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Walk it Off Calculator

Walking is a low impact exercise that most people can enjoy. It not only burns calories and fat, but it reduces stress. Regular walking can lower your blood pressure, increase your metabolism, reduce depression, and much more. Avid walkers love walking! Will you immediately fall in love with it? Maybe not, but don’t fret. Start […]

Tips: Walking for Weight Loss

Start with a small goal of 15 to 20 minutes per day. Add a few minutes each day, and your total time will increase before you know it. Start out slow as a warm-up, pick up the pace in the middle of your walk, then slow down towards the end for the cool-down. As your […]

Found: Four Hours a Week for a Healthier Lifestyle

Karen Collins, MS, RD, CDN American Institute for Cancer Research The Nielsen Media Research report from Fall 2006 shows that the average American spends 4 hours and 35 minutes watching television per day. Per week, television viewing adds up to more than 30 hours well beyond a part-time job. Other reports show that national and […]

How Much to Exercise

Karen Collins, MS, RD, CDN American Institute for Cancer Research A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) shows that even exercising less than standard recommendations offers some health benefits. But it was published just one month after another study found that getting beyond the standard 30 minutes of daily moderate […]

Exercise and Lower Breast Cancer Risk: More than Weight Control?

Karen Collins, MS, RD, CDN American Institute for Cancer Research As evidence has built connecting exercise to lower breast cancer risk, researchers have suggested the link is related to weight loss. Previous research found a connection between obesity and breast cancer risk, and exercise generally leads to lower weight. Now, intriguing evidence is emerging that […]

Physical Activity Definitions Broadened to Include Daily Activities

Even moderate types of exercise provide health benefits. For that reason, a state-based survey, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the first time includes a broader definition of physical activity. The survey provides a more comprehensive picture of Americans? daily lifestyles and includes physical activity measures such as gardening, vacuuming, […]

When Exercise is a Battle

Karen Collins, MS, RD, CDN American Institute for Cancer Research We are surrounded by messages about the importance of physical activity. So why do so many of us have such trouble starting or sticking with a plan to be more active? Behavioral researchers and therapists report that for some people it reflects over-committed time schedules […]