Mom was right when she said no swimming for an hour after lunch. Even though it takes energy to work out, it’s important that exercise doesn’t interfere with digestion. Like Goldilocks, you need just the right amount of food. Eat too much and you might feel sluggish rather than energized. Eat too little, and you…  read on >

Just as there are diet plateaus, you can hit the wall with exercise, too — no longer seeing results from your efforts and then losing motivation. According to the experts at the American Council on Exercise, a plateau is often a sign that your body has adapted to the specific workout you’re doing and needs…  read on >

(HealthDay News) — Of course, you should quit smoking. But poor diet, being overweight and not getting enough exercise also are risk factors for developing cancer, the American Cancer Society says. Being overweight or obese raises your risk of cancers of the breast, colon, esophagus, pancreas and kidney, the cancer society warns. When it comes…  read on >

Walking is not only a great first exercise, it can also be a forever exercise. Here are some ideas to show you how to take it to the next level. Making walking more of a challenge enables you to burn more calories and raise your working heart rate. You can do this by working out…  read on >

(HealthDay News) — Where you choose to live can affect your health. Nearby parks and woods can help boost your health, while close highways and thoroughfares can trigger air pollution and road noise that can take your health down a notch. The U.S. National Institutes of Health suggests how you can help make your neighborhood…  read on >

Almost no one is immune to occasional low back pain. But when it’s chronic, when simple movement seems impossible, it can keep you from enjoying life. And painkillers aren’t always the answer. Why not try meditation rather than medication? Research has shown that mind-body practices can help. These include yoga and cognitive behavioral therapy, or…  read on >

(HealthDay News) — Ice skating is a fun winter activity, and it’s also great exercise. The National Safety Council suggests how you and your loved ones can skate safely: Wear skates that fit comfortably and provide enough ankle support. Sharpen your blades professionally each season. If outdoors, skate only on prepared areas where you are…  read on >

It’s great to get exercise during the holidays, as long as you take steps to avoid injuries, a sports medicine expert says. “I would encourage everyone to get out and be active, but we want to be sure that you are able to continue to get out and be active after the holidays,” said Dr.…  read on >

There’s more evidence that when a survivor of early stage breast cancer takes up healthy eating and regular exercise, the odds of the disease returning go down. The key is sticking with such programs, said study lead author Dr. Wolfgang Janni. Healthier lifestyles “might improve the prognosis of breast cancer patients if adherence is high,”…  read on >

Between the fresh air and the interesting scenery, running outdoors can be invigorating. But there are safety precautions to take when you leave a protected indoor environment. The Road Runners Club of America has a wealth of advice. For starters, take some precautions before you leave home. First, tell loved ones where you’ll be running.…  read on >