Higher-Intensity Workouts More Effective

running-573762_1920.jpgIn terms of promoting overall fitness, German researchers have found moderate to high-intensity endurance exercise significantly more beneficial than low-intensity exercise. While low-intensity exercise is appropriate for those with heart conditions or other disabilities/conditions that prevent higher intensity exercise, researchers stated that for healthy adults, intense endurance exercise is superior. In order to reap the benefits of endurance exercise, researchers recommended that healthy individuals with no heart problems aim for a heart rate of at least 80 percent of their maximum heart rate. To determine your approximate maximum heart rate for those 20 years of age and older, simply subtract 20 from your current age, then subtract the resulting number from 200. Thus, a 35-year old would have a maximum heart rate of 185 beats per minute; 35 minus 20 equals 15 and 200 minus 15 equals 185. Therefore, the target exercising heart rate for this individual would be 148 beats per minute; 80 percent of 185.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: International Journal of Sports Medicine. January 2007.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2007

 

Multivitamin Health Alert

diet-pills-1328804_1920.jpgThink all multivitamins are created equal? If so, read on. Not only could you be throwing away money by not receiving what is listed on the label, you could be consuming something that is potentially toxic to your body. Results from ConsumerLab.com indicates more than half of 21 multivitamins they tested had too little or too much of certain ingredients listed on the label and many had unacceptably high levels of the toxic heavy metal lead. ConsumerLab.com conducts independent tests to help consumers and healthcare professionals evaluate health, wellness and nutrition products. According to their results, out of the 21 products tested, only 10 had accurate amounts of stated ingredients as well as other quality standards. Some of their other findings included – one women’s multivitamin contained more than 10 times the lead allowed without a label stating so (against current California law), one children’s vitamin contained more than double the vitamin A (potentially toxic to children under the age of 9) and some products weren’t likely to break up in one’s digestive tract and instead, simply pass completely through without sufficient absorption. So when purchasing vitamins, it’s a good idea to purchase a quality product from a reputable company to ensure you’re not only getting the health benefits you paid for, but also, so you’re not consuming a product that is potentially toxic.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: ConsumerLab.com LLC, January 19, 2007.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2007

Healthy Meals – Tips for Making Them Affordable

Eating good, healthy meals doesn’t have to be the expensive, time-consuming ordeal many people think it is. In fact, eating healthy can often times be just as cost effective and efficient as eating packaged or semi-prepared meals IF you follow a few simple steps.

  1. Healthy mealsBuy In Bulk – when shopping for your food, anytime you can purchase larger quantities you’ll save money.
  2. Don’t Forget The Freezer – make extra and freeze it for a later date. This is a GREAT way to not only save money, but time as well!
  3. Embrace the Season – not only does eating food that is in season, choosing locally grown food usually means better taste and quite often a cheaper price.
  4. Eat It All – don’t let anything go to waste! For example, if you have a whole chicken one night, make chicken stock that can be used as a later date.

Remember, eating healthy doesn’t have to be a burden, financially or otherwise. Just be wise with how you buy and prepare your food and you’ll enjoy healthier, more flavorful and many times, more efficient meals.

(Source: http://www.foodnetwork.com/healthyeats/healthy-tips/2014/05/healthy-food-that-doesnt-cost-a-fortune-start-here)