Body Wise

Nutrition & Exercise
Articles in the “Body Wise” department provide readers with insight and news related to exercise and nutrition, emphasizing the important role these two areas play in overall wellness. Features cover exercise trends and advice from experts, in-depth coverage of timely nutrition topics, healthful recipes, tips for integrating fitness into your daily life, and more.

Strength Train at Home

Maintaining muscle strength through regular exercise as we age can help combat natural muscle loss, or sarcopenia. By Joan Pagano Sarco-What? Sarcopenia is the natural loss of muscle strength and function that occurs with aging. If you are over 40, you are already experiencing creeping muscle loss. Is it reversible? Yes—but only with an appropriate […]

Plant Based Diets- A Modern Way to Eat

Plant-based dishes are the stars of this collection of practical, delicious recipes by Anna Jones When Anna Jones steps into her London kitchen to prepare food in the evening, the food stylist and cook is motivated by the same factors that drive so many of us today: she wants to create a meal that is […]

Goal Setting for Long-term Wellness

Setting goals can help you achieve long-term, positive changes in your health and well-being. By Diana Price At my local gym, there is a bulletin board mounted on a wall on the fitness floor, onto which gym-goers tack notes that describe their exercise, weight loss, or other well­ness goals: “Run a marathon this year!”; “Get […]

Modify Your Lifestyle to Prevent Diabetes

Diabetes is a growing health concern, and lifestyle modifications can play a significant role in prevention. By Paulette Lambert, RD, CDE Diabetes is a chronic disease that has in­creased worldwide in the past decade, nearing epidemic proportions. Today nearly half the US population either has prediabetes or diabetes.1 The grow­ing prevalence of this debilitating con­dition […]

Reboot Your Fitness Routine

Tips for starting (or restarting) regular exercise Sometimes even the most dedi­cated fitness buffs among us fall out of our routines. Family and career obligations, illness, inju­ry, major life changes like a move to a new city—any of these can disrupt our program, and we soon find ourselves going for five days per week or […]

Treadmill Desks Can Be Good For Your Health

By Mia James As research continues to warn us about the health risks of our sedentary lifestyles, we are coming up with more ways to reduce the time we spend seated, even at our desk jobs. We are trying standing desks, kneeling desks, exercise balls for more-active sitting, and even tread­mill desks that allow us […]

Eating For a Healthy Weight

By Paulette Lambert, RD, CDE Director of Nutrition California Health & Longevity Institute How much are we really supposed to eat? Do calories really count, and exactly how many are women supposed to consume each day? Yes, calories do count. Calories are units of energy, which, along with our activity level, determine what we weigh. […]

Build a Better Breakfast

By Maryann Hammers You’ve heard it a million times: start your day off right with a nutritious breakfast. Your mama told you; doctors and dietitians agree. “Skipping breakfast, or making it carb- or sugar-heavy, sets you up for cravings and crashes and low energy later on,” says Mary Purdy, a registered dietitian nutritionist at Bastyr […]

Grab a Group: Exercise Trends and Classes

Fitness classes and small group exercise offerings provide challenge and community. By Diana Price Have you browsed your gym’s group workout schedule lately? If you have, you know that the variety of classes offered today truly provides options for every interest and ability level. And if you haven’t considered participating in a class or small […]

Seven Spoons: Cookbook Review and Recipes

An inventive cookbook by Tara O’Brady offers recipes that reach and reflect. Photos by Tara O’Brady It is easy to get stuck in a dinner rut. At our house the weekly rotation can become a repetitive cycle of nightly riffs on burritos, pasta, and salad, which, while basically accept­able and nutritious, gets old. Really old. […]