By Daniel Tysinger
  • The "Fat Burning" Zone

    September 6, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    People looking to lose weight often think that long sessions of cardiovascular exercise are the best way to spur weight loss and jumpstart their way to health. Treadmills and ellipticals adorned with charts that display the mythical ‘fat burning zone’ that dictate how hard the user should be exercising serve as a guideline for many […]

  • Get Real & Heel

    August 30, 2012 at 8:15 am

    On a Sunday afternoon last September, I was bartending at Linda’s Bar & Grill when a couple walked in. The woman was clad in a Susan G Komen shirt and hat, she and her friend had stopped by to grab some food and watch the Panthers game. The bar wasn’t too busy so I chatted […]

  • Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation: More Than Just Exercise

    August 16, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Today I’m writing on a subject I know extremely well. As someone who has worked as an exercise physiologist in cardiac and pulmonary rehab at both UNC and Durham Regional Hospital, I have a lot of first-hand experience.  Chances are, over the course of your life, you will know someone –it might even be you– […]

  • Don’t Blame Lactic Acid For Your Sore Muscles

    August 9, 2012 at 9:06 am

    I’m willing to bet that anyone reading this article has experienced muscle soreness in his or her life. Any time your muscles are placed under a new stress that they have not been prepared for, the result will be soreness. For many years, the popular thought was that lactic acid was the cause of muscle […]

  • Tabata Training

    August 2, 2012 at 9:59 am

    In previous articles, I have touched briefly on the Tabata Protocol and how you can incorporate it into your routine. Today, I will go into more detail and explain the benefits of this relatively new method of training. In 1996, professor Izumi Tabata conducted a research study in concert with the Japanese speed skating team. […]

  • Body Composition

    July 26, 2012 at 9:04 am

    At its most basic level, body composition refers to the amount of fat, muscle and bone mass that make up your total body weight. Measuring body composition can range from the very simple, like the standard Body Mass Index (BMI) chart, to very complex, like using Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) imaging. Below, I’ll explain […]

  • Understanding Blood Pressure

    July 19, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Blood pressure (BP) is defined as the force of the blood against the walls of the arteries, and is measured via two numbers. The top number, also called the systolic, refers to the pressure when the heart is contracting, while the bottom number (or diastolic number) refers to the pressure exerted when the heart is […]

  • No Gym? No Problem!

    July 12, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    One of the top reasons why people don’t exercise is that they don’t have enough time to go to the gym. Between driving there, working out, showering and driving home, it can be a time-consuming process. However, just because you can’t go to the gym, doesn’t mean you can’t get a great workout. Listed below […]

  • Stretching 101

    July 5, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Although an important part of healthy lifestyle, stretching is often one of the more neglected part of a person’s fitness routine. Stretching, when done properly, can increase flexibility, range of motion, improve athletic performance, and help alleviate muscle soreness. Static Stretching This is the most common type of stretching that people are aware of. Static […]

  • Exercise Is Medicine

    June 28, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Today’s article talks about the Exercise is Medicine (EIM) initiative, their website can be found at If you were to survey a few of your friends about why they exercise, you’d probably hear the standard reasons such as wanting to lose weight, get stronger, or just to get back in shape and have more […]