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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Just take a walk

I am a walker. Before I broke my leg last year, my dog Ginger and I walked two—or sometimes three miles—every morning. While I was recuperating, I walked circles through my house with my walker. Now, my neighbor Gaynelle and I walk exactly two miles every morning. I recommend walking—and so does Dr. Robert Dimeff, […]

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Read a book

People who read books may live longer. Researchers at Yale University studied the habits of people 50 and older and discovered that people who read 3.5 hours a week may add nearly two years to their lives. You may live longer if you read books, but magazines and newspapers may not provide the same benefit. […]

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Playing outside

We all need to spend more time playing outside. Studies show that children spend less than 30 minutes a week playing outside. That’s right. Thirty minutes a week, says James Campbell in a recent article in the Los Angeles Times. However, they spend as many as seven hours a day with their eyes glued to […]

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s push-ups

During an MSNBC interview, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who is 83, was asked if she still does 20 push-ups every day. “Yes,” she replied, “but we do 10 at a time. And, then, I breathe for a bit, and do the second set.” Bryant Johnson, who has been Justice Ginsburg’s trainer for two […]

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Exercise can help cure addictions

If you can’t eat just one cookie or one potato chip—and that one cookie or one chip can lead to a day or two of eating too, too much, you may battle a food addiction. I do. Dr. John Ratey has a chapter in his book Spark—The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain […]

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