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GOOD-FOR-YOU NEWS, CUES AND REVIEWS
Writing down what you eat
daily can help you see the
good, the bad and the ugly.
Download the American
Heart Association's food
diary by visiting heart.org
and searching "food diary."
W IN TER 2016
For a sport that reduces pressure on joints while burning big-time calories, consider cross-country skiing. Glide your way to these head-to-toe health benefits.
3 YOUR EYES: Cross-country skiing improves visual acuity (clarity or sharpness of vision).
3 YOUR HEART: The activity gets your blood pumping and carries oxygen and
nutrients to the body's organs.
3 YOUR MUSCLES: Cross-country skiing's diagonal stride works your major
muscle groups, which is better than just working arms or legs alone.
3 YOUR BALANCE: Shifting your body's weight as you glide over uneven
surfaces can increase your balance, which is important for fall prevention as
Want to try before you buy? Rent a pair of skis from a sporting goods store
or recreation center.
APPLE PHOTO BY NIKAMATA/GETTY IMAGES; MAIN PHOTO BY TYLER STABLEFORD/GETTY IMAGES
If you are among the 1 in 3 Americans
struggling with obesity, National
Institutes of Health research suggests
you don't have to shed tons of
weight to see real health gains.
Losing just 5 percent of weight-
an average of 12 pounds-resulted
in metabolic changes that lowered
risk for diabetes and heart disease
in study participants.
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