Dancing as a Workout

How It Works Get ready to hit the dance floor! Dancing is a whole-body workout that’s actually fun. It’s good for your heart, it makes you stronger, and it will help with balance and coordination. A 30-minute dance class burns between 130 and 250 calories, about the same as jogging. Sign up for a class. Your teacher will lead you through a series of choreographed steps. The focus might be on the footwork, but the series of leaps, turns, […]

Turn Your Walk Into a Workout

Walking is as simple as it gets for exercise. All you need is a good, supportive pair of walking shoes. “Just a few extra steps each day is a simple and easy way to take an active role in maintaining a significantly healthier life,” says Timothy Gardner, MD, past president of the American Heart Association. Get Started Set a baseline. If you’re not active now, “start walking three times a week at a stroll for 20 minutes,” says […]

Great Outdoor Workouts for People With Diabetes

When you get moving, your body is better able to use insulin. This fall, get outside with a fun, flexible outdoor workouts such as walking, swimming, or biking. Jacqueline Shahar, MEd, RCEP, CDE, an exercise physiologist at Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, suggests you talk to your doctor before starting an exercise program. And always check your blood sugar before and after exercise. You may need to adjust your insulin or oral meds. Walking. It’s easy, you can do […]

Heart Attack in Middle Age May Be Tougher on Women

Women who survive a heart attack before age 55 tend to face more complications over the coming months than men do, new research suggests. One year after their heart attack, women had worse physical functioning, poorer mental functioning and a lower quality of life than men who survived their heart attack, the study found. The researchers can only speculate on the reasons for these results, “but we’re definitely finding that women are generally already in worse […]

6 Strategies to Control Diabetes

If you’ve just been diagnosed with diabetes, you can still enjoy doing the things you love while taking care of yourself. Use these six strategies to manage your health and live a rewarding, active life. [toggle title=”1. Get Informed About Diabetes” group=”strategies” start=”open”] Your first step after being diagnosed is to ask questions and learn as much as you can about: What changes you can make to take care of yourself What medical treatments you […]

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