, personal trainers that do not possess the requisite dietetics/nutrition education and credentials cannot provide individualized diet plans to clients due to both the laws governing dietetics/nutrition in a particular state and the limited scope of practice for personal trainers. But Nick provides some good general nutrition guidelines to help a person lose body fat in a sensible way. Click on the link above to read his article.

If you want to see an example of what an unlicensed individual (e.g., a personal trainer without an RD credential) can provide the way of dietetics / nutrition education in North Carolina, here is a link to a document from the North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition:

http://www.casewatch.org/board/nutrition/cooksey/unlicensed_guideline.pdf

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“A Mind for Success: Shaping Your Perspective”

Coach Nick Newman shares his thoughts on the psychology of success. The Olympic athletes now competing in Rio have undoubtedly dealt with a variety of psychological challenges on their road to the Olympic Games. Click on the link above to gain some insights and learn how to prepare your mind to succeed.

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Here is another “reblogged” TED Talk, this time presenting cardiologist Dr. James O’Keefe Jr.’s thoughts on the more extreme varieties of endurance sports/training. Want to run an ultramarathon or compete in an Ironman Triathlon? Watch this first.

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“Run for your life! At a comfortable pace, and not too far: James O’Keefe at TEDxUMKC”

Dr. James O’Keefe Jr., a cardiologist, shares his experience / findings regarding extreme endurance training / racing and the possible health impacts.

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