• By Laurel J. Kelly

Housecall: Getting ready for your 5K

May 1, 2017

crowd of runners running in marathon or raceTHIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES
5K run: 7-week training schedule for beginners
Are you considering a 5K run or walk? Don't be daunted. It's a safe distance for most beginners, and you can prepare in just two months. Follow this simple day-by-day plan to make it to race day.

Hearing aids: How to choose the right one
Almost half of people older than 65 have some hearing loss. Fortunately, today's hearing aids come in a variety of styles with many features. Learn more about which type might be best for you.

EXPERT ANSWERS
Is there something like Viagra for women?
Men with sexual dysfunction can turn to the little blue Viagra pill, but what are the options for women?

Can caffeine help me lose weight?
Find out if your morning jolt of java and other caffeinated products can help you shed a few pounds.

PLUS ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
Periodontitis: Symptoms and causes
Blisters: First aid
Post-polio syndrome: An overview
Transient ischemic attack: Treatment options

HEALTHY RECIPES
Banana pecan compote
Roasted red pepper hummus
Fresh spring rolls with shrimp
Asparagus, tomato and red pepper French bread pizza

HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
Exercise: Are you working hard enough?
You're aiming for moderate intensity when you exercise, but how do you know if you're achieving it? You're probably exercising at moderate intensity if you're breathing faster and you break into a light sweat after about 10 minutes of activity. If you're not sure, try the talk test. If you can carry on a conversation but you can't sing, you're probably exercising in the moderate-intensity range.

Need practical advice on diet and exercise? Want creative solutions for stress and other lifestyle issues? Discover more healthy lifestyle topics at mayoclinic.org.

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