Thursday, 31 July 2014


A two-minute exercise is adequate to improve pensioners overall well-being. A recent study conducted for high intensity workout recommends an efficient way of delaying the effects of aging.
On the other hand, the media are promoting this study without realizing that it was conducted with only 12 participants in the span of just six weeks.

This study is comprised of two groups of six members .One group becomes the  control group while the other a high intensity training (HIT) group.

The HIT group performs a 6-second "all-out" cycling sprint twice a week for six weeks.The sprints are gradually increases  from six 6-second sprints to ten 6-second sprints.
The study showed a change in blood pressure, improve aerobic fitness and flexibility in the HIT group in comparison with the control group.

Because the study was conducted for a small group, it doesn't exactly shown the different scenarios of senior citizens as a whole. The findings of HIT for a bigger group of senior citizens may be inconsistent with the results in a smaller group.

The results are promising for HIT in senior citizens, but this results should be conducted to a wider participants to provide a more reliable outcome.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014


For those who jogged or run daily for at least five times a day, you have reduce your risk to almost one-third of dying early and increasing your life expectancy by three years a recent study said.

Researchers have gather data of more than 55000 adults in Dallas for the span of 6 to 22 years and have found that 24% of the adults are into running. Runners were 30% less likely to die compared to Non-runners  during the study. 

Runners also have a 45% less chances of dying from cardiovascular disease.This study was presented in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. These data has taken into consideration people who are smoking and drinking, their age during the program ,their family health history and other exercise routines

For those who were not running, the risk of dying is 24% greater compared to people who are overweight or obese (16%), having a history of cardiovascular disease (20%) , or having a high cholesterol (6%).

"Exercise is a miracle drug in many ways,". "The list of diseases that exercise can prevent, delay, modify progression of, or improve outcomes for is longer than we currently realize."

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Friday, 11 July 2014

5 tips for staying healthy while Ramzan fasting

1 Pack in fiber and protein at Suhoor
Suhoor and Iftar, the two daily meals during Ramzan, are taken before dawn and after dusk, respectively. Suhoor is crucial, as it is the faster's last meal before facing the day. So it is important to make sure this pre-dawn meal contains protein (found in eggs, cheese, yogurt, nuts, etc.) and fiber (fruit, vegetables, whole grains, etc.), both of which help stave off hunger over a long period.
2 Avoid overeating after sundown
After a day of deprivation, there is a strong temptation to overindulge at Iftar. To curb the pangs of hunger before reaching for calorie-rich foods, try having a bowl of cold soup or a healthy salad. The evening meal should also include protein, whole grains and vegetables. Especially during Ramzan, it is important to avoid empty calories and junk food, to eat at least five servings of fruit and vegetables per day, and to ensure that each meal includes healthy portions of protein and dairy products.
3 Eat almonds and dates instead of rich desserts
While Ramzan is a festive time of year, it has the potential to negatively impact one's health. Eating at night rather than during the day affects the body's metabolism, thus increasing the risk of weight gain. Fasting can also lead to cravings for foods that are high in sugar and fat, which can also impact your waistline. Charlotte Debeugny recommends eating a few dates or almonds instead of the extremely calorie-rich pastries served during Ramzan, such as baklava or halva.
4 Avoid the sun and stay hydrated
To stay in shape during a fast, it is also advisable to stay out of the sun, spend most of the day in cool places and avoid strenuous exercise. Eating fruit before sunrise is a good idea, as the water it contains helps to hydrate the body during the day. Be careful not to drink too much water at once. Coffee and tea are to be avoided, as they can actually lead to increased thirst and dehydration. For additional energy, try drinking smoothies or fruit juice diluted with water.
5 Adapt fasting to your physical condition
Before starting a fast, it is necessary to talk to a doctor, particularly for seniors, diabetics taking medication to control their insulin levels, pregnant women and pre-adolescent children. Those with compromised health who still wish to fast for Ramzan should consult their doctor to develop a fasting plan adapted to their condition. At the first symptom of failing health, it is important to stop fasting.
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5 tips for eating a healthier work lunch

When it comes to lunch break options, people in the San Francisco Bay Area have plenty of delicious dishes to choose from. Unfortunately, not everything on the lunch menu is good for your body.

Get a Body Like Jaime King with These 10 Tips for Healthy Summer Eating

It’s that time! We’re well past spring and the countdown to bikini season is over—it’s here! But don’t stress: Follow these simple tips to get you ready to hit the beach with renewed confidence from Kelly Boyer of Paleta, a farm-to-table meal service who is responsible for feeding some of the hottest bodies in Hollywood, including Jaime King. Just a few small swaps with your diet this summer will leave you feeling confident and ready to rock that bikini.

Health Tip: Eating for Energy

(Health Day News) -- Food is fuel for your body, and filling up on nutritious offerings can really rev up your energy.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers these suggestions to help give you some pep:
  • Eat small meals and snacks regularly to maintain metabolism and prevent hunger.
  • Stick to small portions and light meals that are just enough to satisfy your hunger and cravings.
  • Balance your plate with healthy servings of fruits and veggies, low- or non-fat dairy, whole grains, lean proteins and healthy fats.
  • Choose foods that offer plenty of fiber and protein.
  • Avoid drinks that can rob you of energy, such as sugary sodas, coffees and energy drinks. Instead, drink plenty of water, unsweetened tea, low-fat or fat-free milk or flavored water.

Experts give tips on staying (or getting) healthy this summer

SALT LAKE CITY — In August, Linze Struiksma began to change 27 years of habits that led to what she said was "mediocre to bad health."

With the help of a close friend, Struiksma learned about healthy eating, how her body processes food, and she began weight training. Struiksma cut back on processed food and began scanning menus before heading to a restaurant to see what her options are and to ensure there will be low-calorie, non processed food available. She's kept up with her training and now helps train friends.

5 Simple Tips to Enjoy Holiday Summer Food While Protecting Your Health

#1) Eat a Fresh Orange With Your Barbeque to Block the Carcinogens

Fresh oranges are high in natural vitamin C compounds that help block the cancer-causing effects of barbequed foods. When meat fat is burned to a crisp, it produces carcinogenic chemicals that promote colorectal cancer.

4 tips to eating well on $4/day

EDMONTON — Eating well doesn't have to be expensive. That’s what Leanne Brownis determined to show as she serves up a smorgasbord of meal ideas in her cookbook Good and Cheap.

Feeding Expert Kristen Yarker Gives Tips to Parents to Promote Kids' Healthy Eating Habits

Child-feeding expert Kristen Yarker, MSc, RD has recently released her recommendations for how parents can use a Farmers' Market to encourage their picky eaters to try new foods on their own, no nagging required. As a speaker, author, and dietitian specializing in child nutrition, Mrs. Yarker provides moms and dads with helpful strategies on developing a child's long-lasting love of healthy foods.

5 Tips for Healthy Eating as We Age

Good nutrition plays an important role in how well you age. Eating a healthful diet helps keep your body strong and can help reduce your risk for heart disease, diabetes, stroke and osteoporosis. Studies even show a link between healthful eating and longevity.

Ask The Expert: Tips To Get A Child To Eat Healthy

(KUTV) Robin Aufdenkampe, Outpatient Clinical Nutrition Manager at Primary Children's Hospital gives some tips on how to get your children to eat healthy.

1. Getting a child to eat healthy can be tricky. One simple way to get children to try new foods is to lead by example.

2. Another important thing to remember is fresh is best.

3. When trying to get a child to get the proper nutrition remember 5-2-1-0.

Healthy Hollywood: 5 Tips To Wipe Sugar Out Of Your Diet

Healthy Hollywood is ready to say goodbye to sugar. After a festive Fourth of July weekend that included lots of calorie-rich food and wine, it’s time to reset and get my body back on track.

Tips to lead a healthier life

Leading a healthy life doesn't only mean going to the gym and working out. It further means to take care of your body and make easy to manage healthy choices in day to day life. Our body is our physical shell that will take us through the various phases of life.

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Darya Rose’s tips for healthier eating that even the busiest people can follow

Big Omaha speaker videos are here. We'll be releasing a video each Monday, Wednesday and Friday until mid-July. Stay tuned to hear lessons, stories and more from some of the most interesting founders in the nation.

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Budget friendly tips for healthy meals

With kids home more during the summer, one of the biggest concerns for parents is serving them healthy meals and snacks, says Dr. Keith Kantor, nutritionist and author of the children’s book, "The Green Box League of Nutritious Justice," (Effective Press, $17). What healthy meals and snacks will satisfy children and how can you make them on a budget? Dr. Kantor offers the following tips for eating healthy meals on a budget, as well as a few recipes to try at home.

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Tips for eating a healthier work lunch

Here are 5 tips for a healthier work lunch, followed by 5 lunch options you should avoid bringing to the office:

Learn the lingo The American Heart Association recommends to look for items on the menu that are steamed, broiled, baked, grilled, poached or roasted over foods that are served fried, au gratin, crispy, scalloped, pan-fried, sautéed, buttered, creamed or stuffed. When it comes to drinks, shoot for 100% juice, water, or diet soda. And if drinking coffee, choose fat-free milk over half-and-half.

Lack of exercise is to blame for bulging waistlines and obesity epidemic NOT eating more calories, study finds

  • Scientists found activity levels have fallen in 20 years as BMI has risen and calorie intake has remained the same

  • It is recommended adults do 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week

  • Studies have shown around two in three fail to achieve recommended levels

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Combining aerobic, resistance exercise may be best for diabetes

Reuters Health) - Exercise programs that combine aerobic exercise and resistance training may be better at helping people with diabetes control their blood sugar than either type of exercise alone, a new analysis of past studies says.
“It has been well established that exercise training is better than doing nothing,” Lukas Schwingshackl told Reuters Health in an email. He led the study at the University of Vienna in Austria.

“One of the more important questions that remains to be answered is which exercise modality offers the most benefits,” Schwingshackl added.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Germany to meet Argentina in World Cup final, tech firms predict

Microsoft and Google are predicting a Germany vs Argentina World Cup final, based on their respective data analysis

Germany will beat Brazil, and Argentina will beat the Netherlands in the World Cup semi-finals, resulting in a final clash between Germany and Argentina on Sunday 13 July, technology companies Microsoft and Google are predicting.
Microsoft's artificially intelligent digital assistant Cortana has accurately predicted the outcome of every match of this year's World Cup elimination round, surpassing even Paul the 'psychic' octopus in its predictive abilities.
Cortana's predictions come from Microsoft's Bing search engine, which was updated at the beginning of the tournament to support World Cup predictions.
Microsoft's predictive models evaluate the strength of each team through a variety of factors such as previous win/loss/tie record in qualification matches and other international competitions, and margin of victory in these contests.
Further adjustments are made related to other factors which give one team advantages over another, such as home field (for Brazil) or proximity (South American teams), playing surface (hybrid grass), game-time weather conditions, and other such factors.