Health & Fitness

Fitness: Work Out!

Want to sleep better, look better, feel better, get stronger, be healthier, live longer: incorporate a workout routine into your life.

  • Choose a gym convenient to your home or office. I have found that I am more likely to go to a gym that is close to me.
  • Pick a workout that you enjoy. Everyone likes different types of workouts. I like Step aerobics and yoga, but I have friends who prefer biking and running. Choose your favorite.
  • Pick the time of day that feels right. Don't force yourself to go to the gym at 6 a.m. if you are not a morning person.
  • Set reasonable goals and work towards them. If you haven't worked out in a while, don't push to go to the gym 5 times the first week. Start slowly and build.
  • Incorporate exercises that improve cardio, strength and flexibility. Running, step aerobics, elliptical cardio machines, and biking improve cardio. Weight machines, free weights and certain exercise classes are great for strength. Classes in yoga and pilates improve flexibility.



Check out some of the resources below:

Reducing Cholesterol

If you want to lower your cholesterol without medication:

  • Exercise aerobically and frequently.
  • Choose no fat and low fat foods most of the time.
  • If you eat eggs, substitute egg whites in recipes calling for eggs.
  • Eat a lot of high fiber foods, like oatmeal and whole grains.
  • Avoid processed foods: choose whole foods, like fruits and vegetables.
  • Don't smoke.

More Info:

Cholesterol Range Chart

Managing Cholesterol (Source: American Heart Association)

Lowering Cholesterol (Source: eHealth MD)

Vegetarian Society's Info on Cholesterol

Cholesterol Forum

Managing High Blood Pressure

Info on High Blood Pressure (Source: American Heart Association)

DASH Diet Info (A diet recommended to lower blood pressure. Source:


Controlling Diabetes

American Diabetes Association

Diabetes Diet and Food Tips (Source:


Gluten-free Diet

Info on Celiac disease (Source: Celiac Sprue Association)


Losing Weight

Weight Loss and Dieting (Source:

Vegetarian Diet Great for Weight Loss (Source: Scientific Review published by PCRM)


Reducing Stress

Info on controlling stress (Source:



Lupus Foundation of America

Lupus Recovery (Jill Harrington's diet for overcoming Lupus)





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