28 Apr

How Even Moderate Exercise Can Improve Your Health

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I recently wrote the article “Forget the diet. Just eat right!” In that article I discussed ways to lose weight by just changing a few simple things in your eating habits. Eating healthy should be a lifestyle, not a diet.

I will now discuss ways to stay healthy by adding activity to your life. You do not have to work out at the gym everyday of the week for two hours at a time to keep your body healthy. There are simple steps you can take to improve the quality of your health.

 

Exercising daily will:

•Help Decrease the Chance of Heart Disease
•Improve Mood
•Improve your Immune System
•Improve Circulation and Metabolism
•Reduce Pain
•Help with Weight Loss
•Improve Mental Health as well as Confidence
•Improve Strength and Flexibility

There are two main types of exercises you should make part of your weekly routine. One is Endurance and the other Strength. Going to the gym is of course is an option, but I will show you other ways to incorporate these exercises into your life.

According to The American Heart Association, adults aged 18-65 should get a minimum of 30 minutes a day of moderate to intense activity 5 days a week, which can be broken into 10 minute increments if you desire. You should also add about 20 minutes per day, 3 days a week of strength training.

 

Below are examples of the type of exercises you can do for your Cardio/Endurance training:

•Bike riding – If you have children, take a nice bike ride for a half an hour. Or find a nice bike trail where you will enjoy the view.
•Brisk Walking – After dinner go walking for 30 minutes.
•Swimming – If you do not own a pool, usually your local YMCA has a pool, or a lot of times you can find a community pool in your neighborhood.
•Dancing – You do not have to go to a club to go dancing, turn on the music and dance as you clean or do choirs.
•Jogging – If you have a dog, take him for a run or get a friend to go to the park and run a couple of laps.
•House Hold Chores like – Raking leaves or Gardening
•Walking up Stairs – If you often go places which have elevators, take the stairs instead.
•Sports – You can go out side with the kids and play tag or soccer. Or you can have a bunch of friends over for a fun game of Volleyball a couple of nights per week.
•Aerobics – There are a million aerobic shows on TV. Just turn one on and start doing it. Do not worry too much if you are doing the moves incorrectly. The main goal is to get your heart pumping, so as long as you feel your heartbeat rising, you are achieving your goal.

If you find you need motivation, asking a friend to join you or participating in a group activity might solve the problem. If you are having fun, you are more likely to keep the routine.

 

How to know if you are doing enough?

If you are going for moderate exercise then you should be able to feel a raise in your heartbeat and breathing rate. You should be sweating a little, but still be able to have a conversation with no problem.

If you are going for intense exercise then your breathing should be rapid, and you should only be able to speak in short phrases. You are most likely sweating and you should feel a higher increase in your heart rate and breathing.

If you are not able to talk at all, and feel your heart is pumping to fast, then you should stop. You do not want to over do it. You can increase or decrease your workout to fit your needs. For example, if you want to jog then jog, but to increase the intensity of the workout run instead. If you are running and feel dizzy, out of breath and like your heart is beating out of your chest, stop. You might be going to fast for your body.

 

Strength training:
Strength training helps with building muscle and preventing muscle loss as well as preventing bone loss. Your strength training should use all of your major muscle groups. There are a number of ways you can get your strength training. Remember you only need to do this two days a week. Like anything though, the more you do it, the better results you will get.

•Using free weights, dumb bells or weight machines.
•You can purchase a resistance band. They are not expensive at all.
•Add wrist or ankle weights to your endurance activity.
•You can fill empty bottles with sand or water and use those as weights to save money.
•Do sit ups, pull-ups or push-ups.
•Do squats, lunges, leg raises or crunches.

For best results you should do at lease 10 strength training exercises and do 8 to 12 repetitions of each.

You should always check with your doctor before starting any physical activity. If at any point you feel you are over doing, stop, relax and slow down. I know that we are busy with our lives and might not have time to hit the gym, or maybe we just do not like going to the gym. But setting up a plan that is fun and easy for you will result in improving your health.

These are basic exercises and ideas I have created to get you on the road to becoming a healthier you. The more time and the higher the intensity of your workout the more results you will see. Make a plan and set a goal.

 

Remember to start slow. If you have not had a lot of physical activity recently you may need to start off with less and work your way up. Soon it will become a habit and you will not even think of it as exercise. Activity and healthy eating go hand in hand. For best results, you need to do both. Remember that the goal is to get you healthy. Take your time and try to be consistent. You will find that with time, you will be able to increase your activities and recognize a real difference in the way you feel.

Jennifer Maldonado

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American Heart Association

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24 Apr

3 Tips to Improve Your Health

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Everyone wants to be as healthy as possible. Yet many of us simply don’t know how to be healthy and we believe it would be too difficult and take too long. Well, getting healthier isn’t that hard at all. Here are 3 tips to improve your health today.

Walk More

Many of us don’t have the time or the money to go to a gym. So we don’t exercise like we should. But an easy way to exercise more is by simply walking more.

When possible, instead of driving a short distance to the store, to work, to eat, or for any other reasons, go ahead and walk. If it’s too far to walk then drive but park farther away. If you park 100 yards from your work then you’ll walk over an extra mile every two weeks. You should also go for a walk every evening or every morning. Along with helping you physically, it will also help lower your stress level and will therefore help you mentally and emotionally.

Drink More Water

With all the drinks on the market today, people are drinking less and less water. This isn’t good. People need water in order to be healthy. There are a couple reasons for this.

Some say you should drink at least 8 cups of water a day, but not everyone agrees that this is true. But what certainly is true is that if you drink water than you are drinking any of the fattening drinks like soda, punch, etc. And what’s also true is that people sometimes think they’re hungry so they eat but really they are thirsty.

So make sure you drink plenty of water every day. This will improve your health.

Eat Healthy Snacks

Snacks are often the true cause for people being overweight and unhealthy. So if you must snack, make sure you’re snacking on healthy foods like vegetables and fruit. Don’t even buy unhealthy snacks. If you shop smart and never bring the bad snacks into your house then you’ll never be tempted to eat them in the first place.

One of the leading causes of people being unhealthy is the fact that they are overweight and out of shape. 3 tips to improve your health today is to walk more, drink more water, and eat healthy snacks.

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22 Apr

How To Improve Your Health In 14 Days: Small Changes For Maximum Health & Weight Loss

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Many Americans include health improvement in their New Year’s Resolutions. But real life intrudes, and we find ourselves facing the fact that our plans for reshaping our lives and health were a bit too much to manage in the face of the rest of our busy lives. However, small changes can be as effective as large ones – much less intimidating – and result in long-term improvements in your health.

Here are two week’s worth of small changes and activities that can improve your health. While these are written with people in an office in mind, they can be adapted to outdoor work or full-time parenting.

Day 1: Identify your Junk-Food-Hour. Put an index card in wallet or purse. Keep track of times at which you’re most likely to hit the candy machine or potato chip stash, that one thing that frustrates your good eating habits. For many of us, it’s mid-afternoon, though it may be at 1 a.m.! Track yourself for a week.

Day 2: Have a Green Day. Whether you buy lunch out or make it, see if you can include a green veggie each day. If you’ve got kids, they can have fun picking out new green food (nope, green gelatin doesn’t count!)

Day 3: Exercise Nibble. Take five minutes of your lunch break to walk. Walk two and a half minutes towards any place (up the street? up the stairs?) and then take the other two and a half minutes getting back. Got kids? Make it a small family ritual and start their good habits early!

Day 4: Sneaky Exercise. Sneak in exercise while you watch TV! Every time there’s a commercial, stand up and march in place until the commercial’s over. If you only watch public TV? Pick a word that characters or announcers are likely to say and march in place for two minutes.

Day 5: Start the Smoke-Out. If you smoke, pick up your phone, today, and make an appointment with your healthcare provider to set up a quitting plan. Alternatively, call the National Quitline at 1-800-784-8669, or check out the webpage put out by the Surgeon General ([http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/tobacco/conspack.html]) for the booklet “You can quit smoking” in both English and Spanish.

Day 6: De-stress the Drive. At each red light or stop sign, take a slow deep breath, counting to five as you inhale, count to five as you exhale. This simple habit makes sure you’ve really stopped at a “STOP” sign , and reducing your stress can keep you focused to prevent an accident.

Day 7: Junk Food Begone! Use your index-card record to figure out when you’re most vulnerable to a junk-food attack. Put some healthy alternatives (depending on your nutritional needs, this may be whole wheat crackers, dried fruit, nuts) in a bag at your desk or in your purse. Five minutes before your tough time, check to make sure that you’re hungry. If you’re just bored, take a short walk (even up the stairs, wash your face, or reapply lipstick). If you’re hungry and losing energy, make use of the stash of healthy food you’ve created.

Day 8: Check the Pressure. Stop at the drug store and use the automated blood pressure machine. High? Time to see your healthcare provider. Low? Check back each month.

Day 9: Life-Saving Self-Exam. For women of all ages: Pick a date and circle it on your calendar in pink. Repeat for the rest of the year. If you menstruate, make sure the dates are unlikely to coincide with PMS. Each “pink” day, do a self-breast exam. Don’t know how? Go to [http://www.bigbam.org] to download a “how-to” card.

Day 10: Medication Weed-Out. Set a timer for 30 minutes and tackle the bathroom cupboards. Medication that are expired? Vitamins that have been sitting there for years? Get rid of them. Make sure that you don’t flush these medications; your pharmacy or sanitation company can help you discard these items safely. If it takes more than 30 minutes, repeat on Day 11.

Day 12:. “Sleep hygiene.” Cleaning up your sleep habits to reduce interrupted or difficult sleep. Things that can help you sleep well: cutting down alcohol or caffeine before bed, not watching TV or looking at the computer for a half hour before bed (the bright light in your eyes can trigger wakefulness)

Day 13: Measure Me! If you’re engaged in weight loss, put a tape measure by the scale. Waist measurements are a good indicator that exercise and diet are improving your health (below 35 inches is associated with lower heart-disease risk).

Day 14: Housework Works. Pick one physical chore that you pay someone to do – mowing the lawn, raking the yard, vacuuming. Do it yourself, and stash the cash. Reward yourself with a healthy, stress-reducing, or “don’t I look great!” treat.

They seem like small steps, but small steps can add up to a marathon of good health!

Gaesser, G.A. Multiple Short-Bouts of Exercise: Fitness Alternative for Those Who “Don’t Have Time For Exercise.” (Continuing Professional Education article) SCAN’s Pulse (Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutritionists),Volume 20, issue 3-4, 2001.

Proper, K.I. Effect of individual counseling on physical activity fitness and health: a randomized controlled trial in a workplace setting. Am J Prev Med – 01-APR-2003; 24(3): 218-26

USDA, 2005 Dietary Guidelines “Dietary Guidelines for Americans: Nutrition and your Health”

Ian Mason, owner of Shoppe.MD, your source for Online Prescription Medications and health news.

Ian studies health, weight loss, exercise, and several martial arts; maintaining several websites in an effort to help provide up-to-date and helpful information for other who share his interests in health of body and mind.

Contact Ian Mason by e-mail at ian@shoppe.md.

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