The Pointe Fitness Blog

May 1, 2022

Your Heart Doesn't Care

Now that I have your attention with this month’s seemingly callous title, let’s dig into the reality of heart related health. Our bodies’ functions are all affected by how we choose to live.
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Apr 1, 2022

Don't Be A Fool, Be Your Own Leader

Leadership qualities are commonly applied to workplace scenarios. Some of those qualities can also be applied to yourself in ways to improve your health. In the spirit of April Fool’s Day, apply these qualities to help you avoid playing the fool with your health.
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Feb 25, 2022

Dietitian vs. Nutritionist

With March being National Nutrition Month in this country, let’s attempt to clear up the differences between a dietitian and a nutritionist. If you just asked yourself, “There is a difference?”, then this information is for you. Depending on your health needs, perspective, and opinion on regulation, this may help you decide on who to seek for help with your specific nutrition habits and needs.
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Feb 1, 2022

The Great Resignation

Economically, we are in the midst of the Great Resignation at the workplace.  A MIT research group recently assembled data and came up with its top five reasons for the phenomenon.  After reading through them, they make a good analogy to health behavior.  If one of these reasons hits home with you, use it as motivation to avoid attrition to your health.
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Dec 28, 2021

Bad Obsession

A New Year with old resolutions is here. Improving health through exercise and diet, or some variation of that, is an old stand by and always makes the top ten list of New Year’s resolutions. Of course, anyone can make a resolution. The key is to actually follow through. For most of us, improving health requires a balanced approach versus an “all-in” approach. Going to extremes can result in obsessive behavior, contradicting the resolution’s sole purpose. Be aware of signs to avoid a bad obsession in improving health.
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Nov 29, 2021

Wash Your Hands Of...

Believe it or not, there is a whole week dedicated to the promotion of proper handwashing. National Handwashing Awareness Week is December 5 - December 11 this year. The great thing about this is that you can research this topic again in case you missed the CDC Global Handwashing Day back on October 15. Mocking the importance of handwashing is not, however, the reason for this month's blog. Literal handwashing is certainly an important health practice. Metaphorically speaking, and equally important for your health, we should know when to wash our hands of something.
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Oct 29, 2021

Honesty Is the Best Policy

We have all heard this before. So, how can this policy help you attain better health? Being honest with yourself about your health may be the reality check you need to make necessary changes. Whether it is exercise, diet, or improving other markers such as cholesterol levels and blood pressure, when you are less than honest with yourself, it is easier to rationalize your way out of action. 
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Sep 29, 2021

Stop The Weight Obsession: Real Talk About Exercise

It is the 21st century and there is no debate to be had. Exercise reduces risk of disease which, in turn, reduces risk of mortality. Most importantly, however, it improves quality of life. “Quality of life” is a relative phrase and can mean different things to different people. When it comes to exercise, an improved quality of life comes in the form of simply feeling good.
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Aug 30, 2021

Metabolism Slows in Our 40s... Or Does It?

“Wait until you hit 40…” is commonly heard in discussions about weight management. Yes, the traditional thought is that our metabolisms are burning hotter as we grow, level off, and then decrease when hitting ‘middle-age.' This is when the weight becomes more difficult to control.  A new study, Daily energy expenditure through the human life course, says not so fast. News outlets are all over this. Some have attention-grabbing headlines and other science-based outlets have interviewed the authors to get more insight. Here is a link to the actual study abstract, but if you want to read the whole paper, there is a fee. A ScienceDaily article includes excerpts from author interviews.
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Jul 27, 2021

The Fitness Matrix

This month’s title implies a discussion on an exciting new exercise routine, or the latest research resulting in something called the fitness matrix. That would be great, but let’s go a different direction and discuss science fiction. The 1999 film, The Matrix, can be used as a metaphor for exercise. Some would call it a cult classic. For those that have never seen the film, you may not appreciate all the analogies, but the message is clear… exercise is your choice and you have the ability to do it.
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Jun 28, 2021

Perception and Perspective

It is easy to continue declaring the importance of physical activity. Anyone can holler from the fitness soapbox to hammer home the message. For some, however, the idea of exercise is intimidating. Maybe your perception of exercise is skewed. It is also possible that it’s not about understanding, but you simply downplay the importance of exercise in your life. In both scenarios, it can be difficult to be convinced of just how important it is. Whether you are having this debate internally or with others, understanding your own perception of and perspective on exercise may help.
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May 28, 2021

And the Great Carbohydrate Debate Goes On

May’s Pointe Fitness Newsletter discussed body weight and its level of importance in predicting health. The conclusion was that body weight is not necessarily a measure of health, but we shouldn’t allow that to excuse us from healthy behavior. The correlation between overweightness/obesity and quality of health in our population is undeniable. This brings us to the great carbohydrate debate and the macronutrient’s importance in weight gain/loss.
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