1 AnswerMultiple Sclerosis Foundation answeredLifestyle physical activity is a behavior that is broadly defined as any bodily movement produced by the contraction of muscles that substantially increases energy expenditure. This type of behavior can be accumulated during one’s daily routine by participating in 30 or more minutes of selfselected physical activities. This can include leisure activities such as a nice walk in the park, occupational work such as walking to a coworker’s desk rather than sending an email, transportation such as riding a bicycle to the store, gardening or even household chores such as vacuuming.
1 AnswerNational and international employers are invited to participate in Global Employee Health & Fitness Month (GEHFM), an observance of health and fitness in the workplace each May. During GEHFM employers will challenge their employees to create Healthy Moments, form Healthy Groups, and develop a Culminating Project.
Participants will be able to log these activities on the GEHFM website throughout the month, allowing employers and employees to track, share and promote their individual and group activities. Exclusive GEHFM vendor products can be ordered at www.4POINT4.com/GEHFM.
1 AnswerGlobal Employee Health & Fitness Month (GEHFM) is an international and national observance of health and fitness in the workplace. Each May, the goal of GEHFM is to promote the benefits of a healthy lifestyle to employers and their employees through worksite health promotion activities and environments. Participation is free.
Formerly National Employee Health & Fitness Day, GEHFM has been extended to a month-long initiative in an effort to generate sustainability for a healthy lifestyle and initiate healthy activities on an ongoing basis.
2 AnswersDr. Darria Long Gillespie, MD, Emergency Medicine, answeredSwitching up your workouts -- rather than doing the same thing day after day -- has many benefits. For starters, it’s more fun to mix it up -- it adds some spice. Trying new activities makes it more likely that you’ll find something you really love doing and can stick with. It’s also better for your overall fitness. It strengthens different muscles and reduces your chances of a repetitive-stress injury. Studies have shown that people who do a combination of cardio and weights have better outcomes for weight and other benefits of exercise.
1 AnswerA trend among endurance athletes is to intentionally train with low glycogen (sugar-based energy) stores. Your body naturally turns to available blood sugar and then glycogen stores of energy during the early phase of exercise. Once that's burned, the body starts to force fat metabolism, the next available source of energy. So if glycogen storage is low to begin with, the theory is that you will quickly begin to burn fat as your energy supply. Hence, the term training low.
How is this accomplished? Remember that various foods supply glucose (sugar), especially carbohydrates. So if your carbohydrate intake is low, you end up with low glycogen stores.
To get the process started begin to taper your intake of carbohydrates for a few days during training, while increasing (healthy) fat intake. Embracing this kind of a diet requires a health professional to guide and monitor you, since very low carbohydrate diets can present certain health challenges. Always check with your physician before beginning an exercise program or a new dietary approach.
1 AnswerWe all know that exercise has a range of physical and mental benefits. That’s why kids (and adults) should exercise daily. A new study now suggests that watching nature scenes on video while exercising may offer additional health benefits.
The Conventry University study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health asked kids 9 and 10 years old to cycle at a moderate pace for about 15 minutes. In one cycling experience, they viewed a video of a forest track that paced in relationship to their cycling efforts. In another exercise experience, they just cycled without viewing any videos.
Measurements taken after viewing the video showed that post-activity blood pressure was significantly lower, compared to cycling without watching the simulated forest video. Lower blood pressure is associated with a lower risk of developing heart-related health problems. Experts suggest that it may be worthwhile to expose kids to these green, calming videos while they exercise.
2 AnswersExercise includes anything that gets your body moving. For good cardiovascular health, the American Heart Association and Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recommend 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week. That is equal to 30 minutes of aerobic activity five times per week. Alternatively, you could do 75 minutes of vigorous activity (or 25 minutes three times per week). You will experience benefits no matter how you divide up the total recommended time of exercise in the week, but it is recommended to exercise in intervals of at least 10-15 minutes at a time.
1 AnswerStudies have found that sodium bicarbonate may have a small but positive effect on sprinting performance in men. Other benefits include improved overall exercise performance, time to exhaustion, total work, performance time, and power. More research is needed on the effects of sodium bicarbonate in women.
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1 AnswerDr. Robin Miller, MD, Internal Medicine, answered
It is possible that there will be a pill that creates the same positive effects of exercise. In this video, Robin Miller, MD, reports on a compound recently created by scientists.
There is a style of yoga called Bikram Yoga that uses higher room temperatures during yoga classes. Disciples of this particular approach believe there are benefits to the body in terms of pliability, circulation, toxin removal and focus. Hotter rooms are also trending in the world of aerobic exercise, specifically during spinning, despite there being little evidence of better outcomes with a heated environment.
Experts feel that for the average exerciser, a heated environment actually makes the person less able to perform maximally, because their body has to work so much harder to stay cool. In particular, the heart is asked to provide adequate oxygen to the muscles, remove waste that accumulates during exercise AND pump even more blood to help dissipate the heat. There are no current studies that suggest any benefits that warrant the risks involved.