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The Reason for Exercise

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No. 4: It boosts energy by delivering oxygen and nutrients to tissues and helps the cardiovascular system to work more efficiently.

No. 5: It promotes better sleep.

No. 6: It puts the spark back into your sex life by enhancing arousal, improving energy levels and increasing confidence about physical appearance.

No. 7: It can be fun, helping us unwind and connect with friends.

To maintain weight, we need 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity a week, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. (To lose weight, they increase the amount of moderate activity to 300 minutes or more a week.) In addition, strength training exercises are recommended at least two times a week. Whether you spread those times throughout the day or all at once isn't critical. What matters is just to be active.

Q and A

 

Q: Is the live bacteria in yogurt beneficial?

A: The live bacteria are probiotics, live microorganisms that can give health benefits. Specific strains are used to make yogurts and other fermented foods such as kefir, kombucha, sauerkraut, kimchee and some cheeses. There is good evidence that probiotics have health benefits, including weight loss, blood sugar control and healthy blood pressure. What isn't so clear is which strains of probiotics may be the most effective, how much you need and who benefits the most. Look for the "live and active culture" on yogurt labels to determine if they have live bacteria. And don't wait too long to eat it. A yogurt at the end of its shelf life may not have enough live bacteria to be helpful.

RECIPE

The new 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines continue to recommend two to three servings of fish a week. Here's a recipe for marinated mahimahi with a sweet, tangy flavor. Fish is a great source of protein and low in fat.

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