Archive for November, 2011

Straight From the Headlines: Tips to “Fit in” Fitness This Holiday Season

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

The months of November and December can be two of the busiest months for many people. From holiday entertaining to shopping, it is very easy to get off track when it comes to your diet and exercise. Use the following tips from Prevention to help keep on track when it comes to fitness this year:

• Instead of taking that leisurely stroll through the mall when you do your Christmas shopping turn that stroll into a power walk.

• Take the stairs while you are at the mall instead of using the elevator or escalator.

• Park in the lower lot of the mall and get that extra exercise by walking a little further to the mall.

• Try working out in the morning before your busy days get underway.

• Invite your house guests to work out with you so you can spend time with them and still get your exercise in.

• If you are traveling, check to see if your gym shares their membership with other gyms and try to get in a work out there. If not visit the local YMCA or get a one-time pass to the local gym.

Thanksgiving Calorie Counter: A Handy Calculator for Your Holiday Meal

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Avoid packing on the pounds this holiday season by figuring out how many calories are in your favorite meals using this handy, holiday calorie list.

Salads and Appetizers:

3 cups salad (with light dressing): 100 calories
½ cup jello with fruit: 120 calories
½ cup Waldorf salad: 110 calories
1 cracker with cheese: 70 calories
½ cup mixed raw vegetables: 25 calories
½ cup mixed nuts: 440 calories
1 oz. tortilla or potato chips: 150 calories (75 extra calories per tablespoon of dip)

Main Course:

6 oz. cured ham: 300 calories
6 oz. white and dark turkey: 340 calories
½ cup stuffing: 180 calories
½ cup cranberry sauce: 190 calories
½ cup mashed potatoes: 150 calories
½ cup gravy: 150 calories
½ cup green bean casserole: 225 calories
½ cup candied sweet potatoes: 150 calories
1 dinner roll: 110 calories (45 extra calories with one pat of butter)

Drinks:

1 mixed drink: 250 calories
1 glass of wine: 120 calories
1 glass of cider: 120 calories
1 cup eggnog: 343 calories

Desserts:

2 small chocolate chip cookies: 150 calories
1 piece apple pie: 410 calories
1 piece pecan pie: 480 calories
1 piece pumpkin pie: 180 calories
½ cup whipped cream: 75 calories
½ cup ice cream: 145 calories

Leftovers:

1 turkey sandwich with mayo and cranberry sauce: 450 calories
1 open-face turkey sandwich with stuffing and gravy: 290 calories

Fitness for the Elderly: Why Exercise is Important As We Age

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Health experts are constantly conducting research and learning more and more about the benefits of exercise for the elderly. Sedentary adults are more likely to suffer from heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, certain cancers, and joint and muscle disorders.

To help ward off these conditions and to deal with the everyday wear and tear that aging has on our bodies, experts suggest that individuals over the age of 50 should consult their physician and a personal trainer to come up with a fitness plan that works for them.

Another condition that exercise for the elderly has proven to help is the arthritis-striken population. The appropriate exercises can reduce inflammation and relieve stiffness in those particular joints. It also increases flexibility, muscle strength, power and stamina. Elderly adults who exercise also gains the benefits that their younger counterparts also gain including: weight control, the ability to manage daily stress and improved self-confidence. Experts have also found that exercising as you age can also reduce the risk of premature death, can curb depression and minimizes the development of brittle bones.

Cold Weather Skin Tips

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

The winter months are some of the harshest months on your delicate skin. But you can follow these tips to help protect your skin from the harshness of winter and your body will thank you for it.

Don’t forget the sunscreen- Just because the temperature drops doesn’t mean the ultraviolet rays have gone away. While the UVB rays are weaker, you shouldn’t skimp on the sunscreen during the winter months. Dermatologists suggest using a cream or moisturizer with an SPF of 30 year round.

Turn down the thermostat … just a few degrees- Surprisingly people who spend most of their time outdoors aren’t the ones with dry, peeling skin. It is just the opposite. Those people who spend their time indoors with indoor heat constantly are those who experience parched skin the most. If you can, turn down the thermostat a few degrees and use a humidifier to put some moisture in the air. This combination will help to replace some moisture in your skin and will alleviate parched skin.

Nutrients are key to quench dry skin- While many people believe that drinking an abundance of water will help quench dry skin, dermatologists suggest that getting the appropriate nutrients is more important than downing water when it comes to healing dry skin. Getting appropriate levels of omega-3 fatty acids through a diet rich in foods like salmon and halibut can help to combat skin dryness. The acid in these types of fish lessens inflammation and plays a huge role in strengthening the lipid layer, thereby helping your skin retain its natural oils.

Skip the long, hot baths- While a good long soak in a hot bath sounds like just what the doctor ordered after a day out in the elements, that hot bath is a big no-no when it comes to protecting your skin in the cold. Taking a bath that is warmer than your body temperature opens up your pores and releases the moisture that your body desperately needs during the winter. If you would like a bath over a shower, limit your time in the tub to about five minutes and be sure to use a creamy oil wash to give your skin that moisture back that it may lose.

Exfoliate rough feet- While the logical cure for dry feet is to moisturize them, dermatologists suggest that exfoliating your feet should be the cure instead. A moisturizer cannot work if you continue to put it on dead skin. Once you get rid of those rough spots on your feet, then the moisturizer you use will take to your feet so much better. Try a crystal buffer while your feet are damp or a stainless steel file while your feet are dry for the best results.

Avoid licking lips- Overusing lip balm is not the culprit when it comes to dry, cracked lips. Instead the culprit is more than likely the acid from your saliva left on your lips when you lick them. The skin on our lips is very thin and when that acid, which is used for digestion, is left on the lips for extended periods of time, dryness occurs. Make a conscious effort not to lick your lips when you are out in the elements and use a lip balm with softeners like shea butter or jojoba oil. Avoid minty lip balms as they may contain a drying menthol which will defeat the purpose of wearing the balm to begin with.

While these are only a few tips to protect your skin this winter, we hope that this is a good jump start for you and that the winter won’t be as painful on your skin this year or in years to come.