Body Sense

Winter 2012

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b o d y t al k C o m p i le d b y j e d h e n eberr y Have a Healthy Holiday Season Pick a Partner People who work out with a partner who is slightly fitter than them end up exercising more, according to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. "People like to exercise with others and make it a social activity," says Brandon Irwin, assistant professor of kinesiology at Kansas State University and principal investigator in the study. "We found that when you're performing with someone who you perceive as a little better than you, you tend to give more effort than you normally would alone." In the study, participants who worked out while watching a partner on a video screen exercised up to 200 percent longer than they did during a solo workout. "In certain fitness goals," Irwin says, "consider exercising not only with someone else, but with someone who is that much better." During this time of gathering with family and friends, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offer 12 tips, with accompanying resources, to help you and your family make it through the holidays happy and healthy. Topics include how to avoid getting sick, eat healthy, manage stress, prepare and handle food, and more. Need an easy way to remember them? The CDC has come up with a catchy tune called "The 12 Ways to Health" to help you memorize them all. Check out the entire list at www.cdc.gov/ family/holiday, and stay safe this season. Fight Fat with Food According to Health Magazine, eating certain foods can actually help you burn more calories. Here are the seven they cite to help you slim down: • Avocado • Beans • Chili Peppers • Coffee • Green Tea • Salmon • Yogurt Body Sense 11

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