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Seven things you can do to shake up a sedentary lifestyle

GILLES BEAUDIN

Health Advisor is a regular column where contributors share their knowledge in fields ranging from fitness to psychology, pediatrics to aging. Follow us @Globe_Health.

It has never been easier to be sedentary. In today’s society, you can get by with very little movement. Sitting has been engineered into your life, from transportation to work to home. But don’t buy shares in chair manufacturers yet.

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Nine life hacks for physically fit kids

SARA SMEATON

Health Advisor is a regular column where contributors share their knowledge in fields ranging from fitness to psychology, pediatrics to aging. Follow us @Globe_Health.

For many young families, life can be overwhelming. There are work, family and school obligations to juggle. Amid the birthday parties, sports and other activities to shuttle children to, the housework and errands, and the nap schedules, is it any wonder that our days are so busy? Even for those of us who try to operate at a slower pace, being told that it’s important to focus on helping kids develop physical literacy at a young age can seem like just another thing on an already overwhelming list.

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Why getting fit gets easier on a good night’s sleep

DR. GREG WELLS

Health Advisor is a regular column where contributors share their knowledge in fields ranging from fitness to psychology, pediatrics to aging. Follow us @Globe_Health.

A couple of years ago I had the bad luck to catch a virus that my two year old daughter picked up at her daycare. Thankfully she only got a mild cold. I got viral myocarditis – basically the virus went into my heart and caused loads of very painful inflammation.

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Why the ‘mum bum’ isn’t all in the jeans

KIM VOPNI

Health Advisor is a regular column where contributors share their knowledge in fields ranging from fitness to psychology, pediatrics to aging. Follow us @Globe_Health.

After shuddering at our own moms in their unflattering high-waisted, high-pocket jeans, we swore we’d never be “that mom” when we had kids. Yet many women are finding even their expensive designer jeans are nonetheless giving them that dreaded shapeless “mum bum” look! But it’s the booty (or lack thereof), not the jeans that is the real problem.

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New diabetic drugs look promising, but won’t be enough to manage the epidemic

DR. SHAFIQ QAADRI

Health Advisor is a regular column where contributors share their knowledge in fields ranging from fitness to psychology, pediatrics to aging. Follow us @Globe_Health.

‘I’m sorry, but your sugar is still too high,” I tell my anxious patient, reviewing his blood work. Sathees, a 39-year-old who has had diabetes for six years, has been dreading this moment. But he accepts my verdict, knowing I will prescribe more medication – adding to the five tablets that he’s already taking.

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Do you know what antibiotics you're eating?

JASON TETRO

Health Advisor is a regular column where contributors share their knowledge in fields ranging from fitness to psychology, pediatrics to aging. Follow us @Globe_Health.

In health, trends rarely result in lasting change. Diets come and go, foods such as kale have a limited shelf life of popularity and no one really knows whether coffee is actually good or bad for you. The trouble lies in the association of scientific evidence, which admittedly can be contradictory, with lifestyle choices. Yet over the past few years, a health trend has emerged that may beat the odds: Antibiotic abstinence in agriculture appears to be growing and, thanks to a recent move by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, may bring “antibiotic-free” meat into the mainstream there.

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Twelve ways to get healthier right now

Tralee Pearce

Our muscles – not to mention our spirits – have atrophied, after a winter huddled under blankets on the couch. Now that we can finally contemplate ditching our parkas, it's time to jump-start our fitness regimen. Tralee Pearce turned to The Globe's Health Advisor panel for expert advice. Here, 12 easy ways to get healthier, right now

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Decoding dementia: Knowing the cause can help you plan for the future

DR. CARMELA TARTAGLIA

Health Advisor is a regular column where contributors share their knowledge in fields ranging from fitness to psychology, pediatrics to aging. Follow us @Globe_Health.

Imagine you start noticing that you’re not thinking or behaving like you used to. You struggle to find the right word; it’s always on the tip of your tongue but doesn’t come out. You’re often looking for your keys. You aren’t as organized as you used to be. You aren’t the go go go girl you once were.

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Boost your health with this surprising anti-inflammatory agent

GILLES BEAUDIN

Health Advisor is a regular column where contributors share their knowledge in fields ranging from fitness to psychology, pediatrics to aging. Follow us @Globe_Health.

It was 10 years ago that inflammation made the cover of Time magazine. Bold, frightening letters jumped off the page announcing the link between inflammation and heart attacks, cancer and Alzheimer’s.

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What you need to know about your internal rhythms to make the most of your day (and night)

Dr. Judith Davidson

Health Advisor is a regular column where contributors share their knowledge in fields ranging from fitness to sychology, pediatrics to aging. Follow us @Globe_Health.

The arrival of spring is the perfect time to speak of biological rhythms–an ideal “spring-board” you might say. In Canada, we are acutely aware of seasonal changes. As we await spring’s warmth, some of us have been getting a little impatient. Although the weather is not yet spring-like, many other changes are already afoot.

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Debunking the myths and hype surrounding menopause – and so-called remedies

DR. JENNIFER PEARLMAN

Health Advisor is a regular column where contributors share their knowledge in fields ranging from fitness to psychology, pediatrics to aging. Follow us @Globe_Health.

Suzanne Somers reigns atop one of the most controversial issues in women’s health: the use of bioidentical hormones for menopausal symptoms. Now targeting younger women in her latest book, Somers professes a bioidentical hormone solution for their peri-menopausal problems.

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Get your microbes to help fight chronic disease

JASON TETRO

Health Advisor is a regular column where contributors share their knowledge in fields ranging from fitness to psychology, pediatrics to aging. Follow us @Globe_Health.

It’s a troubling statistic no matter how you look at it. Nearly two-thirds of deaths worldwide are due to chronic ailments including cardiovascular disease, mental health problems and cancer.

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Being active doesn’t have to be hard work: Try having fun instead

JENNIFER HEIL

Health Advisor is a regular column where contributors share their knowledge in fields ranging from fitness to psychology, pediatrics to aging. Follow us @Globe_Health.

Being healthy doesn’t always have to be hard work. Creating moments of play in our day can positively affect our health and increase our creativity.

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Why Brazil’s new food guide leaves me hungry for more

THERESA ALBERT

Health Advisor is a regular column where contributors share their knowledge in fields ranging from fitness to psychology, pediatrics to aging. Follow us @Globe_Health.

I don’t know about you, but my great grandmother, with her limited education, taught me about as much about healthy eating as the Brazilian government is teaching its population.

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Eight ways yoga can improve your sex life

LORI KIRWAN

Health Advisor is a regular column where contributors share their knowledge in fields ranging from fitness to psychology, pediatrics to aging. Follow us @Globe_Health.

More and more people are discovering the benefits of practising yoga, from building strength to relieving stress. There’s another reason to join the yoga movement: It can improve your sex life. Here’s how:

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How do you know if you’re a normal sleeper – what happens if you're not?

DR. MIKE EVANS

Health Advisor is a regular column where contributors share their knowledge in fields ranging from fitness to psychology, pediatrics to aging. Follow us @Globe_Health.

This is the second instalment of a series that will explore the question: Am I Normal? (Read the first instalment.)

Are you tired but wired? A clock watcher or a dark riser? It’s normal to think your sleeping is abnormal. But what does insomnia really look like?

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What your body weight really says about your health

DR. ARYA SHARMA

Health Advisor is a regular column where contributors share their knowledge in fields ranging from fitness to psychology, pediatrics to aging. Follow us @Globe_Health.

In medical school I learned that changes in body weight can be an important indicator of health risks. In infants we track weight on growth curves to detect early signs of health problems. In older individuals, unintentional weight loss is generally a sign of severe underlying illness.

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You’ve reached the finish line. Now what? A retired Olympian’s tips for lifelong fitness

SIMON WHITFIELD

Health Advisor is a regular column where contributors share their knowledge in fields ranging from fitness to psychology, pediatrics to aging. Follow us @Globe_Health.

As I sat relaxed with a coffee in hand watching all of the amazing winter athletes at this year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games, it brought back memories of my career as competitor. Having competed in four Games myself, I know how much work goes into getting there – that ultimate goal of standing on a podium representing your country. It’s one of the hardest things to do, both physically and mentally, and when it’s over – no matter where you placed – there is an interesting comedown. Something you’ve been working toward for so long is now passed and the question is, now what?

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Why putting calorie counts on menu does work (and is definitely not state nannyism)

DR. YONI FREEDHOFF

Welcome to Health Advisor, where contributors share their knowledge in fields ranging from fitness to psychology, pediatrics to aging. Follow us @Globe_Health.

A few weeks ago, Globe and Mail columnist Margaret Wente lamented that Ontario’s proposal to list calories on chain restaurant menus won’t work and that such an effort represented governmental nannyism.

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