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Are You Ready to Exercise?

Are You Ready to Exercise?

Studies have shown that seven out of 10 people who start an exercise program drop out within a few months. One problem is that most people jump into exercise without doing any planning up front.

Are you ready to make exercise part of your lifestyle? Sherri McMillan, MSc, discovered that people who stick with exercise buy into the following four “Laws of Success.”

1.The Law of Self-Efficacy: “If I think I can or I think I can’t, I’m probably right.”
If you immediately start questioning whether you can make the changes required to live an active lifestyle, you are going to have a difficult time.

To Best Fight Cancer, New Guidelines Urge Exercise

To Best Fight Cancer, New Guidelines Urge Exercise

People undergoing cancertreatment traditionally have been told to rest as much as possible and avoid exertion, to save all their strength to battle the dreaded disease.
But a growing number of physicians and researchers now say that people who remain physically active as best they can during treatment are more likely to beat cancer.

The positive evidence for exercise during and after cancer treatment has piled so high that an American College of Sports Medicine panel is revising the group's national guidelines regarding exercise recommended for cancer survivors.

Even a little extra weight can be detrimental

Even a little extra weight can be detrimental
An extensive, 10-year study of white nonsmokers shows that every 5-point increase in BMI translated to a 31% higher chance of dying.

Doctors and public health officials have been admonishing us for years that it's unhealthful to carry around extra pounds. A new study quantifies just how much that additional weight increases one's risk of death and finds that being even a few pounds overweight makes a measurable difference.

Researchers analyzed the body mass index, or BMI, of 570,000 white men and women who had never smoked and followed them for an average of 10 years.