• By Laurel J. Kelly

Housecall: Make exercise part of your daily activities

November 6, 2017

a Labrador retriever sitting in front of a door with its leash in its mouth, waiting to go for a walkTHIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES
Fitting in fitness: Finding time for physical activity
Finding time in a busy day to exercise can be tough. You know fitness is important for your health and well-being, though. The key is making it convenient and part of your regular activities. From walking your dog to taking the stairs instead of the elevator and moving while you watch TV, here are some suggestions that may work for you.

Hepatitis A: Prevention
Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus. A recent hepatitis A outbreak in California has affected hundreds of people. Learn about the symptoms, causes and risk factors for hepatitis A, and find out how you can protect yourself and your loved ones.

EXPERT ANSWERS
Will taking zinc make my colds go away faster?
There's been a lot of interest in taking zinc for colds since a 1984 study showed that zinc supplements kept people from getting as sick. Since then, research has turned up mixed results about zinc and colds. Learn more from Dr. Brent Bauer, director of Mayo Clinic's Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program.

What is normal-weight obesity?
Obesity is defined as having an excessive amount of body fat — not weighing too much. So you can be at a normal weight, but if your body fat percentage is high enough, you may be obese. Normal-weight obesity means you may have the same serious health risks as someone who's obese. Learn more from Katherine Zeratsky, a Mayo Clinic dietitian.

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HEALTHY RECIPES
Roasted squash soup
Vegetable and garlic calzone
Chicken burritos
Apples with dip

HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
Workout blahs? Don't go it alone!
Sure, you can exercise on your own. But if you're not jazzed by solitary workouts, branch out. Invite a friend, neighbor or co-worker to join you. Work out with your partner or your kids. Take a class at a local fitness center. Maintain your motivation with social support.

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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