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By   /  June 21, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Barbara: Is the elliptical or stationary bike better for cardio?  Megan: Both these choices are good low-impact cardio selections. They’re easier on the knees than other forms of cardio. However, the benefit of the elliptical is that it is going to work your entire body as you move both your arms and legs. For that reason, […]

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By   /  June 8, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Karl: Can you really gain weight from lack of sleep?  Megan: It’s not that lack of sleep equates to weight gain, rather, it’s the behaviors that result from the lack of sleep. Your brain actually responds differently to hunger cues and desires junk food.  A sleepy brain also lacks the ability to reign in on impulses […]

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By   /  June 1, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Marge: I’ve lost a lot of weight recently but I’m also losing hair. Are the two related?  Megan: The two can be related depending upon a couple reasons. Sometimes dieting, particularly fad or crash diets, can lack nutrients your body needs for many bodily functions. The body does need whole foods including protein, carbohydrates, and fats. […]

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By   /  May 25, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Jessica: When should I inhale and exhale during crunches or abs? Megan: The general rule of thumb is to inhale through your nose when you are about to do the lengthening/eccentric part of the exercise. Then you exhale during the shortening/concentric. Sometimes I think of this as inhale during the easier part and exhale during the […]

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By   /  May 18, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Lori: My son absolutely hates P.E. which basically means he doesn’t exercise outside of school either. What should I do? Megan: Listen to your son when he says he doesn’t like P.E. and find a way to relate such as saying I hated math but I still had to do it because it’s part of […]

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By   /  May 11, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Scott: My trainer loves burpees and tells me they’re worth the effort. Why are burpees so effective? Megan: Burpees are a total body calisthenics exercise that hits the upper and lower body simultaneously. It is a high calorie burn that also involves the cardiovascular system. The core even works to stabilize the body during the […]

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By   /  May 4, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Fran: I’ve heard cooking vegetables is less healthy than eating them raw. Is that true and why would that be?? Megan: I would say that a variety of cooked and raw is a good choice. Some say cooking vegetables strips some of the enzymes, nutrients, and vitamins. Others say cooked vegetables are better for digestion and […]

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By   /  April 27, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Nina: I’m exercising regularly even with a trainer so why would I gain weight instead of losing it?  Megan: Initially it’s important to consider diet because you can’t out exercise a poor diet. Furthermore, if your weight gain is only marginal your body does store more glycogen for exercise fuel, particularly for muscle use. There […]

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By   /  April 20, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Clark: I feel like I sweat way more than most people. It can even be embarrassing. Is it actually possible to sweat too much?? Megan: There are several factors when it comes to how much you sweat. The main purpose is to cool your body down. However, genetics, gender, and what you are doing also come […]

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By   /  April 13, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Missy: I really want a good exercise to get my outer thigh. It is where I have the most fat I think and I just want to lift and tone there. Any exercises I could do at home or in general?  Megan: A great variation of the lunge is called a curtsey. This movement targets the […]

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By   /  April 6, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Trish: Lunges always give me knee pain or just don’t feel right. How can I do lunges safely or correctly?  Megan: The basic lunge is a lower body exercise that primarily targets the muscles of the legs and glutes to include the quadriceps, hamstrings, and calves. A lunge is both a concentric and eccentric movement, […]

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By   /  March 30, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Marcus: I tried explaining to a friend that the exercise I enjoy most is walking. He claims it doesn’t do anything and doesn’t even use that many muscles. I get something out of it. What muscles does walking work?  Megan: Walking is a good workout that targets the cardiovascular system as well as the muscles of […]

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By   /  March 16, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Barb: I’m diabetic but I do like fruit. I shouldn’t have much sugar so which fruits should I avoid? Megan: Fruit does have natural sugar but your body recognizes sugar all the same. Therefore, steer clear of mangoes, grapes, cherries, pears, watermelon, figs, and bananas. Stick to avocados, raspberries, cantaloupe, papaya, and strawberries if you […]

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By   /  March 9, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Sheila: For weight loss, is it better to count calories macros? Megan: The advantage to counting macros is that it takes into nutritional consideration the nutrients your body needs whereas calorie counting might help you eat less, but it does matter what you eat. For example a small bag of chips has the same calories […]

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By   /  March 2, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Ben: I’m going to purchase some home workout equipment. Before I buy, is it better to get barbells or dumbbells for best results?  Megan: Many exercises when done with barbells or dumbbells primarily target the same areas. For example a barbell squat and a dumbbell squat would still be working the quads and glutes the same way. […]

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By   /  February 23, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Kyle: I’ve gotten into a workout routine and know that having  protein shake is a good snack and wil help with muscle gain. When is the best time to have the shake? Megan: The best time to have the shake is after the workout. The majority of protein powders are a complete protein source meaning they contain all […]

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By   /  February 15, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Steph: I was told I have high cholesterol and put on a low dose of medication. If I’m eating right and exercising, why do I have high cholesterol?  Megan: My initial thought would be genetics. If you have a family history of high cholesterol this may be the case. Often times families have high cholesterol because their lifestyle […]

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By   /  February 8, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Katherine: My friends swear by fasted cardio and tell me you get better results. Is this true?  Megan: Many people think that fasted cardio is essentially doing cardio on an empty stomach. When you wake up and do cardio your body is still digesting food from your last meal from yesterday. The body enters a […]

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By   /  January 26, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Debbie: I hate when I get sick and don’t know if I should workout or not. I wouldn’t spread my germs at the gym, but is it okay to workout still if you are sick even at home?  Megan: If you have a mild common cold with no fever, it is typically okay to still […]

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By   /  January 19, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

 Carla: I’m concerned my son playing contact sports is going to be top dangerous because of the risk of concussions. What effects do concussions have on children? Megan: Once a child has had one concussion, they are more susceptible to having more. That being said a child might experience dizziness, headaches, trouble with memory loss […]

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