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Archive for April, 2006

Health benefits of owning pets

15th April 2006

Here’s an interesting blurb on the health benefits of pet ownership. They include reduced stress, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and fewer heart attacks. As someone who has been involved in several animal rescue operations, I urge everyone to think carefully before getting a pet. Pet ownership is a big responsibility.

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Strength training for adults

15th April 2006

Tufts University and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have a program called Growing Stronger: Strength Training for Older Adults. According to their exercise page, the purpose of this program is exactly the purpose of this blog: “These activities will help you build strength, maintain bone density, improve balance, coordination, and mobility, […]

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Blueberries, antioxidants, and your health

14th April 2006

According to this blueberry health page, USDA Human Nutrition Center (HNRCA) researchers have found that blueberries have more antioxidant activity than all of the 40 other fresh fruits and vegetables they studied. This is important because many people believe that free radicals cause all sorts of problems, from aging to cancer.  Antioxidants help neutralize free radicals. I feel […]

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Foods & drinks with calcium and vitamin D

13th April 2006

A man who works with doctors to make sure they get their patients the best supplements showed me some of his presentation once. It included x-rays of a person’s teeth before and after taking calcium supplements. The difference was amazing. The teeth looked kind of hollow/gray inside in the first x-ray but solid white all […]

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Two views on how to tone muscles

13th April 2006

I want to share this question (recently posted on a sports message board) about how to increase muscle tone. The first response is the typical one. The second response makes more sense to me.  Question: I have been lifting and exercising religiously over the past eight months. I have gained a lot of muscle, but am […]

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Should I start drinking coffee?

12th April 2006

I’m 28 years old and I hardly ever drink coffee. In 2001, I had the occasional sip of my wife’s cappuccino in Rome, but for the most part I used to hate coffee. A year or two ago, I started accepting coffee from my students when they would by me coffee during a break between classes. More recently, […]

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Motivating yourself to exercise: tips and ideas

11th April 2006

Try to get a training partner like a family member, buddy, girl friend etc. On the days you don’t want to workout (many people experience days when they don’t feel like working out) your partner will help you get there. Add structure by making a schedule of things you like to do. Vary your activities […]

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The birth of Healthspan blog

10th April 2006

Welcome to Healthspan. This is my first post and it comes as I’m completing my taxes. They weren’t too difficult this year althoguh I did manage to mail in my joint federal return before my wife had signed it. An online search told me that the IRS will probably send it back to me, which is fine. […]

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