Work Out Now, Weigh Less in Middle Age

A new study reports what you knew: Exercise is good. But how good it is may surprise you
By Kurtis Hiatt

Posted: December 14, 2010
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Everybody knows the importance of exercise in keeping weight down. What’s more surprising is that physical activity in the present may prevent weight gain many years into the future, according to a study out today in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers who followed 3,554 people over two decades found that men who stayed highly active gained six pounds less on average after 20 years than their low-activity counterparts did. For women, the difference was a whopping 13 pounds. Waistlines were trimmer for both sexes in the high-activity groups as well. Those studied began as 18- to 30-year-olds. Their 38- to 50-year-old selves showed that consistent commitment to physical activity may mean fewer pounds tacked on during the years notoriously threatened by jiggly bellies.

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Highly active, moreover, doesn’t necessarily mean marathoning or pumping iron for an hour. While the study used a complex formula that assigned scores according to how long, how often, and how intense the participants’ activities were, highly active was equivalent to spending roughly 2½ hours a week getting your heart pumping, like in a sport, brisk walking, or even gardening, says Arlene Hankinson, lead author of the study and an instructor in the department of preventative medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.

Yet only about 12 percent of the men and women studied fell into this elite group. The reason, says Hankinson, is consistency. “It’s not that it’s hard to achieve high levels of activity,” she says. “It’s that it’s difficult to maintain them over time.” You can’t have an on-again, off-again relationship with exercise. You have to commit.

That’s unlikely to happen unless you enjoy yourself. “Pick activities that provide continual motivation for you,” says Hankinson, whether it’s step aerobics, karate, dance, or racewalking through the park. Just make sure it gets your heart rate up. (Get your target heart rate from this table from the American Heart Association.) “Whatever activity you do, the whole point is that you’re doing something that you are going to maintain over a lifetime,” says Hankinson. “I don’t want to ever give the impression that it’s only certain types, because that just limits how people incorporate activity in their daily lives.”

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Your busy life may compel an unconventional regimen, and that’s fine, says Jeanne Doperak, a sports-medicine physician at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. “It may mean turning some music on with the kids and dancing around the living room for a half hour,” says Doperak. “It may mean going to the zoo for the day and walking a little faster between each exhibit. It may mean going with your daughter to her roller skating party on Friday night and you renting skates and skating with her.” You might also look at the world around you as your gym. Take the stairs. Put down the phone and zip over to your colleague’s office instead. Park farther away. Get off the bus or train a stop early. “There’s a Starbucks on every block, it seems,” says Hankinson. “So if you’re breaking for coffee, choosing to go the extra block or two to the store further away” is another trick.

Given the time of year, a New Year’s resolution can’t hurt. But don’t make it unattainably lofty. Good goals challenge you but aren’t so difficult that you give up in a few weeks. Think long term. If running 50 minutes one day means…


When Market America announced at our National Convention that social media is the future, I rolled my eyes and thought “what next”.  Am I going to be lost in the dust or get on board and learn.  I made the commitment to myself that I would learn all I could about Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Word Press, Social Media and it’s marketing impact and take action to do a little each day.

The younger generation, with their texting fingers seem to grasp this much quicker.  After 14 years of networking, the first two in which I did not even own a computer (now I can’t be without) I realized that this is a HUGE learning curve and I’m willing to bite the bullet and not let anyone or anything stop me from learning as much as I can.

I have a Social Media Coach (Brian at #InnovaTechnologies) guiding me through many weeks of training.  He’s been very patient with me, even when I ask the same questions over and over.  I’ve come a long way as I now know what a “Tweet” is, even though the Pufferfish sometimes eat it.

Early on, at one of my first conventions, JR Ridinger, Pres. of Market America stated that there will be a time when you can order anything on line and get paid back in commissions.  We all thought, how can that be and now the time has come.

The future is now and I intend to spend the rest of my life there.  For those of us (60 and over) this is not the time to give up, it’s the time to fight back, get mad if you have to, go for it and just have fun.  Meet new friends, share #MarketAmerica and enjoy learning as much as you can about Social Media while you’re earning money.

My grandchildren will someday say, “That’s My Grandma!” she ate the elephant one bite at a time.

Why is vitamin D important for healthy bones and joints?

Dr. Michael Roizen Answered:
Vitamin D is critical for bone and joint health, because it works hand-in-hand (or if vitamins had little hands, I guess it would) to strengthen bone and joint tissue.

How? If calcium is the ingredient that absolutely, positively has to get to your bones on time, then vitamin D is FedEx. Essentially, vitamin D increases the absorption of calcium, making it more efficient to deliver calcium to your bones so they can stay strong.

Besides being essential for good bone health, vitamin D may also be effective for your joints. Recent studies show that vitamin D may help slow the progression of arthritis. People who had high levels of vitamin D experienced less joint deterioration than those who had lower levels. Individuals with low levels of D and calcium were three more times more likely to suffer from, and age from, arthritis.

You need vitamin D for a multitude of other reasons, too, of course. For one, it’s a potent cancer fighter.

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(NaturalNews) Most people probably assume that their doctors know everything there is to know about health because, after all, they went through many years of medical school. But according to a recent New York Times piece written by a doctor, most medical schools teach few, if any, courses in nutrition, and most students graduate and become doctors with no sense of how nutrition plays a vital role in maintaining good health.

Even though most of the chronic diseases people face are related to poor diet, medical school training focuses largely on drugs, surgical procedures and other reactionary interventions instead. In fact, some medical schools do not even teach a single course in nutrition.

Back in the mid-1980s, the National Academy of Sciences published a report about the lack of nutrition education in medical schools, and advised that such schools begin offering at least 25 hours in nutrition education to their students. But a recent study published in Academic Medicine, a Journal of the Association of American Medical College, reveals that conditions have either remained unchanged or actually gotten worse.

Researchers from the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill found that the average number of nutrition education hours offered by most medical colleges today has actually dropped by nearly half since six years ago. Today, only 25 percent of medical schools even offer the minimum recommended number of hours in nutrition education.

“Nutrition is really a core component of modern medical practice,” emphasized Kelly M. Adams, registered dietitian at UNC and lead author of the study. “[Students] aren’t getting enough [nutrition] instruction while in medical school.”

For the past 15 years, UNC has been offering an online- and CD-ROM-based program that students can used to supplement their medical education. While the program has helped some, many medical school students still end up graduating with dismal knowledge in proper nutrition.

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Healing Foods

You’ve all heard that we are what we eat.

Just read in the Natural & Medicinal Cures, Healing Foods, “We eat too much, we eat too much of the wrong things, we don’t eat enough of the right things, and we eat things in our foods like preservatives and pesticides that the body doesn’t handle well – or at least not in the quanitities we consume.”

Our ancestors consumed mostly fruits, roots, leaves, nuts and seeds, with an occasional piece of meat if someone got lucky with a club. Their only milk came from the breast, eggs were a rare treat and pototo chips and ice cream were unheard of.

The evidence is overwhelming that what we put in our mouths can either put us on the road to health or bottle us up with disease.

“Perhaps five of the ten leading causes of death in the United State are nutritionally caused,” says Neil Stone, M.D., chairman of the American Heart Association’s nutrition committee and associate professor of medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago. “And as such, diseases like heart disease, cancer and stroke can often be prevented.”

In fact, scientists say that a little more attention to our diets might slash the death rates for these diseases by as much as 70 percent.

The following foods can help increase the likelihood that your heart will remain the healthy workhorse it was designed to be.  But don’t pick one food, eat it at every meal and think you’re going to prevent a heart attack.  the key, experts say, is balance.

Apricots, Beans, Carrots, Cherries, Fish, Garlic Grapefruit, Greens, Kiwi, Mangoes, Nuts, Okra, Onions, Oranges, Pineapple, Prunes, Pumpkin, Squash, Sweet potatoes, Oil(canola and olive oil my help prevent heart disease, but only when used as a substitute for other fats in the diet.)

Do you have a way to stay healthy during cold and flu season? Every year, more than 100,000 people in the US are hospitalized due to the flu and it’s complications.
Flu is one viral disease that usually is best treated by resting, drinking plenty of fluids and taking your nutritional supplements along with Echinacea. I just read that in one study done in Germany, liguid echinacea extract was shown to help ease the symptoms of influenza and speedy recovery. At the first signs of a cold or the sniffles, build up the immune system with the above tips.

Why not drink your vitamins! Normally, when you ingest a daily vitamin or nutritional supplement tablet, your body must work up to four hours digesting and absorbing the vitamins and nutrients.  During this lengthy breakdown process, a percentage of the nutritive value is lost.  But because Isotonix products are powders (you mix it with the proper amount of water), none of the fillers, binders, coatings and lubricants that are common to tablet manufacturing are necesary.  As a result, the amount of time and work necessary to absorb a supplement is greatly decreased.  Normally, it’s predigested within 5-10 min.  Far cry, from up to 4 hours to be absorbed and many times they are not absorbed.  Ask the nurses in the nursing homes about undigested vitamins and calcium, they refer to them as “bed pan bullets”

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