Are you confused about whether or not alcohol can be good for your health? No wonder. One day, you read that red wine is beneficial. The next day, you hear that all alcohol consumption is bad. What’s the deal?
According to IDEA contributing editor Susan Kundrat, MS, RD, LD, the issue
is blurry. To help you make sense of it, Kundrat—owner of Nutrition on the Move, a sports and wellness nutrition consulting business in Urbana, Illinois—provides a few insights:
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short-term diets can lead to disordered eating. Explain that maintaining a healthy weight is a lifelong process and any weight that takes a superhuman effort to maintain is probably not a healthy weight. Serve as a role model yourself by conveying a balanced attitude toward food and by not dieting. 4 Legalize All Food...
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of each exercise; and gradually increasing your training frequency to two to three times per week. The chart below lists 10 exercises that will strengthen major muscle groups and suggests a training schedule that you can adopt after the first few weeks. Cool-Down (10-15 Minutes). Be sure to cool down after your workout, just as you warme...
o you have--or want to avoid--high cholesterol? Last year, when the National Institutes of Health (NIH) issued new criteria for categorizing cholesterol levels as healthy or unhealthy, many more Americans suddenly found themselves in the high-cholesterol category. The good news is that exercise can help. Fitness experts Chantal A. Vella, MS, and Len Kravitz, PhD, of the University ...
t is well documented that being overweight or obese is associated with numerous serious health risks. However, researchers have been finding that people can be healthy, fit and fat. Philip Walker, MS, managing partner of the Dallas-based Walker Wellness Clinic, a comprehensive eating disorder treatment center incorporating psychotherapy, medication management, nutrition therapy and...
s you grow older, are you looking for a form of exercise that is fun, safe and effective? Try water exercise. Mary E. Sanders, MS, education director for WaterFit/Wave Aerobics and adjunct professor in the health ecology department at the University of Nevada at Reno, explains the benefits of water exercise for older adults: 1. Safety. Water provides a safe environment because e...
By providing sound direction, good food sources and a nurturing environment, parents can help ensure that teens make healthy dietary decisions now and develop good eating habits that last a lifetime. To offer your teens optimal support with their nutrition, use these tips from Jenna A. Bell-Wilson, MS, RD, LD, consultant for New Mexico Sports and Wellness in Albuquerque and Southwest C.A.R.E. Center in Santa Fe.
You want to exercise regularly, but you keep encountering roadblocks—those persuasive excuses you come up with for not sticking to your plan. To make exercise part of your life, you need to identify your roadblocks and find ways to move beyond them. Sherri McMillan, MSc, co-owner of Northwest Personal Training & Fitness Education in Vancouver, Washington, and 1998 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year, offers some help:
You probably know that problems can occur when you combine different drugs or use certain drugs in conjunction with certain foods. Yet are you aware that a wide variety of commonly used drugs—including prescription, over-the-counter and herbal products—can affect your response to exercise, potentially increasing your risk of injury? Discover how to stay safe using these tips from Carol Krucoff, coauthor of Healing Moves: How to Cure, Relieve and Prevent Common Ailments With Exercise (Harmony Books, 2000).
For many women, menopause is uncomfortable. Drops in estrogen levels can trigger mood swings, hot flashes, weight gain, sleep loss or fatigue. Menopause is also associated with an increased risk for osteoporosis and heart disease. The good news? Research shows that exercise can help. Karen Bram, a fitness professional in Gainesville, Florida, lists some good reasons to work out during this life stage and offers tips on how to approach an exercise program.