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Type 2 Diabetes is a Major Risk Factor for Arteriosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease (ASCVD)

A diagnosis of type 2 diabetes means your blood sugar levels are dangerously high. Insulin is produced in your body only by your pancreas, and insulin is critical to assist the use of glucose for energy in your cells. Type 2 diabetes emerges as you develop insulin resistance (prediabetes or the metabolic syndrome). As this … Continued

Why Exercise is Essential for a Healthy Heart

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February is HEART MONTH! Your heart is the most important muscle in the body. In order to stay healthy, it needs to be worked out just like the rest of your muscles so it doesn’t get weak. The current recommendation for all adults is 250 minutes of aerobic exercise per week over most of the … Continued

Discussing Weight is Taboo?

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What Is a Healthy Weight? Maintaining a healthy body weight is important to staying healthy. Discussing weight has become taboo and often “the elephant in the room” among family and friends when it comes to sharing health advice. From a medical standpoint it is not an insult, just facts. What kinds of health problems are … Continued

Use Fitness To Fight Heart Disease

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Physical activity raises the level of fitness and is important in the fight against heart disease. The intensity and duration should be discussed with one’s physician if there is reason to be cautious, but what we know is that even a half hour walk at the pace of 3 to 4 miles per hour is … Continued

Day 18: Finding a Fitness Mentor

Our definition of a mentor is someone that inspires you to reach your fitness goals and helps you along the way. This could mean someone in your circle of friends or someone who is an expert in fitness and healthy eating. Experts include bloggers, podcasters or authors. Look for someone who knows what they are … Continued

Day 16: Starting a food journal

Yesterday you learned how to eat more of the healthy foods like vegetables, fruits and whole wheat. Now we are going to focus on how important a food journal is to your lifestyle change. You’ll learn how to make it work for you and know the importance of why you should use one. It literally … Continued

Day 13: Create an activity list

With just over a week left in our challenge, we’re talking about becoming more active and how to fit it into your busy life. Our daily schedules are a force to be reckoned with and an activity list can make a huge difference in whether or not exercise gets worked in. One easy way to … Continued

Day 3: Give exercise a (small) chance

Some people hate to exercise Not dislike, but actually hate to even think of it. There, we said it. We acknowledged it. We know it to be true. If this applies to you then today will be especially helpful. One way to help you overcome this hate is to change the wording that you use. … Continued

Exactly how much exercise is enough to lose weight?

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There is a principle in exercise called “individuality” and it’s not fair. Well, not really, but to some people, it can feel like that. Individuality means that every person is different. We all have a different metabolism, tolerance for pain, and need for rest and recovery. Everyone will gain, lose, or maintain weight differently than … Continued