Exercise and Fitness

Dr. M’s SPA Newsletter Audiocast Volume 12 Issues 14 and 16

SPA Audiocast Newsletter Volume 12 Letters 14 and 16

In issue 14, we look at carbs and exercise. We take a deep look at how carbohydrates are utilized by our muscle cells and what the science says about optimization.

In issue 16, we discuss hydration and sport. What is optimal for hydration? Is thirst the key signal for hydration? Are sports drinks useful? And more….

Enjoy,

Dr. M

Do’s and Don’ts of Raising Smart/Successful Children (Pedcast)


Looking for ways to increase your children’s chances of success in life?  Look no more. 

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7 Dubious Health Honors American Children Own (Pedcast)

American children are unhealthy on many world standards. Learn more. 

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6 Things Kids Can Do To Avoid Sports Injuries (Updated Pedcast)

Sports are great, but your child can have too much of a good thing. Your child can learn a lot of valuable skills and life lessons on the court or field, but at some point, the physical and mental rigor of sports can be too much, leading to mental and physical fatigue and injury. In this episode of DocSmo.com, Dr Smolen reviews the AAP guidelines for limiting competitive sports and gives you some common sense guidelines of his own. Continue reading

Who Caused the Childhood Obesity Epidemic? (Pedcast)

 

Introduction

I don’t know about you, but I am saddened when I look at many of today’s American children because so many are either overweight or frankly obese. Stop and think about how obesity can fundamentally change a child’s entire childhood. Talk to a very overweight child and you are likely to hear a description of not being chosen to participate in sports with other kids, feeling chronically like a failure, having severe bouts of sadness and guilt, being embarrassed by their bodies, and resenting other children who are normal weight. For many of these overweight children, their childhoods are filled with isolation and shame rather than optimism and joy. Fact: America is now up to 35% of children being overweight, 20% of which are morbidly obese, tripling since 1970! What a tragedy. Continue reading

Are You Raising Free Range Kids? (Pedcast)

 

Introduction

Heard about “Free range parenting”, you know, groups of children, playing outside without adult supervision? Certainly the norm when I was a child and maybe for you too, but not in contemporary America.  Having a schedule heavy with activities is the norm for children today with very little time for unstructured play, especially, unstructured play without adults hovering over the children. Is today’s “Structured” parenting approach best for children or was the more “Free range” version of childhood a better option? Continue reading

New Insights About Obese Children (Pedcast)

 

Introduction

I was lucky enough to be riding my bike on a beautiful fall day recently when my “Biking friends” and I passed a soccer field of one of the private schools in Charlotte. The school was at the top of a hill so we stopped for a moment to rest and watch the kids play on the playground.  Two things immediately struck me as we watched the children– first, the diversity of the racial backgrounds of the kids on that field. I think of the forty or so children out on the field running around, every ethnic group was represented, all playing with one another without any apparent animosity or segregation.  I found that very refreshing and encouraging.  The other thing I noticed was that there was not one child on the field who was overweight–not one!  This is not the norm in America these days where  35% of children are now overweight and 20% are obese. So in today’s pedcast, I thought we might do a thought experiment to see if we can explain why these children seem to be different than the average group of kids in America today; why weren’t there overweight and obese kids on that playground? Continue reading