The Best Health and Fitness Articles of the Week #159 – Olive Oil For Heart Health, Why Women Should Be Doing HIIT Training, And a Vacation Workout Game

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Healthy fats help diseased heart muscle process, use fuel

This study was performed on rats, but may be useful to humans too. The researchers were able to balance fat metabolism and reduce toxic fat metabolites for heart health in rats by feeding them oleate, a healthy fat found in olive oil.



Too many colonoscopies

Not only are colonoscopies being done unnecessarily in people who don’t need them (essentially wasting more than $1 million in health care costs), but colonoscopies are also not being done as often as they should in people who DO need them.



Men Are Different, Women, Too – Also, When it Comes to the Metabolic Effects of Exercise

According to this, it’s easier for men to burn fat than women when it comes to aerobic exercise. Not only that, aerobic exercise simply isn’t the best way for women to get in shape. Instead, women should lift weights and do high intensity interval training (HIIT).



Fitness & menstrual health: How to stay lean, healthy, and fit while maintaining your period

Irregular periods or losing a period altogether is a sure sign of extreme stress on the body and if left untreated for too long, can cause serious health issues down the road. Poor hormonal health can cause low energy, decreased bone health, poor sleep, hair loss, dry skin, acne, inflammation in the body, anxiety, depression, and a whole bunch of other problems.



Crossfit Kids Classics: Rock Paper Scissors Tag

A fun game that also gets kids active and exercising.



K2: The Vitamin, Not the Mountain

Is vitamin K2 deficiency a real problem? Maybe. Maybe not.



Stay Healthy on Vacation With This Simple Hack

I love this vacation workout game Steve came up with. When I went on a trip to Las Vegas a few years ago, I actually did a pretty good job of keeping myself in check. I ate mostly healthy, although I allowed myself to cheat a little, and I also did at least 15-20 minutes of body weight exercises each morning.



One thing every woman 35+ should know about her moods

Whether your over 34 years old or not, if you’re dealing with mood issues such as anxiety or depression, you should make sure to eat quality fats, take care of your adrenals, and reduce stress on your body.



Realistic Reps and The Rule of Ten

This article is difficult to read because it’s dictated from Dan John’s DVD, but it’s worth trying to decipher the gold nuggets hidden within the various lines of Dan’s thoughts. Basically, there are specific exercises that are best performed using the “rule of 10”, which can be broken out into many ways – 5 sets of 2, 2 sets of 5, or 3 sets of 5-3-2, or whatever works for you.