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By: Jim Evans, VERDURE General Manager Americans love sports but, clearly, some sports are not “lifetime” sports in the sense that they will provide lifetime health benefits. They might be challenging and enjoyable at a certain time in your life, but they are probably not the kind of sports that you would want to –...
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  by: Jim Evans, VERDURE General Manager Nobody is saying you have to look like a bodybuilder, but the more muscle mass you have as you grow older, the less likely you are to die prematurely according to researchers at UCLA – and it can significantly improve your quality of life too. Americans have been...
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Thingamajigs and Whatchumacallits by Jim Evans, VERDURE General Manager Q: I used to pump iron with my buddies at a local gym when I was in high school, but some of the new exercise machines at these fancy health clubs look like something from outer space. I’ve been thinking about getting in shape again after...
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By: Jim Evans Q:  My wife and I just returned from a meeting with our financial advisor, and we were surprised when he suggested that we both should lose weight, exercise more and take better care of ourselves.  At first we were offended and thought, perhaps, he was overstepping his bounds, but after he explained himself,...
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By: Jim Evans With physical education on the decline in our schools and childhood obesity on the rise, it should be no surprise that children are experiencing a greater incidence of depression and low self-esteem.  This can lead to a myriad of problems for parents and teachers to cope with and can sometimes lead – tragically...
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By: Jim Evans The continuing economic recovery has taken its toll on workplace wellness programs.     With companies under pressure to reduce expenses, workplace wellness programs have apparently become convenient targets for budget reductions – or outright elimination – notwithstanding the fact that many of these programs took years to implement and have, more often...
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By: Jim Evans Q:  I don’t get it.  Every time I go to the doctor for a checkup, my blood pressure goes up!  I’m not overweight, I exercise regularly, I eat a balanced diet, and I don’t have an unusual amount of stress in my life.   What’s going on? A: We’re both in the same...
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By: Jim Evans Q:  I’ve been physically active most of my life, but lately I have experienced a series of nagging injuries – mostly from running – and all of my “couch potato” buddies are giving me a hard time.  They say I should just slow down and enjoy life and start acting my age (I’m...
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By: Jim Evans Dehydration is one of the most popular ways to lose weight among athletes – particularly in those sports where weight classes are required such as boxing, wrestling, martial arts, weightlifting, bodybuilding, and powerlifting. Millions of athletes around the world engage in this destructive form of weight loss just to “make weight” without regard...
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