Q: When eating vegetarian meals, is it important to choose food combinations that provide complementary protein? A: You are referring to the fact that most plant foods have incomplete protein, meaning they are low in one or more of the...
Q: I need to get more active, but how can I when I don’t have anyone to watch my young children while I work out, and I don’t get much exercise when I try to do it with them? A:...
Q: My friend says that spot reducing exercises can’t really target fat at particular areas of the body. Is that true? A: Exercises that focus on particular body parts can be very effective at strengthening the specific muscles involved and...
Q: Is it true that interval training is better than regular aerobic forms of exercise? If so, how does that fit with the recommended 30 minutes of daily physical activity? A: Interval Training – technically referred to as High Intensity...
Q: It seems like more and more people are trying Tai Chi. Does this kind of slow exercise really have any health benefits? A: Tai Chi (pronounced tie-chee), which originated in China as a martial art, is today practiced mostly...
Q: How hard do I have to be working for activity to be considered “moderate”? A: The intensity of activity considered moderate depends on your level of fitness. A simple recommended way to tell whether you are exercising at moderate-intensity...
Q: Is alcohol helpful or harmful to blood pressure? A: The most important lifestyle influences on keeping a healthy blood pressure are weight control, regular exercise, limiting sodium consumption from salt and (especially) from processed food, and getting enough potassium...
Q: Do those elastic tubes and bands really work for strength training? A: Yes, elastic tubes and bands are now available for virtually all levels of strength training, and they’re inexpensive and easily stored. You need to use the right...
Q: Does exercise improve or worsen arthritis of the knees? A: Osteoarthritis, the most common type of knee arthritis, is when cartilage in the knee breaks down due to wear-and-tear. Current clinical guidelines identify exercise as a core part of...
Q: I heard that some people with “normal” weight or BMI actually have too much body fat that puts them at risk for chronic disease. Is that true, and if so, how would you know? A: Yes, it is true....