Category Archives: Health

Are You Allergic to Exercise?

At first, Nancy Clanton thought it was nerves. Or maybe it was the oranges? Whatever the culprit of the bright red welts covering her body after running in a track meet, Clanton – then a junior high student in Long Beach, California – hoped the reaction was a fluke. It wasn’t. The itchy, clustered bumps continued to sprout up regularly Read More

CrossFit’s Founder Seeks to Sour Government’s Soda Stance

CrossFit Inc.’s founder and CEO Greg Glassman has a message for Washington lawmakers: Get soda out of medical research. Propelled by recent evidence that the sugar industry once influenced nutrition guidelines and by apparent ties between Coca-Cola and a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official, Glassman spoke on Capitol Hill Tuesday about how Congress should work to keep soda Read More

6 Little-Known Reasons for Eating (Good) Carbs

In order to perform your best as a runner, you need to eat the right kinds of carbohydrates at the right times. That’s because carbohydrates are the major precursor of muscle glycogen, one of the major sources of “fuel” for running. However, this does not tell the whole glycogen story. Glycogen’s role in our bodies is much more than just Read More

How Much Does Your Metabolism Really Slow Over the Years?

“My metabolism just isn’t what it used to be.” We’ve all said it before – usually as we lament the fact that if we even thought about eating like we did back in high school, ourbellies would jiggle for a week. But how much does your metabolism really slow over the years? And is it enough to explain why you’re Read More

Find Your Starting Point

We want to help you become more active, get the most from your activities, and do them safely. The key is to know your starting point and build slowly from there. Knowing where you are right now will help you pick activities that are realistic for you so that you can be successful. Think about a typical weekday and weekend Read More

Stay Safe

Almost anyone, at any age, can safely do some kind of exercise and physical activity. You can be active even if you have a long-term condition, like heart disease, diabetes, or arthritis. Staying safe while you exercise is always important, whether you’re just starting a new activity or you haven’t been active for a long time. Be sure to review Read More

Learn About Healthy Eating

Being physically active and eating a healthy diet are keys to a healthy lifestyle. But what does “healthy eating” really mean? Healthy eating: Emphasizes vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products. Includes lean meat, poultry, fish, cooked dry beans and peas, eggs, and nuts. Is low in saturated fats, trans fats, salt, and added sugars. Read More

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4 Types of Exercise

Exercise and physical activity fall into four basic categories—endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility. Most people tend to focus on one activity or type of exercise and think they’re doing enough. Each type is different, though. Doing them all will give you more benefits. Mixing it up also helps to reduce boredom and cut your risk of injury. Though we’ve described Read More

Could a very low calorie diet ‘cure’ type 2 diabetes?

“Dieting for just eight weeks can reverse your diabetes,” the Daily Mail reports. A small study of 30 people with type 2 diabetes found eight weeks on a very low calorie diet of around 600 to 700 calories a day, followed by a less radical six-month weight control diet, led to significant improvement in blood glucose levels in 12 people. These findings are Read More

Mindfulness may be effective for treating lower back pain

“Meditation could ease the agony of back pain, a study suggests,” the Daily Mirror reports. A US study compared a technique called mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) with usual care and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for long-term non-specific lower back pain. The term “non-specific” refers to when there are no obvious causes, such as a slipped disc. MBSR is based on yoga Read More