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5 Ways Walking Can Change Your Life

In All Health Watch, Cancer, Featured Article, Fitness and Exercise, Longevity by Garry Messick0 Comments

There was a time when walking was a standard medical treatment.

In her book Your Brain on Nature, Dr. Eva Selhub of Harvard Medical School notes that health resorts and “sanitariums” sprang up in newly urbanized America during the Industrial Revolution of the 1800s.[1]

There, doctors would treat patients with long nature walks. They saw walking as an antidote to sedentary city living. 

But walking suddenly fell out of favor in the in the early 20th century.

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These 5 Healthy Habits Give You 7-10 Extra Years of Disease-Free Life

In All Health Watch, Cancer, Diet and Nutrition, Featured Article, Fitness and Exercise, General Health, Heart and Cardiovascular, Longevity by Garry Messick0 Comments

A major new Harvard study found that you can gain up to 10 years of lifespan, free of cancer, heart problems, and diabetes if you practice five healthy habits.[i] 

Researchers released their findings after tracking 111,000 people for up to 34 years. 

The scientists found that women can add 10 years of healthy life and men seven. 

The life-extending healthy habits are:

  1. Regular exercise.
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Why You Need to Change Your Workout

In All Health Watch, Featured Article, Fitness and Exercise, General Health by Garry Messick0 Comments

Are your muscles confused? 

If not, they should be. 

“Muscle confusion” is a popular concept, as anyone who pays attention to fitness trends knows. 

The term was promoted in the past decade by the creators of various weight-training programs. They tell exercisers to vary their routines relentlessly. 

The rationale is that unfamiliar movements should “confuse” our muscles. This prevents them from settling into a rut and hitting a training plateau. 

When you first start lifting, you become stronger quickly.

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New Year’s Resolution Already Blown? Try This

In All Health Watch, Diet and Nutrition, Featured Article, Fitness and Exercise, General Health, Weight Loss by Garry Messick0 Comments

This was going to be the year. 

You were going to exercise more. And you were going to stay away from your diet kryptonite…sweet desserts. 

But then you had to go on a business trip, which made it difficult to exercise.

And your neighbor showed up with a plate of cookies. You didn’t want to be rude. So you ate one or three. 

Just like that… Your New Year’s resolutions were history. 

Maybe next year.

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Slash Your Risk for 7 Types of Cancer

In All Health Watch, Cancer, Featured Article, Fitness and Exercise, General Health by Garry Messick0 Comments

Why do you exercise?

Chances are it’s for one or all of these reasons:

  • It helps you stay thinner.
  • You feel better after you do it.
  • It helps prevent heart disease and diabetes.
  • It helps you sleep better. 
  • You enjoy doing the activity.

A new study shows that working out has another, perhaps unexpected benefit. It lowers the risk for seven types of cancers. 

The research was a collaboration between the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society, and the Harvard T.H.

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9 Exercise Myths…and What Science Says About Staying in Shape

In All Health Watch, Featured Article, Fitness and Exercise, General Health, Weight Loss by Garry Messick0 Comments

There’s no doubt that exercise is good for your health.

It lowers your blood pressure, helps manage your weight, reduces your risk of cancer, diabetes, and falls. It wards off fatigue and is linked with a longer lifespan.

Most people are aware of all this. Still, misinformation about exercise is rampant.

Let’s take a look at nine common myths…

  1. Eventually, you’ll get too old to exercise.
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