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The Numbers That Matter Most for Staying Healthy

The Numbers That Matter Most for Staying Healthy

Health often seems like a numbers game. What’s your blood-sugar level? How many calories are you eating? And are you getting the right percentage of macros (or macronutrients)? The problem is that sometimes we track, count and obsess over numbers that don’t matter very much for our overall health. Or worse, we ignore numbers that do matter. I was curious about which numbers my fellow dietitians consider the most important. I sought feedback from 20 experts who work in either…

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Small Changes To Make That Can Have a MAJOR Impact on Health

Small Changes To Make That Can Have a MAJOR Impact on Health

Big changes like cutting out all carbs or training for a marathon are great—but you don’t have to remake yourself to have a dramatic impact on your health. Try a few of these baby steps to get you started in the right direction. Add a fruit or veggie to every meal Not ready to give up a bad habit yet? Start by creating an easy good-for-you habit instead. “Less than one in three individuals gets even two servings of fruits…

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Don’t Just Focus On Exercises, But Principles Too

Don’t Just Focus On Exercises, But Principles Too

Your exercise choice will evolve in tandem with your fitness level, but the principles that get you moving are constant! Contrary to popular fitness PR mythology, health success is produced from finding, and implementing, principles, not through discovering the “perfect” exercise or workout. Your exercise choice will evolve in tandem with your fitness level (for example, over time you’ll need a weighted vs. body weight squat), but the principles that get you moving are constant! Principle One: Create “systems” that…

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This Is Why You Shouldn’t Offer Your Seat To The Elderly, Claim Health Experts

This Is Why You Shouldn’t Offer Your Seat To The Elderly, Claim Health Experts

Just stay put. Standup citizens know that if you see a senior board the bus or train, you immediately get up and offer them your seat. But according to health experts, we shouldn’t be giving up our seat for the elderly on public transportation — rather, we should just stay put. Yeah, we’re a bit wary about this advice too, but hear us out. As reported by The Independent, experts claim that offering your seat to seniors on public transport…

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Physical Activity Helps People Worldwide

Physical Activity Helps People Worldwide

Boosting physical activity a simple, low-cost global strategy to reduce deaths globally Each step we take reduces the overall risk of premature death, a global study reaffirms. Researchers estimate about one in 12 deaths worldwide would be prevented if everyone exercised at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week. In Thursday’s issue of The Lancet, researchers in 17 countries reported their findings after asking more than 130,000 participants aged 35 to 70 to fill in questionnaires. They were…

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Higher IQ Linked To This Type of Fitness

Higher IQ Linked To This Type of Fitness

Study of 1.2 million people finds links between fitness and verbal comprehension and logical thinking skills. Young adults who are fitter have a higher IQ and are more likely to go on to higher education, research finds. Higher IQ is linked to a higher heart and lung capacity, not to muscular strength. Heart and lung capacity was most strongly linked to verbal comprehension and logical thinking skills. Professor Michael Nilsson, one of the study’s authors, said:  “Being fit means that…

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The Best Health Advice Ever

The Best Health Advice Ever

Keeping your mind and body in tip-top shape is essential for living your best life. It’s difficult to attain success when you’re dragging yourself through the day, feeling stressed out, anxious, and generally unwell. That’s why you need to make yourself a priority. Focusing on your wellness is not selfish, it’s necessary for you to be able to give your best self to others. The Cheat Sheet spoke with six leading health experts about the best health advice they’ve ever…

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The Simple Treatment That Beats Antidepressants

The Simple Treatment That Beats Antidepressants

Two-thirds of people with major depression were no longer depressed after this treatment. A brisk walk three times a week can actually beat antidepressant medication in treating major depression, research finds. The results come from a study on three groups of elderly people with major depressive disorder. One group were given the exercise, another given antidepressant medication and the third both. The results showed that all three groups improved the same amount. Professor James Blumenthal, the study’s first author, said:…

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Here’s How to Make Yourself Love Exercise

Here’s How to Make Yourself Love Exercise

It’s not just you: Many people are turned off by the thought of exercise because they think it has to be intense or time-consuming. But the findings of a new study published in the journal BMC Public Health suggests that people could learn to enjoy being active simply by tweaking those beliefs and expectations. So says the study’s lead author Michelle Segar, director of the University of Michigan’s Sport, Health, and Activity Research and Policy Center, who’s spent years researching…

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How To Get Happier Now With Almost No Effort

How To Get Happier Now With Almost No Effort

You can lift your spirits without a gym membership, wearing Lycra or even leaving the house. For sedentary people, getting out of the chair is enough to improve happiness, new research finds. It turns out that very light activity is surprisingly effective in raising people’s level of well-being. Mr Gregory Panza, the study’s first author, said: “…simply going from doing no physical activity to performing some physical activity can improve their subjective well-being. What is even more promising for the…

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