One of the most difficult and painful aspects of the current SARS-CoV-2 (coronavirus or COVID-19) pandemic is having to accept that individually as well as a society, we could have done so much more to reduce the impact of this virus. Admittedly, our lifestyles have contributed to the underlying health conditions that greatly increase the risk of developing complications or even dying from this virus.
After learning more about pickleball and its benefits, I can tell you that I am ready to join the ranks of the more than 3.3 million “picklers,” the overwhelming majority of whom are over 55, in the United States.
Perhaps what many people overlook are the mental benefits of cycling. There is credible evidence which suggests that cycling may sharpen your thinking and improve your mood.
Like many people, your New Year’s resolution may be to exercise more. It’s great if your motivation stems from wanting to lose a few pounds and look good in your swimsuit or what have you, but I think it can be even more motivating and empowering if you are aware of what exercise may do for your health.
If you’re like most people, your New Year’s resolution includes something along the lines of exercising more or starting an exercise regimen if you’re not someone who is normally physically active.
Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men, according to the American Cancer Society. The Society estimates that in 2019 there will have been 174,650 new cases of prostate cancer and 31,620 deaths from prostate cancer. Furthermore, about one out of nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.
As kids, we were “potty trained” and had training wheels put on our bikes. Now, we may train at the gym or undergo training for a new job. Some expectant mothers train for birth by taking a Lamaze class. We do all of this in order to prepare and achieve the best outcome possible.
The beauty of the Internet is that we have access to all sorts of information, including information about health-related issues. The problem is that sometimes people do not always get their information from credible sources. As a result, misinformation can result.
Now that we are in full blown holiday mode and the new year is quickly approaching, overindulgence in unhealthy foods and maybe adult beverages is likely taking hold. We tell ourselves that we’ll “get back on the wagon” in the new year, but why wait? Or at the very least start incorporating some simple healthy habits right now.
How many hours would you say you work per week? And then if you have a desk job or a job that involves hours of sitting (such as trucking), as many Americans do, how many hours do you sit per week? Don’t forget to include that time spent on the couch watching your favorite TV shows! Or how many hours you sit per week due to your job commute.
Many of us boomer women are aware that carrying around excess weight puts us at increased risk for diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular diseases, joint damage and falls. And these risks may be enough motivation for us to manage our weight through healthy eating and exercising.
Celebrity trainer and fitness guru Jillian Michaels said you should always eat something before working out. I happen to agree with her. I wrote a blog about how we need micronutrients, including iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc and vitamins C and E (just to name a few), in order to fuel our bodies for physical fitness. And, of course, let’s not forget the importance of macronutrients.
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