Your Questions About Health And Fitness Articles

Betty asks…

How do I stay motivated in my quest for weight loss and a healthier lifestyle?

I've been at it for 2 months now. I've lost about 10 or 11 pounds but I still have 25-30 more to go. The inches are coming off too, but it's slow. I am falling off on working out. I am under a lot of stress financially and I have resorted to eating fried foods and pastries a couple of times a week. I had cut those out. When I am stressed, I don't do well. I get sluggish and irritable. I want desperately to get this extra weight off of me, but it's hard. I get upset when I see people smaller than me eating double cheeseburgers and fries and not having to lift a finger to maintain their physiques. I am shapely (hourglass) but my hourglass has gotten too big. I still get compliments but I don't feel like I look my best. Also, I worry about my long-term health. I keep an exercise log of all my physical activity. I get in about 900-1100 minutes of cardio per month. I missed working out yesterday. I'm down to 3 or 4 days a wk and it needs to be 5 or 6. Help me get back on track!!

dknol answers:

The following healthy living recommendations will help you if you’re trying to lose weight, tone up your muscles, have aspirations of building lean muscle mass, are attempting to get a wash board stomach, or just want to feel better:

*1) Burn more calories then you're consuming everyday and measure your results using the following formula: Calories Consumed minus Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) minus Physical Activity minus the Thermic Effect of Food (TEF). A website that explains this formula in more detail and will help you determine how many calories you need to reach or maintain a certain weight is at

Get an online, desktop, or cell phone diet and fitness calculator. This will allow you to easily calculate the above formula, set goals, log your daily calorie consumption, and register your physical activities.

Set realistic goals for your ideal body weight. Here are two websites that will calculate a suggested body weight:

It is difficult and unhealthy to lose more than one or two pounds per week. There are 3,500 calories in a pound. If you eat 500 fewer calories per day for a week you will lose one pound. If you burn through exercise 500 more calories per day for a week you will lose one pound.

Here are two articles on how to break through a weight loss plateau:

*2) Eat natural and organic foods found on earth versus something created by a corporation to make money. Eat meals in small portions throughout the day and take a good multi-vitamin supplement.

Do not try fad diets or diet pills. Avoid “High Glycemic Load Carbs” (sugar, pastries, desserts, refined starches such as breads, pasta, refined grains like white rice; high starch vegetables such as potatoes) and drink lots of water. Read this article for more information on high GL Carbs:

The following are food pyramids and several articles on what you should eat everyday:
Food Pyramids:
Antioxidant Superstars – Vegetables and Beans:
Antioxidant Loaded Fruits:
Good Carbs Mean Better Weight:
The Benefits of Protein:
Some Fats Are Good For You:
Antioxidants in Green and Black Tea:
What You Should Eat Daily:
Best Foods to Fight off Disease and Keep You Healthy:

*3) Perform cardiovascular, core, and/or strength training on most days. Read a book or find a certified trainer to make sure you're doing all exercises correctly.

The following is a website and numerous articles on cardiovascular, core, and strength training:
Exercise Prescription on the Net
Starting an Exercise Program:
Strength Training Basics:
Cardiovascular Machine Workouts:
Balance Your Way to a Stronger Body:
Understanding Your Training Heart Rate:
Exercise Errors:
Getting a Flat Stomach:
Weight Lifting – Does Order Matter:
Encouraging Exercise in Your Kids:
Strength Training Safe and Effective for Kids:

*4) Get plenty of sleep. Sleep experts say most adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep each night for optimum performance, health, and safety.

*5) Educate yourself continually on health issues and make a life long commitment to good health. A great free publication is “Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005”. A reputable test you can take to measure your biological age is at
Look at all areas where you can enhance your health. For example, make improvements in the quality of the air you breathe. Review outdoor air quality forecasts where you live and get an indoor air purifier.

Send me an email or yahoo instant message to “gainbetterhealth” if you have any questions and good luck!

*Click on all the source links below to get the full benefit of the recommendations. The answers presented to your health questions are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

James asks…

Where do i find good health care articles?

i am working on homework and i need to find an article on health care issues to write my essay, i have look many time and cannot seem to find a good website to get articles that in the past year please help me if you can!

dknol answers:

You will find many articles on health at:

Have a nice and healthy day


Nancy asks…

What would be the best magazine for my article?

I have written an article about the rise of the Zumba fitness programme and have been asked to aim this at a specialist sport magazine title. I have little knowledge of this sector so just wondering what would be the best magazine? The piece is quite humorous but factual at the same time :)

dknol answers:

I love zumba fitness! Your best bet is probably a magazine about fitness and health that is mainly targeted at women, such as Shape or Self.

Maria asks…

Need help on a military basic training article?

I need to write an article on basic training health (how it affects people ect), can anyone give me some good resources?

dknol answers:

Basic training is physically demanding. Most Americans are not sufficiently active and have poor eating habits; this results in a number of health issues in basic training.

1. Stress fractures
2. General Injuries
3. Lack of Cardio-Vascular fitness among recruits
4. 75% of American teens not healthy enough for military service

Donna asks…

Is it okay to start group exercise with an underarm boil?

I've had a boil under my armpit for 2 days.
i've been putting hot rags, tea tree oil on it.
but it still hurts.
Tommorow is my first day for personal training in group fitness.
Should I postpone class for a week or go ahead with class?

dknol answers:

You could try the class and see how it goes. If it does not aggravate the boil it should be ok. Home treatment is an option for most simple boils. Ideally, treatment should begin as soon as a boil is noticed since early treatment may prevent later complications.

The primary treatment for most boils is heat application, usually with hot soaks or hot packs. Heat application increases the circulation to the area and allows the body to better fight off the infection by bringing antibodies and white blood cells to the site of infection.

As long as the boil is small and firm, opening the area and draining the boil is not helpful, even if the area is painful. However, once the boil becomes soft or “forms a head” (that is, a small pustule is noted in the boil), it can be ready to drain. Once drained, pain relief can be dramatic. Most small boils, such as those that form around hairs, drain on their own with hot soaks. On occasion, and especially with larger boils, medical treatment is required. In this situation, the boil will need to be drained or “lanced” by a health-care practitioner. Frequently, these larger boils contain several pockets of pus that must be opened and drained.

Antibiotics are often used to eliminate any accompanying bacterial infection, especially if there is an infection of the surrounding skin. However, antibiotics are not needed in every situation. In fact, antibiotics have difficulty penetrating the outer wall of an abscess well and often will not cure an abscess without additional surgical drainage.


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