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This Unhealthy Habit is Surprisingly Worse Than Smoking

If you had to name the number one unhealthy habit, how would you reply? Most people might say smoking, or eating too much junk food. And while you would be correct that these are terribly damaging habits, you might also be surprised at the results of a new study. One unhealthy habit was actually found to be even worse than smoking… And many people wouldn’t guess this one.

It’s actually not a habit, but the abstinence from a habit… Researchers found that not exercising regularly actually carries a more negative impact, over time, than smoking cigarettes daily!

The study involved nearly two decades of data from a cardiologist, Dr Kyle Mandsager, at the Cleveland clinic. After tracking stress data from over 122,000 patients over this time period, Dr Mandsager reached a startling conclusion: Patients with low activity levels faced a death risk equal or greater to those who regularly smoked.

Dr Mandsager explained the results of his study, which he says are actually not that surprising: “Exercise has an incredibly positive impact on our health … It lowers blood pressure, improves cholesterol profiles, improves glucose metabolism and helps maintain a healthy weight [leading] to reductions in our risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity, even cancer. What we have come to recognize is that the converse — being sedentary — has a profoundly negative impact on our health, likely involving the same complex pathways.”

The American Heart Association concurs: Both smoking and a lack of exercise lead to a hardening of the arteries, along with other health problems.

Here’s another surprising piece of information: While only about 15 percent of American adults smoke regularly, only about 20 percent of adults meet recommended guidelines for regular aerobic exercise and strength training. That means 80 percent of us aren’t exercising enough, and are putting ourselves at serious risk of chronic illness, carrying excess weight, and even early death.

So, how much exercise is recommended? The American Heart Association says you should aim for 150 minutes per week of moderate activity, or 75 minutes of intense exercise. However, it’s always better to do what you can, than to do nothing at all. Get moving, choose an activity you enjoy, and gradually increase your exercise sessions over time.

And of course, give us a call if you have questions about weight loss or preventing chronic disease. We can also assess your health before you begin an exercise program, identify underlying conditions, help you identify the types of exercise that are safe for you.

How to Help You Stay Safe if You Walk at Night

You know that exercise is important for your overall health, and especially helpful if you’re following a weight loss plan. But many times, life gets in the way of our plans, and we need to schedule our daily goals more creatively. Considering that our days are much shorter during the winter, you might sometimes head out for a walk at night. An after-dinner walk is relaxing, and can help you meet your exercise goals, but we also want you to stay safe. Read more

4 Foodie Trends to Watch in 2019

January 1 will bring a new year, a new you, and… new foods? If you’re on the self-improvement bandwagon (and most people are, at this time of year) you might be interested in the latest foodie trends that promise improved health and functioning. Are they really all they’re cracked up to be? Can they fit into your weight loss plan? Read more

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Sugar

When you begin a weight loss plan, you will quickly learn that sugar means empty calories, and is therefore your enemy. But aside from adding unnecessary calories to your diet, sugar actually impacts your health in a number of other ways. Here are five things you might not know about sugar. Read more

How to Work Out When You’re Sore

Sometimes, no matter how careful you are about warm-ups, stretching, and proper form, soreness will happen. It usually strikes the morning after a workout, or about 24 hours afterward. At this point you might wonder if it’s safe to exercise, or if you should take a day off. Read more

Sometimes Walking is Better Than Running

It’s a common assumption that running is a preferable form of exercise, over walking. After all, it’s more difficult and boosts your heart rate much higher. But it’s not actually a fact that running is better than walking in every situation. In fact, there are several reasons that walking might be the better form of exercise for weight loss, for some people. For example… Read more

Can This Simple Trick Help You Achieve Your Health Goals?

When most of us decide to get fit, lose weight, or achieve some other goal related to our health, we tend to focus on the “how”. We create an eating plan or workout schedule, or otherwise craft a regimen that we believe will lead to our success. And those things are certainly important! After all, most people don’t achieve a goal simply by thinking about it. Read more

What Do Your Cravings Really Mean?

When you’re following a weight loss plan, or working to maintain your weight, cravings can be one of your biggest challenges. Most people can’t rely upon willpower forever.

However, in many cases a craving is actually a sign of something other than hunger. When you learn to decode your body’s signals, it can be easier to replace old habits (giving into cravings) with new ones (giving your body what it is actually asking for). Read more

Sticking to Your Fitness Plan on Weekends

For most of us, the five-day work week provides structure. Even if feeling over-scheduled isn’t exactly fun, simply having a schedule helps you to stay on track toward your fitness and weight loss goals.

Then the weekend arrives, and most of us feel tempted to procrastinate. We sleep til noon, snack throughout the day, and by Sunday evening we realize we’ve indulged in way too much Netflix. Whoops! You certainly don’t mean to backtrack every weekend, but it happens quite frequently. Read more

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