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Not only are you stepping out there and helping people become healthier, stronger and more fit but you are joining the thousands of fitness professionals in an industry that is growing exponentially!


Are you at risk for a heart attack?

By: Dr. Steve Salvatore, Co-Owner of The American Academy of Personal Training

If you indulge in coffee, alcohol, sex and commuting to work, you just might be putting yourself at risk for a heart attack.  A new study suggests that these are all triggers for heart attacks.  Topping the list…commuters sitting in smog filled highways. Even the act of riding a bike to work can put you at increased risk, especially if you ride in a polluted city like New York.  Daily activities where you exert yourself physically results in over a 6% increased risk and that includes sex.  Of course you should still stay active, its better than sitting on the couch.

Bad news for energy drinks

By: Dr. Steve Salvatore, Co-Owner of The American Academy of Personal Training

When you need a quick pick-me-up do you reach for an energy drink?  Think twice.  There are new charges that the popular drinks may not be everything they claim to be.  A study just published in the Journal of Pediatrics found that the drinks did not improve energy, boost weight loss or improve concentration; and they may actually be dangerous.

Those most at risk include children and teens, especially those with a history of diabetes, seizures, and mood and behavior disorders.  Most energy drinks contain between 70-80 mg of caffeine, double that of most cola drinks, as well as guarana – a plant that contains caffeine, taurine – an amino acid, vitamins, herbals supplements and sweeteners.  The American Beverage Association responds, “This literature review does nothing more than perpetuate misinformation about energy drinks, their ingredients and the regulatory process.”

Fiber is key to good health

From Cooking Light

By: Dr. Steve Salvatore, Co-Owner of The American Academy of Personal Training

Want to lower your risk of heart disease?  Start eating more fiber.  The National Cancer Institute reports that eating a diet rich in fiber can reduce your risk of dying from heart disease by 22%.  Eating more fiber can also lower your risk of getting some cancers, diabetes and obesity.  The USDA guidelines encourage Americans to up their fiber by eating certain fruits, vegetables and whole grains.  You should try to eat 25 grams of fiber per day.



Get more sleep!

By: Dr. Steve Salvatore, Co-Owner of The American Academy of Personal Training

New research suggests that people who get less than 6 hours of sleep a night have a 50% increased risk of developing colon cancer adenomas or benign tumors.  This is compared to those who are lucky enough to get at least 7 hours of sleep time.  If not treated, adenomas can turn into cancerous tumors.  Sleep problems have also been connected to heart disease, diabetes and obesity.