A study of 1,700 overweight men and women who participated in a six-month weight-loss program found that those who kept daily food records lost twice as much weight as those who kept no records. Participants also exercised, reduced caloric intake and ate low-fat dairy products plus an average of three servings of fruits and vegetables daily. “Keeping a food diary is one of … [Read more...] about Keeping a Food Journal: Will It Really Help You Lose Weight?
More and more women are rediscovering the fun of riding a bike, whether it’s joining a group of friends to ride local trails, taking in a combo spinning/yoga class, or simply zipping around the neighborhood to do errands or enjoy a family outing. (And, hey, reducing your gasoline budget—and your greenhouse gas emissions—doesn’t hurt, either.) Recreational cycling has all kinds … [Read more...] about The Health Benefits of Biking, and How to Get the Most Out of Your Ride
Three times a week, 39-year-old Tracy Cowie climbs the walls—literally. The high-school teacher heads to a local indoor climbing center, buckles on a safety harness that’s attached to a climbing rope, passes the rope to a friend on the ground and starts scaling a 45-foot wall studded with hundreds of multicolored climbing holds. The friend with the rope, called a “belayer,” … [Read more...] about Fitness Trend: Indoor Climbing … Should You Try It?
The average cyclist pedals more than 3,000 times in a one-hour bike ride. But an improperly set-up bike—frame too big, seat too high, handlebars too low—can cause stress and pain in the lower back, neck or knees. Try these tips to make sure your bike is adjusted perfectly for you. Frame On a road bike, you should be able to stand astride the tube (the bar between the … [Read more...] about How to Adjust Your Bicycle for a Better Cycling Workout
“Once I started kicking, I didn’t want to stop!” says Karleen Rhodes, 37. Eleven years ago, the special education assistant signed up her two sons, then six and seven, for tae kwon do lessons. When she saw how much they enjoyed it, she decided to try it out herself. That decision came at the right time for Rhodes, who had struggled with depression for years as a financially … [Read more...] about Fitness Trend: Tae Kwon Do
Ice-skating is easy on the joints because it’s low impact, and it improves your balance and coordination. “You use a lot of small stabilizer muscles that don’t get a workout in day-to-day life, in particular those around your hips, knees and ankles,” says Kristin Kunze, a certified skating coach and coordinator of the skating programs in the faculty of kinesiology at the … [Read more...] about The Fitness Benefits of Ice Skating
Eating well is an important factor in maintaining good health—but for some, it can become an unhealthy obsession. There’s a form of disordered eating called orthorexia, which occurs when a person is excessively preoccupied with eating only foods she or he considers healthy.“A typical orthorexic will not eat anything that isn’t 100 percent organic, and nothing processed or with … [Read more...] about What Is Orthorexia? A New Eating Disorder to Know About
Iron is a workhorse nutrient: It makes your cells work properly, sharpens your concentration and memory, drives your body’s energy supplies, helps form hemoglobin in your red blood cells that carries oxygen to every part of your body, and may even ward off depression. Yet millions of women of reproductive age don’t have enough. “Probably 20 percent of menstruating North … [Read more...] about 5 Surprising Facts About Iron Deficiency That You Really Should Know
Researchers have long touted the physical benefits of walking, such as increased oxygen intake, revved-up circulation, a healthier heart, and calorie burning. But walking can also shed stress and enhance calm energy. “Mindful walking means that you’re living in the moment,” says Laura Farres, a Vancouver sport psychology consultant. So instead of pounding the pavement with your … [Read more...] about Mindful Walking: Could It Help You?
Our digestive systems continuously extract water and nutrients from an astonishing amount of solid foods and liquids over our lifetimes, all the while fending off nasty microbes and processing waste. What we put into our stomachs is so important that it affects whether we feel well, how flat our bellies are, and even our chances of avoiding certain cancers. When it comes to … [Read more...] about The Best Foods to Eat for a Healthy Gut
Figuring out what's behind your back pain isn't always easy. For one thing, there are a lot of confusing back-pain terms (is a “bulging” disc the same as a “slipped” disc?), so it helps to understand a bit more about your anatomy. An adult’s spine consists of a stack of 24 bones called vertebrae plus the bones of the sacrum and coccyx. These bones support the body and protect … [Read more...] about 8 Physical Reasons Your Back Hurts
You bend down to pick up a pen, or reach for a pair of shoes in the top of your closet, and are suddenly gripped with a severe pain in your back. What do you do? Most back pain responds to the following approaches to treatment: 1. Rest up According to current clinical practice guidelines, you can rest for a day or two while the pain is acute, using pillows to keep you in … [Read more...] about 5 Proven Ways to Relieve Back Pain