Nutrition: Beware Those Miracle Diets

As the new year dawns, many of us begin resolutionizing our health and wellness plans. However, before latching onto the latest diet craze, let us review the well-informed advice in the link below on diet dangers to watch out for. Our best advice: most of us don’t actually need diets, we need nutrition.

Commentary: Best Heart Rate Monitors

Gifting a HR monitor to a loved one for Christmas? The linked research below verifies that, once again, the most accurate style is the chest strap. But many of us find them inconvenient and uncomfortable. There are, however, some photoplethysmography (PPG) wrist-worn monitors which can provide acceptable accuracy for most of us.

Exercise: Beginner Calisthenics

The New Year is just around the corner and many of us are anticipating our latest iteration of our fitness resolution. Linked here is an excellent beginner body weight exercise program for Resolutionaries. It is brief, effective (for men and women), and requires little or no exercise equipment. PLEASE CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE BEGINNING ANY NEW EXERCISE PROGRAM.


Standards Of Physical Activity

The new “Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans” has been released. The guidelines have been updated since the 2008 edition. The adult basic activity requirements is still at least 150 minutes of moderate activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity per week plus two days of weight-bearing strength training. A very important change is preschoolers (3-5) should be active about 3 hours per day. And kids (6-17) should be active for 60 minutes per day. Movement is exercise. And exercise is medicine. View a brief summary at this link for more of the updates.

Exercise: Staying Safe While Staying Fit

Visit the link below for a brief discussion on exercise errors many people make and why it is important to avoid them. Remember: if we injure ourselves while working out, we can set our fitness plans back days—or even weeks—as we recover from the injury. Stay safe, stay strong.