Yes, you can stick to an exercise regimen!

Staying on an exercise regimen can be challenging, but some strategies may help people to stick to the program. Strategies include doing an enjoyable activity, setting goals and rewards, scheduling exercise in a written plan, gradually increasing intensity, exercising with a buddy, charting progress in a journal or with an activity tracker, making exercise more challenging by changing the frequency or duration, and getting back to a normal exercise routine if it falls by the wayside. (Locked) More »

Does aspirin stop a heart attack?

Taking a regular-strength aspirin can stop an impending heart attack. The aspirin should not be enteric-coated, and the dose should be 325 milligrams.  (Locked) More »

Pill-free ways to lower high blood pressure

Taking medication to treat high blood pressure is just part of the solution. Doctors say lifestyle modification is equally important. Losing weight may lower both systolic and diastolic pressure an average of one point for each pound of weight lost. Getting 30 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise on most days has the potential to lower systolic blood pressure as much as four to nine points. Other modifications include eating a heart-healthy diet, reducing sodium intake, limiting alcohol, and managing stress. (Locked) More »

Quick fixes to keep you from falling

About half of all falls take place in the home. To prevent that, it helps to eliminate fall hazards in every room of the home. For example, in bedrooms, night lights can help shine the path to a bathroom; in living rooms, it’s important to remove floor clutter and throw rugs, and rearrange furniture that blocks the flow of traffic; and in bathrooms, it’s best to remove loose throw rugs, use nonslip mats and treads on slippery floors, and install grab bars near showers, bathtubs, and toilets.  More »

Where the worst type of fat is hiding in supermarket foods

Trans fats are found in many processed foods, such as pastries, crackers, breakfast cereal, and soup. But the Nutrition Facts label can show zero trans fat if there is less than half a gram per serving. To detect trans fat in food, one should look at a food’s ingredient list and look for partially hydrogenated oils, which are trans fats. Some foods that contain trans fat may be surprising, such as frozen fish fillets, cappuccino mixes, and even seasoned bread crumbs.  (Locked) More »

Is my medication causing these side effects, or is it just aging?

Some signs of aging can be similar to medication side effects. For example, thinking skills decline in older age may be similar to the side effect of confusion from a group of medications called anticholinergics. To discern the difference, one should keep a chart or a log of all medications taken, and record the medication start date. If a side effect is noted within a few days or weeks of starting a medication, then it is more likely that the symptom is medication related.  (Locked) More »

Indoor cycling for older adults

Indoor cycling is a low-impact exercise that’s easy on the joints, and popular among older adults. It involves sitting on a high-tech stationery bicycle, in a group setting, with an instructor calling out instructions to simulate a real bicycle ride. Many classes are specifically for seniors, with instructors who are familiar with modifications for that age group. Indoor cycling has many health benefits, such as improving endurance and heart health, lowering blood pressure and stress levels, and strengthening hip and leg muscles.  (Locked) More »