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FITNESS & WELLNESS


Shake things up: Why you should try new ways to exercise
The Wall Street Journal
If you’re unmotivated to go on your daily run or attend your weekly spin class, you should change things up, says Jordan Metzl, a sports medicine physician at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. “Trying something new that shakes up your routine can really give you a fresh perspective and get you excited,” Dr. Metzl says.
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5 exercise machines you should never use at the gym
Huffington Post
Exercise machines are simple — too simple, in fact. According to metabolic training expert BJ Gaddour, C.S.C.S. owner of StreamFIT.com, "They've been dumbed down to the point that they just don't do your body much good." Besides parking you on your butt, most machines isolate a single muscle, meaning you'll burn fewer calories and gain less muscle mass rep for rep.
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DIET & NUTRITION


Another study confirms the beauty of the Mediterranean diet
Forbes
If we didn’t quite believe that the Mediterranean diet was one of the best for heart health — not to mention a slew of other areas of health, and longevity — a new study offers even more evidence. People in Greece who adhered strongly to the diet had almost half the risk of developing heart disease in the next decade than people who didn’t stick to it as well. So why aren’t more people converting, given the amount of convincing research on it?
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A prevention diet: Good for America
The Huffington Post
Something happened in February that could enhance the lives of millions of Americans. The Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee was issued in February. The Committee was established by the Secretaries of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The members of the Committee include experts in nutrition and medicine from around the country.
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RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT


1 twin exercises, the other doesn't
The New York Times
Identical twins in Finland who shared the same sports and other physical activities as youngsters but different exercise habits as adults soon developed quite different bodies and brains, according to a fascinating new study that highlights the extent to which exercise shapes our health, even in people who have identical genes and nurturing.
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Is exercise addiction really so bad?
U.S. News & World Report
The relationship between our behavior and health is often believed to be linear. We know, for instance, that drinking water, wearing sunscreen, sleeping enough and exercising all boost our well-being. So we assume that the more we engage in these behaviors, the healthier we’ll be. Many of us, however, fail to realize that even the healthiest behaviors can become harmful if we overindulge in them.
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Bite-sized steps into a healthy lifestyle
U.S. News & World Report
March is National Nutrition Month, and the theme for 2015 set by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is “Bite Into a Healthy Lifestyle." This theme is great because “bite-sized” is the type of change that seems to be manageable and sustainable for most people. The focus is not just on food, but overall health. Good nutrition is only one part of the puzzle — you can’t eat your way out of an otherwise unhealthy lifestyle.
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VITAMINS & PHARMACEUTICALS


High levels of vitamin D is suspected of increasing mortality rates
Medical Xpress
The level of vitamin D in our blood should neither be too high nor to low. Scientists from the University of Copenhagen are the first in the world to show that there is a connection between high levels of vitamin D and cardiovascular deaths. In terms of public health, a lack of vitamin D has long been a focal point. Several studies have shown that too low levels can prove detrimental to our health.
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Are you overdosing on vitamins and minerals?
Health24
A recent article published on the Natural Medicines website, has once again underlined how important it is to warn members of the public not to overdo their micronutrient intake.
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Top cardiologist: Multivitamins boost heart health
Newsmax Health
One of the easiest and least expensive ways to look after your heart is to take a multivitamin every day, a top cardiologist says. “Studies come and go, but we’ve known for a long time that taking a multivitamin once a day has the potential to improve heart health,” Chauncey Crandall, M.D., tells Newsmax Health.
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