Start a Fitness Journey—With Your Doctor’s Help
A famous saying notes that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. If you have a chronic health condition or disability, deciding that you’re ready to start exercising may be the first step. The next one should be talking with your healthcare provider.
How to Take Inflammation Off Your Plate
Chronic inflammation. It’s a common villain in a host of health problems—from heart disease, diabetes, and obesity to cancer and dementia. And although all inflammation isn’t bad—it’s our body’s natural response to infection or injury—it can damage healthy cells when the immune system misfires and begins to attack the body.
6 Ways Men Can Take Better Care of Their Health
When it comes to health, men and women are not on the same page. One reason is that men tend to lead less healthy lifestyles than women and take part in more risky behaviors. And women also tend to take better care of themselves when they get sick. But with health problems such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes looming, men need to take better care of themselves.
Hot, Hot, Hot! Exercise Safely in Summer
Hot, humid conditions test the limits of even the most dedicated athletes. So it’s no surprise that summer weather is a challenge for those of us with more modest exercise goals. Here’s how to stay on track while avoiding heat-related problems.
Seniors: Find Your Strength Inspiration
Strength training. It’s something we know we’re supposed to do, but it can be so easy ignore. After all, gyms are intimidating—especially for older adults—and not everyone is motivated by the thought of bigger, stronger muscles.
Fight Age-Related Weight Gain
Middle-age spread may seem unavoidable—but you can escape the weight gain that afflicts so many of us in our 40s and 50s. Many Americans pile on extra pounds because of lifestyle changes that occur in midlife. In a lot of cases, people just don’t balance their calorie intake with their level of physical activity.
5 Good for You Foods to Boost Your Nutrition
Experts seem to agree: Good nutrition involves a balanced diet that includes a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and low-fat dairy. Still, some foods pack more disease-fighting nutrients than others. When designing a varied diet, consider moving some of these “super” nutritious foods to the top of your pick list.
Men and Belly Fat: No Laughing Matter
The health effects of extra fat in the abdomen, also called visceral fat, are serious. Men who pack more pudge around their middles have a greater risk for heart problems, diabetes, cancer, and other conditions.