In a world of misinformation, Fitness Pudding is here to separate fact from fallacy, and science from fiction.

Dr. Mark D. Faries is an Associate Professor and State Extension Health Specialist with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Adjunct Associate Professor at Texas A&M University College of Medicine and School of Public Health, as well as a member of the Board of Directors for the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.


Dr. Faries is a health psychologist and exercise physiologist, with expertise in behavioral medicine. His research focuses on medication adherence, when "lifestyle" is the medicine.

Are Setting Goals Good or Bad?

Are Setting Goals Good or Bad?
Most health and fitness behaviors are organized around goals. We set goals for ourselves, and then enact behaviors that will get us to that goal – at least that is what we hope. We have...
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Women, Weight Lifting and Big Muscles

Women, Weight Lifting and Big Muscles
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The #1 reported barrier to weight training by women, is the fear of getting big muscles. This fear is very unfortunate, because (1) it is a fallacy, and (2) it prevents women from enjoying all...
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Jogging as Deadly as Sitting on Couch?

Jogging as Deadly as Sitting on Couch?
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Some recent headlines have some reconsidering going for their next jog! "Too much jogging as bad as no exercise at all." "Fast running is as deadly as sitting on couch, scientists find."  "Stop that binge...
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Does Stretching After a Workout Prevent Soreness?

Does Stretching After a Workout Prevent Soreness?
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Ironically, I am pretty darn sore right now. A leg workout from 2 days ago has made taking the stairs and sitting on the toilet a bit more deliberate! Delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS) has definitely...
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I Can't Get Enough Protein Eating Vegetables

I Can't Get Enough Protein Eating Vegetables
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After being out of town for the past week, I made a trip to the grocery store to replenish food for the house. I made my normal routine pass from the fresh vegetables and fruit,...
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