Carolyn Hax: Getting a reluctant spouse to exercise, lose weight

Compact exercise aids that work for dorm room workouts

There seems to be a sort of hurdle she cant get over to begin helping herself. I know she reads your column and respects your advice. I find her as beautiful as the day we met years ago, but I am so worried she is killing herself with inactivity and food. Worried This is the answer no one wants to hear, but your wife has chosen this path, and you cannot force her off it, even when you have reason to believe its hurtling her toward a premature death. There are things you can try, of course, and it sounds as if youve tried them all, for all the right reasons promoting exercise-related couple time and eating better together are the two best, for sure. Yet even they take you no further than the line where it becomes her choice. The best (and of course worst) thing I can advise is to accept that this is her path, and to find whatever way possible to enjoy your time with her as-is.
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The 5.5-foot-long, 1/8-inch thick mat has 54 yoga and stretching exercises on it, and the stretch band has 26, including important exercises such as upright rows and overhead lat pulls. Dislikes: None Price: $89.99. Wrist tell-all Lifetrak Move C300: Compact, stylish, waterproof and chest-strap-free sports watch tracks your calories burned, heart rate, steps taken and distance traveled. Likes: Good information, value and looks.
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Correction: Blood Pressure Story

Rao is involved in research on reducing obesity and other risks for heart disease. “If we were able to keep everyone’s blood pressure under control in the United States, the number of new strokes and heart attacks would go down just exponentially,” he said. High blood pressure affects 1 in 3 U.S. adults, or 67 million people, and the condition caused or contributed to more than 348,000 deaths in 2009, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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‘Low blood pressure can cause brain damage’

Johnson said her muscles began to abnormally tighten, and thought that she might be going through some type of a seizure. I felt weak and so disoriented, she reportedly said. On getting to the hospital through the help of a Good Samaritan, the doctor did a quick check-up and then broke the news to her: You have low blood pressure. Apparently, Johnson hadnt eaten breakfast that morning and her diet didnt have any protein-based foods such as poultry, meats, nuts, fish, and so on. Medical experts said it was essential to keep ones metabolism functioning with varying nutritional ingredients. Protein, carbohydrates, vegetables, and fruits among many other types of food are all part of a well-nourished individual. They often advised that too much of anything is not healthy, so is too little.
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Poor Sleep Linked to High Blood Pressure in Teens

Stephen R. Daniels, pediatrician-in-chief at the Children’s Hospital in Denver and a spokesman for the American Heart Association, noted that the new study is preliminary, but “it does point to the direction that the next studies need to go to understand what less sleep and less efficient sleep mean in terms of blood pressure.” If the findings hold up, they could eventually influence school system schedules, Daniels said. Schools now start later in the morning for younger students and earlier for teenagers, he said. “But the changes in the diurnal patterns for adolescents make it harder for them to get up in the morning and to get to sleep at night. If we reorganize the day-night schedule for adolescents, that could make life easier for them and their parents,” he added. Dr.
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Hottest fitness trends of 2013

But did you know some of the most popular races are also the dirtiest? Events like Tough Mudder and Spartan Race are obstacle runs that often include wall climbs, army crawling under barbed wire and, of course, dredging through mud pits. If youre considering trying an obstacle race, our own SportsDoc panelist Cassie Haynes shared her top tips to prepare and train for a Tough Mudder . More coverage Cohen added: Every race is different, but theres one thing they all have in common: everyone who finishes seems to want to do it again. 2.
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In the field: Fitness instructor helps others lose a ton

“I’ve always been a little leery about weight loss contests. I get nervous about the way people are going to lose weight. I’d like it to be sustainable.” — Tani Wojcinski

Its a resistance training program thats all set to music in a group fitness format. What should people know if theyre looking to start a fitness class? I think starting is one of the hardest things to do, but once you get going, find something that you enjoy and that feeds your soul, something to move with physically. Theres so many different options. Just try a lot of different things and find what fits for you.
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Al Marri tops Dubai Fitness Championship leaderboard

Held under the patronage of Shaikh Majid Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman, Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, this years competition is expected to be even more intense than the inaugural edition last year. The preliminary rounds started last Sunday and after one week, it was Al Marri at the top of the qualifying standings after finishing the fitness regimen in a time of 12:11.22 minutes. Dubais Al Marri is followed by Hallvard Borsheim from Norway with a second-best time of 12:27.22 while the UAEs Faisal Al Marzouqi with 12:53.18 is in third place. Ross Gilmour from Scotland is in fourth with 12:54 and the UAEs Saud Saif Al Shamsi, who was at the top of the standings after the first two days of qualifying, found his time of 13:58.40 the fifth best in the qualifying. Launched by Shaikh Majid last year, the championship is aimed at raising awareness of the importance of exercise and health, while promoting fitness among UAE residents, especially Emiratis. The qualifying rounds will conclude on September 8, after which the best 36 in each category will feature in the finals to be held at a specially set-up circuit at The Dubai Mall from September 12-14.
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Vitamins and Supplements

Below are various categories of vitamins and supplements. Click on a product category link to see which products pharmacists recommend most often. Learn more about our Top Recommended Health Products . Recommended Products by Category
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New Additions to the Pharmics Supplement Line Include Prenatal Vitamins with DHA

Salt Lake City, Utah (PRWEB) August 21, 2013 An expectant mothers health during pregnancy is paramount. Everything from the nutrition she receives through diet to her physical comfort has a lasting effect on her unborn child. The need for seemingly-common vitamins and supplements increases significantly when a woman becomes pregnant: Not only is her health more crucial, but her own reserve of vitamins depletes as the baby begins to use it for its own growth and development. Pharmics Inc. knows the importance of nutrition for both expectant mothers and their childrenthis is why they offer only the best prenatal vitamins with DHA , liquid iron supplements, and nursing cups for painless breastfeeding. Many womens diets are already deficient in iron as it is difficult to consume the nutrient in levels high enough without a multivitamin. Iron is vital to the growth and brain development of a baby, and he or she will tap into the existing iron supply of its mother to furnish their own need.
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What Does Your Digestive System Do?

This is the last place where water and some minerals are absorbed before the rest goes out of the digestive system in the form of a bowel movement. “What is left at this point is roughage or fibrous food particles that can’t be absorbed,” explains Koch. “Bacteria ferment some of this roughage into vitamins and most of the remaining liquids are absorbed here.” “Our digestive system should be appreciated because of its essential reason for existence getting the nutrients that keep us alive,” says Koch. He also points out that we should appreciate how much pleasure we get from a healthy digestive system . “The smell and taste of food, the pleasure of swallowing, and of feeling pleasantly full after a good meal are important parts of being human. And importantly, of course, we really are what we eat.” This section created and produced exclusively by the editorial staff of
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Digestive System: Facts, Function & Diseases

Infographic: all about your stomach and how digestion works.

Description of the digestive system The digestive tract, also known as the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, starts at the mouth, continues to the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine (commonly referred to as the colon) and rectum, and ends at the anus. The entire system from mouth to anus is about 30 feet (9 meters) long. Digestion begins with chewing. Teeth, which are part of the skeletal system, play a key role in digestion. In carnivores, teeth are designed for killing and breaking down meat. Herbivores teeth are made for grinding plants and other food to ease them through the digestion process. Saliva, which is secreted by the salivary glands in the mouth, contains an enzyme, salivary amylase, which breaks down starch.
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Digestive system

The small intestine Once in the duodenum, the food is mixed with more digestive enzymes from the pancreas and bile from the liver. Food is then squeezed into the lower parts of the small intestine, called the jejunum and the ileum. Nutrients are absorbed from the ileum, which is lined with millions of finger-like projections called villi. Each villus is connected to a mesh of capillaries. This is how nutrients pass into the bloodstream.
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Health Insurance Choices: High Deductibles and Health Savings Accounts

Health Insurance Innovations, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2013 Financial and Operating Results

Money in my FSA could be used to pay the deductibles and co-pays. Since this would be tax-free I wanted to maximize the use of it but there was a catch. The unused amount at the end of the year was forfeited. In other words, it was “use it or lose it.” Every year was a guessing game about how often I would go to the doctor or be admitted to the hospital.
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(3) Financial data for the six months ended June 30, 2013, includes our second quarter results of operations together with our restated first quarter results of operations, as reflected in our Form 10-Q/A filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 13, 2013. Reconciliation of Premium Equivalents to Revenues For the Three and Six Months Ended June 30, 2013 and 2012 (in thousands) Unaudited Three months ended Six months ended June 30, June 30, ——————– —————— 2013 2012 2013 2012 ———- ——– ——– ——– Premium equivalents (1) $24,194 $18,024 $46,279 $33,757 Less risk premium (10,010) (7,722) (19,111) (14,611) Less amounts earned by third party obligors (586) (367) (1,099) (688) ———- ——– ——– ——– Revenues $13,598 $9,935 $26,069 $18,458 ========== ======== ======== ======== (1) “Premium equivalents” is defined as the combination of premiums, fees for discount benefit plans, fees for distributors and our enrollment fees. Premium equivalents does not represent, and should not be considered as, an alternative to revenues, as determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP. We have included premium equivalents in this press release because it is a key measure used by our management to understand and evaluate our core operating performance and trends, to prepare and approve our annual budget and to develop short-term and long-term operational plans. In particular, the inclusion of premium equivalents can provide a useful measure for period-to-period comparisons of our business. Premium equivalents has limitations as an analytical tool, and you should not consider it in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under U.S.
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Nelson Mandela Health Condition Improving But Still Critical, South Africa Says

In a statement Sunday, President Jacob Zuma said Mandela is making a “slow but steady improvement.” Zuma thanked South Africans for praying for the 95-year-old former president, who has been hospitalized since June 8 because of a lung infection. The government has released few details on Mandela’s illness, citing privacy issues. Legal documents filed by the family of the anti-apartheid leader had said he was on life support, though some family members have in recent weeks given upbeat assessments of his health. A number of relatives have talked of Mandela returning soon to his home in Johannesburg but others have not spoken about him leaving the hospital. Contribute to this Story:
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‘The Italian Stallion’ hosts Fitness 101 class

Fitness: Aqua workouts

While deployed, I was introduced to functional fitness-style workouts. Functional fitness exercises are those that better prepare you for everyday life. Every day you push, pull, drag, carry, or somehow move objects that need to be moved. The aforementioned “Rocky IV” pre-fight workout would be a perfect example of a functional fitness-style workout. After four months in the desert I dropped the 30 pounds and completed my first half marathon.
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7 Pieces Of Fitness Advice We Actually Want To Follow

Handschuh/News Parkour, or ‘free running,’ is moving from outdoor urban spaces to indoor gyms. Indo-Row: The rowing machine, often considered retro and dull, is making a comeback in the most surprising fashion: the group fitness class. Indo-Row lets you work in teams to work every muscle in your body — not just the upper body — which gets your heart pumping but without risks to your joints. What’s more, a 50-minute class can burn as much as 1,200 calories, about twice as many as spinning. RELATED: BOOT CAMP-STYLE FITNESS CLASSES AIM TO WHIP RESIDENTS INTO SHAPE PaddleFitness: Still building momentum this year are indoor classes that simulate surfing or paddleboarding workouts.
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Tabata, indoor rowing and parkour are group fitness trends on the rise

If you hate running or swimming or barre class or yoga, stop doing it! Shop around until you find something you truly enjoy, whether it’s CrossFit or Zumba or Pilates or softball or gardening , and then make it a habit. Stop Doing Crunches Let’s settle this one once and for all: Crunches is not the path to six-pack abs. Research shows that we cannot spot reduce fat in the precise areas we’d like to (in this case, the stomach), no matter how many thousands of crunches we do. Not to mention, crunches are unnecessarily taxing on the spine .
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