Work Out With a Partner to Get Moving

Work Out With a Partner to Get Moving

If you’ve fallen behind on exercise goals, you aren’t alone. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services advises that American adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity each week. However, a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that less than half of us meet that recommendation. If you are looking for a willpower boost to get you moving, it’s time to reach out to family, friends and even work colleagues and find a workout partner. Researchers have found that you are more likely to exercise – and exercise more – if you do it with another person. In fact, you are more likely to increase both the amount of time you exercise and your fitness levels. The Spouse Connection Previous studies have shown that people who are married tend to eat a healthier diet …

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A New Look at BMI

BMI

Carrying around excess pounds is a problem of epidemic proportions in the U.S. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), over 1/3 of U.S. adults (36.5%) are so overweight they are classified as obese. Because it raises the risk of many health problems – from type 2 diabetes and heart disease to sleep apnea and several cancers – being significantly overweight not only causes suffering on an individual basis but it also takes a significant economic toll, contributing to higher medical and insurance costs, more disability, lost work days and premature death. But defining who is truly overweight and who isn’t is coming under scrutiny thanks to a reassessment of BMI (body mass index), a mathematical tool long used by physicians to quickly and inexpensively determine whether a person’s weight ranks as normal. Unlike reading pounds on a scale, BMI is calculated by a formula that takes into account a person’s weight in relation to his or …

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Why Too Much Sodium Can Impact Productivity

Why Too Much Sodium Can Impact Productivity

Avoiding tobacco products, exercise and eating a healthy diet are all well-known strategies that can improve health and, in turn, disability and health care costs. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report released earlier this year concludes it’s time to encourage people to consume less salt (sodium chloride). Almost 90% of Americans eat too much sodium daily, even if they never pick up a saltshaker. That’s because most excess sodium is hidden in fast and processed foods. However it gets into food, too much of it is putting the health of millions at risk, according to the CDC. About 70 million American adults have high blood pressure and only half have it under control. That raises their risk for heart disease, stroke and other ills that take the lives of more than 800,000 Americans each year. The economic toll, as well as the personal suffering, is enormous. Cardiovascular disease …

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Chronic Health Issues Linked To Psychiatric Problems

Chronic Health Issues Linked To Psychiatric Problems

Research by the National Institute of Public Health and public health experts at San Diego-based National University suggests that making lifestyle changes and seeking medical care that can prevent and/or keep common health problems under control can not only relieve physical suffering but psychological distress, as well. The researchers found that people with common, chronic medical issues, such as type 2 diabetes and hypertension (high blood pressure), have an increased risk of suffering from potentially work-impacting psychiatric problems. Consequences of Chronic Disease In the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) online journal “Preventing Chronic Disease: Public Health Research, Practice and Policy,” the research team pointed out that over the past hundred years, chronic diseases have become extremely common in the US and have surpassed infectious diseases as a leading cause of death. In fact, half of the US population has at least one chronic disease. Seven out of ten deaths are …

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