The weekly Wellness Wrap provides links to recent health and fitness news and lists events that will help you stay fit during the weekend. Check back every Friday morning. Have an interesting health or fitness-related link or event to share? Leave a comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The debate continues… on whether walking or running yields the best health results. To compound things, a recent study found two results with the same data set. Habitual runners gain less weight than habitual walkers, when the amount of energy they put into their exercise routines is the same. But running is no better than walking when it comes to the prevention of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and coronary heart disease. Whether you walk or run, another recent study found that losing weight through exercise and eating healthy might benefit people with mild sleep apnea. Still can’t get the motivation to work out? You might be able to blame your genes.
Other health tidbits: Do you — or your doctor — fib in the exam room? (It’s common, but consider the side effects.) Relax, breathe, then take a moment to read about how stress might be linked to heart disease and diabetes. While other factors had different results, mental training yielded positive results in multiple studies on dementia. (I subscribed to Luminosity this year. It’s a little pricey, but I figure I work out my body every day so I should do the same with my brain. Also, it’s fun!)
Get more health and fitness ideas on the jump.
– The 7th Annual Pink in the Park Walk to support breast cancer survivors is May 11 at John C. Rudy Park in East Manchester Township. Registration begins at 9 a.m., and the walk begins at 10:30 a.m. Get details.
– The 2013 Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community Harrisburg will take place May 18 at Harrisburg Area Community College. This year’s Walk benefits 41 health and human service organizations. Get details.
– Brown’s Orchards and Farm Market in Springfield Township is introducing Brown’s Kids Club to invite kids to make healthy food choices and get to know their local farmers. Cost is $15 a year.
Stay-fit weekend activity:
– Celebrate the YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day with a free community events around the county. Read more.