Many recent studies have examined the health benefits of following the classic Mediterranean diet, which
encourages people to eat lots of healthy fruits and vegetables and limit their intake of fatty meats and simple carbohydrates. Now, a new study suggests that this age-old diet may be helpful to people with metabolic syndrome, a constellation of signs and symptoms linked to cardiovascular disease (CVD).
Last year, when we surveyed IDEA readers about the types of content they wanted to see more of, one of the top answers was women’s health issues. And it’s no wonder: most fitness clients (whether you look at personal training or facility memberships) are female, according to the annual IDEA Fitness Programs & Equipment Surveys. As you know from your professional perspective, these women have a lot of questions about their fitness and wellness—and they don’t hesitate to ask.
The French often participate in sports and other nontraditional “fitness” activities without joining a health club, notes Fred Hoffman, MEd, 2007 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year, director of International Services for the Club & Spa Synergy Group and fitness consultant for women’s marketing at Reebok France. “Hiking, walking and Nordic walking are popular, and many people ride bicycles,” he says. “Boxing, judo, karate and other martial arts are extremely popular for children, teenagers and young adults.
Exercising as little as 3 hours per week may keep the brain healthy, according to a small study presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), held last December in Chicago. Older adults who exercised regularly had more cerebral blood flow and a greater number of small blood vessels in the brain compared with their inactive counterparts. Improved circulation may be one of the secrets to preventing cognitive decline.
Soft cheeses, like mozzarella, can be difficult to slice or grate: their high moisture content makes the cheese hard to cut. Try this tip next time a recipe calls for cutting a soft cheese: prior to using, put the cheese in
the freezer for 10–15 minutes. Cooling the cheese makes it less creamy and easier to
slice or grate.
Older people who take the dietary supplement ginkgo biloba to sharpen their memory should “forget about it,” says
a study in the November 19, 2008, issue
of The Journal of the American Medical Association. The goal of the study was to determine if taking the supplement would reduce the incidence of all-cause dementia or Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in elderly individuals with normal cognition and mild
cognitive impairment (MCI).
Have you tried to lose weight many times? Or, maybe you’ve lost several pounds but gained it all back again. If so, you’re not alone. It’s extremely challenging to maintain weight loss. However, some people do manage to achieve their weight loss and weight maintenance goals.