Think-About-It Thursday

Posted: March 29, 2012 in Facts

Arm yourself with optimism, hard work, and knowledge for a healthy, strong life.

Yep, new “day.” What do you think? You’ll have to let me know if this should become a regular “day” during the week, like Mondays and Fridays.

I’ve already mentioned that I love reading fitness magazines — men’s and women’s. I took advantage of my weekend at my sister’s to borrow her husband’s Men’s Health magazines (months January – April 2012). A few things I noticed: the look of the stories/pages is different than Women’s Health. Not 100%, in fact, they are very similar, but you can tell that thought, research, and planning goes into making MH more male-friendly and WH more female-friendly. (Think colors, pictures, size and color of text, etc.) The next thing I noticed is that quite a bit of the info in MH and WH overlaps, which is cool. Just goes to show that men and women may be different, but health is health!

Now for some MH’s facts that I think you need to know.

Did you know that…

  • Whole-grain cereals may lessen inflammation and improve insulin sensitivity.
  • Broccoli sprouts has 5 times the cancer-fighting power as supplements.
  • 31 million people in the U.S. don’t eat breakfast.
  • If you have shoulder pain, you should strengthen your rotator cuffs!
  • Doing an exercise correctly builds stronger muscles.
  • A jumping warm-up can instantly make your legs stronger.
  • Vitamins B2 helps release energy from carbs and fats; B6 aids enzyme reactions and protein metabolism; B12 promotes red blood cell formation and DNA synthesis.
  • Chewing gum can improve your mood and help you focus.
  • Eating kiwis may help you fall asleep.
  • You experience a 65%-decrease in daytime sleepiness when you exercise 150 minutes/week compared with those who exercised less.
  • Eating more nuts may protect you from harmful effects of diabetes.
  • People who eat several servings of raw fruit and veggies a day are less likely to suffer from heart disease.
  • Raisins are effective as fuel for endurance events.
  • Just a ½-hour of weekly interval training can improve your health.
  • Omega-3 fats may signal your body to turn protein into muscle.
  • Sitting makes you fat because body fat accumulates in areas that stay in active.
  • Just 25 minutes of puzzles and games a day can make you smarter.
  • People who keep track of their daily calories lose twice as much weight as those who don’t.
  • Many fruit-on-the-bottom yogurts have more sugar than a Kit Kat bar!
  • Taking a multi-vitamin could make you a better multi-tasker.
  • People with the highest blood levels of vitamin D have half the viral infection risk (flu!).
  • People tend to take bigger helpings when their food is the same color as their plate.
  • A quick walk may reduce snacking.
  • People using paper plates tend to eat more later because they consider those meals as snacks.
  • People who regularly skip breakfast add 1.8 inches to their waistlines.
  • You should consume ¼ of your calories from protein to lose twice as much weight.
  • Energy drinks are 11 times more damaging to teeth than regular sodas.
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