A guest blog post contributed by Matt Rutledge, strength and conditioning coach for the Vermont Lake Monsters. Strength and conditioning refers to the practice of developing exercise prescription plans that specifically modulate aerobic, resistance, and/or flexibility training to suit the metabolic and physical demands of the sport in question. Here, Matt shares with us how we […]

My weight loss journey started 14 months ago at my annual physical. My primary care physician had been advising me for a decade to lose weight, to take the stress off my total knee replacements. At this time, I weighed over 300 lbs, and her goal was for me to lose 50. She also showed me […]

Did you leave your New Year’s resolution to lose weight back in January? It’s not too late. According to Marketdata Enterprises, Americans spend a little over $60 billion dollars a year annually trying to lose that unwanted weight. However, this doesn’t mean you have to break the bank this year trying to reach your goals of […]

Summer is here and plants are everywhere! They offer such beauty, but some can be harmful. As we spend more time outdoors, we increase our risk of coming into contact with poisonous plants. Young children often put harmful plants or berries in their mouths and adults may pick harmful plants and berries to eat, thinking […]

Talk about power salad! This one includes the health benefits of blueberries and spinach. Blueberries are full of fiber, potassium, folate, vitamin C, vitamin B6, and phytonutrient content, all supporting heart health. The fiber in blueberries helps lower the total amount of cholesterol in the blood and decrease the risk of heart disease. Spinach has an extremely high nutritional […]

Muscle pulls, or more accurately strains, are the most common injury sustained in sports. A muscle strain typically occurs suddenly with rapid onset of pain. Most often, the mechanism is a rapid contraction of the muscle group while it is getting longer. A very common occurrence is a hamstring strain that happens when the leg […]

“How much water should I drink every day?” This commonly asked, and seemingly simple question, is deceptively complex. Traditionally, the answer has been the “8 x 8” rule of thumb; that is, drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water (64 ounces) per day. This “one-size-fits-all” approach is not based on any scientific evidence, nor does not […]