Youths today often struggle with self-confidence and body-image issues. In a recent survey by the NYU Child Study Center 59% of girls in 5th to 12th grade responded that they were dissatisfied with their body shape. However, negative body image impacts young boys, too. The media, peers and pop culture are all influencing factors in a child’s personal development, but it’s still the parents who play the greatest role.
Here are some ways you can help your children to believe in themselves:
Despite marriage jokes to the contrary, marriage can actually be associated with good health. Don’t laugh!
For years, research has tied marriage to a lower risk of cancer, heart attack, and of being diagnosed with dementia. Various newer research, however, has found that the picture is not as clear-cut and that various factors can play a role in the relationship between marriage and health, such as stress and the quality of the marriage.
If you’re among the people looking for an excuse not to work out, it won’t take very long to find one. Two of the favorites: “I don’t have time to work out” and “Gym memberships are so expensive.” The fact is that a good workout doesn’t have to be time consuming or costly. Just 30 minutes a day of physical activity can help to improve cardiovascular health as well as help to prevent heart disease and stroke, the No. 1 and No. 4 killers in the United States, according to the American Heart Association.
Should you or someone you know have a reason for not working out, it’s good to remember the one much greater reason to start exercising: the prospect of a longer, healthier life.
Here are 10 exercises to help you get moving, in addition to walking, walking, walking:
The rise of computer-centric office work has produced a routine of too much sitting and not enough movement and physical activity throughout the day. To promote better health, the American Medical Association announced a 2013 policy change to encourage employers to provide options for employees so that they can avoid sustained sitting.
Should you work sitting or standing for better health? You decide. Here are some facts:
Too busy to spend much time exercising? Not to worry. The Department of Health and Human Services advises that just 30 minutes of exercise per day can have a positive impact on your health.
Here’s a quick list of some of the best 30-minute exercise routines: