Archive | fitness RSS feed for this section

Keep walking!

I’ve been traveling a bunch—which has interfered with my daily walks. But, I’m walking again—every morning. I recently read an article about Kenneth Cooper, age 87, the Father of Aerobics, in The Dallas Morning News. “You don’t stop exercising when you get old,” Cooper says. “You get old when you stop exercising.” –Joy

Read full story Comments { 0 }

How to succeed in dieting

Researchers at the National Weight Control Registry conclude that “it’s unlikely that the people they study are somehow genetically endowed or blessed with a personality that makes weight loss easy for them.” The registry includes 10,000 people who have lost at least 30 pounds and kept it off for at least a year. What’s fascinating […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

A diet that works for some people

Rena Wing, a professor of psychiatry and human behavior at Brown University, has run the National Weight Control Registry for 23 years. The registry includes more than 10,000 people from across the country. All of them have lost at least 30 pounds and maintained that weight loss for at least a year. What’s interesting is […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

It’s biology, not willpower

More than 70 percent of American adults are overweight. That’s 155 million Americans. And, about 40 percent of them are clinically obese. Worldwide, 2.2 billion people are overweight. Depressing? Yes, but studies by Kevin Hall, a scientist at the National Institute of Health, and other researchers are showing that it is “biology, not simply a […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Keep walking!

Gaynelle, my friend and neighbor, her dog, Cara, my dog, Ginger, and I have been walking two miles every morning for more than a year now. We talk and walk, and it’s a fun way to start the day. This morning we congratulated ourselves. According to an article in the January 10, 2017, issue of […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Carbohydrates, proteins and calories?

I’m now counting calories, grams of carbohydrates and grams of protein. Yikes! Because I keep falling into the pre-diabetic category, I have been trying to reduce the number of carbohydrates I eat. And, during my last visit to my dietician, she suggested that I need to eat more protein—75 grams a day, in fact, and […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

One hour a day?

How much exercise do you need? Sports medicine researchers have some answers. If you sit four hours a day, you need to do at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. If you work at your desk eight hours a day, you should get one hour of exercise a day. Those suggestions come from Ulf […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

The second spring

Now, when I take an early morning walk with my neighbor Gaynelle and our two dogs, the air is crisper, cooler, perfect for walking. By the time we return, the sun is up and it’s warm, but not hot. It’s autumn again, and the leaves are starting to turn. It’s an amazing time of the […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

One at a time

Last night before I went to bed, I complained to my husband, “I can’t believe I have to get up and do those stupid exercises again.” I have been doing exercises every morning again and again and again since I broke my leg last year in March. I have been doing them for a year […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Just 150 minutes a week

Keep exercising.The experts advise spending 150 minutes a week taking a brisk walk—or doing some other kind of moderate intensity aerobic exercise. Plus, they advise us to do twice-weekly muscle strengthening. Research “paper after paper after paper shows that the most effective, potent way we can improve life and duration of life is exercise,” says […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }