Exercise isn’t just about being fit or looking slim. It affects how we feel, how we function, and even how well we sleep. In the newly issued second edition of the report Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, researchers from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services outline the dramatic
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, an update of recommendations published in 2008. “The new guidelines provide more evidence-based reasons to be active than ever before,” says Roger A. Fielding, PhD, director of Tufts’ Nutrition, Exercise Physiology, and
Every year in the United States, 1.5 million people are diagnosed with diabetes, and it’s the seventh-leading cause of death, according to the American Diabetes Association. Can diabetes be cured? Let’s first consider the two main types:
Type 1 (or juvenile) diabetesaccounts for 5 percent of all cases.
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.
Vegetarian Diets Improve Diabetes Management
A recent systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials published in the journal Clinical Nutrition found that vegetarian-style dietary patterns (from vegan, which omits all animal products, to ovo-lacto-vegetarian, which includes eggs and dairy) may be helpful in diabetes management.
The nine trials included in the
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,
When most people hear the word “diet,” they think of weight loss, but a good diet is actually about fueling your body with everything it needs to stay strong and healthy. Food provides the building blocks for life. Your amazing body disassembles what you eat and uses it to make
Walking is the great democrat of exercise. It requires no special venue, no fancy equipment. Accessible to all, it stretches the limbs of both commoners and kings. Thomas Jefferson waxed sage about the virtues of hoofing it. “Walking is the best possible exercise,” he wrote to a friend in 1785.
Exercise is one of the best methods available to you when it comes to helping to prevent poor health as you age. Despite this, research suggests that older adults spend almost 60 percent of their time in sedentary behaviors—and this sedentary lifestyle is associated with an increased risk for weight
Aerobic fitness is a life-changing gift you can give yourself—one that affects every system of your body. The word “aerobic” means needing oxygen for activity, and aerobic exercise provides that oxygen.
Aerobic fitness is also called cardiovascular fitness, which is measured two ways: 1) the amount of oxygen in blood that