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Last Minute Gift Ideas

Last Minute Gift Ideas

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Wondering which gear, gizmos, or gadgets to get your health-savvy friends this holiday season? After taking a quick, anonymous poll, this is what I found: Fitbits and fitness trackers are still the most requested. Tools to track calories burned and steps taken (plus much, much more) are popular. There are a wide variety of options available, such as the Fitbit or the Jawbone. For more info on these devices, and more, click here. Bonus option – buy one for yourself and a friend and start a friendly competition! If you know a swimmer, waterproof music playing devices top their list. There are some cool choices for listening to tunes while in water. One company takes iPod shuffles and waterproofs them. Another has a device that allows you to hear audio via bone conduction. Whichever you choose, this gift will be the coolest of the season! You can’t go wrong with exercise equipment. The most popular piece of equipment on my informal poll? Kettle bells. Kettle bells can be used for multiple exercises and come in a variety of different weights. Need some kettle bell workout inspiration to include in the package? Try these exercises. Workout clothing is a safe bet. If none of the items suits your gift giving tastes or fits within your budget, consider giving some workout clothes. To any fitness buff, there’s no such thing as having too many tech shirts, warm up jackets, or running socks! Get extra points by having some fun. Find t-shirts, headbands, or arm warmers with your exercise buff’s favorite inspirational quote or saying. Wondering what to say? Try starting...

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A Sedentary Lifestyle Is Bad For Your Health

A Sedentary Lifestyle Is Bad For Your Health

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A sedentary lifestyle can lead to numerous diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, and cancer1. Common treatments for these ailments often include prescription medications. A simple, but underused, treatment is available – exercise! Regular exercise has been found to be a powerful ally in preventing or correcting these illnesses. Recent studies support that “exercise is potentially similar to many drug interventions in preventing early death in patients with coronary heart disease, who have heart failure, who are recovering from stroke, and in preventing diabetes.“ However, physicians have been slow to prescribe exercise to improve their patients’ health. Even the ancient scholar Hippocrates2 realized the connection between exercise and overall wellbeing. He wrote, “eating alone will not keep a man well; he must also take exercise. For food and exercise work together to produce health.” Aside from the numerous diseases that exercise can prevent or correct, it is also essential for maintaining weight control. But, more importantly, the more we exercise, the less likely we are to die of numerous causes. With this much evidence to support the health benefits of exercise, it’s curious as to why it’s not the leading prescription in the nation! While it wouldn’t be wise to stop taking your prescription medications without the consent of your physician, it’s important to discuss what exercise can do for your health while you are with your doctor. By regularly incorporating physical activity into your lifestyle, you can reap all of the wonderful benefits of exercise – including less stress and more happiness. If you’d like to discuss exercise as medicine in more detail, please contact me. I’d be happy to help you realize the benefits of regular physical activity! Would you like to read more about exercise as medicine? Consider these articles: 1Exercise is medicine and physicians need to prescribe it! Exercise as Potent Medicine Comparative effectiveness of exercise and drug interventions on mortality outcomes: metaepidemiological study Exercise Is Medicine: An Rx for a Better America 2Exercise is Medicine: A Historical Perspective...

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