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 […]

Foods That Can Save Your Heart

Fresh Herbs Fresh herbs can help make other foods heart-healthy when they replace salt, sugar, and trans fats. These flavor powerhouses, along with nuts, berries — even coffee — can be part of heart-wise eating. Fact: Rosemary, sage, oregano, and thyme contain antioxidants. Black Beans Mild, tender black beans are packed with nutrients including folate, antioxidants, and magnesium, along with fiber, which helps control both cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Tip: Canned black beans are […]

Is This Stress or a Stroke?

Are you stressed out? Is your head throbbing, and you just don’t feel right? Worried you’re having a stroke? You’re probably not. Anxiety, migraines, blood sugar changes, and lots of other things can make you feel weak and funny — and they’re much more likely. But call 911 right away if any of these suddenly happen to you: A terrible headache, worse than you’ve ever had before Weakness on one side of your body Trouble walking, talking, […]

Take Charge of Your Blood Pressure

They call high blood pressure “the silent killer” because so many people are walking around with it and don’t even know it. Government statistics indicate that roughly 29% (or about one in three) American adults have high blood pressure, compared with 25% in the early 1990s. With the rising rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes, it comes as no surprise that higher rates of high blood pressure would follow. It doesn’t help that one out of four of […]

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