Posts for tag: exercise
By Editorial Staff
Rise and Shine. With the exception of extra sleep, which is important for health in its own right, few things should beat out exercise first thing in the morning. Don't even consider it part of your To-Do List and you won't be tempted to prioritize something else and push your workout farther down the list. Start the day with exercise and you'll feel invigorated, if for no other reason than knowing you've gotten it done.
The World Is Your Gym. Too many people think that if they don't make it to the gym or hit the open road for a 5-mile run, they can't meet their exercise quota. Pure nonsense; after all, physical activity existed long before fitness clubs and fancy workout equipment did. Walk from work to lunch and back; take your dog for a jog; do push-ups with the kids; there are endless ways to stay active even during the busiest of days.
Two Is Better Than One. You want to go to the gym, but dread that it will consume precious hours of your time? Here's what you can do: Circuit train, which means working out different body parts one after the other with little or no rest. (Many gyms have an equipment "course" set up for this very purpose.) You can also "superset" exercises, combining biceps and triceps routines, for example. It will make for a more productive workout in less time.
Don't Go It Alone. If you're motivated to exercise on your own, great; but if you're one of the millions who struggle to stay the course (whether it's exercise, diet, quitting smoking, etc.), it's not cheating to recruit a little help. Schedule workouts with a friend or office acquaintance, join a walking or running club, or even pay for personal training sessions at your gym (or home, if you can afford it); whatever it takes to ensure exercise stays front and center.
So what's the deal with salt? You know you need some of it, but everywhere you see advertising and headlines telling you to eat less of it. You might have salt cravings but you feel guilty indulging in them because you've heard from everyone, the government to personal trainers to your mother-in-law, that salt is bad for you. The way headlines sound,... Read More
A remarkable study published in the journal Brain, Behavior and Immunity showed that overweight, sedentary adults who were given a daily omega-3 fat supplement realized a lengthening of their DNA telomeres and reduced blood markers of inflammation and free-radical damage compared to subjects given placebo..Read More
I know most of us think that we only have to worry about our immune system during the winter months but a healthy immune system throughout the rest of the year is actually important in helping us ward off infections during the winter months. In fact, we should be boosting our immune system all year round. So, how can we do it in a natural way? Read More
While resting between exercises at the gym recently, a young lifter asked me for a spot on a set of barbell bench presses. The bar was loaded with a moderately heavy amount of weight that at first glance appeared to be too heavy for his frame. He began his set and immediately began bouncing the bar off his chest. As he progressed in reps and began... Read More
Just because summer's here and school is coming to a close, providing hours of free activity time, doesn't mean your kids are out of the woods when it comes to health, specifically weight gain. Sure, during the summer months kids tend to spend more time outside being active, but without the responsibilities and set schedule of school, ample opportunity...Read More
Vitamin C is important in many functions in our body. It helps with wound healing, support of our immune system, and our cardiovascular system, just to name a few of its jobs in our body. It has the effect of helping our mood, helping us heal, helping us with skin health, supporting our immune cells and function, improving healing after trauma or... Read More
It's all parents can do these days to keep their overstimulated, technology-crazed children from spending all day on their smartphones, laptops, tablets and video game consoles. While technology continues to improve our lives in many ways, not the least of which is our ability to access information – a good thing when raising our children, if...Read More
Here's what we know: Smoking is an undeniable health risk, so much so that quitting smoking almost immediately increases your expected lifespan and reduces your risk of developing everything from cancer to cardiovascular disease. We also know that fruits and vegetables are undeniable health boosters, with increased consumption linked to reduced risks of...Read More
As women age, the concern about bone health increases. One of the aging pitfalls many women try to avoid is osteoporosis, which is significant decline in bone mass. Osteoporosis is a serious health concern that should be top priority for many aging women. So, what can women do early on to avoid getting osteoporosis? Here are five tips that can help: Read More
Depression is a significant health issue for several different reasons. First is the impact the symptoms have on people's lives: low mood, low self-esteem, and loss of interest or pleasure in normally enjoyable activities. Evidence also suggests that more than half of all people who commit suicide suffer from some form of short-term or permanent...Read More
When taking a nutritional supplement, how often are you looking for the percentage of B vitamins? Did you know it is critical to get an adequate amount of B vitamins in your diet in order to help your body process energy from the food you eat? Read More
Good news for pet owners, particularly dog owners - you could be avoiding one of the major health issues of modern times - heart disease. Numerous news outlets have been reporting the good news this week that a panel of experts reviewed years of data on the cardiovascular benefits of owning a dog, the conclusion was that pets did indeed played a role in...Read More
Most of us think of our closets when we talk about spring cleaning. But what about our pantry and fridge? Because our diet does drastically change from winter time into the warmer months, cleaning out our pantry and fridge during the spring time is a good habit to pick up. The key things to think about for a fridge and pantry clean up are your health goals. Read More
Many of my patients in my integrative clinic in San Jose, CA come to see me regarding their joint aches and pains. If it's not the joint itself then it's the tendons and soft tissue around the joint that is bothering them. If you think about it, these little joints keep us active and functional. They go through a lot on a daily basis just to keep us up...Read More
We all know eating fish has a number of benefits, but what if we told you it can also help you live longer? That is what many researchers have found after doing numerous studies. According to a new study, eating fish could potentially slash an older person's risk of dying prematurely by more than a quarter, and their risk of dying from heart disease by...Read More
Barbara Loe Fisher has been a diligent advocate for providing parents with the information necessary to make informed decisions regarding the usage of vaccinations for their children. Her lifetime work has paved the way to bring discussion to the safety and efficacy of so many chemicals that have become mainstream in today's pediatric population. With...Read More
You can flaunt your toned arms and legs, defined back and shoulders, and tight chest muscles all day long, but if your abdominal area is flabby, pudgy or otherwise unfit, you're not going to impress anyone – first of all yourself. That's because a toned, tightened, attractive core is just that – the core of what makes people say, "Wow, you're really in...Read More
Incorporating nuts into your diet is essential and diabetes is one thing you are fearful of, then eating one particular kind of nut can help - walnuts. This is especially true for women, according to new research. Eating walnuts may reduce the risk for Type 2 diabetes in women, a large new study concluded. Read More