HEALTH & FITNESS TIPS

From America's Fitness Coach®

Should you exercise when sick? — February 15, 2017

Should you exercise when sick?

DID YOU KNOW?
Each year approximately 5-20% of U.S. residents get the flu and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized for flu-related complications. Most people who get the flu feel much better within one or two weeks. Most healthy adults can infect others one day before symptoms develop and five to seven days after symptoms appear. What are common complications from the seasonal flu? Some people, especially young children and people with weakened immune systems, might be contagious longer.

4 rules thin people tend to live by — January 31, 2017

4 rules thin people tend to live by

DID YOU KNOW?
You don’t necessarily have to completely overhaul your diet or exercise regimen to lose weight and keep it off. Recent research shows that it’s little, practically effortless changes to everyday habits that make the pounds fall off and stay off. Remember; for any change to be permanent, you must be willing to live with that change permanently, for the rest of our life. It’s all about healthy habits! Try incorporating some of these simple, science-backed steps into your day-to-day life.

5 ways to power up your brain in the morning — January 13, 2017

5 ways to power up your brain in the morning

DID YOU KNOW
Plasticity, is believed to underlie the brain’s capacity to control behavior, including learning and memory. Plasticity occurs when neurons are stimulated by events, or information, from the environment. However, sleep and sleep loss modify the expression of several genes and gene products that may be important for synaptic plasticity. Certain forms of long-term potentiation, a neural process associated with the laying down of learning and memory, can be elicited in sleep, suggesting synaptic connections are strengthened while you sleep.

The great cholesterol myth — December 28, 2016

The great cholesterol myth

Essential to good health, especially women’s wellness, cholesterol should not be something that is feared and revered when eating a nutritious diet. It is a naturally occurring product found in the body which is made by the liver. It is vital to normal cell function and is the parent molecule for such major hormones as estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. It is critical to the immune system and the brain. Even if you did not consume any cholesterol at all, you would still find it present in your body. Your diet is actually secondary when it comes to looking at cholesterol levels, but this is often ignored by doctors.

The truth about cholesterol

Surviving the Holiday party season — December 21, 2016

Surviving the Holiday party season

Whether it’s the office party or another Holiday social event it’s a given there will be something to eat. Usually it’s a smorgasbord of many different food items, ranging from a broccoli and carrot plate with dipping sauce, to deep fried cheese, and you can fill in the rest. It can be tricky tying not to pack on a few pounds this time of the year.

One thing that can help is to recognize that your body gauges fullness by the volume of food in your stomach. Understanding this allows you to actually eat more while taking in fewer calories by choosing foods based on their energy density…

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