May is National Osteoporosis Month
I can’t let May and
the NOF’s awareness campaign pass without giving a shout out to the best way to prevent bone loss or osteoporosis.
It’s not taking enormous calcium supplement tablets every day or occasionally choking down a couple of chalky TUMS.
It’s a combination of eating a variety of nutrient-rich foods and exercising every day.
Actually, no one can prevent bone loss altogether. …
read on It’s OK for steps, but not much else
I was feeling really good about myself the other day when I came home after finishing a 6,000 step walk that burned—according to the
Fitbit Zip in my pocket—720 calories.
I boasted about this to my husband, who immediately burst my pride bubble by saying,
“There is no way you burned that many calories in a 40-minute walk. Think about it.”… read on The wellness blog in the New York Times had an article about brain health that has strengthened my resolve to exercise every day. Walk, Jog or Dance: It’s All Good For the Aging Brain
It turns out that regular walking, cycling, swimming, dancing and even gardening may substantially reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s.
The author is referring to
a recently published study in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.
read on It’s spring and sporting equipment is coming out of the closets!
That’s why April is designated Sports Eye Safety Month.
If you and/or your kids play a sport that involves fast-moving balls, frisbees or sticks,
the American Academy of Ophthamology (AAO) wants you to take steps to prevent eye injuries.
Every year, more than 42,000 people are seen in ERs with sports-related eye injuries, and 13,500 suffer some degree of …
Last week a young college student drowned.
Normally I wouldn’t have paid much attention to the media surrounding this tragic event—
—but sadly the young man happens to be the son of friends. Dartmouth swimmer dies in pool mishap on vacation
He was a life-long swimmer and was on his university’s swim team; the least likely person, you would think, to drown.
But I learned something about a potential danger …
read on I’m not a gadget person, and I don’t embrace the “quantified self” movement, which seeks to keep track of everything measurable about the human body—weight, body mass index, blood pressure, heart rate, calories consumed, miles walked, jogged, biked, etc.
But ever since I wrote the post
I’ve been more committed to racking up 10,000 steps every day. Why sitting is bad for your health
the 10,000 steps a … read on
I sit too much. I always have.
By nature, I guess, I am a sedentary person. I’m not fidgety. I can sit for long periods of time reading a book or working at the computer.
I exercise every day, going for a long walk or working in my garden or doing yoga, and I thought that was enough.
But I just watched an episode of the excellent
series … HealthCare Triage read on
Chronic neck pain can be, well, a pain in the neck.
Usually caused by overuse, poor posture, tension or arthritis—or a combination—neck, shoulder and upper back pain can interfere with almost all routine activities.
But some simple yoga moves can help, and I think this particular YouTube video is great. The moves are well explained, and they can be done either standing or sitting at your desk. And it’s short, …
My husband sent me a link to a short Ted Talks video about aging. After watching it, I’m wondering if I’ve been going about aging the wrong way.
The video is about an inspiring woman, Olga Kotelko, who took up amateur track and field at the age of 77. At age 91, she was competing in the long jump! She had more than 50 world records!
How did she think …
Earlier this year, I posted about the study out of Harvard that showed
headaches are being overtreated in America.
Over a 10-year period, the number of patients being referred to specialists, or sent for special diagnostic tests, has doubled.
With more CT scans and MRIs, and more prescriptions medications, headaches are costly. Also, all the extra tests and drugs don’t necessarily help, and they might just cause more problems with …