The quest for a faster metabolism is a sort of health-and-nutrition holy grail, especially as people leave their young adult years behind. When you find it hard to lose weight—or easier to gain—it’s tempting to blame a sluggish metabolism. However, most people have a metabolism within a normal range, and
Implementing and adhering to a healthful eating pattern is a critical part of a heart-healthy lifestyle. As you’ve read in the previous chapters, making the right food choices in the right amounts has been shown time and again to be associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease.
Additionally, the foods
If you are living with a chronic health condition, you may feel some of the information on diet and exercise presented in this book is not for you. The fact is, eating well and moving your body is good for nearly every condition, appropriately adapted, of course. This chapter will
No matter what your current fitness level, it’s never too late to start moving and become more physically active. If you’re already active, keep it up; if you’re not, start now. Research shows that there are significant health benefits even in progressing from no physical activity to a little activity.
You’ve participated in a resistance training program for at least three months, so you know the basics. Now you’d like to update your program to something more productive, more interesting, or more challenging. The challenge does not have to be a continuous hunt for new exercises, but to make adjustments
In simple terms, erectile dysfunction is the difficulty in attaining or sustaining an erection sufficient for intercourse. Sometimes the penis doesn’t get firm enough, or it softens too soon. It’s a frustrating problem. Getting older can lead to ED because of other medical conditions that are more prevalent with aging,
There’s no way around it: As time passes, we tend to lose muscle mass, our organs tend to function less efficiently, and our risk of disease increases. The good news is that there is a lifestyle change we can make to mitigate these risks, and it involves exercise—particularly balance exercises
The information on diet and exercise presented in this book is intended primarily for healthy individuals. While exercise is recommended as a way to improve many chronic health conditions, those same conditions and physical limitations can impact diet and exercise recommendations and exercise performance, and influence your choice of exercise
You’ve read the recommendations of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans in Chapter 2 and learned how to fuel your activity in Chapter 4, now it’s time to explore some exercise routines to get you started on the road to a longer, healthier life.
As discussed in detail in Chapter 2,
abdominals (abs): the muscles that support the area of the body between the chest and the pelvis
active stretching: temporarily stretching or elongating a muscle without assistance from another person
aerobic exercise: physical activity that increases the intake of oxygen and improves the cardiovascular and respiratory systems
ballistic stretching: a form of stretching