To Your Health Columns by Brian Cole

Genetics, stress, hormones and tequilla

Before I talk about what they have in common, I’m going to spend a little time with each. Our GENETICS affect just about every aspect of our being. Genetics can increase our likelihood for osteo-and rheumatoid arthritis, high total cholesterol level, cirrhosis of the liver, obesity, diabetes, arteriosclerosis, high blood… Read more »

Why and How to Slow Down

While I’m obviously a proponent of activity—we encourage others to move more, to exercise frequently and efficiently and to improve their movement biomechanics—there are approaches to exercise and to daily life when focusing, slowing down and learning to relax are the best paths to fitness and to health.  Our clients… Read more »

Feel Tight? Feel Like You Need to Stretch?

While I’m not going to say “stretching” is always bad for you, I am going to explain why it’s not always good for you, how it can be counter productive and even harmful, and that it’s not really “stretching” anyway.  The goal is to safely increase comfortable joint range of motion so we can… Read more »

There is a ticking time bomb right here in America

We all know America has grown in population—and in girth. We have the fattest and least conditioned population on planet earth.  But we’re living longer. A lot longer. (1900 average life span: 47 years; in 2000: 77 years). Huh? We all know being overweight and sedentary causes lots of major… Read more »

Sarcopenia—why you should know about it

Why Should You Know About Sarcopenia?A. Because you have it.B. Because you don’t want it.C. Because you can do something about it. Sarcopenia is the primary reason you don’t have as much energy as you once did. Or as much endurance. Or as much strength. Sarcopenia makes you more susceptible… Read more »

Your stiff neck

A stiff neck is primarily a problem that falls under the category Repetitive Stress Injuries (RSI). I’m not saying we never need X-rays, MRI’s, orthopedists or neurologists. I am saying simple improvements in our daily (and nightly) behaviors should come first. When we accept responsibility for our health we are… Read more »

Weight we need to gain

Somewhere between 35 and 55, we start to notice an expansion. For men, it’s the waistline. For women, it seems to center in the lower abdomen, hips, and back of the arms. And for women, the problem is compounded by a reduction in estrogen, which triggers even more changes. But,… Read more »

Discipline equals improvement

Once upon a time, while preparing to lecture my teenage son, I asked him if he even knew what “discipline” was. He thought for a moment and answered: “Yeah. That’s something you do yourself or it gets done to you.” Clearly not in a desperate need for Dad’s advice, he… Read more »

The quick and easy way to look better

Quick and easy” sure sells weight loss diet books, so I thought the headline might draw you in.  You’re in.  Let’s talk about posture.  Not just posture standing, but sitting, walking and performing daily activities.  Simply, your mother was right. Sit up straight and stand tall. Proper posture reduces pressure on… Read more »

What can we do about these gas prices?

How about something that’s easy, safe and most of us can do?  It’ll save you gas money and offer a lot of health benefits. WALK. Step one in improving our health and fitness is starting a walking program. Yes, we all should improve our eating habits. Yes, we all should… Read more »

The National Health Care Policy—What IS the problem?

I recently witnessed an example of how inflated pride and taking oneself too seriously can be damaging. So, because I never want that to happen to me, as I offer the very best solution to our entire National Health Care Policy Problem, I’ll do it “humbly.” Next November we vote.… Read more »

Try it this way

Thanksgiving! It’s always been my favorite holiday for a combination of reasons: it has no religious overtones that exclude anyone, it’s about family and friends and warmth and no matter how life has treated us, we can always find something to be thankful for. Okay, well that’s real nice, Brian,… Read more »