• By Jen O'Hara

Housecall: Fitting in Fitness

February 29, 2016

woman exercising outdoors by walking her dog
THIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES

Fitting in fitness: Finding time for physical activity
Can't seem to make time for exercise? Try taking your dog for daily walks, ramping up chores, moving while watching TV and more.

Carbon monoxide poisoning
That space heater or fireplace that's keeping you warm may also be harmful. Learn ways to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning — such as getting a detector.

EXPERT ANSWERS
Cold symptoms: Does drinking milk increase phlegm?
Is drinking milk to blame for extra phlegm when you're sick with a cold? Find out.

Vitamin D deficiency: Can it cause high blood pressure?
See what the research says about too little — or too much — vitamin D and your blood pressure numbers.

PLUS ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS 
Binge-eating disorder
Night leg cramps
Erectile dysfunction: Viagra and other oral medications
Breast cysts

HEALTHY RECIPES
Herb-crusted baked cod
Roasted potatoes with garlic and herbs
Spinach-stuffed sole
Brown rice pilaf with asparagus and mushrooms

HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
The power of positive thinking
Negative thoughts can feed pessimism and create unnecessary stress. You can learn to turn negative thoughts into positive ones. The process is straightforward, although it's challenging, especially at first. Start by following one simple rule: Don't say anything to yourself that you wouldn't say to anyone else. Throughout the day, stop and evaluate what you're thinking. If a negative thought enters your mind, evaluate it rationally and respond with affirmations of what is good about yourself.

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

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