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Can I reverse prediabetes?

Prediabetes can be reversed in some cases through lifestyle changes, such as an improved diet, increased exercise, and modest weight loss of 5% to 7% of body weight. (Locked) More »

Do you really need to take 10,000 steps a day for better health?

Exercise experts often recommend that people aim to take 10,000 steps a day for good health. But that number is not backed by research. A new study shows that it may take far fewer steps to see health benefits. Women who took at least 4,400 steps each day saw a drop in their risk of dying during the study period, when compared with women who took 2,700 steps per day. (Locked) More »

Fitness trend: Nordic walking

Nordic walking is catching on in the United States as an exercise regimen, especially among older adults. The activity adds Nordic poles to a walking routine, and walkers then mimic the motions of cross-country skiers. Propelling oneself while walking combines cardiovascular exercise with a vigorous muscle workout for the shoulders, arms, core, and legs. Nordic walking is also associated with reductions in fat mass, “bad” LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, depression, anxiety, chronic pain, and waist circumference, and increases in “good” HDL cholesterol, endurance, muscle strength and flexibility, walking distance, cardiovascular fitness, and quality of life. More »

Keep your health habits on track during the holidays

The holiday season is a busy time of year when many people let their good exercise habits and diet slip. Planning ahead for the season can help people stay on track. Some strategies to help maintain good health habits include tracking your fitness and diet, focusing on social connections instead of food and drink at parties, and looking for new, interesting workouts. More »

How many steps should I take each day?

Evidence from Harvard suggests that taking 7,500 steps per day is associated with a 40% reduction in risk for an early death, compared with getting less than 3,000 steps per day. Doctors say that makes 7,500 steps per day a good daily activity goal. Regular exercise also reduces the risk for premature death. Doctors recommend moderate exercise—like a brisk walk (at about 3 mph) for 30 minutes, at least five times per week. More »

The trouble with watching too much TV

Sitting while watching TV may be more detrimental to heart health than sitting while at work. But getting the recommended levels of physical activity may protect against watching more than four hours of TV daily. More »

Take a stand against heart disease

Almost one-quarter of adults still don’t meet the federal guidelines for physical activity, and chronic sitting may be a major reason. New statistics have found that a vast majority of older adults spend at least two hours a day or even longer sitting. This can lead to weight gain, blood clots in the legs, and is associated with an increased risk for a heart attack and stroke. (Locked) More »