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What Is Moderate Exercise?

You've probably heard the U.S. National Institutes of Health's recommendation for most adults to get 30 minutes of "moderate exercise" on most days to stay fit. But what exactly is moderate? And how do you know if you're working hard or hardly working? All good questions, and because "moderate exercise" is what is always suggested for losing weight, I'm reblogging something from MedicineNet.com.
One of the easiest ways to measure the intensity of your workout is with the "talk test." If you're working in the moderate range, you can talk without too much difficulty. But if you can sing, pick up the exercise pace, according to the American College of Cardiology. And if you're doing vigorous activity, you'll be able to say just a few words before pausing for a breath.
Another way to figure out how hard you're working is to monitor your heart rate. To do this, first figure out your maximum heart rate. Subtract your age from 22…
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Am I Obese? Here's How The Experts Define It

I like this post from VeryWell.com. It explains a little about being overweight, but more important what the healthcare industry thinks about being overweight and why your insurance premiums may be coming up. 

By Amanda MacMillan Obesity means having far too much body fat. It's about much more than your clothing size or how you look. It can seriously affect your health. Your whole body feels it, from your joints to your heart, blood pressure, blood sugar, and other systems. The extra fat cells produce inflammation and various hormones, which boosts your odds of chronic medical conditions. If it seems like those odds are stacked against you, remember that it's possible to beat them. The first step is to know where you stand.


Are You Obese?
You step on the scale and your doctor or nurse notes your weight. They might also measure your waist since it's especially risky to have too much belly fat. If your doctor says you're overweight, that means "you're slightly o…

Are All Processed Foods Unhealthy?

This article was first published in VeryWell.com. The author wants the consumer to know how dangerous processed foods can be. I'll add a few comments between paragraphs.By Shereen Lehman, MS

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Processed foods have a bad reputation and many people think they'll ruin your health. In fact, you've probably heard that it's bad to eat processed foods. It's true that some of these foods deserve that bad rep, but not all of them. In fact, some processed foods are good for you. We will cover all this below.  The author is right, all processed foods may not necessarily be bad for you and some might even have some nutritional value but many of these manufactured foods have the nutrition stripped out during the processing so if the haven't been fortified with some artificial form of nutrition then they have very little and are just something to fill you up. What Are Processed Foods? Processed foods have been altered from their natural state, either for safe…

Get Fit And Live A Better, Healthier Life

Getting Fit For Life You know it's important to keep moving, no matter how old you are. Exercise keeps your body and your brain healthy. But why do you need to move? And what's the best way to do it? Why Exercise Matters There are many reasons you should stay physically active, especially if you want to live a long life. It can help: Keep your bones, muscles, and joints healthyLower your chances of things like diabetes, colon cancer, and osteoporosisLower blood pressureManage stress and improve your moodEase symptoms of anxiety and depressionLower your risk of heart diseaseManage chronic conditions like arthritis or diabetes, by improving symptoms like stamina, joint swelling, pain, and muscle strengthWith balance, so you're less likely to fall and fracture bones How Much Exercise? Sometimes as you get older, you may be a bit fearful of exercise. Maybe you think you might hurt yourself. You may believe you have to join a gym. Or you may not be sure what exercises you shoul…

Reasons To Take The Stairs

“In order for man to succeed in life, God provided two means, education and physical activity. Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise can save it and preserve it.” --Plato, 400 B.C.
Need a good reason to take the stairs? Here are six of them.This post was first published on HealthDay. 1. Stair Climbing Burns More Calories Than Jogging Yes, it’s true: studies have shown that stair climbing, which is considered vigorous-intensity physical activity, burns more calories per minute than jogging. One company, StepJockey, which is funded by the United Kingdom Department of Health and has as its sole mission the goal of getting everyone to take the stairs whenever and wherever possible, notes that stair climbing uses 8 to 9 times more energy than sitting and about 7 times more energy than taking the elevator. As an added bonus, you burn calories not only on the way up but also while going down the stairs! It is estima…

Can Eating Fewer Calories Extend Your Life?

A calorie-restricted diet helps monkeys live longer, healthier lives, a new study suggests. That's what science tells us and it might be true, but I know from experience that you will lead a healthier life. And I think that leading a healthy life right to the end is more important than worrying about how more years you have left.

The content of the diet made a difference, too, the study authors explained in a university news release. NIA monkeys were fed a "natural" diet. Monkeys at UW-Madison had a diet that included processed foods with a higher sugar content. The UW-Madison monkeys were heavier than the NIA monkeys. The researchers also noted that female monkeys seemed to be less vulnerable to the bad effects of excess fat than males. The study teams believe this finding is likely similar in humans. However, studies in animals often fail to produce similar results in humans. This post is from HealthDay and where I believe the information is valuable to humans, I don&…

What Is The Mediterranean Diet?

The Mediterranean diet is based on the traditional foods eaten by people living in the Mediterranean region, especially Greece. It's loaded with healthy foods and research findings suggest following this diet may help reduce some of the risk factors for heart disease.  According to the Oldways Preservation & Exchange Trust, the Mediterranean diet was introduced in 1993 by Oldways, Harvard School of Public Health and the World Health Organization.  The diet includes:
Olives and olive oilWhole grains, mostly in bread and cereal rather than pastaVery little red meatFish and seafoodSome cheese, but less milkLots of vegetables and fruitPlenty of legumes and nutsA little red wine The Mediterranean diet is high in fiber and antioxidants from vegetables, legumes and nuts, far greater than the typical Western diet, and low in saturated fat. Very little red meat is eaten in this region, and milk consumption is limited as well, except for some cheese and yogurt. Oldways designed a Medite…