Brain Health is Important

This month’s tips for brain health come from the Ohio Council for Cognitive Health.  In their mission to raise awareness about cognitive health, they have partnered with ‘Walk With a Doc’ as a way of providing information about brain health. As it happens, there is a lot that can be done to help maintain our […]

How Not To Die

The Role of Diet in Preventing, Arresting, and Reversing Our Top 15 Killers – A Book by Dr. Michael Greger             The book “How Not To Die” is a reminder that lifestyle matters.  As Dr. Michael Greger takes the reader through the 15 most likely causes of death in America, it becomes clear that something […]

What is Normal Blood Pressure?

            The American Heart Association (AHA) estimates that 46% of the adult U.S. population has some form of Cardiovascular Disease (CVD).  In part, this estimate is the result of redefining high blood pressure as a reading of 130/80 mmHg, a lower threshold than the previous standard of 140/90 mmHg.             This new standard is because […]

Should You Stretch Your Hamstrings?

This week we have a health topic from Casey Westbrook, with Austin Physical Therapy, that should interest anyone getting started with an exercise program and might be inclined to overdo it.  For the couch potato suffering from back pain he also offers a word of caution.  As you will learn, the conventional recommendation for stretching […]

How many calories does walking Use?

            While the most important value of exercise is general good health, a side benefit is the calories we burn that would otherwise become unwanted weight gain. If you have been curious about how many calories you use walking, the table below provides some estimates.             The main factors that affect number of calories burned […]

Back pain – it began as a twinge

            Whether you’re a couch potato or an elite athlete there’s a strong chance you’ll eventually deal with back pain.  Often it begins as a twinge that radiates and makes movement painful.             In the past back pain was less frequent. Today it ranks as the second most common reason people see a doctor and […]

Can exercise help overcome addiction to tobacco?

            Knowing my patients are less likely to end up in the hospital with chest pain if they have regular exercise keeps me motivated to emphasize the importance of staying fit in as many creative ways as I can find. The advantages in gaining and keeping quality of life are numerous. Modest exercise can: Reduce […]

Moderate exercise helps reduce blood pressure

            In a large study of people with a high-normal resting heart rate of 80 to 99 beats per minute (bpm) it was found they had a 40% shorter lifespan than those with a desirable heart rate of 60 to 69 bpm.             The good news is that moderate exercise (such as brisk walking) can […]