Healthy Behaviors

Daily Naps May Be Health Warning

Everyone needs the occasionally nap, but older adults who nap daily were at greater risk of dying during a 13-year study period — with those who napped longest at the highest risk — researchers say. Fox News reported April 22 that daily nappers ages 40-79 were especially at risk of dying from respiratory illnesses. Individuals […]

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Childhood Obesity Linked with Weight Gain in Pregnancy

Women who gain too much (or too little) weight while pregnant are much more likely to have obese children, the New York Times reported April 17. Compared to women whose weight gain fell within accepted clinical guidelines, mothers whose weight increased excessively during pregnancy were 46 percent more likely to have overweight or obese children, […]

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Should You Always Cool Down After Exercise?

Conventional wisdom says you should cool down after a workout — even most fitness machines are programmed that way. But is a cool down really necessary? The New York Times reported April 18 that the theory behind the cool down is that it helps get ride of lactic acid buildup in the muscles. However, research […]

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Activity Trackers and the 24/7 Personal Trainer

Some gyms and personal trainers are taking technology to the next level by tracking your exercise activities as recorded by fitness devices like FitBit, the New York Times reported April 17. It used to be that trainers could only control what clients did in the gym. But for those who need more hand-holding/scolding about their […]

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Healthier Skin Among the Benefits of Exercise

The secret to beautiful skin may not come from a cosmetics bottle but rather from sweaty exercise, the New York Times reported April 16. The outer layer of your skin gets dryer, denser and flakier as you age, while the layer of skin below that becomes thinner. The result is wrinkles, ┬ábut exercise not only […]

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Peas, Beans are Cholesterol Cutters

Try peas and beans rather than pork and beans if you want to lower your levels of “bad” cholesterol. The New York Times reported April 14 that eating 4.5 ounces of cooked legumes daily can reduce your levels of LDL cholesterol by 5 percent, according to researchers. If everyone did so, heart attacks and other […]

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Kitchen Essentials for Healthy Cooking

Eating better isn’t all about willpower and ingredients — you also need the right tools. Fox News reported April 15 on the portion-controlling, calorie-saving items you need in your kitchen, including: non-stick pans, which allow you to use less cooking oil measuring cups measuring spoons a scale for weighing portions of food a spritzer bottle […]

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To Juice, or Not to Juice?

Juicing can be an important part of a healthy diet, but it’s not a magic cure or a “detox” for your body, CNN reported April 11. There are lots of good things about blending fruits and vegetables into beverage form: The fruit can mask the taste of healthy food that you nonetheless dislike. You can […]

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The Challenge of Avoiding Meat on the Road

In a country full of roadside burger joints it’s hard enough to get a healthy meal when you travel, never mind one that doesn’t include some kind of meat. The Examiner reported April 15 on a few useful strategies for vegetarian dining when you’re away from home, including: seeking out Italian restaurants, where pasta dishes […]

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Finding Exercise in Unexpected Places

When you think of exercise, does your mind automatically turn — perhaps with dread — to a sweaty hour in a gym? As Upwave reports April 10, there are other ways to get a workout without ever stepping on a treadmill or lifting a weight, such as: sitting on a stability ball at your desk […]

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