Focused On Fitness - March 1, 2007

    I don't know about you, but I will be glad when someone wins Sir Richard Branson's 25 million dollar prize for the "person who comes up with the best way of removing significant amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere". If we can then somehow make John Lenon's wish to "give peace a chance" come true, life just might start getting a lot easier. Climates without weather extremes and news headlines that aren't alarming and stressful would be a lot easier to face each day.
    Or maybe I just have a bad case of the wintertimes blues and need to follow some of the advice in the "Triple Whammy Cure". Whatever is going on, it is March 1st and for the first time in a long time, I feel out of shape. One third of the year is over and I need to Beware the I'ds of March. No, not the Ides of March, but rather the, "I'd be in better shape if", "I'd be thinner if" or "I'd be more energetic if". I also didn't need to see the article, "Recognizing and Dealing With Fatigue" to know that I am just plain tired and that a warm spring day and some good news headlines would go a long way to reenergize me.
    Knowing that we can't control the weather or, it seems, have much impact on what is going on outside of our own worlds, what can we focus on then? How about celebrating Chinese New Year 2007, which was celebrated on February 18. It is the year of the "Yin Fire Pig, or "Red Pig, " also celebrated as the "Golden Pig." It's believed that a child born in the Year of the Golden Pig will be prosperous and wealthy, which has demographers in China and Korea predicting a 10 percent rise in the average birthrates for this year." It is also a time of great optimism as you will find out in the featured article, "4 Predictions for Year of the Pig" below, so let's get reading!

Featured Articles 
   4 Predictions for Year of the Pig - What the Year of the Yin Fire Pig, or "Red Pig" means to you.
   5 Life Lessons from Bruce Lee - Learn more about Bruce Lee's fitness plan for life.
   Test Your Pork IQ! - What you always wanted to know about pork in the Year of the Pig.
   Triple Whammy Cure - Ten easy steps to turn around the wintertime blues.
   Beware the I'ds of March - Tips on jumpstarting your fitness program.
   Recognizing and Dealing With Fatigue - What fatigue is and how you can deal with it.

Health News Headlines 
    Kids gain more weight on summer break - Children in the United States gain up to three times more weight during the summer holidays than during the school year, a study of 5- and 6-year-olds released on Wednesday said.
    Antioxidant supplements tied to death risk - Beta carotene and vitamins A and E, antioxidant supplements taken by millions to fight disease, may actually raise the risk of death, a review of 68 studies on nearly a quarter-million people said on Tuesday.
    Get that annual check-up, it's worth it - The traditional annual physical exam, or "periodic health evaluation," delivers preventive care and decreases worry for patients, and justifies the costs, according to a new report.
    Study finds painkillers raise blood pressure - Popular painkillers such as aspirin, ibuprofen and acetaminophen can raise blood pressure and thus the risk of heart disease among men, U.S. researchers reported on Monday.
    Strong exercise may cut breast cancer risk - Strenuous exercise -- such as lap swimming, aerobics and running -- appears to cut the risk of some breast cancers in women, a study said on Monday.
    Group says restaurants promote "extreme eating" - Many U.S. chain restaurants are promoting "extreme eating" with dishes that pack at least a day's worth of calories and fat, without giving customers facts about their orders, a consumer group said on Monday.
    Fish haters can get strong bones too - Diets high in alpha-linolenic acid may promote strong bones, the results of a small study suggest, and contrary to what many people believe, you don't need to eat fish or take fish oil tablets to raise levels of this omega-3 fatty acid.
    Kids shovel down more calories watching TV - Watching television disrupts children's' normal response to food -- they will eat more while they're sitting in front of the tube, whether or not they're really hungry.
    Family meal seen as way to reconnect families - Forget shuttling kids between sports and tutors or enduring a long commute to live near a better school: improving a child's chance of success may be as simple as a regular, leisurely family dinner.

Hoping you find something to celebrate!
    Richard Dafter