Exercise With Your Kids

It is important to take care of yourself, even when you are a single parent, and that includes exercise. At the end of the day there is so much that has to be done, how can we make time for the things we would like to do but are not an urgent need? First, we have to remember that exercise is important, not only for our health but for our emotional well being too. I know that when I take the time to exercise, that half an hour to an hour that I feel guilty for, I’m a much more … Continue reading

Something Is Better Than Nothing

We sometimes receive conflicting information when it comes to exercise and physical activity. We are told that a little bit is better than nothing. But then we are also told that if you aren’t engaging in a certain amount of exercise or physical activity every week, there is no benefit to your body. So which is it? If I don’t spend 5 to 6 days a week, 30 minutes a day in some form of exercise, is it pointless to do anything? According to new guidelines issued by the “American College of Sports Medicine,” although they recommend at least 150 … Continue reading

Take Care of Yourself

It is important, as a single parent to make sure you take care of yourself. You health and well being, both physical and emotional are very important. If you have a problem, so does your child. It is impossible to stop every issue before it becomes a problem. We all have money struggles, work stresses and maybe even health issues. These should not become our children’s worries. As the only parent in the home you are the one your child leans on and looks to for guidance. If you are so preoccupied by a problem that you can’t give them … Continue reading

Do You Live in a Fit and Healthy City?

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) ranks the 50 fittest and healthiest metropolitan cities in the United States every year. They base it on a number of factors including smoking habits, exercise, obesity rates, and numbers of chronic health problems (diabetes, heart disease, asthma, etc.). So where does your metro city rank? Here is the list starting with the number one fittest and healthiest city, going down to the least: 1. Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn. 2. Washington, D.C. 3. Boston, Mass. 4. Portland, Ore. 5. Denver, Colo. 6. San Francisco, Calif. 7. Hartford, Conn. 8. Seattle, Wash. 9. Virginia Beach, … Continue reading

Midlife Fitness Level May Predict Future Heart Health

What if there was a way to predict what your future heart health might look like? Well there just may be and it’s done by measuring your fitness level mid-life, starting in your 40’s. Two studies were done…one by the Cooper Institute in Dallas and another by the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. The results of both indicated that potential heart problems could be predicted by determining your level of fitness. We already know that certain risk factors can also indicate whether or not you are more likely to have future heart problems, such as smoking and obesity. But … Continue reading

Does a Fit Body Mean You Are Healthier?

I overheard a conversation one day with my daughter and her teen friends. Someone said something along the lines of, “You don’t need to exercise, you’re skinny.” That opened up a dialogue later on between my daughter and me. I explained to her that exercise isn’t about the size of your body; it’s about your health. I think that’s one of the biggest detriments to health in general. We equate the way someone looks with their need for exercise. But does a fit body mean you are healthier? Not necessarily. Health is something that starts within. It’s within the mind, … Continue reading

Special Needs Adoption

As you may remember one part of the adoption application was to consider what type of child you would consider. You may think that is an easy question, it is actually one of the most complex questions. When you hear the term special needs adoption you may automatically think of a child who has physical disabilities. While children with physical disabilities are special needs children there is also many other conditions or circumstances that would make the child a special needs child. Some of the other reasons that a child may be labeled as special needs are: • If they … Continue reading

How Much Should Your Health Insurance Cost?

One of the main reasons why people do not have health insurance is because they cannot afford to pay for it. We all know how important it is to have good health. Unfortunately, the price of health care can take priority over treatment. How much should your health insurance cost? This depends on a number of factors. How much should your health insurance cost? Most people just want a straight answer to this question, giving them an exact dollar amount. The only way you are going to get information that specific is if you talk to an insurance agent. They … Continue reading

Good Reasons to Drink Plenty of Water

There are some very good reasons to drink plenty of water. Not only is it important to do while you are exercising but it should become a regular part of your daily intake. First of all, if you are exercising you usually sweat. When your body sweats it begins to lose fluid and since our bodies are mostly made up of water, you can become dehydrated. You will lose the effectiveness of your workout if you are dehydrated because your body loses energy. Of course dehydration can also become dangerous. If you don’t replenish your body with water it could … Continue reading

Fitness Founder Jack LaLanne Dies at Age 96

The founder of our modern fitness movement, Jack LaLanne died this past week at the age of 96. You have to admit, the guy looked good for 96 years old! For more than 70 years, LaLanne taught about the benefits of strength training and eating a healthy diet. What he started decades ago has turned into a multi-million dollar industry. The sad part about it is that despite his beneficial teachings, Americans continue to struggle with weight issues. It was in 1936 that the nation’s first health club opened. At the time it served as a place to not only … Continue reading