Category Archives: Anatomy

Tough Guy, Smart (?) Guy

I went for a 5K run after breakfast today.  My right toe is still bad.  In fact, it hurt – stung! – when I just put  on my sneakers.  But, the tough guy in me took an Advil and went … Continue reading

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Latissimus Dorsi Stretches

My back is much better – but, it’s still not 100% and I can feel it. To avoid this situation happening again, I’m going to try and remember to do some of the following lat stretches before I hit the gym … Continue reading

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Serratus Anterior & Latissimus Dorsi Pain

So, on Thursday, two days ago, I hurt my serratus anterior muscle on the right side.  It felt like I was shot. After that, I loaded up with naproxen sodium and used a heating pad on it.  I also coated … Continue reading

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2011: A Good Workout Year With A Bummer Endnote

I’m in a bad place right now. I did something to my left rib cage. I’m not sure when and how it started. I want to say it was at least a week ago where I felt like I tweaked/pulled/strained … Continue reading

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Brain & Hormones Work Against Weight Loss

Via the Seattle Times – When you’re trying to shed more than a few pounds, chances are pretty high that both your brain and hormones are conspiring against you, even when you’re not facing a groaning holiday table. Researchers have … Continue reading

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My Own Fitness Plan – Cycle 3 – Day 23

Today was supposed to be a total body dumbbells day.  But, the gym was pack when I got there at 9:30 AM.  (Day after Thanksgiving – so, no shocker that it was jammed.)  As such, I did the best that … Continue reading

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Body Mass & Brain Wiring

Watching “The Biggest Loser” last night, I found it fascinating what Dr. David Linden shared regarding how the pleasure centers of the brains of obese and lean people work. Here’s a great summary on that from Trish Milburn: Dr. Huizenga … Continue reading

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Rhomboideus Pain

I did something to my rhomboideus minor. Not sure if I strained or pulled it last time I was in the gym? Or, maybe I slept on it funny? Or, it could be from bad posture using the PC or … Continue reading

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Metabolism 101

Great stuff on this from Dr. Mark Cheng at BeachBody – The human metabolic process is broken down into two parts: catabolism and anabolism. Catabolism is the “burning” or digesting of food or fuel sources to provide cells with energy. … Continue reading

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Low Blood Sugar For Obese Leads To Greater Desire For High-Calorie Foods?

Via Everyday Heath – A new study links low blood sugar in obese people to a greater desire within the brain for high-calorie foods, a finding that offers insight into why people who become overweight tend to stay that way. … Continue reading

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Starvation Triggers Appetite-Increasing Proteins In Your Brain

What’s next Lap-Bands for the mind? Via MSNBC – When a dieter starves themselves of calories, they starve their brain cells as well. New research finds that these hungry brain cells then release “feed me” signals, which drive hunger, slow … Continue reading

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Coping With A Quadricep Strain

I don’t know how I did it.  But, somehow, on Monday night, coaching my son’s Little League game, I strained my left quad.  Here’s more on that injury from PhysioRoom.com – A Thigh muscle strain is quite common in sports … Continue reading

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Caffeine Consumption Colon Conundrum

Shanti Lewis, over at the Exercists blog, shared some great information yesterday on caffeine.  Here’s some highlights from that: For most healthy individuals, moderate caffeine consumption at 300 milligrams per day (about 3 cups of coffee) is considered safe. Studies … Continue reading

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Who Told You To Put The Balm On?

In this case, I suppose it’s me. I’ve had some pretty painful muscle pulls over the last few years – biceps femoris, rhomboideus minor and erector spinae. (The latter two are recurring things for me and something that I’m always … Continue reading

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“V” For Victory

Sometimes you don’t need the scale to tell you that you’re where you want to be in terms of your weight and body fat.  Instead, you can use your eyes. For me, a great tell-tale sign is when I can … Continue reading

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