Optimism Linked to Health Benefits

Optimism Linked to Health Benefits

Previously published reports suggest that positive psychological factors such as optimism are associated with health benefits such as low risk of heart disease and cardiovascular-related death. Authors of this study analyzed data from the Health and Retirement Study. They did it in over 6,000 adults, all older than 50, and they compared the response. They found that optimistic folks simply have less stress which is linked to less cardiovascular events such as heart attack and stroke.

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Long-Distance Walking Results in Successful Weight Loss in Cardiac Rehab Patients

Long-Distance Walking Results in Successful Weight Loss in Cardiac Rehab Patients

Daily long-distance walking results in twice as much weight loss as standard cardiac rehabilitation exercises that involve walking short distances at a brisk pace. That’s what a new report from the journal Circulation and the University of Vermont College of Medicine finds. They studied 71 overweight patients in cardiac rehab who were randomly assigned to standard rehab exercises that burned 700 to 800 calories per week or intensive rehab exercises involving long walks that burned 3,000 to 3,500 calories a week. After five months, the group walking 45 to 60 minutes a day most days a week had greater improvements in 10 risk factors including blood sugar levels, cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and cardio-respiratory fitness. They all also lost 18 pounds compared to 8 pounds in the control group. It really shows the importance of getting out there and walking.

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Weightlifting May Be One of the Best Forms of Exercise

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One of the best ways to relieve stress is to exercise, and one of the best forms of exercise may surprise you. It’s lifting weights. If you lift weights, lift them properly, and take very few breaks, the workout is actually one where you can get an excellent cardiovascular workout. It can also help you build muscle at the same time. Here’s the really great part about it. As you build muscle, the actual muscle mass will help you burn calories by increasing your basal metabolic rate; your metabolism. Of course, there are certain tips that you need to know if you’re going to lift. The American Academy of Family Physicians offers many suggestions for safe weightlifting. Some of the key points: keep your back straight when lifting, always ask someone to spot you when lifting very heavy weights, and limit each set of muscles to only three workouts a week. Obviously, you need to clear it with a physician before you begin such a program.

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Apple Versus Pear Shape and Health

Apple Versus Pear Shape and Health

Earlier this month, we took a look at diets and diet books, and one of the concepts that came up a long time ago is the apple shape versus the pear-shaped body. Studies have clearly shown that women with the Apple shape, and that is what we call truckle obesity, more weight around the belly, these women are at greater risk for heart problems than people with the pear shape. Now, that doesn’t mean it’s a 100%, but it certainly can serve as a warning. One, that you want to try to get that weight down, and two, that you should have a healthy life if that is your natural build.

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