Walk it Off
Lose weight one step at a time
Want to lose weight without changing your diet? Start walking. A University of Michigan Health Systems analysis of nine studies showed that a pedometer-based walking program helped people lose a modest amount of weight without changing their diet. The walking programs lasted an average of 16 weeks, and participants lost an average of 2.8 pounds.
Researchers suggested that keeping up the program for a year would result in a five-pound loss — not a lot, but certainly better than gaining and also easy to do.
Pedometers count the number of steps taken, and study participants who wore pedometers increased the number of steps they took by about 2,000 to 4,000 daily, amounting to an extra 20 to 40 minutes of activity a day.
ANOTHER REASON TO QUIT
Women who smoke are more likely to have non-inflammatory acne, especially blackheads and blocked pores, than nonsmokers are, according to the British Journal of Dermatology.
How much a woman smoked didn’t seem to have an effect on the severity of breakouts. But those who’d had acne as teens were four times more likely to have “smoker’s acne” as an adult.
Researchers in Rome said 42 percent of female smokers had acne; 10 percent of nonsmokers did.
NEED NEW SHOES?
Runners are advised to replace their running shoes every 300 to 500 miles. But how does that translate to the aerobics floor or Spinning studio?
Figure out your hours of use, says Prevention magazine, and replace your soles after 150 hours. If you’re logging an hour a day at the gym, you’ll need new shoes about every five months. Two 45-minute classes and a half-hour on the treadmill each week would mean you can’t use the “but they’re worn out” excuse for more than a year. So get moving.
INHALE, CALM DOWN
Need to relax? Self magazine suggests using your right thumb to close your right nostril, then inhale through your left nostril slowly for a full breath, or four seconds. Pinch the left nostril shut and exhale slowly through the right. Repeat eight times.
To perk up, it says, inhale through the right side, exhale through the left.
WHAT IS MORGELLONS?
Morgellons is an unexplained skin condition with a range of symptoms that can include stinging, finding fibers on or under the skin, and lesions that don’t heal. It’s only had a name since 2002, and health officials are divided about what it is or isn’t.
Now, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is trying to find out more. It’s beginning a study of patients in Northern California to see whether there are certain features of the condition and whether there might be risk factors. The study is expected to take a year or more.