To warm up, or not warm up?

If you do calisthenics such as sit-ups or push-ups and your sessions are relatively mild and leave you feeling energized, then they will work as a warm-up before you run, according to Wayne Westcott, Ph.D., fitness research director at the South Shore YMCA in Quincy, Mass. Westcott adds: "If you normally do a fairly intense session of calisthenics, you'd be better off waiting until after you run. This way you won't be too 'pumped up' and tight in the upper body during your run."

Vitamin E no magic pill for heart problems
Vitamin E supplements did not work any better than a placebo in preventing cardiovascular complications and death among 9,500 high-risk patients in a 4.5-year study done at Hamilton General Hospital in Canada. If you have risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes or a history of smoking or heart disease, the best advice is still regular exercise, a low-fat diet and medications prescribed by your doctor.

How to read a restaurant menu
There is no Nutritional Facts label on the food you order when you're dining out, but the menu often provides enough information for you to make healthy, low-fat choices. Look for words like baked, boiled, broiled, grilled, marinara, poached and steamed. You know you should avoid foods that are creamed, fried or sauteed, but you should also avoid foods described as alfredo, au gratin, bisque or breaded.


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