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Archive for October 2014

Top Exercise Motivators

Do you know what really motivates people to exercise? Recently, researchers from the department of applied human sciences at
Concordia University in Montreal asked people from different age groups what pushed them to pump iron.

The scientists studied questionnaires from 1,885 people ranging in age from teenagers to 50 and older. The questionnaires, covering a variety of areas, including “personal style, activity interests, motives for exercising, and biosocial information,” were completed on touchscreens located in eight branches of the YMCA in Montreal.

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ACE Supports Behavior-Change Counseling

In an effort to improve the health of U.S. citizens, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force—a volunteer panel of experts established by Congress—has recommended implementing behavior-change counseling for those at risk for cardiovascular disease. In August, ACE released a statement supporting that recommendation.

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Secrets of Social Media Success

Social media offers fitness businesses an opportunity to market products and services. But there are some best practices to consider when navigating online platforms, explains Rochelle Sanchirico, head of marketing and analytics for Webs.com.
Sanchirico offers these insights to help you maximize your social media presence:

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Interval Walking and Type 2 Diabetes

Interval-style training is all the rage. While high-intensity formats seem most prevalent, researchers have learned that a less strenuous version—interval walking—may benefit individuals diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

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Liver Injury Due to Herbals and Dietary Supplements Is Up

If you regularly take herbals and dietary supplements, it may be time to reevaluate why you take them and what the potential cost to your health could be. New research published in Hepatology (doi: 10.1002/hep.27317),
a journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, shows that liver injury caused by herbals and dietary supplements increased from 7% to 20% in a U.S. study group over a 10-year period.

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Eating More Fish Lowers Risk of Hearing Loss

Hear this! A study from Brigham and Women’s Hospital shows that consumption of two or more servings of fish per week is associated with a lower risk of hearing loss in women.

Published online, September 10, in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (doi: 10.3945/ ajcn.114.091819), this prospective study examined over time the independent associations between consumption of total and specific types of fish, long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA), and self-reported hearing loss in women.

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Beans Can Curb Hunger

If you sometimes push away from the table still feeling hungry or tend to get peckish soon after a meal, try adding a daily serving of beans, chickpeas or lentils to your diet.

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Are You a Wellness Warrior?

At 92, Rancho La Puerta Spa and Golden Door Spa founder Deborah Szekely is not only going strong, but she is spearheading a new project that honors her activist roots. Entrepreneur, James Beard– nominated author, former diplomat, and organic gardening pioneer, Szekely has established Wellness Warrior, a onestop news source for updates and analysis of the latest health issues (many of which focus on food and nutrition), petitions and advocacy.

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Do you or your kids ever get a case of “Sundayitis”? It’s that anxious feeling that the weekend is over and you’re about to “re-enter” the realities of work and school. Here’s a great way to beat it back: the Kids Cook Monday initiative encourages families to set aside the first night of every week for cooking and eating together
as a family. This not only gives children a reason to look forward to Mondays; it also bolsters kids’ cooking survival skills.

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Cardiovascular Exercise Improves Memory

Researchers have consistently focused on cardiovascular exercise’s role in pre- venting coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, some cancers and other chronic diseases. Other studies have examined whether cardiovascular exercise reduces stress, depression and anxiety (Ahiskog et al. 2011).

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