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January 2013

Sit Down to a Good Workout

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Sit Down to a Good Workout

By Nancy E. Hafer, MS, RD, LD

No way to get outdoor exercise in winter or bad weather? No time to get to the gym? Well, now you’ve got no excuse. With the exercises here, you can improve muscle tone and build strength without even leaving the warmth and comfort of your favorite armchair.

Resistance exercise (activity that causes muscles to contract against resistance) strengthens, tones, and helps build muscles...

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May 2012

What Is BMI?

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One of the best ways to determine overall health risk is to determine a person’s Body Mass Index, or BMI. This measure allows health care professionals to use an individual’s height and weight to estimate body fat.

A person’s BMI is calculated by dividing the individual’s weight by the square of his or her height. Health care professionals measure weight in kilograms and height in meters. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a healthy BMI for adults is between 18.5 and 24.9...

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December 2011

Develop a Better Weight Loss Strategy

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Weight Loss and Lifestyle

For someone with diabetes, the benefits of just a 5% weight loss can include:

  • Improved blood sugar
  • Improved use of insulin
  • Reduced need for diabetes medications
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Reduced risk of heart disease and other long-term health problems
  • Improved appearance, energy level, and self-esteem

It's important to select a weight loss goal that is achievable, maintainable, and com...

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September 2011

Exercises to Target 6 Areas of the Body

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Getting in shape can be as easy as focusing on one body part at a time. To tone and shape your body, try breaking your workout into these targeted exercises from SparkPeople®.
Remember to consult with your health care provider before starting or making significant changes to an exercise program.

June 2011

10 Secrets to Exercising and Staying Motivated

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Exercising and Staying Motivated

If you have diabetes, daily physical activity can help manage your blood sugar levels and help you achieve weight loss. Being active also feels good and doesn’t have to be time-consuming or difficult. Be sure to consult with your health care professional before beginning an exercise program.

Check out our top 10 ways to add activity to your life:

  1. Start slowly. Fifteen minutes of physical activity daily is enough for a beginner. Gradually work up to more strenuous exercise for longer periods of time. Consult your health care professional for guidance.
  2. Take a class. Try something new. Your budding interest in the new activity is likely to motivate you...

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