Friday, March 30, 2012

An Inactive Lifestyle May Cut Life Expectancy

An active lifestyle may slow down the aging process. Research shows
that adults who partake in regular physical activity are biologically
younger than those who behave as couch potatoes. In fact, according to
the American Heart Association, for each hour of regular exercise you
get, you'll gain about two hours of additional life expectancy.
National guidelines recommend 150 minutes of moderate activity every
week or 75 minutes of vigorous activity each week. If you can’t meet
these recommended levels right now, at least try to incorporate some
physical activity into your normal routine. Even 10 minutes of
movement can offer some health benefits.

Source: American Heart Association

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Easy On The Salt

Many people eat too much salt (sodium chloride). More than
three-quarters of our sodium intake comes from processed foods such as
frozen dinners, canned foods and processed meats. If you have
hypertension, cutting your sodium intake can help lower your blood
pressure and improve your overall health. The best way to cut down on
sodium is to eat more foods in their natural form, such as fresh
fruits and vegetables, and to limit processed and fast foods. Aim for
a max of 1500-2300 milligrams of sodium (2/3 to 1 teaspoon of salt)
per day.

Source: US Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010