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We spend less than 1 percent of our time exercising

exercisingDespite the wide-ranging physical, mental and social benefits of physical activity, the average human will actually spend less than 1 percent of his or her entire life exercising, according to a recent survey by Reebok.

In addition, the average human will spend 6.8 percent of his or her life socializing with someone they love.

The study, conducted by Reebok in partnership with global consultancy Censuswide evaluated nine countries around the world and disclosed that the average human would spend just 0.69 percent of their life exercising — or otherwise defined as 180 of their 25,915 days.,

“If we all traded in 30 minutes of phone time for a jog, we could actually help change the dynamics of global wellness,” said Yan Martin, vice president of brand management at Reebok. “This study will hopefully help to push and inspire people to do more. Run one extra lap, climb a few extra stairs.”

The study incorporated more than 9,000 respondents from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, France, Mexico, Russia, Korea and Spain. Here are some of the results: Continue reading

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8 Surprising Things At The Gym That Burn An Insane Amount Of Calories

fan bikeSELF shared that when it’s time to hit the gym, most of us have two rules: Get in and out as fast as you can, and get the most out of every minute you spend there. That’s because there’s a glass of rosé waiting for you at your post-workout brunch with friends. But there’s an unspoken secret third rule that most of us live by—the workouts need to be interesting. Otherwise, gym time gets boring fast. Like really fast.

So when time is tight and you’re looking for an efficient gym cardio routine, it’s easy to head straight to the treadmill. And yes, running, jogging, and walking on the equipment is a great way to have a quick and effective workout—you don’t have to think much while doing it, and you know it’s going to spike your heart rate. More often than not, though, it breaks that third rule (they don’t call it the “dreadmill” for nothing).

So next time you’re walking near one, well, keep on walking. Gabe Valencia, C.S.C.S., M.E.S., co-founder of FocusNYC and Focus Personal Training Institute says these eight pieces of gym equipment are begging to be used instead, and in return they’ll give you a cardio session that’s totally worth your time.

1. Get climbing with the VersaClimber.
While we’re not ones to discount the stair climber machine (it definitely raises your heart rate and helps sculpt a firm booty), Valencia suggests mixing things up and trying the VersaClimber. This machine simultaneously combines upper body and lower body “climbing” that is regulated by your own pace—the faster you move, the faster the machine moves. For a great low-impact routine, Valencia suggests doing 90-second sprints at a vigorous effort, followed by two to three minutes of active recovery. Repeat until you hit the 20-minute mark.

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The Science Behind Living a Long, Healthy Life

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JAM (Just A Minute)  shared that we have all heard that poor eating and exercising habits have an adverse effect on our life.  Do you know how?

Your telomere is your predictor of longevity. Telomere are the little things that sit on the end of your chromosomes that protect them. Telomere naturally shorten with age. The longer your telomere the better chances of you avoiding diseases and cancers and naturally the longer you will live. 
The rate at which your telomere shorten can be either increased or decreased by specific lifestyle factors.  Better lifestyle choices has great potential to reduce the rate of telomere shortening or at least prevent excessive telomere attrition. 
Lifestyle factors such as smoking, obesity, lack of exercise and consumption of unhealthy diet can increase the pace of telomere shortening.  Stress and obesity are two of the top lifestyle choices that are known to increase the pace of telomere shortening.  
Exercise, a good diet, a healthy weight and learning to deflect stressful situations are you defense to protecting your telomere and the telomere of others.  
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NOCC Illinois Chapter Run/Walk

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You can help the NOCC through any of the following steps:

  • Register to run or walk on Saturday, June 18th and set a fundraising goal
  • Ask your employer for a sponsorship or matching donation
  • Hold a third-party fundraiser to support the event
  • Build a team (virtual or live at the event), and
  • Share your enthusiasm with friends and family!

The deadline to register online is Monday, June 13th at midnight. However, day-of registration will also be available at Arlington Park, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

We are also in need of a few more volunteers! If you are able to help, please sign up in the following areas:

  • Social media/crowd engagement
  • Chance-to-win tent/ quilt raffle ticket sellers
To Register, Volunteer, or Donate, please click here.

For more information, please contact the Illinois Chapter:
(312) 226-9410 or Illinois@ovarian.org

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Can You Shorten Your Workouts and Still See Weight-Loss Results?

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Macaela Mackenzie in Hello Healthy posted that in  fitness history, microworkouts have certainly had their 15 minutes of fame. Usually classified as super-quick 5–10-minute high-intensity workout sessions, they sound like an attractive option on days where fitting in a full gym session just isn’t in the cards.

And they certainly have their benefits, especially when it comes to cardiovascular fitness.

“When it comes to healthy hearts, those five-minute workout routines can be very beneficial,” says Noam Tamir, a certified strength and conditioning specialist and founder of TS Fitness in New York City. “But they need to be exercises that are really going to tax your heart and get blood pumping.”

One study found that short bursts of exercise just three times a week helped participants lower blood pressure and improve their VO2 max over the course of 10 weeks.

The theory behind microworkouts is the same as the idea behind high-intensity interval training, which capitalizes on the fact that shorter, high-intensity bursts of exertion (Think: a 30-second sprint) are more effective than longer, low-intensity exercises (Think: walking for 30 minutes).

But, can microworkouts really replace a full-length session when it comes to losing weight?

Not directly, says Tamir. Unless you complete 5–6 microworkouts (spread out) in a day, you won’t burn enough calories to shed pounds. Even the spike in calorie-burning capacity, known as the afterburn, that follows high-intensity exercise won’t add up to much on its own — we’re talking a pound per month on average.

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Depression Sufferers Can Find Balance

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Jenn McGrath, owner of Points to Wellness, shared that depression refers to severe and long-lasting ‘down’ times that impair regular activities.

Although caused by a variety of factors, a family history of depression and severe stress can increase the likelihood of the disease.

Qi (energy) enables the body to function in harmony. As women lose Qi during the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, and childbirth, it is more common for women to be Qi deficient than men.

Acupuncture treatments can correct these imbalances, support the immune system, and directly affect the way your body manages stress and your mental health.

Words can also move Qi, which explains why talk therapy can give patients a sense of physical relief from symptoms. A combination of talk therapy along with acupuncture and Oriental medicine may be even more helpful.

According to Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, researchers have noted greater therapeutic benefits from the use of combined therapies than from the use of independent therapies.

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Your Guide to Budget-Friendly Grocery Shopping

grocery shoppingHello Healthy shared that contrary to popular belief, eating well doesn’t have to break the bank. There are plenty of nutritious, budget-friendly foods in the supermarket, but with so many options and prices to compare, finding them can be a bit of a challenge.

To help you navigate the grocery store while staying within your means, check out this budget-friendly grocery guide, with 45 of the most affordable and nutritious foods out there. Included  isthe average cost per serving, nutrition highlights and meal ideas for each food, plus tips for stretching your savings even further.

They e also put together a handy, budget-friendly shopping list to take with you to the grocery store each week. Be sure to print a copy (or three), and share it with friends!

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5 things women should do to stay healthy

Edwards-ElmhurstlogoJacqueline Ross, M.D. for Edwards/Elmhurst Hospitals shared that Moms really are super heroines.They shuttle kids to activities and cheer from the sidelines, cook dinner, plant flowers in the yard, feed the pets and make sure necessities like toilet paper and soap are stocked — often while also working a full-time job.

They sew on loose buttons, tie shoes and read bedtime stories. Do they give their own wellness as much attention?

Often the answer is no. Moms will take care of everyone else before they get to themselves, and by then they’re usually too tired to deal with much self-care.

This is a good time to remind mom that her health should be a personal priority.

These easy tips will help her — and any woman you love — stay healthy:

  • Find workouts you like and make them part of your weekly routine. Strive for 30 minutes, five days a week, but every little bit helps if you don’t have time to do the full 30 minutes. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Also, try to schedule out when you will exercise each week ahead of time. The key is finding an activity you enjoy, so it doesn’t feel like a WORKout. If you like biking, you’ll look forward to that evening ride. Enjoy nature? Walk through a forest preserve.

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