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Study Finds Marriage A Health Risk?

Two Things You Can Do To Be Happily Married Without The Risk

Most people dream about meeting someone, falling in love, getting married, and living happily ever after, but what if getting married was actually a health risk?

According to a new study published in the scientific journal Health Psychology, the common belief that being happily married is always beneficial to health may not be true.

Why? The answer appears to be…

WEIGHT GAIN!

In a nutshell, young people who are satisfied with their marriage tend to gain weight soon after saying, “I do.” Being overweight is a huge risk factor for many health problems such as diabetes and heart disease.

According to Dr. Andrea Meltzer, lead author of the study, “On average, spouses who were more satisfied with their marriage were less likely to consider leaving their marriage, and they gained more weight over time… In contrast, couples who were less satisfied in their relationship tended to gain less weight over time.”

In other words, people who are satisfied with their mate are more likely to gain weight because they are not looking to attract someone else.

Here Is The Real Kicker!

If this study is accurate, it tells us that people view weight loss and maintaining a lower weight as a cosmetic issue and not a health issue. In other words, many people find it important to lose weight to look good, but do not find it as important to lose weight to be healthy. Their motivation to be attractive is more important than their desire to be healthy.

It has often been said that if "working out" did not change people's physical appearance (and help make them more attractive), then almost no one would go to the gym, and gyms would go out of business. This research appears to reinforce that belief.

So, what are the two things you can do to be happily married WITHOUT the health risks of weight gain?

Eat Right & Exercise!

There is no magic bullet for weight loss and maintaining a healthy AND ATTRACTIVE weight. It takes effort and commitment. It is a lifestyle, not a periodic fad.

Make the decision to do whatever it takes to eat healthy and exercise, and then start RIGHT NOW… at this very moment. If you are eating or drinking something bad while you read this, then do not take another bite or sip.

"Right now" is the answer. In most cases, procrastination leads to failure. There is no better time than right now. In fact, right now is the best time. Period.

If you don’t know what to eat or how to exercise, there are plenty of experts available to help you. Chiropractors are extensively trained in exercise, physiology, and nutrition. You are literally one phone call away from having all the answers you need to start a brand new healthy life!

While we are on the subject of exercise…

New Research Shows That You May

Not Have To Do As Much As You

Thought To Be Healthy…

Here is why, as published by the American Heart Association: “Walking briskly can lower your risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes as much as running can, according to surprising findings reported in the American Heart Association journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology.”

The study found that both more running and more walking equated to more health benefits. According to the American Heart Association:

Running significantly reduced risk for first-time hypertension by 4.2 percent and walking reduced risk by 7.2 percent. Running reduced first-time high cholesterol by 4.3 percent and walking by 7 percent. Running reduced first-time diabetes by 12.1 percent compared to 12.3 percent for walking. Running reduced coronary heart disease by 4.5 percent compared to 9.3 percent for walking. According to Paul T. Williams, Ph.D., the study’s lead author, “People are always looking for an excuse not to exercise, but now they have a straightforward choice to run or to walk and invest in their future health.”

So, when in doubt, GO FOR A WALK. You don’t have to do an extravagant exercise program. The key is to do something, do it consistently, and (here it comes again) DO IT NOW!

What About Weight Lifting?

Whether you are into weight lifting or not, here is some very interesting information.

Humans, have both red and white meat, or in other words, both red and white muscle tissue.

People who do endurance training (marathons and triathlons) tend to have more red muscle tissue, and people who do resistance training (like weight lifting) tend to have more white.

This makes sense because when you lift a heavy weight, the chemicals in the white muscle tissue are used for quick bursts of energy and strength.

When you are doing long, steady exercise, chemicals in the red muscle tissue are used for slower, sustained energy.

There is a lot more to the bio-chemistry than that, but you get the picture.

Observations of diabetic patients report a whitening of their muscle tissue. For a long time, the accepted belief was that this whitening of skeletal muscle from diabetes was harmful.

However, new research has shown just the opposite. According to Life Science Institute, “In fact, the white muscle that increases with resistance training, age and diabetes helps keep blood sugar in check, the researchers showed.”

Of course, more research needs to be done. This is why it is so important to keep an open mind and go to doctors who stay on the cutting-edge of information and new research.

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