Do you cross your legs every time you sneeze? Refuse to get on the trampoline with the kids? Or hold back a hearty laugh to avoid running to the closest bathroom? If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, you may have a weak pelvic floor.
In the health and fitness arena, we often hear about achieving a “healthy weight.” You may immediately assume a healthy weight means as low as you can go, but this isn’t always the case. For optimum health, you must go with the Goldilocks rule: Not too heavy, not too light, just right.
The average household scale only tells you your total body mass. The problem with this is that it’s just one data point about your health - it’s not the entire story! Body mass can change due to a variety of factors. Most importantly, weight loss or weight gain doesn’t always reflect real health and fitness progress.
In women of childbearing age, each month, the uterus lining builds and then sheds during the menstrual period. For about 11 percent of women between the ages of 15 and 44, the lining goes haywire and grows outside the uterus—a condition called endometriosis.
As women, we are strong in so many ways, but unfortunately, more of us get Alzheimer’s Disease than do men. In fact, women are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease in their 60s as they are to get breast cancer, and nearly two out of three people living with Alzheimer’s Disease are female.
We set new year’s resolutions with the best of intentions: Start a new workout plan!
Remember walking across a balance beam, skating, or climbing a ladder or step stool with ease? Balance is something we tend to take for granted when we’re young, and it’s one of the first things to go as we get older.
We hear a lot about aerobic activity—it’s good for the heart, helps with weight loss, and is a key building block of physical fitness. What we don’t hear as much about is aerobic exercise’s counterpart—anaerobic exercise.
Remember the days when you could do a cartwheel on the beach or sit crossed legged to watch a movie?