Weight loss might be much simpler than advertised (guest blogger – Paul)

Below is an awesome infographic covering weight loss, nutrition, and an overall healthy lifestyle from Paul at DNA-Lean. His blog covers weight loss, building muscle mass, calories, healthy eating, and a whole host of other topics while his company offers supplements to help you get there. Full disclosure: I haven’t taken the supplements, but let me say I loved his infographic below. If you’re looking for some helpful tips on your health journey, then this post is for you. As always, thanks for reading! -Mike     In the modern day quest for weight loss, people often find themselves doing many a weird and wonderful thing! Perhaps you have tried following the pea soup diet to lose weight? Or perhaps you can bear witness to seeing folk wrapped up in cling film in a sauna room?  It would appear that fat and weight loss has become like old wives tale; unscientific and incorrect! With so […]

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Charting the uncharted – one of earth’s most naturally beautiful and dangerous rainforests

At the ripe age of 22 (when you think you know everything then eventually hit 30 and realize you didn’t know anything – I hear this cycle continues) I was blessed with the experience of a lifetime… I just didn’t realize its impact and importance in my life until recently (I’m 32).     Winter – 2007 in Kent, Ohio:   Cold. Snow. Clouds. Meteorology isn’t the most difficult task during Northeastern Ohio winters. And for a guy like me (I enjoy the beach and warm weather), all this time indoors affords one an opportunity to think about their future and, more importantly, what they want out of life.   Me? I wanted warmer weather. And because neither the economy nor my professional connection list was too hot at the time, grad school seemed like the place to gain some knowledge and buy some time for things to pick back up.   I […]

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Mike’s top 5 podcasts of 2016: and why I’m listening

(Photo by SMW) What is a podcast and why are they becoming so popular?   Podcasts are digital audio files that can be downloaded to your device and listened to whenever you’d like, without an internet connection. It’s similar to when we would download music to our iPods or Zunes a few years back (look out early 2000s). They’re on-demand radio shows.   What’s with all the hype?   From current sports updates to ancient history and pop culture to politics… There’s a podcast for that. You into meta-learning? I have 1 (well… 2). Interested in starting a business? Startup would be a good place to begin.   The point is – there’s something for everybody. No matter where you are in life, a podcast can help you progress from there to where you want to be. There’s a catch, though… All this information is available but is all of it reliable.   Short […]

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Purpose, determination and hard work: creating a healthy lifestyle (guest blogger – Brittany)

Hi Team! This post introduces Brittany, a new guest blogger, that’s an average woman in her 20’s. You know, if average is losing 18 total inches, 17 pounds, and gaining heaps of energy and confidence by making a few life altering adjustments to nutrition and fitness. Here, Brittany shares a bit of her story with you. We hope you enjoy!     Fitness– noun: a general state of health and well-being and, more specifically, the ability to perform aspects of sports, occupations, and daily activities. Health– noun: a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Wellness– noun: an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. Wellness is more than being free from illness; it is a dynamic process of change and growth.     How do you go from someone who rarely ever worked out and […]

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Keep the muscle, burn the fat (guest blogger – Mel)

Mel, our resident clinical research nurse, is back to help you figure out how to keep the muscle while burning that pesky fat. She’s loving your feedback, so feel free to leave a comment below or email Mike. Thanks for reading! It’s 2AM and you can’t sleep so you decide to get up and watch some TV.  Surfing to see what’s on, you stumble across some infomercials.  This one catches your sleepy eyes…  “Want to look like this?” The narrator asks. “Or this?” “… ‘Fat burn’, the latest technology in burning the fat and keeping the muscle, has been proven to transform fat into muscle in just 2 weeks!” “…Order now by calling 1-800-fat-burn and you will receive an extra…” Wouldn’t it be great if we could keep AND build muscle while we burn the fat?   The answer is – YOU can! And it’s free!  Well, almost.  It will cost […]

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Three steps to trim your annual health numbers (guest blogger – Mel)

Yes, it’s that time again!  Around this time each year, many of us are presented with our health care plan “options” in the work place.  But, before you can decide what “option” is best for you, it is important that you know your “health” numbers.  It’s not only in the best interest of the employer (healthy employees keep employer health care premiums down) but also in YOUR best interests as YOU move toward a healthier YOU! Better yet, some employers are offering incentives.  That’s right, if you get a series of screening tests, some employers offer a monetary deduction (or incentive) for just getting the tests done.  Why are health screenings so important to YOU? Because screening tests look for diseases before you have symptoms. Understanding your “health” numbers is the best prevention!   But, you say, “All of this can be so confusing”.  “What are my numbers”?   “What […]

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Timing and circumstance as keys to improving your fitness

Hi Team! I wrote this post for a fellow blogger who was kind enough to let me post on her site. It outlines 6 keys to using timing and circumstance as tools to improve your overall fitness. Here’s an excerpt (if you want to see the whole thing check it out here):   Have you ever walked out of a job interview kicking yourself for not giving the absolute best answer to a question? You’re replaying the moment in your head over and over again and wondering why, “I just work too fast,” was the answer that popped into your head as the interviewer asked, “What is your greatest weakness?”   “Really? That’s just about the most generic answer you could’ve given,” you think to yourself. At that moment you commit to forget about it, move on, and open the door to the building as you step outside and the sunshine […]

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Pre workout energy boost! – Guest blog (Dini)

This is a guest blog from Dini at dinishealthyliving.com. With a passion in health and fitness and her added certifications as a fitness consultant and a weight management coach she wants to make a difference by seeing more people around the world lead a healthy, wealthy, and happy life.   What should I eat before workout? I have been asked this question quite a lot “Can you guide me on what I should eat before workout?” Nutrition before workout is very much an individual thing. The timing of your food will vary according to the time of the day you exercise as well as the type of workout you are into. What is NUTRITION? Nutrition does not mean only “food”. The definition goes way beyond…One of the distinct phases of nutrition is the intake of energy for our body to use which means understanding the different energy systems fulfilling the physiological […]

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How setting SMART goals can change your life! (Guest blogger – Mel)

MikedUp Blog is thrilled to welcome “Mel” as the first guest blogger to our site! We have a ‘Guest blogger’ page under construction right now, where you’ll be able to read more about credentials and past achievements. For now though, Mel has worked in the healthcare field for over 30 years, has been a contributing author on 11 scientific publications, and currently works as a clinical research nurse at a major hospital system. She has been gracious enough to share some of her knowledge with us and we’re thrilled that’s the case!  Here’s her first post about goal setting:   Hello readers!   It is with great joy and excitement that Mike has invited me to be a guest blogger for MikedUp Blog!  My contributions will be topic focused and aim to accomplish 3 things: Share knowledge about the week’s topic. Suggest a skill to put that knowledge into action. Support […]

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The loop – fitness week June ‘16

  Hey team! Welcome to June’s outdoor fitness week where we’re taking our bodyweight and cardio infused workout to the park!   Special guest(s)   This week you’ll see not 1, but 2 ladies joining me for the workout! One happens to be the best dentist I’ve ever known and the other is dealing with the frustrations around getting new teeth… This week you’ll meet Monica (yes, my wife) and Clara (our daughter – who, by the way, makes for great resistance when in a jogging stroller you’re pushing).   This week’s workout – The loop   One thing I love about this workout (The loop) is that it’s flexible. In the video I describe the exercise moves and running distance, all of which can be modified to fit your fitness level. Monica and I complete the workout in just over 20 minutes but with a few tweaks, this workout could […]

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