EXERCISE AND THE COMMON COLD Can regular exercise fend off the common cold? The British Journal of Sports Medicine published a report that found that the frequency of colds among people who exercised five or more days a week was up to 46 percent less than those who exercised only one day or less each week. In addition, the number of days people suffered cold symptoms was 41 percent lower among those who were physically active for five or more days of the week, compared to the largely sedentary group. The group that felt the fittest also experienced 34 percent fewer days of cold symptoms. Exercise activates the immune system at a higher rate than normal and causes immune cells to attack viruses. So keep your exercise up and the common cold and all other sicknesses away!
GET RID OF LOVE HANDLES Whether you call it a muffin top, love handles, belly fat or spare tire, you are describing the fat around your midsection. When abdominal muscles are tight and defined it looks great but in most cases excess fat seems to conjugate at your middle and it’s big and flabby. If you think that working out on abdominal machines like the ones sold on TV or in the gym will rid your body of love handles - - think again. You can not spot reduce, you can’t do thousands of crunches and expect to get a flat, tight abdomen. Belly fat is exactly that - - fat around your belly and the way to lose fat is through aerobic exercise and a low calorie, low fat diet. You CAN drop those love handles by losing weight through cardio exercise and continue toning your abs through safe abdominal crunches.
TRIMMING THE CALORIES OF HOLIDAY FOODS With the Holidays upon us, you not only need to trim the tree, you need to trim the calories from your favorite holiday foods. It’s so easy to pop something in your mouth without even thinking about it. Did you know that 1 cup of eggnog has over 400 calories? Did you realize that a piece of pecan pie has 500 calories? It’s true! But before you get discouraged and feel like a scrooge, remember that there are good choices available at holiday dinners that will not disrupt your healthy eating. 4 oz. of turkey breast has only 212 calories. Ham is another good choice with 133 calories for 3.5 oz. Vegetables are always your best bet. Make sure they are not swimming in butter or cream. Stick primarily with vegetables, have a small taste of everything else and don’t go back for seconds. Enjoy your holiday meal and the gift of family and friends.