<a href="http://mikesfitnesschallenge.com/2013/01/fitness-resolution/"><b>Fitness Isn’t Just A Resolution</b></a> <a href="http://mikesfitnesschallenge.com/2013/04/keeping-healthy-traveling-vacation/"><b>Keeping Healthy and Traveling for Vacation</b></a> <a href="http://mikesfitnesschallenge.com/2013/08/vitamin-b12/"><b>Vitamin B12 and You</b></a> <a href="http://mikesfitnesschallenge.com/2012/12/setting-goals-coming-year/"><b>Setting Goals For The Coming Year</b></a> <a href="http://mikesfitnesschallenge.com/2012/11/pros-cons-carb-diet/"><b>The Pros And Cons Of A Low Carb Diet</b></a>

Vitamin B12 and You

Vitamin B12 and You

I consider myself a pretty active guy. I do more at 49 than I did at 29 from a physical standpoint. I walk, I run, I ride a bicycle, I go to the gym, I exercise at home, I go to kickboxing classes…

Over the past 2 months or so, I have found that I am petering during my runs by the time I hit a mile. I have been blowing off kickboxing because I simply feel tired. Even my biking is way down this season.

A few weeks ago I had my annual physical. My doctor asked how I was feeling and I told him I mostly felt fine but a little more tired than usual. He grinned – he knew I would say that.

“Michael” he said. “Your blood work is just fine, but you are deficient in vitamin B12 (and vitamin D)”.

It’s interesting that in the past few years since getting in to physical fitness that I never read about B12 and how it can affect you. I have done a lot of reading since and learn more every day. I have started weekly B12 shots for 4 weeks (then monthly after that until he says otherwise).

So let’s talk about this B12 deficiency for a moment…

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Fitness Tips for Men & Women Over 40

Here’s a short video by Fred Nicklaus on some beginner exercises for men and women:

Fred Nicklaus is an over 50 year old former National Champion martial artist, double hip replacement recipient, who has owned and operated martial arts programs and local fitness classes in La Crosse, WI for over 30 years. He teaches strength and fitness classes for men and women in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Keeping Healthy and Traveling for Vacation

Keeping Healthy and Traveling for Vacation

Going on vacation can be a lot of fun for you and your loved ones. Unfortunately, many people give up on their healthy eating habits while they are traveling because it can be difficult to eat right and exercise while on the go. Whether you’re traveling by plane or car, it is important for you to exercise and keep healthy even when you’re on vacation. This will make transitioning back to normal life a lot easier when the vacation finally comes to an end.

One thing you need to do before going on vacation is to research the hotel that you will be staying at. Most hotels will offer their guests a gym, but some hotels will have yoga and fitness classes available for their paying customers. It is important to find a hotel that will offer these things to you so that you can keep up with your exercise even while on vacation. On my most recent trip to San Francisco I made sure to do some due diligence before booking a hotel by scouring a travel reviews site. This site gave me a list of the best hotels in San Francisco and from there I could click through and see what amenities they offered and how good these amenities were.

If you are going to be traveling by airplane and are going to be in between flights for hours on end, you might want to think about finding out if the airport you’re in has a yoga or Zen room available. Many airports are now implementing these rooms so that their guests can stay healthy even while traveling. The San Francisco International Airport, for instance, has a yoga and Zen room available for anyone who is interested in using it. Exercising while traveling is a great way to reduce stress and to reduce major weight gain when you aren’t eating as healthy as you should.

It can be very difficult to eat right while you’re on vacation, but it is important to keep control as best you can. This isn’t to say that you need to avoid visiting restaurants or having a good time, but your main focus should be on socializing and bonding with family and less about food and what your next meal is going to be. Also, many restaurants have lighter choices available to you if you want to watch calories while you happen to be eating out with the family.




The Importance of Exercise for Mesothelioma Patients

The Importance of Exercise for Mesothelioma Patients

The Importance of Exercise for Mesothelioma Patients

Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that is caused almost exclusively by exposure to asbestos. It can affect the thin, protective membrane surrounding the lungs, heart or abdominal cavity. There are four main types of mesothelioma cancer and they include pleural mesothelioma, peritoneal mesothelioma, pericardial mesothelioma, and testicular mesothelioma. The most common type affects your lungs, causing shortness of breath, painful and frequent coughing, chest pain, weight loss and lumps of tissue under the skin. However, exercise can help reduce some of these symptoms.

While there is no definitive cure for mesothelioma, there are treatment options and implementing lifestyle changes such as routine exercise is a known factor that has prolonged life expectancy in some mesothelioma patients. In fact, a number of mesothelioma patients have survived five years or longer because of their treatment, exercise and nutritional regimens.

The benefits of physical exercise are clear, and years of research provide the scientific evidence. Regular activity controls weight, fights disease, improves mood, boosts energy, provides fun, promotes sleep and sparks sexual activity. These benefits are available to mesothelioma patients in addition to reduction of some symptoms or side effects like depression or anxiety.

Weather you experience weakness from common symptoms of mesothelioma or from cancer treatments, muscle loss and stiff joints may be a large part of your daily life. Even a small amount of exercising such as standing and stretching for 10 minutes a day or taking a short walk can help prevent these discomforts.

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Fitness Isn’t Just A Resolution

Fitness Isn’t Just A Resolution

Happy New Year!

Now that we got that out of the way, I’ll ask you the million dollar question – did you make the annual resolution to lose weight/get in shape? It’s ok if you did. Many people do. It also means that you at least recognize your need to make some changes in your life.

But you really need to ask yourself what it is you REALLY want.  Setting a general goal (which most resolutions are) won’t really help you much. You need to be more direct and focused on the details. So instead of saying “This year I am going to get in shape and lose weight!”, try this:

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