Olivia Newton-John was apparently on to something. We, as a country, are in dire need of getting physical. In 2008, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published "Physical Activity Guidelines" which concluded that aerobic and muscle-strengthening physical activities provide substantial health benefits to adults. Their guidelines for minimum participation, still regarded as effective today, include: 150 minutes/week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity such as walking or 75 minutes/week of vigorous aerobic activity, such as jogging At least two days a week of muscle-strengthening activities Recently, the CDC did a study to see how many U.S. adults were meeting these guidelines. Unfortunately, the results are quite dismal: Only 20.6% of U.S. adults met both aerobic and muscle-strengthening guidelines Only 29.3% […]

May 14th, 2013

Skip the Post-Workout Cool-Down? More Experts Say Yes! For decades we've been told that after a hard workout, you should cool down by slowing down to a less rigorous workout to prevent muscle soreness and improve limberness. In 2012, the Journal of Human Kinetics published a study finding those who cooled down post-workout actually had more pain than those who didn't. Read on to find out more. ViaNew York Times. Power Foods For Your Brain You are what you eat? Vegetarian activist Dr. Neal Barnard believes that avoiding all animal products and eating a healthy diet of fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and whole grains can protect the brain from developing dementia. In addition, he also shares that very few of […]

Recently astudy by the Cleveland Clinicand astudy published in the New England Journal of Medicineinvestigated how the interaction of various foods with naturally occurring bacteria in our bodies impacts cardiovascular risk. The specific molecules that were focused on in the studies were carnitine, which is prevalent in red meats and lecithin (and its sub-chemical choline), which is found in egg yolks and other foods. While studies analyzing the impact an individual's diet has on cardiovascular outcomes have been prevalent, this is the first time that the focus was on the role of the body's bacteria with regards to heart disease. Interestingly, it appears that the physiology of the body may actually have as significant an impact on heart disease as […]

May 2013
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