Monday, August 25, 2014

Don't Make Exercise So Hard



Research published recently in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine showed that the harder people exercise, the less pleasure they feel during the exercise and the less likely they'll be to exercise routinely.  According to one of the authors of the study, "Evidence shows that feeling worse during exercise translates to doing less exercise in the future."
Obvious, right?  We tend to do things we find pleasurable and avoid things we find painful.  If you want to stay committed to a long term exercise program, don't make it so hard.


Monday, August 11, 2014

Strengthen And Balance Your Core


Total body exercises rely on your abs, hips, and back muscles, but when you're unstable you use less weight, which means your muscles don't work as much.
Balance means strength.  There's an extensive network of small stabilizing muscles in your hips, knees, ankles, and core.  Develop these and you develop a stronger foundation for larger muscles, which can generate more strength.
According to a report published in Medicine & Science in Sports Exercise, volunteers who did Pilates twice a week for nine months increased their lean abdominal muscle by 21%.
For a stronger midsection and more power, incorporate classic Pilates moves into your workout twice a week. 


 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

                "One day,
              you are going
                to wake up
                        and notice
                 that you
                  should
                have tried."    

                                ~Anonymous       

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Watch out for that gleaming stethoscope around your doctor's neck. The diaphragm (the round part that touches your skin) was found in a new study to be a hot spot for MRSA (staph), the dreaded drug-resistant bacteria people pick up in hospitals.  
There are no MD guidelines for disinfecting scopes between patients.  You would be well within reason to suggest a wipe-down before your checkup begins.

Source: Mayo Clinic Proceedings
Quoted from Prevention Magazine

Thursday, July 24, 2014

5 Health Numbers You Should Know

"There are five numbers that strongly correlate with
aging, heart disease, stroke, memory loss, and
sexual health," says Michael Roizen, MD, chief
wellness officer at Cleveland Clinic.

1. Blood Pressure--Ideal number: 115/75
"Blood pressure at this level lowers your risk
of disability and premature death--plus
it can help keep you feeling and looking younger."

2. Cholesterol--Ideal numbers: 
LDL (bad) cholesterol under 100
HDL (good) over 50 
"Cholesterol at these levels is associated with
healthy, youthful arteries."

3. C-Reactive Protein--Ideal number: less than 1
CRP rises when you have inflammation somewhere in your body--and chronic inflammation can mean trouble.
A CRP reading below 1 will keep you at low risk 
of arthritis, heart disease, and stroke.

4. HBA1c--Ideal number: 5.6 or lower
This test measures how much sugar is attached to your
hemoglobin, an oxygen-carrying protein in the blood.
The higher the number, the worse your blood sugar
control and the more likely you are to develop
diabetes or other problems.

5. Waist Circumference--Ideal number: 
Half (or less) of your height in inches
Wrap a tape measure around your middle at your 
belly button, and then suck in and measure.

Quoted from:  Prevention Magazine

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

When American adults were asked,
"if you could stop time and live forever 
in good health at a particular age,
at what age would you like to live?"
Most of them said:
 
       

Source: Harris Interactive

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