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New Study Suggest High Intensity Exercise Not Dangerous for Seniors

New research determined that high-intensity exercise isn’t a risk factor in mortality among older adults.

The research was published by the MJ medical Journal. It found both high intensity interval training and moderate intensity continuous training demonstrated no increase of risk in mortality among adults 70-77.

The study collected date on about 1,500 men and women (split about evenly among the two) in Norway over five years.

After the completion of the five-year research plan, the mortality rate for the combined HIIT and MICT groups just 4.5%. This was half the expected outcome, researchers expected 10%. This, based on the Norway’s yearly mortality rate of 2% for people 70-75 years of age.

Researchers stated they this met their expectations they based on observational studies that showed active older adults have higher health quality of life than those who are inactive.

The researchers did point out, however, that the study may be biased as 87.5% of participants self-reported “overall good health” before participating in the study.

 

Berkeley, CA Restricts Junk Food Sales In Retail Checkouts With New Ordinance

Berkeley, California is set to become the first city to ban the selling of junk food and candy in the checkout aisles. This is part of a larger health initiative. The new legislation is expected to be effect March 2021

The Healthy Check Out Ordinance was approved in a unanimous vote by the city council. It will require that any store bigger than 2,500 square-feet needs to have 25 square-feet of healthier items within a three-foot radius of the registers. This effectively making it impossible make room for the junk food and candy which has traditionally lined checkout spaces.

Berkeley shoppers can expect to see “junk” replaced by whole grain alternatives to snacks, lower calorie beverages and perhaps even fresh fruit when the checkout. The city council noted that shoppers are more likely to give in to junk food at the end of their shopping trip when they are tired and their willpower may be low.

25 large retailers in Berkeley are likely to be affected. These include brands like Whole Foods, Walgreens, CVS and Safeway.

The city council wanted to make it clear that this is not a ban. These stores are free to sell candy, junk food and soda but within the restrictions of the new ordinance and not at your child’s eye level when you are checking out.

They also pointed out the tests around the country in different stores have shown an increase in healthier buying choices when such restrictions are put into place.

 

Another Reason to Do Yard Work

According to new research homeowners may have a new reason to get out and mow the lawn or pull those weeds. The new research shows that homeowners burn a substantial number of calories every year just by doing yard work and other home projects. Amid the pandemic, this might be a good way for some to work off weight put on during shelter-at-home mandates.

According to one report from Southwest News Service, on average, homeowners burn some eighty thousand calories—that’s right 80,000—every year by doing DIY projects and gardening.

A new study states that while many people don’t see lawn care as exercise a year’s worth of exercise could offset the caloric intake of eating over 300 Big Macs.

The study was conducted for Draper Tools by OnePoll and surveyed 2,000 homeowners. They spent 165 hours a year maintain or fixing up their homes.

As long as these activities are consistent, they can help people burn lots of extra calories in a year.

Mowing the lawn, 4,100 calories
Serious gardening (harvesting, weeding, spreading compost), 3,100 calories
Weeding, 6, 300 calories.

So put on those gardening gloves and that sun hat and get to work!

How to Start Cooking at Home for Health and Fun

Cooking at home is ideal. It gives you complete control of what you eat. The general wisdom is that cooking at home is healthier and that people typically consume less calories than when they eat out or get takeout. And if anyone in the family has special dietary needs it is much easier to build a collection of recipes you make yourself rather than relying on restaurants that will have to modify theirs to (maybe) fit your needs.

Cooking at home allows you to avoid processed food items from the middle of the grocery store and use instead fresh, seasonal ingredients. Many processed foods and restaurant dishes will contain extra sodium, sugar and/or fat.

If starting from scratch, there are several things you’ll need to do to get started. Gathering recipes, getting basic cooking tools, deciding how often during the week you’ll cook are all good ideas. If you don’t cook at all, don’t jump in headfirst. Start out cooking once a week. After a few weeks increase it to two days. You might consider trying to cook on your days off to avoid stress and to decrease the chance you’ll get frustrated and dial out for pizza.

Basic equipment should include: a decent sized cutting board; a good, sharp chef’s knife; a large saucepan with lid; a spatula and cooking spoon; a large nonstick skillet. With these tools you’ll be able to tackle many basic recipes.

You’ll also want some ingredient basics like salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder, cooking oil (pay attention to nutrition and smoke temperatures to find the best one for you) olive oil is a good start. Keep some basic canned goods and frozen veggies around.

When picking recipes start simple! As you learn you can try more complex recipes The fewer ingredients typically the easier the recipe. Don’t be embarrassed by starting by pan cooking or baking some chicken breast and preparing a fresh vegetable with a salad. If you’ve never cooked before something simple like this is a good way to get your feet wet.

 

 

 

 

Couples Who Sleep in the Same Bed Sleep Better, According to New Study

A new study determined that romantic couples that sleep in the same bed at night improve the dream stage of their rest—the rapid eye movement stage. This is one of the most important stages of sleep. The brain consolidates memories during this stage, it also regulates emotions, solves problems and is one of the reasons people dream.

The study found that romantic couples who sleep together in the same bed have longer and unbroken REM periods of sleep.

The study also determined that these couples who sleep in the same bed synchronize their sleeping patterns. The researchers believe this may be a sign of relationship satisfaction and depth. The study even noted that when participants rated their relationship as having a high significance in their life that the sleep synchronization was even stronger.

The stages of sleep are all important. Scientists generally agree there are four phases of restorative sleep.

The first stage is a light sleep. In the second and longest stage people disengage from the environment around them. The third and forth stages are the deepest and most restorative. These are the stages that contain the REM dream state. Additionally during this stage the brain waves eventually emit the slow delta waves. During this slow-wave sleep memories are further processed, the immune system restores itself, the brain makes new neurons and the muscles repaired.

So, couples, snuggle up if you want the most restorative sleep.