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Muscular weightlifter training putting on a weight lifting belt

to beLT or not to beLT

THAT is the question. This is a common question posed to me. So is a weight belt necessary especially in the context of heavy weight loads? I started training in the early eighties, around age 12. I donned my Everlast weightlifting belt, almost as if it was some sort of rite, prior to tackling my first set of exercise. We all did, having been told that exercise potentially placed one’s low back i…

photo illustration suggestive of a human finger activating brain activity

10 Tips for Brain Health

Here are my top ten tips for better brain health: Learn new skills. Brain stimulation and activity can delay the onset of the neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s dementia. The acquisition of a new skill, both mental and physical promotes neurogenesis or the formation of new neurons and forges intra-neuronal connections. Flex you “mental muscle” daily. Strength train 2-3 times/week. St…

eldery couple running to help stop Alzheimer's disease

What is the best way to stop diseases such as Alzheimer’s?

So let me ask you a question. What is the best primary modality to thwart the development and progression of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s dementia? Well, if you missed my blurb on The Today Show last Friday, allow me to fill you in: Exercise. Surprise, surprise.  What if I told that strength training is predominantly a mental activity? Just think about it (no pun intended). What…