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Exercise Safely When the Weather Outside Is Frightful

Exercise Safely When the Weather Outside Is FrightfulTUESDAY, Jan. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you're exercising outdoors this winter, take special precautions, a sports medicine expert advises. With winter's chill upon us, it's become increasingly important to check the weather conditions -- including the forecast and wind chill -- before starting out. Then, adjust your clothes accordingly, suggested Dr. Theodore Shybut, an assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Start by dressing in layers. This will keep you warm and let you take off clothing as needed to prevent overheating, Shybut recommended in a Baylor news release. "Usually it is OK to feel slightly cold when you first step out," he said. "Once you're actually exercising and warmed up, you're going to generate a lot of heat,...

6 Steps to a Healthier You

2 January 2018
6 Steps to a Healthier YouTUESDAY, Jan. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- As one year ends and another begins, people often assess their habits and lifestyle, and consider changes that could improve their health. But what, exactly, should you do? Here are six steps you can take to enhance your well-being, according to doctors from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA): 1. Keep a personal health calendar. "In our busy lives, we hardly pay attention to our health, and most health issues start with subtle symptoms that we fail to follow," Dr. Aparna Sridhar said in a UCLA news release. She's an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the university's David Geffen School of Medicine. "In fact, most patients with illness cannot pinpoint when symptoms started and if there was any association...

Health Tip: Get Your Family Moving

2 January 2018
(HealthDay News) -- Everybody needs the right amount of exercise, but it may be difficult for you and family members to fit physical activity into a busy schedule. The U.S. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute suggests: Identify common free time that you could use for family activity. Schedule exercise after dinner with family, or on weekends. Stay motivated by joining an exercise group, or by signing your kids up for community sports. Plan on activities that don't depend on good weather, such as indoor cycling, indoor swimming, stair climbing, rope skipping, mall walking, dancing, or active games that you can play indoors.

For a Healthier New Year, Try Making It a Family Affair

1 January 2018
For a Healthier New Year, Try Making It a Family AffairMONDAY, Jan. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Did you resolve to eat better in 2018? Exercise more? Lose weight? If so, here's how to turn those resolutions into successes. For starters, "make an effort to make small, manageable changes that work towards everyone being healthier," Amy Rosenfeld, a registered dietitian with Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, N.Y., said in a hospital news release. Then, get everyone involved, she said, turning your New Year's resolutions into a family affair. Consider these steps, Rosenfeld suggests: Aim to eat fresh fruits and vegetables in a variety of colors. That will help you get all the needed vitamins and minerals. "Make it a game to get all the colors of the rainbow every week," Rosenfeld suggested. "Create a sticker chart for all...

Seniors, Lose the Weight But Not the Muscle in 2018

29 December 2017
Seniors, Lose the Weight But Not the Muscle in 2018FRIDAY, Dec. 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you're a senior who's pledging to lose weight in 2018, be sure you're shedding excess fat without losing muscle and bone. Losing fat is good for your heart, but maintaining muscle and bone is crucial for staying mobile and living independently, said Kristen Beavers, a health and exercise science professor at Wake Forest University. "Everybody says that they want to lose weight, but what they really mean is that they want to lose fat," she said. "And, for older adults in particular, maintaining muscle is a vital part of any plan to lose weight." To do that, she suggests resistance training -- what used to be called "weight training." In a study published recently in the journal Obesity, Beavers showed that resistance training was more...

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