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Tuesday, 07 July 2015 22:44

Diet or Exercise Revisited

There seems to be a never-ending controversy over which is better for weight loss, dieting or exercise? Some of the confusion comes from a lack of understanding about what diet and exercise do for our bodies.

Published in Blog

Would you rather be off some of your current cardiovascular medications for cholesterol and high blood pressure? Well here's a way to possibly speed that process up. A large research study was done to determine how well exercise measured up with medication as treatment for coronary heart disease and stroke. The British Medical Journal reviewed 305 different studies with more than 340,000 people.

Published in Nutrition

On Tuesday, 17 December 2013 I wrote a blog about calories called "So This is What 100 Calories Look Like" where I posted images of foods that total 100 calories for each food item in order to give a solid visual of common food and how they measure up calorie-wise to help us all make wise choices when putting our daily menus together. Today I thought I'd match that up with some basic exercise routines that burn 100 calories. Armed with the knowledge of what we consume, we now can put that together with how we can work that off.

Published in Blog

Contrary to what you may think about athletes being in great physical shape they can actually have a high risk of developing heart disease and diabetes just like as an overweight and unfit person.

Published in Nutrition

The US department of Health and Human Resources in its 'Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans' (2008) recommended kids aged 12-15 years must have at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily. The recommendations were adopted by both Michelle Obama's Let's Move! Initiative and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Published in Obesity
Saturday, 08 February 2014 11:42

Exercise and Weight Loss - Fitness

If you are obese and want to lose weight*, how does physical activity fit in to your plan? How do exercise, weight loss and nutrition relate to a healthy lifestyle?

Published in Blog
Friday, 07 February 2014 11:42

Physical Activity - The Wonder Drug

Physical activities are everyday activities that get your body moving such as gardening, walking the dog and taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Technically speaking, physical activity can be broadly defined as body movement that is produced by skeletal muscles and expends energy. When discussing the health benefits, it is advisable to divide physical activity into two categories: Baseline physical activity that refers to light daily activities such as standing walking slowly and lifting light weight objects. Health enhancing physical activity is the activity that when added to baseline activity produces important health benefits.

Published in Obesity

The old year is winding down. We're preparing for a new year. This is a time of year when many dieters will fall off the wagon because of tempting holiday treats. Dieters commit (or recommit) themselves to losing weight in January. It's also a time for new fad diets and plain old misinformation. One of the biggest sources of confusion is the discussion about exercise and weight loss. So let's look at the facts.

Published in Blog
Sunday, 28 July 2013 09:22

No Time To Exercise?

"I don't have time to exercise" is an ongoing mantra for not exercising. So here's the solution if you just can manage to etch out a mere 20 minutes, 3 times a week. It's basically sprint interval training exercises, commonly called HIIT (high intensity interval training) today. Some may remember it from high school or football training, it just didn't have the fancy name.

Published in Nutrition
Monday, 25 March 2013 16:26

Just Move More!

You may have heard that small bursts of physical activity adding up to 30 minutes throughout the day, like mowing the lawn, and of course the infamous taking the stairs instead of the elevator, count as exercise just like going to the gym, especially if the activities during the day add up to about 30 minutes.  All you do is simply plan on working these and other similar things into your daily lifestyle. In other words, just move more!

The American Journal of Health Promotion states that this is beneficial in improving numerous health conditions including high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. This was all based on a study with over 6,000 people, ages 18 through 85 and part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey between 2003 and 2006.

Do you need some other easy ideas to get going? Here are some other things you can do:

  • Pace while you are talking on the phone.
  • Walk around the block when you come home from an errand.
  • Rake the leaves in your yard and/or pull a few weeds.
  • Take your children for a walk (instead of watching TV) or just go outside and "play" with them like a kid.
  • Suggest a business meeting while walking.
  • Take a walk while waiting for a doctor's appointment.
  • Take a walk while you wait for your kids at a sports or dance practice.

Make your list from your own personal lifestyle activities, especially for those times when you are forced to wait for something or someone. The idea is just to find a few activities that you can do that take 10 minutes every day. What things need to be done around the house? What errands do you do regularly that you can work some activity into? Readers what ideas can you offer?

Published in Nutrition
*Disclaimer: Results are typical but not guaranteed. Your actual results may vary. Real CalMWM patients shown with permission.

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