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Healthy eating and fitness is the way to go.Sun, 07 Nov 2010 07:06:31 +0000enhourly1http://wordpress.org/?v=3.0.1Fighting Obesity at Any Agehttp://www.livingthehealthyway.info/2010/07/01/fighting-obesity-at-any-age/

http://www.livingthehealthyway.info/2010/07/01/fighting-obesity-at-any-age/#commentsThu, 01 Jul 2010 11:10:58 +0000Adminhttp://www.livingthehealthyway.info/?p=109A guest post provided by FFC staff member. If you are also interested in contributing: Write for us

At any age, shedding the fat has many far-reaching benefits to your health

There’s good news about heart disease, diabetes, and hypertension. Even though they are the leading causes of death, they happen to be among the most preventable health problems, and the battle begins by dropping excess fat.

Obesity beats chronic health conditions beginning in childhood, when Type II diabetes, respiratory problems, and depression can develop with excess weight. According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 1 in 5 Illinois children is obese – making the U.S. tenth in the country for childhood obesity. Illinois is one of only two states to mandate physical education classes through 12th grade. When obesity- related health issues carry over into adulthood, additional problems arise, stroke, sleep apnea, gallstones, types of cancer, or heart disease. Sustained build-up of fatty tissue leads to high blood pressure as well as worn-down joints and osteoarthritis.

It’s never too early to pursue a healthy weight. Throughout childhood, regular exercise and a diet rich in whole grains, lean protein, and nutrients stimulate lifelong health. In adults, one of the most potent effects of exercise is

reduction of cortisol, a hormone that builds up fat around the abdomen and contributes to stress. Exercise also boosts the immune system.

A recent study in the Journal of Applied Physiology found that moderate exercise decreased the incidence of upper respiratory tract infections by nearly thirty percent. Additionally, while type 2 (adult-onset) diabetes strikes 7.8% of Americans, a 2008 study by Evidence Based Medicine showed that proper nutrition and exercise can delay the disease. Even for those already diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, resistance and aerobic training can greatly improve glycemic function.

So what’s the first step to tackling that extra weight? Visit your physician for guidance and advice. Take advantage of all of your athletic club’s weight loss support. The more readily a new diet and exercise program fit into your life, the more likely you are to keep them there.

If you struggle with self-motivating, consider personal training and nutritional counselling for direction, motivation, goal-setting, and helpful pointers. After an in-depth consultation, a certified trainer can help you develop an approach uniquely suited to your needs. Small steps mean a big pay-off – and not just on the scale.

Fitness Formula Clubs go beyond what you would expect from a Chicago gym . From nutrition experts, to group exercise leaders, to personalized one-on-one trainers, the staff is there to help you pursue a more healthy self in a way that fits your lifestyle. Visit the FFC website to learn more about opportunities for members and non-members.

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]]>http://www.livingthehealthyway.info/2010/07/01/fighting-obesity-at-any-age/feed/3Maintaining and Monitoring Your Heart Healthhttp://www.livingthehealthyway.info/2010/05/20/maintaining-and-monitoring-your-heart-health/

http://www.livingthehealthyway.info/2010/05/20/maintaining-and-monitoring-your-heart-health/#commentsThu, 20 May 2010 11:21:59 +0000kirstenwhttp://livingthehealthyway.wordpress.com/?p=61Another guest post has made it on to living the healthy way. This is one by Amanda.  Are you interested in contributing? Write for us

Heart health is a topic that has been discussed in health circles all over the globe, but there are still many people who do not pay attention to the body’s most important organ. Pharmaceutical companies are thriving by prescribing a plethora of drugs, but nobody really wants to spend their days strapped to a patient monitor or an EKG machine, and drugs can only do so much to stop that from happening. Heart disease is still among the leading killers of people in the United States, Australia, England, Wales and Canada, and is the second leading killer for people living in South Africa. The best way to avoid that same fate is active prevention.

You’ve heard it before, and you’ll hear it again; diet and exercise are the most important factors in maintaining a healthy heart. Simply watching your fat and cholesterol intake can be your saving grace. Men and women are both at risk for heart disease, despite the discrepancy in statistics.

If you replace one snack a day with fresh fruit, and walk just two hours a week, you can make a huge difference in your chances of developing heart disease. Small changes are still valuable changes. Certain variables such as weight and family history can add to your risk, and if you are more susceptible, it is important that you make big changes to your diet and exercise.

There are quite a few vices that have been shown to lower the risk for heart disease. Those who consume red wine and those who are sexually active are possibly lowering their risk, though other risks will increase. The red wine is a relatively good source of antioxidants, and there are components of grape skin that increase HDL cholesterol levels (good) and decrease chances of blot clots. The sexual activity is relatively easy to explain: any physical activity is going to reduce the risks of heart damage and disease, while positive hormones have a beneficial effect on the body as well as the mind.

For those that already have shaky heart health, you have probably experienced more than your share of tubes and patient monitors in hospitals. These days you can monitor your own heart health with portable EKG machines and other EKG supplies, rather than spending hours at the hospital for simple check-ups. If you are aware of your heart health problems, a portable EKG machine can be a great investment. Not only can it help you prevent strokes and cardiac arrest, it can also help increase the quality of the life you have left to live by keeping you out of hospitals!

Now that you are able to manage your heart health, there are ways to reverse heart disease and damage. You guessed it—the same ways you prevent heart disease are the ways you reverse it. A healthy lifestyle is the ticket to a long and healthy life. Make simple changes in your diet today! Opt for that banana rather than those chips, and take the stairs instead of the elevator. You’ll be glad you did.

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