Fitbits and other fitness tracks miscalculate calories burned by a huge amount! The best models are off by 27%, and the worst by 93%.  This can be disastrous should a person adjust their calorie intake based on this information.  The good news is that many fitness devices did a decent job in monitoring heart rate….

The fallacy of personal training is that a “certified” personal trainer could easily lack even the most basic knowledge. There is currently no regulation of personal trainers, no liability insurance requirements, nothing. Anyone can claim to be a personal trainer. Go ahead and print your own business cards and start today. There is no law…

Past research had indicated that someone who is fat, could actually be “fit” if metabolically healthy, meaning they had no indications of heart disease, diabetes, etc..  I have had numerous obese clients who say their blood work is perfect…does this mean they are fit and not at risk? The biggest study on this topic, using…

Exercising multiple times a week is the best way to keep the mind sharp if you’re over 50, research suggests. 39 studies were reviewed and they found that memory and brain activity was most improved for those that exercised their muscle and their heart. Weight lifting with cardio is a great combination, and this was…

Your sex, your style of cosmetics, your hair dye, and your preference of beer or wine are all revealed by analyzing the molecules left on your cell phone!  Scientists in California using a technique called mass spectrometry looked at 500 samples taken from the mobile phones of 40 people.  They also said that can tell…

You have probably heard of people that get out of prison and have a hard time adapting to life outside of the jail cell.  After spending years in prison, it becomes the “norm”.  Although an incredibly rough place to live, with often times very ugly things happening, and surrounded by potentially evil people…it becomes a…

The general public often confuses ligaments for tendons, and sprains for strains.  Ligaments and tendons are two separate tissues in the human anatomy, with one of these connective tissues supporting one bony structure with another, and the other connecting muscles to bones.  When either of these tissues are injured, it is referred to as a…

This guy is 105 years old and just set a bicycling record in his age group of 14 miles in one hour.  Robert Marchand said that he could have done better.  His legs were not sore but his arms were from his “rheumatism”. I feel bittersweet when I see things like this.  One side of…

Time for me to vent a little bit.  Most people associate weight loss with starving themselves.  Itsy-bitsy portions, and always being hungry…never satisfied.  BULL CRAP!  Now if you are eating calorie dense food, portion control is a huge factor in losing weight, as most people eating a traditional American diet are pounding down sugar, fat,…

This is a great article forwarded to me from a client that appeared in the Wall Street Journal. Click here to read it.

A two-year study was performed to find the effectiveness of wearing a FitBit, or other fitness tracker.  500 people were split into two groups, with one wearing a fitness tracker.  By the end of the trial the group wearing the tracker had lost less weight than the group not wearing the device. Although the popularity…

Odor analysts have determined that polyester gets much smellier than cotton or wool. But sweat is not to blame, because sweat itself does not stink. It is the bacteria that live in your armpit and groin that produce the funk. Up to 300 types of bacteria inhabit your armpit. Some are associated with normal body…

Sprain, strain, tendons, and ligaments.  More often than not, lay people use the wrong terminology when describing injuries and probably one of the most common is when describing a “strain” or a “sprain”.  The terms are used to not only describe the type of soft-tissue injury but also is referencing the type of tissue in…

Our government has approved a number of weight loss techniques.  All of them fail to address the root problem, which is changing a person’s behavior.  But surely there will be many that look to this as an easy way to lose weight, and sadly will try one of these. One is an inflatable stomach-filling balloon….

With the days not only getting hotter, but also getting shorter at the same time, I though I would give you something to cool down with. As if pulling the tire with a 45-pound weight on it is not hard enough, it was just a few short months ago that Bill Matulewicz did that with…

Philadelphia will become the first US city to implement a tax on sugary drinks starting in January of 2017.  It is expected to raise $90 million dollars and improve the health of 1.5 million residents.  More than 68% of adults and 41% of kids in Philadelphia are overweight or obese.  The revenue is going to…

If I had to pick the top fallacy in the fitness world it would be “cardio”.  Cardiovascular exercise is often proclaimed as one of the best way to burn fat. It also has been said to improve the strength of your heart and lungs, reduce stress, and help you sleep better. Is all of this…

The checkout counter at the grocery store offers an excellent reflection of a person’s lifestyle. Next time at the grocery store, look at what is on the checkout belt and then look at the customer.  You will see a pattern. I was recently 2 customers behind a former client as they were finalizing their transaction…

A recent study noted a significant improvement in running endurance after participants took a placebo.  Studies have also noted that when a placebo is ethically injected, it produces better results than those taken orally, but both forms produce notable improvement.  Placebos are accepted as a scientfic fact…the mind is powerful! Arnold was quoted as saying…

In Britain, health experts are considering a new twist to food labeling.  With 2/3 of the adult population being overweight or obese, the Royal Society of Public Health is considering exercise equivalent food labels.  This means every food label would include graphics the inform the consumer how much exercise would be required to burn off…

Man’s best friend is certainly the best choice for a pet that will contribute to maintaining an active lifestyle. Whether it’s running, walking, or a simple game of catch with a Frisbee, dogs have the versatility to be your fitness friend, while felines would be a fitness foe. For some, having a dog increases the…

The BMJ, one of  the oldest medical journals in the world, recently reported on the overspending for a number of drugs, especially cancer drugs.  Let me give you an idea of what is going on.  Let’s say you need a total of 150mg of a drug, but the drug is only sold in 100mg bottles. …

If you are overweight and the diet you are following is not giving you at least one pound of weight loss per week, you are on the wrong program.  Contact me by March 10th, 2016, and request our medically approved nutrition program and get it at 50% off our normal price of $75. Our program…

Whenever there is enough snow, my girlfriend Ann and I (at 50+ years young) will be the only people over 20 that are pounding the hill with our sleds.  We often get asked “which ones are your kids?”, only to reply that we left them at home. On the way back to the car, sweaty…

Sonya Hughes is a honorable graduate of lifestyle change.  After coming to Sensible Fitness years ago, she has maintained a healthy lifestyle and is still living large today.  This is her story… I have struggled with my weight since 2004, after I was severely injured in an automobile accident. My most notable injury was a…

A group of people were given more food than they could ever eat (buffet style meals and unlimited snacks) and got 8 hours of sleep.  Then the group was given the same access to food, but only had 4-5 hours sleep.  When the people got less sleep, they ate 400 calories more per day. This…

We have an incredible yoga class on Thursdays, let by an instructor that really should be a super-hero…Deana is awesome.  The class is every Thursday at 6pm.  For more details on this class that focuses on stretching and core strength, click here.

I have been so incredibly proud of several clients for their extra efforts of staying after their workout to get some cardio in.  This is a great time to burn fat, because all of the carbs get burned up during a strength training workout…leaving fat as a prime energy source. Becky Finger comes in at…

There is a long list of medical studies that show connections between exercise, muscular health, and mental acuity…even in the elderly.  But now a recent study done on twins suggests the same. Why is this different?  Well, if one twin’s body and/or thinking ability differs significantly over time, the cause is less likely to be…

Dick Thomas came to us after his daughter and Sensible Fitness client Sally Hayes (and granddaughter Emily) thought it would help with his mobility.  At 91 years old, you just don’t get around like you used to!  Dick’s doctor agreed and thought that exercise could help his COPD (chronic onset pulmonary disease). Although Dick had…

Kathy Dubbs came to Sensible Fitness a year and a half ago.  These are her words….. Retired, morbidly obese carrying over 200 lbs in excess weight, with two total knee replacements, neuropathy, arthritis, and developing back issues.  I had lost over 100 lbs on a 20 week medically supervised diet of meal supplements with no…

Visit with a person committed to their weight loss or fitness and they will not bat an eye about weather related distractions. But those with a fair-weather attitude about their health will quickly use the “weather card”, leaving themselves in the hands of Mother Nature. If you are living in the Cincinnati area, this is…

Prescription drugs often address the symptoms of disease that are caused by lifestyle choices.  They are a “permission slip” to be unhealthy. The United States is one of only two countries in the world that allow drug companies to advertise to the consumer.  It has been estimated that over $4.5 billion is spent per year. …

Sensible Fitness, in conjunction with my wife, changed my life.  My wife gave me 10 sessions at Sensible Fitness.  She knew that I needed to be healthier and more active, but that I was intimidated by the large, glossy gyms featured on TV ads with strong-looking men and women working out.  So she did some…

Our yoga classes will be Tuesday and Thursday starting at 6pm on 1/12/16. Students of all levels are invited to join this style of class. Clear instruction is given in breathing technique, warm-up, and posture flow. Students will develop body awareness, posture alignment, and core strength in basic poses while experienced students are encouraged to…

Holiday food and spirits often leave a person feeling a bit groggy.  So I will use a plain ol’ dictionary and keep it simple for you. Definition of “Health” and “Care”. Health: The state of being free from illness or injury. Care: Serious attention or consideration applied to doing something correctly or to avoid damage…

Here is a piece of a recent email I received from Erica Gripp, who earned 1st place in a Master’s Figure Competition. Doug, Winner! Winner! Chicken Dinner!  That’s me at 60 years young.  Yes, I am in denial because I feel better than I did at 30! Thank God for the gifts of discipline, perseverance,…

Jerry Rape came to Sensible Fitness in 2009, when he was 66 years old and has since turned his health and quality of life around full circle.  His story is quite inspirational, and he is kind enough to share it with us. Jerry came across our TV program a couple of times and it caught…

A letter from our client Dan Cuprill…. In August of 2014, my doctor informed me that I had finally done it!:  I was officially a Type 2 Diabetic at age 51.  I wasn’t surprised.  I had been eating terribly and exercise was limited to an occasional 2 mile walk.  I had been an avid user…

Roger Neff is an Evendale firefighter that had a mandatory fitness test lurking in his future. A big problem that faced him was a terribly painful knee condition known as Chrondromalacia. A part of his fitness test is carrying a heavy load of gear while going up steps, and with this painful knee condition it…

Just the other day, Elizabeth Rosenberg simply walked in the front door and sang two songs for everyone at Sensible Fitness.  Elizabeth is the daughter of John and Amy, and she is an incredibly gifted opera singer. She attends Baldwin Wallace University majoring in vocal performance. I literally got chills when Elizabeth hit the high…

Weight Loss: Losing The Last Few Pounds If you are down to the last few pounds, you are now at the toughest point of weight loss.  Because I have seen many individuals with unrealistic expectations at this point in their fitness, I want you to have you ask yourself some questions, as I also try…

Water. Suck it up! Whether you’re trying to lose weight or are just involved in more outdoor activities this summer, it’s vital to remember to DRINK MORE WATER. Fluid intake is huge for those trying to lose weight. Of course, there are many fluids to hydrate with, but since your body is 60% water, I…

Yoga, Is It The Best Choice Weight Loss And Fitness? There are many trends that come and go in the fitness industry, but yoga has stood the test of time going back thousands of years. Yoga is a great form of exercise, but is it enough? Yoga is an incredibly beneficial form of exercise, both…

Water or Sports Drinks: What is the best choice for you? Before you flood yourself with fluid, first ask yourself “Why am I drinking?” Sounds likea silly question, but the reason that you are drinking can help you determine what is the best thing to quench your thirst with. If you are simply thirsty, any…

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