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What is stress?
Stress is the body’s response to a challenge or demand. Everyone experiences stress, which can be triggered by a range of events, from small daily hassles to major changes like a divorce or job loss. The stress response includes physical components such an elevated heart rate and blood pressure, thoughts and personal beliefs about the stressful event, and emotions, including fear and anger. Although we often think of it as being negative, stress can also come from positive changes in your life, like getting a promotion at work or having a new baby.
Backyard gardening: grow your own food, improve your health by Heidi Godman (www.health.harvard.edu)
When it comes to gardening, I am all thumbs, and not the green kind. But a new book from First Lady Michelle Obama is inspiring me to try my hand (thumbs and all) at backyard vegetable gardening. American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America details the challenges and joys the First Lady has experienced with her now-famous White House garden. It also looks at community gardens all across America, and how they can improve health.
The book contains helpful hints for starting your own vegetable garden, as well as a school or community garden. Along with the how-to information about seed spacing, irrigation, soil types, and the right time to plant various vegetables, American Grown also discusses Mrs. Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative. How does that fit into a book on gardening? In addition to getting more physical activity, so the thinking goes, eating more food harvested from the ground and less from packages can help kids — and adults — become healthy or stay that way.
“Backyard gardening can inspire you to take an interest in the origins of your food and make better choices about what you put on your plate,” says Dr. Helen Delichatsios, an internist at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital. “When you grow your own food, you savor it more because of the effort it took to get to the table.”
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For moderate-intensity physical activity, your target heart rate should be between 64% and 76%1,2 of your maximum heart rate. You can estimate your maximum heart rate based on your age. To estimate your maximum age-related heart rate, subtract your age from 220.
Rowing is a great sport. It can be great fun yet it is also effective, and as a form of exercise, there are plenty of benefits that have led to it becoming increasingly popular in the US.
Despite the common assumption that rowing is a sport reserved for the super-strong or for those who already have impressive back and shoulder muscles, rowing is a great choice of exercise for all ages and all abilities due to the many health benefits that it can provide.
So, what are the numerous benefits of using a rowing machine to exercise? Luckily for you, that is what this article is going to take a look at. We have put together this guide to the benefits of the rowing machine to help you realize why you should give it a go the next time you are at your local gym or if you are considering buying a machine for your home gym.
Without further ado, let’s get into it!
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