Monday, June 7, 2010

Be Careful of That Belly Fat

Funny picture, huh? It may be comical when guys, or even girls, joke about their beer bellies, but the reality is, it's no laughing matter. Those big, hard bellies people joke about are a sure indication of some serious health issues at hand.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Roll Back The Clock

Yesterday I met with the lead Personal Trainer at the gym where I attend. We talked about Personal Trainers finding their "niche" of clientele. I explained that as a personal trainer, I am interested in working with "older" adults, let's say 35 or 40 and up. (I know that 35-40 is not old, but you get what I mean); those adults who simply want to loose a few pounds, strengthen the heart, increase flexibility, and just feel a little better about themselves. My "niche" is not those that are looking to become Mr. Universe or train for the Olympics. The Lead Trainer said to get as much information as I possibly can about training my "niche."

In doing some research, time and time again, I came across articles that discussed the role exercise can have on the aging process. One such study was published in 2001, and further supported what many cardiologists have long since believed, that even moderate amounts of aerobic exercise can literally "roll back the clock." One of the things this study concluded was that with as little as 6 months of moderate aerobic exercise, middle aged individuals can reverse the effects of decades of aging on cardiovascular fitness.

In addition to cardiovascular exercise, many studies indicate that weight training is extremely beneficial to older adults. We are not talking about necessarily heavy lifting, but lighter weights. Scientists say the answer is yes, weight training is needed. In a study of women aged 50 to 70, the women who strength trained gained 1% more bone density in the hip and spine while the group that did not lift weights lost 2.5 % bone density. Those who trained had strength increases from about 35 to 76% above the control group. Balance improved 14% and general physical activity increased by about 27%. The same is true for men. Its a fact that after age 30 [many claim as early as 25] Muscle begins to atrophy, a process which accelerates after 40. It is claimed that between ages 40 and 60 an average man loses 35% of Muscle and add this to the 15% between age 25 and 40. You should work all of your major muscle groups at least twice a week, starting out with a weight you can lift 12-15 reps, then when you can easily do 15 reps, increase the weight a few pounds.

Exercise may not actually be a fountain of youth, but it is as close as it gets. It is never too late to start. Get outside and walk! Or get to a gym and begin your program today.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Eat Less, Exercise More-The Only Way

Diet fads come and go! Easy solutions abound! Take a pill, loose the pounds! Work out for four minutes and loose weight! There's no way around it: the only true way to loose weight is to eat less and exercise more! More calories have to be burned than are consumed! That and only that will ensure weight loss and less body fat.

A new study has again shown this proven method. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, suggests the type of weight-loss diet doesn't matter as much as sticking to it. Whether you're comparing a low-fat, high-protein, low-carb, high-protein, or other diet, eating less and doing more is what looses the weight, not the type diet you're on.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Second Hand Smoke: More Damage Done

It has been know that smokers put themselves at risk for many ailments including heart disease and cancer, but a new study conducted at the University of Cambridge, Peninsula Medical School and the University of Michigan showed that second hand smoke can be just as harmful as those who smoke when it comes to dementia. Second hand smoke exposure also causes heart disease, cancer, premature death, asthma, and impaired lung function. This new study, by Dr. David Llewellyn of the University of Cambridge and colleagues, is the first major one to conclude that second-hand smoke exposure could lead to irreversible dementia and other neurological problems. 5,000 non-smoking adults over the age of 50 were the subjects in the study.
What is significant about this study? It's one thing if someone wants to kill himself by smoking, but the effects of the smoke coming off the end of the cigarette can harm any innocent bystander in the second hand smoke.
There is nothing good that comes from smoking, and there is nothing good that comes from being exposed to second hand smoke. I have to say I am glad there are laws that keep second hand smoke away from me.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Smoking Ban Decreases Heart Attacks

Here's a bit of encouragement for those of you hopefully making one of your New Year's resolutions kicking the smoking habit: a smoking ban caused heart attacks to drop by more than 40 percent in Pueblo, Colorado and the decrease lasted three years. A smoking ban in work and public places was passed in 2003 in Pueblo, and a study found there were 399 hospital admissions for heart attacks in the 18 months before the ban and 237 heart attack hospitalizations in the next year and a half -- a decline of 41 percent! "We know that exposure to second-hand smoke has immediate harmful effects on people's cardiovascular systems, and that prolonged exposure to it can cause heart disease in nonsmoking adults," said Janet Collins, director of CDC's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. "This study adds to existing evidence that smoke-free policies can dramatically reduce illness and death from heart disease."

NOTHING GOOD COMES FROM SMOKING! NOTHING! If you haven't already done so, make stopping a resolution for 2009. Make 2009 your time to quit.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Be Careful of the Hidden Salt

I have to thank the Mommanator for this one. Americans consume more salt than they should be! This is especially important for those suffering from Hypertension, or High Blood Pressure. A patient with high blood pressure should limit sodium intake to less than 1500 mg. Your doctor may have set limits far below 1500 mg for you personally, making it even more important for you to know where to look for unexpected salt.
Salt is hidden in many different foods, some that you might find surprising. Here are a few of the surprising supermarket staples that you should watch out for. You can read the full report at

Twizzlers Black Licorice Twists. Four strands have 200 mg. Strangely, four strands of Twizzlers Strawberry Licorice only have 115 mg.
Prego Heart Smart Traditional Italian Sauce. An American Heart Association logo on the label means that saturated fat and cholesterol are restricted, but not that sodium is super-low. This sauce has 430 mg per half-cup.
Aunt Jemima Original Pancake and Waffle Mix. Prepared as directed, each pancake has roughly 200 mg of sodium.
Heart Healthy V8 vegetable juice. Just one cup has 480 mg.
Some fast-food fare that might appear to be healthy also has surprisingly high levels of sodium. McDonald's Premium Caesar Salad with grilled chicken, for example, has 890 mg, without dressing. Compare that to 350 mg in a large order of fries

I suggest you click on this link and take the sodium quiz. You'll find it interesting.

Monday, December 8, 2008

If You Do, Don't...If You Don't, Don't Start

What can I say? NOTHING GOOD COMES FROM SMOKING! There are NO safe cigarettes! There are NO safe methods of smoking! It only brings sickness! ("Oh but my Dad smoked for years and he lived to be 85." Russian Roulette doesn't kill everyone either)!

New Year's resolutions will soon be made. Some will be kept, some not. If you smoke, make 2009 the year you stop! Whatever it takes! Doctors, patches, gum, hypnosis! Just GIVE IT UP!