Obesity is a risk factor for a number of chronic health problems including heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some forms of cancer. Exercise combined with a healthy diet is one of the best ways to reduce body fat, but even if you’re obese and never lose a pound, a new study shows you’re still getting benefits. Find out why.
As we age, blood pressure control becomes a more important issue. If you’re at high risk for hypertension, you may wonder whether high-intensity interval training offers benefits over moderate-intensity exercise. Find out what research shows about this issue and the role exercise plays in preventing high blood pressure.
No doubt – yogurt is a quick and convenient snack that can also double as breakfast when you’re running behind in the morning. If you’re on the fence as to whether to add yogurt to your diet, here’s a reason to give it a try. Trying to lose or control your weight? More than one study shows yogurt may help with fat loss.
Is there a disconnect with how people perceive their weight? Recent studies show some people who are overweight or obese aren’t aware they have a weight problem. Find out more about obesity “misperception” and new research on how well we’re dealing with the obesity epidemic.
Aerobic exercise and resistance training both change the structure of your heart, but in slightly different ways. After about three months of regular endurance exercise, the left ventricle in your heart begins to enlarge by dilating. Over time, the left ventricular wall becomes slightly thicker as well.
After losing weight, you need a sound nutritional and exercise strategy to keep from undoing all your hard work. How much you eat matters but so does the composition of your diet. Find out what a new study shows about diet composition and weight maintenance.
Whether we look it or not, cells age. Still, you do have some control over how quickly the cells inside your body age. A new study shows a simple lifestyle change, sitting less, could help slow down the cellular aging process. Find out how exercise, even unstructured exercise you do throughout the day, keeps cells young.
It happens to everyone. You splurge on something “off limits” like a piece of cake or an ice cream sundae. How likely is it that your unexpected splurge will lead to weight gain? Not as high as you might think. A new study shows an occasional splurge meal won’t hurt you and probably has benefits. Find out more.
Are you quick to reach for a bottle of ibuprofen when you’re sore from a workout? Ibuprofen, and other NSAID, and exercise don’t always mix. In fact, taking these medications regularly during exercise carries health risks. Find out what these risks are.
Why do people enjoy junk food so much – and can you really change your tastes so you like healthier fare? A new study suggests you can. Get the scoop on junk food, why it’s so “habit forming” and how to wean yourself off of it.