I hope everyone has been enjoying their summer so far! For many people, summer is the best time to get active and get in shape. I want to highly encourage this for everyone I know. This month, in order to help, I’ve put together a comprehensive guide to exercise for all experience levels.
The first thing to note about exercise is that not all physical activity delivers the same type of health benefits. In fact, there are three main groups, all of which contribute to your overall health and fitness:
Elements of Exercise
Cardio/Aerobic: These are the types of exercises that get your blood flowing. Walking, running, swimming, elliptical training, and biking are all great examples of cardiovascular exercise. These exercises are the quickest at burning off fat and calories and are an essential part of every workout routine.
Heather Hatfiled of WebMD lists the following benefits of cardio exercise in her excellent article on the topic:
- Improved blood cholesterol
- Improved heart function
- Reduced risk of osteoporosis
- Improved muscle mass
Read that article on cardio exercise
I recommend getting at least 30 minutes of cardio exercise 4 or 5 times per week. This could take the form of walking, playing ball with your kids, running, playing tennis, or anything else that you enjoy that keeps you moving. Continue reading
As a doctor working in family practice and aesthetic medicine, much of what I help patients do involves keeping their skin looking and feeling as healthy as possible. Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and one of the most important factors to your overall health.
In past months we’ve explored some tips to keep your skin protected, especially from the sun. However, there’s much more to the matter of skin health beyond just wearing sun screen. This month, we’ll delve into some of the aspects of skin care that are most important to keeping your skin healthy as well as helping fight accelerated aging.
The Skin-Healthy Diet
Believe it or not, your diet is actually extremely important to the health of your skin. A skin-healthy diet involves balancing the right vitamins and nutrients with the right type of oils. First and foremost, a well-balanced diet is key for your skin as well as the rest of your body.
Vitamin A is essential to a skin-healthy diet and can be found in low-fat dairy products. Getting the right amounts and types of antioxidants is also key to keeping your skin healthy. Certain fruits like blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, and plums are rich with the right kind of antioxidants that help your skin protect itself from damage.
These nutrients must be balanced with healthy sources of natural oils, like Omega-3. Great sources for these healthy oils include fish oil, walnuts, and flaxseed oil. Other healthy foods like whole wheat bread, turkey and tuna also help keep your skin looking and feeling great.