If you are under the age of 40 or so, you might not understand the Dr. Seuss reference in the title of this article. I just couldn’t help myself. Many years ago, it was assumed not only that all fat cells were alike, but also that fat cells were simply storage facilities for fat; and not active metabolically. More recently, we have learned that nothing could be further from the truth. Everybody’s probably familiar with white fat because that’s the type of fat cell we find ~98% of the time in the human body. It’s also the type of fat
What are your plans to maintain your fitness routine this holiday season and keep those calories in balance? This hasn’t crossed your mind yet? Not to worry – an earlier post reminds us of some simple, but realistic ways to stay fit during the upcoming food- and drink-filled festivities. In a typical day 60-70% of all calories burned are for basic body needs including sleeping and awakening. Then 10% of the calories you use are for the digestion of food and 15-30% are used during physical activity.1 To maintain your current weight calories taken in must equal calories used. The good news
As cold weather approaches, so does cold weather. If you’re anything like me, as the temperatures drop, my immune system seems to drop as well. Although flu prevention is promoted widely, the common cold seems to sneak in under everyone’s radar every year. So what exactly is this common cold and how can it be prevented? Common colds are an inflammation of the upper respiratory tract caused by a viral infection. The most common cold viruses are rhinovirus infections that often occur during the fall and spring seasons, and coronavirus which is more common during the winter. They are spread
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! Tis the season to give thanks for our many blessings. As I get ready for the fun, family-filled day ahead of me, I am thankful for a previous post that encourages a focus of family, friends, physical activity, and good food in moderation over the holidays. Seems like a simple plan, but wait until you are staring down the never-ending buffet of home-made temptations. Here are some tips to help keep you on track: Drinks If you consume alcohol and/or sugary drinks, limit yourself to one. Egg nog with heavy cream, sugar, and
Are you one of those people who routinely exercises at least three hours a week – but also spends most of your days sitting behind a desk? It’s awesome to achieve the recommended minutes for physical activity each week, but an earlier blog encourages those who are sedentary throughout the day to move more as exercise alone might not be enough for their health. Most individuals recognize that physical inactivity has been shown to increase the number of deaths from all-causes, as well as from heart disease and cancer. But what about individuals who meet the physical activity recommendations but spend
Keeping the hips level and body stable while walking, climbing stairs, or standing on one leg is important in order to stay steady on the feet, maintain proper body alignment, and ultimately, avoid injury. While the big muscles of the lower body are involved in these types of movements, there are also a number of other often-forgotten muscles that play an important role. The gluteus medius, tensor fascia latae, and hip adductors as well as the quadratus lumborum of the opposite side are all involved. As a group, these muscles make up the lateral subsystem (LS). To enhance function for
Does it ever seem like you just don’t have enough time to do all you need to do — or want to do — including making healthy lifestyle changes? Unfortunately, there are only so many minutes in an hour, hours in a day, and days in a week. In our busy and fast-paced lives, it’s often difficult to accomplish all we have to do in the time we have available and this can be a big source of stress. While most would agree that stress can be unpleasant (to say the least), many do not realize the affect stress has
Halloween is upon us. Whether you’re walking door-to-door for neighborhood hospitality or doing the Transylvanian twist at a party this year, I am haunted by an earlier post that offers recommendations for healthier treats and reminds us to snack in moderation. With a little over a week until the trick-or-treaters show up at your door step, you’ve probably started to think about making the trip to the grocery store to buy bags of candy. Or, if you’re like me you’ll be making a second trip to the store because your family already ate the candy that you bought to hand out!
As you might have heard, vitamin D is nicknamed ‘the sunshine vitamin’. Skin exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays triggers a metabolic pathway which ultimately results in production of the active form of vitamin D. In the past, it was thought that the only important function of vitamin D was to increase absorption of calcium and phosphorus from the gut into the blood. By increasing blood levels of these two minerals, they become more available to the bones. More recently, it has become more clear that improving bone health is just the tip of the iceberg with regard to the
Did you know that pumpkins are at their peak in October? You may have noticed the pumpkin patches that have popped up in your neighborhood or in your local market. A previous post pops to mind with the various (and yummy!) ways to incorporate pumpkin into your healthy eating habits. My first experience eating pumpkin other than in breads, desserts, and pumpkin soup, was having it grilled with a little bit of olive oil and balsamic vinegar drizzled on top. Oh my goodness, it was heavenly. It made me realize that there was much more to pumpkin than I had realized.