Exercise and Fitness: An Important Component of Wellness from The Center for Health and Wellness at Kaplan University, identifies ways to overcome the myths and psychological roadblocks to getting physically active. The article notes the importance of exercise for reducing risks of disease, mental and emotional health, and quality of life as we age. Also provided, are examples of activities which are accessible and moderate to vigorous in intensity. Two other great elements to this article are the outlining of physical activity guidelines and links to training plans to help exercise novices take the next step toward improving their health.
Exercise and Fitness: An Important Component of Wellness. (n.d.). Kaplan University Center for Health and Wellness. Retrieved from http://www.healthandwellness.kaplan.edu/articles/fitness/Exercise%20and%20Fitness%20-%20an%20Important%20Component%20of%20Wellness.html
A Guide to Healthy Weight Loss: Three weeks on a low-fat vegan diet gets you on the road to your healthy weight goal, from the Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine, discusses the simple steps to dropping excess weight with a plant-based diet. The article includes a discussion on the "new four food groups" of grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables, and includes recommended serving sizes. In addition, this article offers suggested meal plans with recipes as well as ideas for creative "swap outs." This is a great jumpstart to losing weight and ditching processed foods.
A Guide to Healthy Weight Loss: Three weeks on a low-fat vegan diet gets you on the road to your healthy weight goal. (n.d.). Kaplan University Center for Health and Wellness. Retrieved from http://www.healthandwellness.kaplan.edu/articles/fitness/Exercise%20and%20Fitness%20-%20an%20Important%20Component%20of%20Wellness.html
Can Stress Make You Fat?, by Anita Gust, adjunct professor at The Kaplan University School of Health Sciences, addresses the short and long-term effects of perceived mental stress on the body. The physiological effects of stress include, decreased metabolism, behavior changes which often promote inactivity and poor food choices, and the effects of neuropeptide Y on fat cell growth and distribution (Gust, n.d.). Gust cites recent studies which show correlations between stress and weight gain in mice fed "junk food diets" versus mice who were eating the "junk food diet" alone (Gust, n.d.).
Our ever-increasing fast-paced lifestyles equate to an unnatural experience of stressors that our slowly evolving bodies cannot keep up with. Therefore, the hormones that are released to help us when we are in dire need, are actually harming us because our bodies aren't yet evolved enough to distinguish dangerous stress versus a "stress" that is actually just annoying or non life-threatening.
Gust, Anita. (n.d.). Can Stress Make You Fat? Kaplan University: Center for Health and Wellness. Retrieved from http://www.healthandwellness.kaplan.edu/articles/stress/Can%20Stress%20Make%20You%20Fat.html