General Health Articles

Fitness vs. Health

In this day of body transformations, biggest losers and crossfit, I start to ask myself, Are our clients looking for fitness or health? People watch the Biggest Loser not realizing that what they are doing is unrealistic and can't be sustained for a long period of time. When people watch the Crossfit games they think the participants are average Joes, when in reality they are Outliers. When people go and join their local "Box" what some get is injured instead of fit and then lose their zeal to continue to train.

Our goal at Xcelerated Performance is to help our clients reach their fitness and health goals. These goals include decreasing body fat, losing weight and getting stronger, while keeping risk of injury to a minimum.

What's in Your Sunscreens and Cosmetics?

Ever think twice about the ingredients in your cosmetics, sunscreens and beauty products?  A recently published survey by EWG (Environment Working Group) found that the average American uses 9 products daily that contain 126 questionable ingredients. 25% of women apply 15 or more products daily to their hair, face, skin and lips.  Some of these products can and do contain dangerous ingredients that are not overseen by the FDA. In fact, the FDA expects the cosmetic industry to regulate itself. The European Union has already banned hundreds of chemicals from being used in their cosmetics that are still being used in the USA.  Here is a short list of the worst.

Boost Collagen for Healthier Hair, Skin, and Nails

Product of the Month: BioSil
for Hair, Skin, and Nails

When people talk about youthful healthy supple skin, the buzzword often heard is collagen. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and is often called the "glue" that holds the body together.

Don't stop there! Collagen fibers are major building materials in many more body parts from bone to blood vessels. 

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Ways to Improve Your Health Care NOW

No matter what the outcome is of the House and Senate's move to resolve health care, there are a few things "We The People" can start doing right away.  In addition to the obvious things like not smoking cigarettes, not abusing food, drugs or alchohol and my favorite, getting plenty of exercise, there are 10 things that The Nation's February 1, 2010 issue has put together to save money and minimize suffering.  Here's a recap.