• By Laurel J. Kelly

Housecall: Why you should try interval training

January 8, 2018

the legs and feet of a women running up stairs, doing interval trainingTHIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES
Rev up your workout with interval training 
Want to burn more calories or simply shake up your workout? Try interval training. It's an easy technique. Simply alternate bursts of intense activity with intervals of lighter activity. Learn more about interval training and whether it might be right for you.

Urinary incontinence 
The loss of bladder control is a common and often embarrassing problem. The severity ranges from occasionally leaking urine when you cough or sneeze to having an urge to urinate that's so sudden and strong you don't get to a toilet in time. Learn more about the causes and risk factors for urinary incontinence.

EXPERT ANSWERS
Does caffeine make depression worse?
There's no clear link between caffeine intake and depression. However, caffeine intake and depression may be linked indirectly for people who are particularly sensitive to the effects of caffeine or who have too much caffeine. Learn more from Dr. Daniel Hall-Flavin, a Mayo Clinic psychiatrist.

Is Vicks VapoRub an effective nasal decongestant?
Vicks VapoRub doesn't relieve nasal congestion, but it seems like it does. Why? Learn more from Dr. Jay Hoecker, an emeritus Mayo Clinic pediatrician.

PLUS ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
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HEALTHY RECIPES
French onion soup
Chicken cordon bleu
New England trifle

HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
Know when to move your winter workout indoors
Wind chill extremes can make exercising outdoors unsafe even if you dress warmly. The wind can penetrate your clothes and remove the insulating layer of warm air that surrounds your body. If the air temperature dips well below 0 degrees F (minus 18 C), choose an indoor activity instead.

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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