HEALTH & FITNESS TIPS

From America's Fitness Coach®

Why laughter is the BEST medicine — April 25, 2016

Why laughter is the BEST medicine

Why laughter is the best medicine

Humor is infectious. The sound of roaring laughter is far more contagious than any cough, sniffle, or sneeze. When laughter is shared, it binds people together and increases happiness. Laughter also triggers healthy physical changes in the body. Laughter makes you feel good. And the good feeling that you get when you laugh remains with you even after the laughter subsides. Humor helps you keep a positive, optimistic outlook through difficult situations, disappointments, and loss.

Apple Cider Vinegar – Hype or Help — April 20, 2016

Apple Cider Vinegar – Hype or Help

Apple Cider Vinegar – Hype or Help

Have you heard that apple cider vinegar will help you lose weight? The only study to test the idea in people was done in Japan. In the study, 175 obese but healthy people took either vinegar or water daily for 12 weeks. Their diets were similar. They kept food journals. At the end of the study, those who used vinegar had lost slightly more weight. On average, the vinegar group lost 1-2 pounds over the 3-month period. They gained it all back after the study was over.

5 tips for improving your brain power before you get to work — April 15, 2016

5 tips for improving your brain power before you get to work

5 tips for improving your brain power before you get to work

DID YOU KNOW?
Our brain is an amazing organ that acts as a control center by receiving, processing, and sending sensory information throughout our body and controlling our motor function. As we age, our brain starts to lose its ability to process information. Days that we can’t seem to concentrate become more frequent, and we tend to forget more. Although age-associated cognitive decline is something we all have to face, there are some natural ways to slow down the process and improve overall brain function.

New discoveries about protein and aging — April 5, 2016

New discoveries about protein and aging

New discoveries about protein and aging

Proteins are large biological molecules, or macromolecules, consisting of one or more long chains of amino acid residues. Proteins perform a vast array of functions within living organisms, including catalyzing metabolic reactions, replicating DNA, responding to stimuli, and transporting molecules from one location to another. Proteins differ from one another primarily in their sequence of amino acids, which is dictated by the nucleotide sequence of their genes, and which usually results in folding of the protein into a specific three-dimensional structure that determines its activity.

Pay attention to pain — March 22, 2016

Pay attention to pain

Pay attention to pain

When you use muscles you have not used for a while or try a new exercise or training technique, it is normal to feel a dull ache of soreness in the muscles that were trained. This pain is caused by microscopic tears in the fibers of the connective tissues in your body–the ligaments that connect bones to other bones, and the tendons that connect muscles to bones. This microtrauma may sound harmful but is in fact the natural response of your muscles when they experience work.

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