Best & Worst Exercise Equipment For People With Back Pain

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humanbodyMinimally invasive spine surgeon Dr. Michael A. Gleiber, MD, FAAOS has published a new article in which he lists the four kinds of exercise equipment that can help alleviate back pain and support recovery from a spine injury, and the three kinds of exercise equipment that people with back pain should definitely avoid.

Minimally invasive spine surgeon Dr. Michael A. Gleiber, MD, FAAOS has published a new article in which he lists the best and worst exercise equipment for people with back pain.

“Many people who suffer from back pain or have a spine injury believe that they must give up their gym membership,” commented Dr. Gleiber, who specializes in treating all spinal disorders including herniated discs, spinal stenosis, scoliosis, myelopathy, degenerative disc disease, spondylolisthesis, spinal trauma, and tumors and infections of the spine. “However, exercise can actually help alleviate their back pain and support their recovery — provided that they are using the right equipment in the right way, and steering well clear of the wrong equipment.”

According to Dr. Gleiber, the four kinds of exercise equipment he recommends for people suffering from back pain are:

1. Elliptical machines, which place minimal stress on the back and other joints.

2. Stationary bikes (both upright and recumbent), which provide an aerobic workout and strengthen the lower body, with little to no impact.

3. Treadmills, which are ideal for people who are out of shape, or resuming an exercise program after a lengthy break.

4. Weight machines, which can be particularly helpful for upper body exercises, and unlike free weights, do not require bending of the knee in order to lift the weight.

And on the other end of the spectrum, the three kinds of exercise equipment that people with back pain should definitely avoid are:

1. Lying leg press machines, which place enormous stress on the lower back.

2. Hip abductor machines, which strain the spine with each squeeze or pull.

3. Loaded standing calf raise machines, which place excessive weight on the shoulders and stress on the spine.

Added Dr. Gleiber: “Even when using this recommended equipment, people should immediately stop exercising if they experience additional back pain. And if they have any doubt about an exercise machine, they should check with their medical doctor – and not gym staff!”

The full version of Dr. Gleiber’s latest article entitled “The Best (and Worst) Exercise Equipment for Back Pain” is available on his practice’s website at http://michaelgleibermd.com/news/best-worst-exercise-equipment-back-pain/

Additional articles by Dr. Gleiber on spine health, pain relief, effective exercising and more are available at http://michaelgleibermd.com/news.

About Dr. Michael A. Gleiber, MD

– Dr. Michael A. Gleiber, MD is a trusted expert in the field of minimally invasive spine surgery. He currently serves as Spokesperson for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, is a writer for The Huffington Post, and is frequently invited to provide his medical expertise in the media. Dr. Gleiber has been honored with multiple recognitions, including Castle Connolly Top Doctors for Spine Surgery, SuperDoctors of South Florida, Top 10 Spine Surgical Specialists Florida by Vitals.com, and is listed amongst Top 50 Spine Surgeon Leaders. Learn more at http://michaelgleibermd.com

Study Links Fatty Liver And Heart Failure In Obese People

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newsFatty liver is independently associated with subclinical heart failure in obese people, according to a new study published online, January 26, in the journal Radiology. The findings add more support to the importance of dietary interventions in such patients, researchers said.

Fatty liver is independently associated with subclinical heart failure in obese people, according to a new study published online in the journal Radiology. The findings add more support to the importance of dietary interventions in such patients, researchers said.

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), also known as hepatic steatosis, is the most common liver disease, with a prevalence of up to 30 percent in the general population and between 70 percent and 90 percent among persons who are obese or have type 2 diabetes. NAFLD is considered as a manifestation of the metabolic syndrome, a group of risk factors like high blood pressure, excess abdominal fat and unhealthy cholesterol levels that raise the risk of heart attacks, strokes and other health problems.

“One of the unique aspects of our study is that we took all of the individual components of the metabolic syndrome into account as possible confounders in this association, as the metabolic syndrome is associated with NAFLD and with cardiovascular disease,” said study lead author Ralph L. Widya, M.D., from the Leiden University Medical Center in Leiden, the Netherlands.

For the study, Dr. Widya and colleagues used proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy to noninvasively measure hepatic triglyceride content, a measure of fat in the liver, and cardiac MRI to assess left ventricular diastolic function in 714 men and women aged 45 to 65 years. Of the 714 patients, 47 percent were categorized as overweight, and 13 percent were classified as obese.

The left ventricle is the heart’s main pumping chamber, and diastolic function refers to the phase of the heartbeat when the heart relaxes to fill with blood. Abnormalities of diastolic function, represented by inefficient filling of the heart, play a major role in exercise intolerance in patients presenting with heart failure. Diastolic dysfunction has been clinically undervalued and is currently gaining major attention by cardiologists and general physicians, according to senior author Hildo J. Lamb, M.D., Ph.D., also from Leiden University Medical Center.

Results indicated that an increase in hepatic triglyceride content was associated with a decrease in mean left ventricular diastolic function in the obese subgroup of the study population. The association between hepatic triglyceride content and left ventricular diastolic function existed independently of the metabolic syndrome, suggesting that fatty liver itself could, at least in obese people, pose a risk of heart dysfunction above and beyond known cardiovascular risk factors that are clustered within the metabolic syndrome.

“Our results may be of importance in cardiovascular risk stratification in obesity, because there is a large variation in the degree of hepatic steatosis in obesity,” Dr. Widya said. “Also, more emphasis should be put on dietary interventions to reduce or prevent hepatic steatosis.”

The reasons for the link between fatty liver and heart function are unknown, Dr. Widya said, but could be related to several factors, including the presence of infection-fighting white bloods cells called macrophages or increased expression in the liver of small proteins known as cytokines.

Future research is required to study the effect of NAFLD on cardiovascular events, according to Drs. Widya and Lamb, and further study is needed to investigate to what extent the association exists and differs among normal weight, overweight and obese persons.

Mistakes People Make In The Gym

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By Cody Bollerman

exerciseballIf you have just recently started hitting the gym more regularly, it is natural to feel more experienced than you actually are. However, you cannot afford to be as nonchalant as the folks that have established muscle memory and the familiarity that comes with years of hard work. Therefore, let’s talk about some of the most common, but also most obvious mistakes made by new fitness buffs.

Drinking Little to No Water

Although most people know the importance of regular hydration, CBS reports that over 75% of the population in the United States consumes less than the 6 daily cups prescribed by the Institute of Medicine. This basically means that more than three quarters of Americans are functioning in a chronic state of dehydration. Seeing how even mild dehydration influences both mental and physical performance, this statistic is quite shocking. Realistically, most physically active people need to drink at least twice the amount. In addition, if you are a heavy sweater, you need a drink with some electrolytes to help you replenish and retain all the fluid you lose during a workout.

Neglecting Warm Ups

For some reason, most people walk into a gym, do a couple of arm circles, hit the bench and start lifting weights. A proper warm up session will increase your circulation, heart rate and the neural drive to working muscles. In a recent Journal of Strength and Conditioning study, researchers sought to determine what the best warm up really is, and how it might affect your strength. Of the two groups tested, the one which did not do warm ups (while the other had 5-minute warm ups) did not see any performance boost. Conversely, the group that had 15-minute long, low intensity warm ups gained the benefits of increased body temperature without any unnecessary fatigue. Furthermore, certain workout clothes may help you manage your body temperature, allow for a full range of motion, and prevents inflammation and muscle soreness. Luckily, you can easily find affordable gym clothes that will do just that. I’ve been using them for years myself, and I have yet to completely ruin a piece.

Neglecting Diet

Within an hour of completing your workout, your body needs to load your muscles with fuel and energy. The intake of the right nutrients stimulates protein synthesis (muscle growth) and the renewal of muscle glycogen. If you neglect this time window, your body may end up in a state of catabolism. Just this year, researchers from the McMaster University uncovered significant new evidence in the quest for the elusive goal of simultaneously losing fat and gaining muscle. The scientist studied two groups of young men that underwent a month-long regime of hard exercise. Both groups went on a low calorie diet, but one had lower levels of protein than the other did. The high-protein group experienced sufficient muscle gain, while the low protein group did not gain muscle mass.

Spending Too Much Time in the Gym

While it may seem ironic, this is a concept you should take into account for the sake of your schedule, and more importantly, your body. One of the biggest misconceptions most average gym-goers have is that you need to spend a couple of hours a day lifting weights in order to produce a fit and toned body. According to a study of over 300 men and women, published in the Journal of Current Biology, people who hit the gym twice a week burn about 200 calories more than your average person does. Furthermore, the study explains that over time, your body adapts to higher activity levels, and it changes your metabolism so that fewer calories are burned.

Staying Focused

According to the figures provided by Statistic Brain, almost 70% of gym-membership owners never use their membership cards at all. Just going to the gym on a regular basis is a task by itself, but once you arrive there, you have to make the most out of the time you have on hand. With a wide range of machines and workout regimes available, it is easy to get confused. You have to know what you want to do and how long you want it to take; and if you focus on one workout that targets a few areas, you will start to see progress after just a couple of weeks.

New CDC Vital Signs Report – Alcohol Poisoning Kills Six People In The US Each Day

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informationMore than 2,200 people die from alcohol poisoning each year in the United States – an average of six deaths each day – according to a new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Three in four alcohol poisoning deaths involve adults ages 35-64 years, and most deaths occur among men and non-Hispanic whites. American Indians/Alaska Natives have the most alcohol poisoning deaths per million people.

Alcohol poisoning deaths are caused by drinking a large amount of alcohol in a short period of time. This can result in very high levels of alcohol in the body, which can shutdown critical areas of the brain that control breathing, heart rate, and body temperature – resulting in death.

More than 38 million U.S. adults report binge drinking an average of four times per month and consume an average of eight drinks per binge. Binge drinking is defined as consuming four or more drinks for women and five or more drinks for men on an occasion. The more you drink, the greater your risk of death.

“Alcohol poisoning deaths are a heartbreaking reminder of the dangers of excessive alcohol use, which is a leading cause of preventable deaths in the U.S.” said CDC Principal Deputy Director Ileana Arias, Ph.D. “We need to implement effective programs and policies to prevent binge drinking and the many health and social harms that are related to it, including deaths from alcohol poisoning.”

Alcohol poisoning death rates varied widely across states, from 46.5 deaths per million residents in Alaska to 5.3 per million residents in Alabama. The states with the highest death rates were in the Great Plains, western United States, and New England.

CDC scientists analyzed deaths from alcohol poisoning among people aged 15 years and older, using multiple cause-of-death data from the National Vital Statistics System for 2010-2012.

Alcohol dependence (alcoholism) was identified as a contributing factor in 30 percent of these deaths, and other drugs were noted to have been a factor in about 3 percent of the deaths. While this study reveals that alcohol poisoning deaths are a bigger problem than previously thought, it is still likely to be an underestimate.

“This study shows that alcohol poisoning deaths are not just a problem among young people,” said CDC Alcohol Program Lead and report coauthor Robert Brewer, M.D., M.S.P.H. “It also emphasizes the importance of taking a comprehensive approach to reducing binge drinking that includes evidence-based community strategies, screening and counseling in healthcare settings, and high-quality substance abuse treatment for those who need it.”

Vital Signs is a report that appears each of the month as part of the CDC journal, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The report provides the latest data and information on key health indicators. These are cancer prevention, obesity, tobacco use, motor vehicle passenger safety, prescription drug overdose, HIV/AIDS, alcohol use, health care-associated infections, cardiovascular health, teen pregnancy, food safety, and viral hepatitis.

Vital Signs is a monthly report that appears as part of the CDC journal, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

People At High Risk For Heart Disease (And What They Can Do)

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By Jason Kane

healthyheartbpHeart disease is one of the top killers of men and women in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one out of every four deaths is caused by heart disease.

Certain people are at a higher risk of developing it. Find out if you might be one of them, and how you can take preventative action against it now.

Smokers

Smoking tobacco products significantly raises your risk of developing heart disease or experiencing a heart attack. Likewise, long-term exposure to secondhand smoke can increase both of these health conditions as well.

To improve your heart health, quit smoking now. There is no better time. Visit your doctor to learn about smoking cessation programs that can help you be smoke-free.

Diabetics

People with diabetes or who are prediabetic are at a higher risk for developing heart disease. Prediabetics can make healthier lifestyle choices to reduce their risk of developing diabetes.
Daily exercise, a well-balanced diet and getting enough sleep are a few ways to start. Diabetics may have a more difficult time reducing their risk of heart disease though. High blood sugar levels can build up in your arteries, leading to excess plaque and ultimately, heart disease.

Speak with your doctor about ways that you can manage your blood sugar levels. In the meantime, diabetics can take some action on their own. Daily exercise is one of the easiest ways to manage blood sugar levels. Even a brisk, 30 minute walk can make a big difference. In addition to this, eating small meals throughout the day can ensure that your blood sugar levels are stable.

The Obese

bellymeasurementsmallObesity is one of the most common triggers of heart disease. This is partially due to the fact that many obese individuals also suffer from high cholesterol and high blood pressure, which put you at a higher than average risk for heart disease.

Individuals with a BMI over 30 are at the highest risk. Losing weight now and keeping it off will significantly reduce your risk of heart disease and other health complications. People who gain weight and lose weight often are also at a high risk.

The healthiest way to lose weight and maintain it is to change your lifestyle, and dedicate yourself to a healthy diet and exercise routine.

Hereditary Factors

If you have a family history of heart disease, stroke, or heart attacks, you may be at a higher risk of developing these conditions. However, hereditary factors do not overrule unhealthy lifestyle choices.

In fact, by simply eating healthier, drinking more water, sleeping enough, and exercising regularly, you can reduce your risk and in some cases, eliminate it entirely.

Heart disease is a serious health concern that affects thousands of Americans. You can reduce your risk by being proactive in your health. Take care of your heart by making healthy lifestyle choices. Use the information provided to help you get started on your journey towards a healthier, happier heart that is free of heart disease.

– Jason Kane spent 2013 doing everything he could to improve his heart health. His goal in 2014 is to help other people do the same. He is a professional blogger who writes for AEDs Today.

10 Ways Slender People Think Differently And Stay Slim Naturally – Part 2

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By Michelle Hastie

http://yourhealthjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/kickhabit.jpg6. The Naturally Slim and Slender Don’t Work out Just So They Can Eat Food

This was probably the worst part of dieting EVER! Every time I ate I had to think about how much movement it would take to then remove that food off my body. This is an insane way to live! When you don’t have worries around weight you simply eat because you are hungry, and exercise because you want to.

7. The Naturally Slim and Slender Know They Don’t Need to Be Athletes

I don’t know about you but I grew up in the arts not the athletics. This doesn’t mean that I am completely inept when it comes to exercise (I mean I did become a personal trainer at some point). But when I decided to live like a personal trainer does, I gained weight faster than a speeding bullet. Ok well not that fast, but pretty darn fast. I move daily, don’t get me wrong… around my house, walking my dog, doing chores, etc. The truth is I lost 10 lbs. stuck on the couch for 30 days, so clearly this is not the answer.

8. The Naturally Slim and Slender Know that Missing a Day, Week or Month of Exercise Doesn’t Cause Weight Gain

Unless you are training to be in a marathon, body building competition or becoming a bikini model you do not need to worry about missing workouts. Your body is constantly changing. Some days it will want to move all day! Some days you will not want to move from your bed. The important thing is if you listen it will always balance itself out, so stop trying to do it for it! It’s only dieters that worry and guilt themselves over a missed workout.

There are sooooo many ways to move our bodies. You can do simple movements all day and never go to the gym and stay trim.

9. The Naturally Slim and Slender Understand the Importance of Enjoying Exercise Rather Than Burning Calories

There are sooooo many ways to move our bodies. You can do simple movements all day and never go to the gym and stay trim. You probably won’t have the strength or endurance you prefer, but you won’t be overweight. You can walk, do yoga, dance, cross fit, go to the gym, and it’s literally endless. It’s only dieters that choose their movements based on what burns the most calories versus what’s the most fun or feels the most amazing during… So many clients tell me how much they enjoy it after but not during. I choose not to do anything I don’t enjoy even for a minute that includes the stair stepper.

10. The Naturally Slim and Slender Don’t Worry About Exercise as a Means for Weight Loss

I know so many people who are thin and don’t ever “exercise” in the way you would define the word. They just do their regular movements throughout the day, eat until they are full and that’s that. Your body can adjust for anything. It can adjust your appetite for the months when you run 5 days a week and then the months when you barely get out walking. As long as you are listening you can always keep your body in balance. Eliminating your stress is the real cause of your weight loss and most dieters stress over their exercise or lack thereof. Focus on relaxation instead of exercise and see where that gets you!

– Michelle Hastie, President/Founder, As Seen In Shape Magazine, Total Body Health Solutions

10 Ways Slender People Think Differently And Stay Slim Naturally – Part 1

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By Michelle Hastie

girljogIt’s no secret that those with their ideal body have different thought patterns and beliefs. The question then becomes what the heck are those different thought patterns and beliefs? Being that I lived my life in my ideal body, overweight and then back to my ideal body I am very aware what those differences are. Today we are focusing on the 10 ways to change your thinking around food and exercise. This will allow you to have your ideal body by thinking the same way those who have the results you desire do! Now as you read these you may think to yourself… “Well of course they don’t do the things I do because they aren’t trying to lose weight, they are already slim!” I want you to think about whose habits you are modeling… most of you are modeling dieters. It’s time to listen to the real experts, those who don’t think about their weight ever!

1. The Naturally Slim and Slender Don’t Count Their Calories

Have you ever met someone who stays slim naturally? Not the person who is dieting to stay trim, but that person who you quietly scowl at because they are on their 3rd piece of pizza and you are wondering where the heck they put it? Well that person does not count their calories. Nor do they care. They simply eat until they are full and they trust that their body will give them that cue therefore it’s not their job to determine how much to eat.

2. The Naturally Slim and Slender Refuse to Starve

When you talk to someone who has never struggled with their weight they will tell you they love food, and they especially love to eat it. Duh right?! The only people who are starving themselves are dieters and last time I checked those aren’t the results you desire… so it’s time to stop following their habits!

3. The Naturally Slim and Slender Don’t Understand the Need for “Cheat Days”

Whenever I hear someone say they are having a “cheat day” I cringe a little because it takes me right back to my dieting days. Trust me when I tell you there are no naturally thin people having cheat days. In their mind every day is a cheat day because there are no rules! And when there are no rules, there is no desire to overeat, binge eat or eat the 3 pints of ice cream that you have to get out of the house before the cheat day is over.

4. The Naturally Slim and Slender Emotionally Eat without Weight Gain

Everyone emotionally eats! Why? Because eating is an emotional experience.

Everyone emotionally eats! Why? Because eating is an emotional experience. It can bring up memories from our mothers home cooking, or our first date at that delicious Italian restaurant. The problem starts when you abuse food, which you will not find in the household of someone who is in their ideal body. So to recap… emotional eating… Good… abusing food… Bad.

5. The Naturally Slim and Slender Don’t Believe in Labeling Something as “Eating Bad”

First of all there is no “eating bad” when you aren’t worrying about your pounds. There is simply food that made you feel good and food that made you feel bad. No judgment. No shame. No guilt. Just an understanding that eating that food again definitely has a consequence. You can still eat it; you just have to deal with the consequences.

Stay tuned for part 2 of this article…..

– Michelle Hastie, President/Founder, As Seen In Shape Magazine, Total Body Health Solutions

Slim People May Not Be Healthy Afterall

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applescaleFrom Your Health Journal…..A very interesting article from the Nigerian Tribune by Blessing Ekum entitled Slim people may not be healthy afterall!. This is an important article to read, so please visit the Tribune site to understand that thin does not necessarily mean healthy. This blog does cover many times the health risks associated with obesity such as type 2 diabetes, cancer, heart disease, asthma, and weak joints. However, researches have now shown that being slim doesn’t necessarily mean being healthy. A genetic analysis of over 75,000 people carried out by the Medical Research Council in the United Kingdom showed that certain slim people with a particular genetic variant do not store fat subcutaneously (under their skin), rather fat gets stored in and around their organs (viscerally), therefore they stand a higher risk of developing Type II diabetes and heart diseases despite the fact that they are slim. This is truly a very interesting finding, and an important article to digest. Good eating habits are important for all types and sizes of people.”

From the article…..

In recent years, obesity has taken the rap as a major underlying risk factor for a horde of health problems. Cardiovascular problems, Type II diabetes, high blood pressure, heart attacks have been linked to being overweight and for most obese people, being overweight not only poses a health risk, but also has socio-psychological implications.

According to the World Health Organisation, a crude population measure of obesity is the body mass index (BMI), which is a person’s weight (in kilogrammes), divided by the square of his or her height (in metres). In the November 2009 edition of the Bayero Journal of Pure and Applied Sciences, Atiku M.K of the Department of Biochemistry, Bayero University, Kano, points out that the BMI range classification as follows: BMI <16.00 (grade – 3 – underweight); BMI: 16.00 – 16.99 (grade – 2 – underweight); BMI: 17.00 – 18.49 (grade – 1 – underweight); BMI: 18.50 – 24.99 (normal); BMI: 25.00 – 29.99 (grade – 1 – overweight); BMI: 30.00 – 39.99 (grade – 2 – overweight) and BMI > 40.0 (grade – 3 – overweight)

While regimented diets and exercises and in extreme cases, pills are taken to battle being overweight, slim people are usually under the mistaken notion that since they do not have much subcutaneous fat, they do not need to exercise as exercise is strictly for overweight people looking to lose weight. Some give the excuse that they have great metabolism and so can eat food with as many calories as they want without getting fat. For some slim people, it is assumed that they can easily get away with avoiding healthy lifestyles because it does not reflect visibly on their weight. So, junk food high in saturated and/or trans fat, lack of exercise, alcohol consumption and so forth are considered okay. It is also wrongly believed that diseases whose risks are higher as a result of obesity are no cause for worry since they are not ‘physically fat’.

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Number Of People Hospitalized Because Of Weight Triples In Five Years

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scaleFrom Your Health Journal…..”Another great health article from The Guardian out of the UK by Sarah Boseley entitled Number of people hospitalized because of weight triples in five years. Obesity is on the rise all over the world, and in the UK, they are aware of this problem, as many of their published articles have addressed this issue. Obesity related illnesses is also on the rise, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, and weak joints. Now, reports from the UK are stating that the number of people admitted to hospital because of their obesity has more than tripled in five years. Action on obesity needs to include local authorities using their powers to control the numbers of fast-food shops, particularly around schools. We must also see much more work to maintain nutritional standards, and to educate young people about nutrition and cooking basic foods. Parents also need support and information. Please, visit the Guardian web site (link provided below) to read the complete article. I always try to support and promote their great articles.”

From the article…..

The number of people admitted to hospital because of their obesity has more than tripled in five years, according to the latest official NHS figures.

The scale of the obesity crisis is clear from the latest data from the NHS Information Centre, which shows that almost all the indicators for the future of the crisis are still pointing the wrong way.

In 2011-12, there were 11,736 cases of people being admitted for hospital treatment because of obesity – although some of them may have been admitted more than once. That is more than 11 times higher than the 1,019 cases in 2001-02 and more than three times higher than the 3,862 in 2006-07. In almost every year, more than twice as many women were admitted as men. The highest rate of admissions was in the north-east (56 per 100,000 population) and the lowest was in the east of England (12 per 100,000).

The data shows that 65% of men are now overweight or obese, compared with 58% in 1993. The figures for women have risen from 49% to 58% in the same period. Adult obesity – defined as having a body mass index (BMI) over 30 – has risen steeply, from 13% of men in 1993 to 24% in 2011 and from 16% to 26% in women.

Almost a third of children aged 2-15 were overweight or obese in 2011 – 31% of boys and 28% of girls – but that is little changed on the previous year, and there have been suggestions that the rise is levelling off. Measurements at primary school show that 9.5% of children arriving in reception class are obese. By the time they leave, 19.2% are obese.

The vast majority of adults in England still do not take enough exercise, the data showed. In 2011-12, 36% of adults – 41% of men and 31% of women – took part in some sort of moderate-intensity sporting activity at least once a week for 30 minutes.

Only 43% of children aged 5-16 walk to school and only 2% cycle. A third are driven to school in a car or van. Over three-quarters of children (77%) played competitive sport in school in the last 12 months but only 37% did so outside it.

Amy Thompson, senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation, said: “These figures hold a mirror to the state of the country’s health – and it is not a flattering reflection. The number of people who are overweight or obese is steadily climbing and unhealthy lifestyle choices are helping us along this path. After our Olympic year, it is a sad fact that only a third of us manage 30 minutes of physical activity once a week, when we should all be aiming for 150 minutes every week to keep our hearts healthy.”

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The Biggest Mistakes Healthy People Make

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From Your Health Journal…..”A great article from MSN by Katy Moore about mistakes healthy people make. For example, taking some vitamins may actually be harmful if not done correctly. Some people who work out may think they do not need to eat their greens, but again, not true. Other notable things are about organic foods, as many feel they are more beneficial to better health. As the article states, an organic biscuit is still a biscuit. Diet drinks may be missing the spoonfuls of sugar found in regular fizzy drinks but sweeteners used to give that sugary taste are still undesirable as they’re chemical based. My favorite is the paragraph about salad, as many people eat if for its health benefits, but so many people add a lot of extra calories and fat to it, it almost takes away the benefits. Please visit the MSN site (link provided below) to view to complete article.”

From the article…..

So you go to the gym, drink low calorie drinks and eat low fat meals. You’re healthy right? Not necessarily. We talk to leading nutritionist and accredited practising dietician Dr Joanna McMillan about potential pitfalls that can hinder your health rather than sustain it.

I’m healthy, I take lots of vitamins

Less is often more with supplements. Some vitamins can even be detrimental to your health in large doses. “B6 can cause nerve damage in excess while overloading on iron tablets can instigate cellular damage in the gut, so be aware of what your body needs.” says Dr McMillan.

I work out so I don’t need to eat my greens every day

Just because you have gym membership doesn’t mean you can skimp on the essential nutrients found in healthy foods. Dr McMillan suggests that, “at least half a mealtime plate should consist of vegetables, which provide the vital phytochemicals our body needs

I’m healthy, I always buy organic

While eating organic food means consuming less potentially damaging chemicals, the widespread belief organic food is more nutritious, is largely unfounded according to Dr McMillan.

“Forget buying organic because you think it’s healthier. An organic biscuit is still a biscuit. If you can afford organic fresh food then great, but for most Australians the focus should be on eating more fresh food full stop.” she says.

I look after my health by concentrating on fat contents

Focus on fat and you might be missing some other health demons. Most people consume far more salt in their diet than recommended, with much of it hidden in processed and low-fat foods.

“Too much sodium can cause long term health problems like high blood pressure, increased risk of stroke and kidney issues,” Dr McMillan says.

Diet drinks are healthy-they have no sugar

Diet drinks may be missing the spoonfuls of sugar found in regular fizzy drinks but sweeteners used to give that sugary taste are still undesirable as they’re chemical based. Dr McMillan’s main concern is how they perpetuate the craving for sweet things.

“The bottom line is, we should be drinking water or veggie juice to quench our thirst, not relying on sweet tasting fizzy drinks”

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