Why Chimpanzees Don’t Need Personal Trainers

By Jonathan Aluzas I'm no scientist, but I can read and write. ?So, when you read this, you're reading conclusions based upon other people's research and my assumptions. ?But I think there's room for common…

Save the Gossip for the Nail Salon

By: Sarah Schmermund, M.A. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again.? If you can carry on a conversation, it doesn’t count as cardio. Thankfully, research is finally backing us up. For years, the…

Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.

By Jonathan Aluzas Eat food. Not too much.? Mostly plants. READ THIS BOOK! This is the core wisdom espoused by Michael Pollan, author of the book In Defense of Food. The book is an examination…

No Wonder Our Schools Suck!

Written by Jonathan Aluzas The Los Angeles Unified School District sucks.? It just plain does.? The dropout rates are ridiculous,

the quality of education is minimal, the bureaucracy is corrupt and incompetent and, in short, our kids are not receiving a decent education.? I apologize to the teachers for voicing this out loud, I'm not saying that you suck and I'm certain many of you are terrific (although it's unconscionable that you allow your union to protect inept teachers from being fired), but the statistics and results (or lack thereof) don't lie; the Board of Education is failing!? To blame are our state and local legislators, unions, administrators and, ultimately, the public for allowing this unacceptable situation to exist.? Our schools, in addition to being mismanaged, don't receive adequate funding to build a top-notch educational system.? Nor are our law enforcement agencies properly funded.? Nor are our public services properly funded.? NOTHING is properly funded.? We have a $28 billion dollar budget shortfall this year, which leads into my point for writing this. I heard on the radio today that obesity is costing the state of California $41 billion per year!? That's $41 BILLION!! This is enough money to cover this year's budget shortfall and half of what will inevitably be next year's!? These are our tax dollars being spent on what I hold to be an entirely preventable condition. (more…)

Fit AND Fat; The New Reality

Fit AND Fat; The New Reality
By Jonathan Aluzas I am rising up in defense of fat.? I know, this is counterintuitive for a gym owner and seems to defy common sense, but the popular movement toward "thin is in" drives me to address this issue.? We have a national fascination with skinny (Louisiana, the fattest nation in the Union, notwithstanding).? Our actresses get tinier and tinier, our models look like pipe cleaners, the weight loss supplement industry is a multi-billion dollar monster (Attention: Hydroxycut just got recalled, what a surprise!) and celebrities who slap on a few pounds are mocked and derided in the media ( Jessica Simpson; you look just fine, girl).? There is a poverty of self-image that is driving us mad.
Nicole: NOT FIT
But "thin" and "fit" are not words that form an absolute marriage, nor are the words "fat" and "unhealthy" synonymous.? Research done over the last several years indicate that one can actually be overweight and healthy at the same time.? In fact,
Active obese individuals actually have lower morbidity and mortality than normal weight individuals who are sedentary...the health risks of obesity are largely controlled if a person is physically active and physically fit. - The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, 2000 -
Interesting.? It seems that, while obesity is generally accepted as a negative health factor, it's the lack of physical activity that is the critical component in one's health.
"Consistently, physical inactivity was a better predictor of all-cause mortality than being overweight or obese." -Annals of Epidemiology, 2002

Quick Tip: Skip Breakfast If You Want to Stay Fat

Written by Jonathan Aluzas Quick Tip: Skip Breakfast If You Want to Stay Fat The front lines of the battle against weight gain are drawn first thing in the morning.? Remember the old adage that…