How A.M. Workouts Jumpstart Your Day
by Harold Irby, Personal Trainer | Health and Fitness | Monday, April 17, 2017
For a rare few, mornings are the best time of the day. The birds are chirping, the sun is rising, and the start of a new day feels invigorating. However, for the rest of us, pushing out of bed and into the world of consciousness is no easy task. …
It's Not Too Late to Get Started Today
by Harold Irby, Personal Trainer | Health and Fitness | Friday, September 23, 2016
Physical fitness. It’s a goal, a lifestyle, a surefire way to set yourself apart from the legions of people who are too lazy, scared or simply unmotivated to make the changes necessary to …
Seafood Recipes to Try After Your Workout
by VERGE Staff | Food and Health | Thursday, September 1, 2016
Whether you’re a competitive sprinter chasing a new record or an everyday gym hound looking to get the most from your workout, seafood is among the best foods to support an athletic lifestyle. …
Health Benefits of Cooking with Sorghum
by VERGE Staff | Food and Health | Sunday, July 24, 2016
An ancient grain with roots that trace back as far as 8000 B.C., sorghum is seeing a resurgence as demand for non-GMO and gluten-free food grows.
Sorghum is an excellent substitute for those with Celiac disease or gluten intolerance, and can be used to make both leavened and unleavened breads, various fermented and unfermented beverages and can be steamed, popped, flaked or consumed as a whole grain or syrup.
Get Motivated and Get Fit
by Harold Irby, Personal Trainer | Health and Fitness | Monday, June 11, 2016
Consider this for motivation…have you ever seen really impressive “before” and “after” photos on a weight loss product? Well if so, be aware there’s something that the diet industry doesn’t want you to realize…there’s more involved than just the …
4 Ways to Increase Flexibility
by Harold Irby, Personal Trainer | Health and Fitness | Monday, May 9, 2016
You eat the right foods, drink the right drinks, and exercise regularly. In other words, you’re strong and healthy. But there’s only one hole in your overall good health-- you’re as flexible as a piece of plywood. …
9 Reasons Everyone Should Lift Weights
by Harold Irby, Personal Trainer | Lifestyle and Health | Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Watch a documentary about people who lift weights and you’ll likely be watching some of the world’s elite body builders hone their physique to abnormal largeness. …
Why Sweet Potatoes are a Healthy, Delicious Option
by VERGE Staff | Food and Health | Saturday, January 2, 2016
Unlike many vegetables with a peak season that comes and goes, sweet potatoes can be found at your local grocery store year round with a consistent quality and freshness. Because they are available fresh, canned or frozen, sweet potatoes offer the ultimate flexibility for healthy and delicious menu options at any meal.
Add "Exercise" to Your List of Favorite Things
by Harold Irby, Personal Trainer | Lifestyle and Health | Thursday, October 1, 2015
We all have a list of our favorite things. It may or may not be written down anywhere, but you essentially know the things that make you happy. The list includes your favorite foods, music, TV shows, movies and even people in your life that you can't get enough of. …
Race Matters When it Comes to Prostate Cancer
by VERGE Staff | Health | Wednesday, September 16, 2015
September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and all men are encouraged to get tested. According to researchers, prostate cancer is one of the leading causes of death among men. In fact, other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer among American men.
Pistachios Recognized for their Role in Weight Management, Heart Health, Blood Pressure Control, Antioxidant Support and Eye Health
by VERGE Staff | Food and Health | Wednesday, August 19, 2015
According to a scientific review of several clinical studies, eating pistachio nuts does not contribute to weight gain or an increased body mass index (which is a measure of body fat based on height and weight) when included in a balanced diet. …
12 Healthy Reasons To Take A Cruise Vacation
by VERGE Staff | Lifestyle and Health | Monday, August 10, 2015
According to a recent study, cruise travelers rank an ocean cruise as the best overall vacation experience.¹ In addition to being fun, a cruise vacation provides a number of health benefits which are supported by third party research.
This Quinoa, Shrimp and Mango Salad is Low-Cal, Nutrient Dense and Might Even Reduce Cancer Risk
by VERGE Staff | Food and Health | Friday, July 10, 2015
Did you know that approximately one third to one half of all cancers are preventable? That's why Jason's Deli and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center recently expanded their healthy alliance by introducing a new, nutrient-rich Quinoa [pronounced KEEN-wah], Shrimp & Mango Salad as part of the “Strike Through Cancer” campaign to raise money for cancer research and prevention.
The Truth About 10-Minute Workouts
by Harold Irby, Personal Trainer | Health and Fitness | Monday, June 29, 2015
Some of the latest trends in fitness are leaning toward the ‘shorter is better’ philosophy…but do dramatically shortened workouts really get the job done?
No one can deny that the days of spending hours running, biking or doing any other number of slow, cardio-based exercise sessions (Jazzercise anyone?) …
Fun Ways to Spring Clean Your Body
by VERGE Staff | Food and Health | Monday, April 20, 2015
Looking for fun ways to spring clean your diet with broccoli? Consider the following recipes:
The Massaged BroccoLeaf Salad
The Skin-renewing Smoothie
The Broccoli Wrap & Roll
Your Workout Plan for Sculpted Abs
by Harold Irby, Personal Trainer | Health and Fitness | Monday, March 16, 2015
You're tired of the beer belly.
You want your love handles gone.
You dream of what it would be like to have a six pack…
On top of being less than attractive, excess belly fat increases your risk of diabetes and heart disease. …
Try These Healthy Recipes This Weekend
by Harold Irby, Personal Trainer | Food and Health | Saturday, March 7, 2015
Tropical Salad with Teriyaki Chicken
This salad is fun and full of flavor, made with nutrient-packed microgreens, sweet mango, tender teriyaki chicken and guilt-free onion rings. …
How to Avoid "The Snack Trap"
by Harold Irby, Personal Trainer | Health and Fitness | Thursday, January 15, 2015
We've all heard that snacking is great for the metabolism...but have you taken it too far? In other words, your excessive snacking may be killing your fitness results. …
Five Tips for Sticking to Your Weight Loss New Year's Resolution
by VERGE Staff | Lifestyle and Health | Thursday, January 1, 2015
A November 2014 Gallup Poll revealed that out of 51% of Americans desiring to lose weight (in general), only 26% are actually trying. Yet, weight loss goals are still among the top New Year’s resolutions for many Americans wanting to make a positive change in their lives for 2015. …
(Getting Back On Track)
Five Healthy Steps to Recovering From Your Crazy Weekend by Harold Irby, Personal Trainer | Health and Fitness | Monday, November 10, 2014
You know how it feels to wake up on Monday morning after a weekend of less-than-healthy eating…Your body is puffy and bloated. …
The Truth About Portion Sizes (Shocking!)
by Harold Irby, Personal Trainer | Lifestyle and Health | Monday, October 6, 2014
Should we eat everything on our plates? It’s no secret that people are gaining more weight today than ever before. Waistlines have expanded over the last forty years and studies show that portion sizes have grown as well. …
Transform Your Child's Diet into Something More Healthy and Nutritious
by Harold Irby, Personal Trainer | Lifestyle and Health | Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Every parent wants good things for their children: a positive outlook on life, a healthy respect for authority, a strong sense of self, a disease-free body...a healthy body weight. …
Nine Reasons to Build Muscle and Gain Strength
by Harold Irby, Personal Trainer | Health and Fitness | Monday, August 4, 2014
Talk to 10 people and you'll get 10 different opinions on the best way to get fit. One will tell you to attend an aerobics class. Another will swear by jogging. …
Seven Steps to Eating Guilt-Free Desserts
by Harold Irby, Personal Trainer | Lifestyle and Health | Monday, July 28, 2014
Desserts are a delicious and fun part of life that most of us enjoy. That is until you start working towards a fat loss goal. Then dessert becomes the enemy that pops up at birthday parties and get-togethers in the form of cake, cookies, cupcakes and candy, tempting you to give in. …
New Research Explores How Avocado Can Help You Live Healthier
by VERGE Staff | Food and Health | Monday, July 14, 2014
According to new research published in The Journal of Nutrition, consuming a whole fresh avocado with either an orange-colored tomato sauce or raw carrots significantly enhanced provitamin A carotenoid (alpha- and beta-carotene) absorption and conversion of these carotenoids to an active form of vitamin A.
Five Exercise Myths That Keep You Overweight
by Harold Irby, Personal Trainer | Health and Fitness | Wednesday, June 4, 2014
There are plenty of misconceptions about exercise in the world, some of which may be holding you back from your best body. Do the following five exercise myths sound familiar? …
Don't Confuse Being "Active" with Being "Fit"
by Harold Irby, Personal Trainer | Lifestyle and Health | Friday, March 21, 2014
When it comes to excuses for not exercising, I’ve heard it all...
Sometimes the excuse is self-inflicted:
I don’t have the time.
Other times the excuse is just pure procrastination:…
Five Lifestyle Mistakes to Stop Making Now
by Harold Irby, Personal Trainer | Lifestyle and Health | Monday, February 17, 2014
First, if you’re looking for an easier way to lose fat, avoid starving yourself, counting calories, or eliminating your favorite food groups. These extreme techniques will only burn you out and leave you more frustrated than ever. …
The California Sweetpotato Latte -- A Dairy Sweet Healthy Resolution
by VERGE Staff | Food and Health | Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Every new year, resolutions come and go, especially those tied to adopting a healthier lifestyle. According to a recent report, only eight percent of people keep their resolutions each year and most are broken within the first few weeks of January 1. …
Make 'Clean Eating' a Way of Life
By Harold Irby, Personal Trainer | Lifestyle and Health | Monday, January 6, 2014
By now you are probably aware that the term "eat clean" has nothing to do with washing your food and has everything to do with eating clean foods with the proper calorie intake, which promotes fat loss. …