Category Archives: Health

Some beards found to have bacteria found in feces

Beard Facial HairI don’t know if this will change people’s perceptions of beards. It certainly makes me think that all the bearded guys I know who are manic about using hand sanitizers may have a bit of a melt down if they read this news report:

A shocking new study has warned that facial hair could be dirtier than a toilet bowl.  According to a group of microbiologists in New Mexico, the rancid bacteria that beards collect could be putting owners’ health at risk. Microbiologist John Golobic, of Quest Diagnostics, swabbed a number of beards searching for bacteria for the study and found that some of the bacteria “are the kind of things that you find in feces.”  

“I’m usually not surprised, and I was surprised by this,” he said. “There would be a degree of uncleanliness that would be somewhat disturbing.” Apparently the key to a poo-free beard is to make sure you wash your hands regularly and avoid playing with and twirling the hair.

“Try to keep your hands away from your face, as much as possible,” Golobic added.

Fenway Health HIV study Stronger Together is looking for gay couples

HIV, Fenway Health Study, Stronger TogetherI’m re-posting this to help raise awareness and to hopefully encourage a few of you to participate in a national study Fenway Health is participating that follows 400 gay couples in Atlanta, Boston and Chicago.

The project, Stronger Together, is focused on encouraging male-male couples to get tested for HIV together and to engage in HIV treatment as a couple.  HIV is a difficult issue to talk about with anyone, especially a partner, and that is the real issue around all of this ongoing problem: lack of communication.  If you would like to help be part of the solution, Fenway Health would like to hear from you.

If you would like to learn more about this study, visit the Fenway Health website Stronger Together.

Please share and help spread the word in Atlanta, Boston and Chicago.

Fenway Health HIV study Stronger Together is looking for gay couples

Fenway Health, HIV, AIDSFenway Health is participating in a national study that will follow 400 gay couples in Atlanta, Boston and Chicago.  The project, Stronger Together, is focused on encouraging male-male couples to get tested for HIV together and to engage in HIV treatment as a couple.  HIV is a difficult issue to talk about with anyone, especially a partner, and that is the real issue around all of this ongoing problem: lack of communication.  If you would like to help be part of the solution, Fenway Health would like to hear from you.

If you would like to learn more about this study, visit the Fenway Health website Stronger Together.

Please share and help spread the word in Atlanta, Boston and Chicago.

I’m playing SuperBetter

SuperBetter, BosGuyOn a recent TED Radio Hour podcast I was listening to the importance of “play”. In particular I was taken by Jane McGonigal’s portion of the podcast where she explained how she invented a game that she renamed later to “SuperBetter” to help her through a particularly difficult time in her life. SuperBetterDesigned and backed by science, SuperBetter helps individuals build personal resilience: the ability to stay strong, motivated and optimistic even in the face of difficult challenges.  You can learn more about SuperBetter here. While many have used this game to help them have a more positive outlook on life, deal with stress, lose weight, etc… I opted to try this for a 10-week period just for the sake of playing a game that is intended to help us be better.  I’ve added weekly tasks like making sure I get up and spend at least 10 minutes outside or otherwise active and making time to reach out to friends I’ve not talked to recently.

Who knows where this will take me but I love the idea of turning goals into games and intentionally injecting humor and fun in my routine.  I’m a pretty happy guy to begin with but with scientific evidence showing that playing SuperBetter will naturally increase my dopamine levels makes me more than just curious.

SuperBetter

Realm health and fitness tips from Kyle

Hitting the gymHiring a Personal Trainer

If you have been contemplating hiring a personal trainer to help you stay on track with your personal fitness or to help you get to the next level of fitness you want to make certain you are hiring someone that will be a good fit for you.  Here are a couple things to keep in mind when meeting this person.

  1. Personality When first meeting with your potential trainer, make sure that you genuinely like the person. You will be spending a lot of time with them over the course of your sessions.  Be certain that you can hold a conversation with them and you have good rapport.
  2. Strive to learn A good trainer should have a lot to talk about in the first session. Every movement should be justified and your trainer should have an easy answer to any “why?” if you were to question their exercise choice. Don’t be afraid to ask “WHY” , if the trainer says “because I said so” that is your cue to move on!
  3. Listen to your trainer Be sure to take your trainers advice, mainly because YOU ARE PAYING FOR IT. Get your money’s worth and fully commit see results and make your trainer proud! If you don’t intend on following his/ her advice this may be clue that you are not ready to fully  commit.

Kyle at Realm Fitness

Kyle is a nationally certified personal trainer, certified nutritionist, and lifestyle motivator out of Los Angeles, CA. He has been training for 5 years and has experience working with top-tier celebrity and executive clientele. When he’s not in the gym, Kyle is reading philosophy or writing poetry.

Realm health and fitness tips from Kyle

The 4 Promises: It is the start of the New Year and while the gyms may be overflowing with those who have made resolutions I want to encourage you to consider making these four promises:

  1. I will spend at least 4 hours in the gym every week.
  2. I will eat whole foods and have only ONE cheat day a week.
  3. I will drink 8 cups of water a day.
  4. I will get 7-8 hours of sleep a night.

Print this off and post it at your desk, on your refrigerator and set it up as a daily reminder on your phone or work calendar so you are reminded of these promises. Better yet, have your significant other or good friend join you so you can encourage each other and best of luck to you this year.

Kyle at Realm FitnessKyle is a nationally certified personal trainer, certified nutritionist, and lifestyle motivator out of Los Angeles, CA. He has been training for 5 years and has experience working with top-tier celebrity and executive clientele. When he’s not in the gym, Kyle is reading philosophy or writing poetry.

Realm health and fitness tips from Kyle

realm health and fitness tips from kyleCarbs, Fats and Proteins:  Your easy guide to reaching your New Years’ resolutions of losing weight

Carbs from breads, pastas, grains, etc…  If you are trying to lose fat you may want to consider cutting back on these types of foods so they only comprise 10% – 20% of your overall diet.  It is best to eat carbohydrate dense foods after an intense workout.

Fats from eggs, meats, nuts, avocados, beef, fish etc…  This should comprise 20%-40% of your intake and can be eaten through out the day as part of each meal you consume.

Proteins from chicken, beef, fish, pork, yogurt, cheese etc..  These should also be a part of every meal and a good rule of thumb for portion control is to have 2 palm sized portions.

In short, always eat sensibly and ensure you have a protein, a healthy fat, and variety of vegetables with every meal.  This combined with exercise will help you lose weight and be healthy.  

Kyle at Realm FitnessKyle is a nationally certified personal trainer, certified nutritionist, and lifestyle motivator out of Los Angeles, CA. He has been training for 5 years and has experience working with top-tier celebrity and executive clientele. When he’s not in the gym, Kyle is reading philosophy or writing poetry.