Fitness Tips – Rebounder Workout Part 2 – “Blythe Raw Live”

September 14, 2011 by  
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I just found this health related video on YouTube … and thought you might enjoy it!

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Blythe Metz shows you how to do a boxing-style workout on a rebounder. This can help shape and tone your shoulders and arms. Watch Blythe Raw Live Fridays 12pm PST via ustream.tv/blytheraw Website: www.blytheraw.com Twitter www.twitter.com Facebook: www.facebook.com

Tell us what you think about this video in the comments below, or in the Battling For Health Community Forum!
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Smoking and rheumatoid arthritis

January 27, 2011 by  
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That arthritis pain is killing you? Well, it might be the pack you smoked today that caused it.

Recent research evidence indicates that smoking cigarettes can increase your chances of getting rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune form of the disease that has nothing to do with age. The study looked at 860 people and 605 of these had rheumatoid arthritis and 255 didn’t. Analysis of the data showed that heavy long-term smokers (e.g. those who smoke a apack a day for 10 years) are the most likely to develop the disease. According to study author Ted Mikuls of the University of Nebraska Medical Center:

“This is yet another thing for people to think about when they are picking up their cigarettes – they may be increasing their risk for arthritis.”

Smoking cigarettes is linked to many chronic diseases, including cancer, heart disease and stroke. Now we can add rheumatoid arthritis to this list.

So next time you feel that pain on your joints, check your lifestyle and check your health habits. What have you done today?

About rheumatoid arthritis:

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a form of arthritis that causes pain, swelling, stiffness and loss of function in your joints. It can affect any joint but is common in the wrist and fingers. More women than men get rheumatoid arthritis. It often starts between ages 25 and 55. You might have the disease for only a short time, or symptoms might come and go. The severe form can last a lifetime.

Rheumatoid arthritis is different from osteoarthritis, the common arthritis that often comes with older age. RA can affect body parts besides joints, such as your eyes, mouth and lungs. RA is an autoimmune disease, which means the arthritis results from your immune system attacking your body’s own tissues.

No one knows what causes rheumatoid arthritis. Genes, environment and hormones might contribute. Treatments include medicine, lifestyle changes and surgery. These can slow or stop joint damage and reduce pain and swelling.
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A tribute to Jack LaLanne: the man who lived healthy and lived well

January 27, 2011 by  
Filed under DIABETES, HEALTHCARE, HEART AND STROKE

In the 40s, back when doctors voted Camels as the best smoke, Jack LaLanne was doing push ups and cutting down on sugar.

However, Francois “Jack LaLanne” was way ahead of his time and preached a healthy lifestyle way back then. Not only did he preach it, he practiced it.

Let us pay tribute to Jack LaLanne, fitness guru and visionary. LaLanne passed away last weekend at the age of 96.

LaLanne was well-known for his long-running TV show The Jack LaLanne Show. He built the first modern health club in the US and designed gym equipment. In doing so, he pioneered fitness and work outs in the US and the rest of the world.

However, not only did LaLanne promote physical exercise, he also advocated a healthy diet of less sugar, fat and white flour and more fruit and vegetables. Plus – very important – a positive attitude towards life. In one episode of his show (see YouTube video still in black & white), LaLanne listed the following as the things that make us feel tired:

  • Lack of exercise
  • Empty calories
  • Nervous tension

And this was done in the 60s!

In an interview with health author Connie Bennet (shared through the Huffington Post), LaLanne stated

“In my mind, nothing on this earth is more addictive than refined sugar.”

LaLanne’s healthy philosophy was based on health problems early in life which was attributed to being “sugar-holic”, according to a report by Reuters. He suffered from depression, mood swings, as well as headaches. Changing his diet made Lalanne feel better but he did not stop there. He went on to share his philosophy of a healthy lifestyle. He performed incredible fitness stunts to drive home his point.

“At age 45, in 1959, he did 1,000 push-ups and 1,000 chin-ups in 86 minutes. In 1984 a 70-year-old LaLanne had himself shackled and handcuffed and towed 70 boats 1.5 miles in Long Beach Harbor.”

Unfortunately, not many of his generation listened to what he had to say. Today, the American population is threatened by chronic health problems that include obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

Even well into his 90s, LaLanne continued to be physical active. Reuters describe a typical Lalanne daily work out as:

“LaLanne exercised for two hours a day. A typical workout would be 90 minutes of weightlifting and 30 minutes of swimming, changing his routine every 30 days.”

However, not only did LaLanne live a healthy long life, he also lived “well”, loving and enjoying life to the fullest.

As Connie Bennet writes:

“In fact, the idea of “just surviving” or “getting by” was completely foreign to him. I mean, the “Godfather of Fitness” really lived, as I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing.”

Why didn’t more people listen to LaLanne way back then? Is it too late to change our ways.

I think LaLanne will be the first to say that it’s never too late to start living healthy. To start going back to the natural way.
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Family history of breast cancer? There’s something you can do to reduce your risk!

October 18, 2010 by  
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It is Pink October, a month dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness. In the next 2 weeks, Battling Cancer will focus on the latest news on breast cancer.

There is no denying the genetic component of breast cancer. But having a family history of the disease need not be a death sentence. Studies have shown that through healthy lifestyle and behavioral strategies, breast cancer can be slowed down, even stopped in its tracks.

Familial predisposition to breast cancer is for real and the risk should be taken seriously. However, women should not live in hopelessness because there are ways and means of reducing the risk.

According to Dr. Robert E. Gramling, associate professor of Family Medicine, and Community and Preventive Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center:

“It’s important to note that a family history of breast cancer can arise in part due to shared unhealthy behaviors that have been passed down for generations. Untangling the degree to which genes, environments, and behaviors contribute to the disease is difficult. But our study shows that engaging in a healthy lifestyle can help women, even when familial predisposition is involved.”

Dr. Gramling and colleagues looked at data from the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study which enrolled more than 85,000 postmenopausal women aged 50 to 79, One group of participants had a family history of later-onset breast cancer (after age 45) and another group did not. The women were followed up for an average of 5.4 years.

Data analysis showed that three health behaviours were strongly associated with reduction in risk for breast cancer and the risk reduction was the same for women with and without a family history. These lifestyle factors were regular physical activity, a healthy weight, and less alcohol consumption.

Indeed, this is good news for women with family history of breast cancer. The study results show that even our grandmothers and mothers may have succumbed to the disease, we have great chances of beating it and so do our daughters and their daughters by reducing the risk through a healthy lifestyle.

Dr. Gramling continues:

“Given the strong awareness of breast cancer and distress about inheritable risk, it is essential that scientists understand the actions women can take to reduce their risk”.

And here is another strategy to reduce breast cancer risk regardless of genetic disposition – breast feeding! I will tell you more about breast feeding and breast cancer in an upcoming post.

How Alanis Morisette fights depression

February 24, 2010 by  
Filed under DEPRESSION

I love the music of Alanis Morisette. I saw her live in her Frankfurt concert years ago, and man, was I I love watching her perform on stage. She came a long, long way from the Canadian teen star (ala Britney Spears) to a serious recording artist whose soulful music and ironic (and sometime dark) lyrics remind one of Janis Joplin. She has four Grammys under her belt and sold millions of million worldwide. Yet, like many of us, Alanis, too, has had her ups and downs, from love affairs gone sour to eating disorders and bouts of depression. She probably reached her lowest point in 2007 after a major break up. During that time, Alanis thought food was the ultimate remedy to a broken heart. Expectedly, this lead to health problems, gain weight, low self-esteem, and –yes – more depressive symptoms.

Fortunately, after spending two years in the dumps, Alanis finally found the courage to make major lifestyle changes. She found redemption in a strict vegan diet, working out, and running.

In an interview with Runner’s World, Alanis says

“…running has made being depressed impossible. If I’m going through something emotional [I] just go outside for a run, and you can rest assured I’ll come back with clarity.”

Like most of us, Alanis knows it is easier said than done. I, too, find it hard to drag myself out of my warm bed to brave the cold winter weather for a jogging run.

[she forces herself to] “tie my laces, put on a tight bra and get out there like a little robot. The first 10 minutes are excruciating, but soon I get into the flow.”

Yes, self-discipline is necessary to keep on what one has started. And Alanis has proven she has the discipline and the will power to get up when she was down and move on. The results were astounding – weight loss, no depression, and another smashing hit album.

But Alanis didn’t just stop there. She continues to advocate a healthy lifestyle and she inspires others to do so. She has run several marathons for the benefit of not-for-profit organizations. Her decision to have a major lifestyle change paid off. She’s “back to what I was born to be, at my best. … I feel very alive. … I have no more aches and pains.”

Indeed, clinical evidence is accumulating that a healthy lifestyle is closely linked not only to good physical but also mental health. Depression is associated with genetic and environmental factors. While egentic factors are non-modifiable, environmental factors, mainly lifestyle factors are. Exercise and sunshine, for example, have been shown to relieve depressive symptoms with efficacy comparable to those of pharmacological agents or psychotherapy. From my point of view, that is a great (not to mention cheap) way of managing depression, with long-lasting benefits and no side effects.

And yes, bravo, Alanis!

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It’s Monday- let it be Healthy Monday!

January 25, 2010 by  
Filed under HEALTHCARE

Today is Monday. It is the start of the new week. It is a good day to start being healthy. Take one day to be healthy. Just one day a week. On this day, you should think about your health. Refrain from smoking. Go for a walk. Eat fruit and vegetables. And maybe by the end of this Monday, you’ll ask yourself, if you managed to do it for a day, why not do it again the next day? Before you know it, the week is over and it has been a healthy week for you. This is the principle behind the Healthy Monday movement.

Healthy Monday is a public health initiative founded in 2005 in association with the Mailman School, Johns Hopkins University, and Syracuse University, Healthy Monday aims no less than to end preventable disease in the U.S.

The Healthy Monday campaign has rapidly gained a strong following, including the American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, and American Cancer Society, academic institutions, not-for-profit organizations, and some of the big names in corporate America. Then its popularity crossed geographical borders to be adapted by political leaders in the European Union and international celebrities like Paul McCartney.

In New York, Healthy Monday is being promoted by the Harlem Health Promotion Center, a prevention research centers funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and actively works in the Harlem and Northern Manhattan areas.

According to Dr. Alwyn Cohall, director of the Harlem Health Promotion Center and professor of Clinical Sociomedical Sciences and Population and Family Health:

“Behavior change takes time and incremental steps – sometimes three steps forward and two steps back. Healthy Monday lets people know that they can be forgiven for falling off the wagon; that the key thing is to keep trying and keep those health goals in front of you.”

That is the beauty of Healthy Monday. Even if you failed to follow your resolution during the week (and everybody fails from time to time!), there is always a Monday coming up wherein you can start anew and try as best as you could.

And it is something you can do as an individual and as a group. Now, there are people out there who would like to give healthy living a go but are too scared to try or too embarrassed to fail. Now, Healthy Monday is something you can try without announcing it to the whole world. On the other hand, once you get that good start, it would be fun to do it with family and friends.

Today is Monday. A really good day to start trying to be healthy. Let’s go!

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