30 Minutes a day of Exercise as Good for Old Men as Quitting Smoking….


30 minutes of exercise a day as good for old men as quitting smoking, study finds

Note to old men: DON’T ask your doc if this study means that you can keep smoking when you start walking 30 minutes a day.  He’ll yell “NO!” Guaranteed!

It DOES mean that active older men are forty percent less likely to die over the course of a twelve year study than those who spent that time lollygagging on the couch. While the benefits of exercise have long been recognized, even experts were surprised by the extent of the benefits.

Yet, more than half of us don’t engage in moderate daily exercise.  We’d rather pop a pill. But, according to Professor Ingar Holme, of the department of sports medicine at the Norwegian School of Sports Sciences in Oslo, “Not many pills can bring down total mortality by 30-40 per cent. That is a major achievement!”

“Major indeed!” says Grancy. “So get off that couch, put your cigarettes down, stop poppin’ pills, and get active. Your grandchilluns need you. Your chilluns need you. And, most of all, your “Grancys” need you!

Should I Walk or Should I Run?

hiway-runnerSo, you’ve  slipped on your OneTweak pedometer and you’re pumped. Then you ask yourself, should I walk or should I run. The answer? It depends. Do you simply want to lose weight? Are you already fit? Do you have medical issues?  Do you want to reduce your risk of heart attack? The answers to Is it Better to Walk or Run and Is Walking as Good a Workout as Running may surprise you. Helen Sanders, chief editor at Health Ambition, provides current research on whether one can lose weight by walking alone in this informative well-written article. Her answer? “An emphatic YES,” she says. Read here and find out why.g-walking


Walking Large

chubby-guy-jogsWalking IS for the faint of heart. The couch potatoes. The elderly. The slow-pokes. The sedentary. The wee ones. According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), 80% of American adults do not get enough physical activity.  To help get America healthy, the ASMBS is sponsoring a United We Step – National Pedometer Challenge on November 2, 2015. They also sponsor a national walkathon called the Walk from Obesity with events all over the country. Join this vibrant community and find out what’s available for you.

Read more here.

Walking To a Healthier You


She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies
And all that’s best if dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes. Lord Byron

Walking is less about looking good than feeling good. But in a physical-appearance obsessed world, this may be a difficult concept to internalize. After all, everyone wants to walk “pretty.” And you can!

Just ask Balance me Beautiful, a blog devoted to the mission of helping readers “walk” toward a balanced, healthy and beautiful life. They’ve “curated” the internet for the best and most recent articles so you don’t have to spend hours on the web culling through junk to find the gems. After all, the goal is to reduce your sittin’-down time, not add to it!  Do you want to lose weight by walking or get your yoga on?     Find flattering yoga apparel to match your inner beauty? Traipse through Balance me Beautiful’s blog and find gems aplenty. You’ll be glad you did.

Not to be outdone, the American Heart Association’s “Walking to a Healthier You,” Mayo Clinic’s “Walking: Trim Your Waistline, Improve Your Health,” and “Walking Women Win,” show that a healthier you is a more beautiful you! In more ways than one!

Read more here and here, and here.


Food Pyramids & Plates: What Should You Really Eat?

food-pyramid460Eating healthy too often looks more like deprivation. Worse, much of the “expert” advice over the years has now been debunked as scientifically unsound. This article from the Harvard School of Public Health provides critically needed clarification. And these two websites, Healthy Recipes from AllRecipes and  Food Network’s Healthy Cooking Every Day take healthy eating into “delicious.”