Fit Friday: ‘Subtract’ years from age; mood and weight; exercising while pregnant
December 31st, 2010
08:00 AM ET

Fit Friday: ‘Subtract’ years from age; mood and weight; exercising while pregnant

Old beyond your years?

The UK's Daily Mail asked leading health experts to create a quiz to test its readers’ true body age.

The paper asks, "How old or young is your body compared with your years?"

The quiz tests the strength of your brain, skin, muscles, heart, lungs and other body parts.

Take the test yourself (click here) and see how well you fare, what the scores mean and how you can "subtract" years from your age.

Could your mood affect your diet?

Improving your mood may help you shed pounds, according to a report published on ScienceDaily.

"Most weight loss programs do not pay enough attention to screening and treatment of depression," said Babak Roshanaei-Moghaddam of the psychiatry and behavioral sciences department at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Researchers in the study placed 203 obese women into two treatment groups, one that focused on losing weight and another that focused on weight loss and depression. Those who focused on both weight and depression shed more pounds.

Exercise may limit pregnancy weight gain

Women who hit the gym or find other ways to work out gain less weight than women who don't exercise during pregnancy, according to a Reuters report.

Researchers in Germany found that active women gained an average of 1.3 fewer pounds than women with a sedentary lifestyle.

Although that number may not seem like a lot, the research shows that exercise can have a positive effect on a woman's mood - and finds that women who gain too much weight during pregnancy risk of a number of health problems, including diabetes and labor complications.

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  1. Michele Rom

    Just looking at the picture, this woman is arching her back. She either need a trainer or soon she'll need a chiropractor.

    December 31, 2010 at 11:42 | Report abuse | Reply
    • veganman

      I concur.

      December 31, 2010 at 12:01 | Report abuse |
    • James

      So what if she is arching her back? That allows you to stabilize your spine more and create more intra-abdominal pressure, thereby giving you a more rigid torso to pull against. Unless you know of some actual biomechanical reason backed by actual studies not to arch your back during weight training exercises, then you should not spread misinformation. This falls under the 'don't squat below parallel' and 'don't bench to your chest' misinformation category that under educated people and poorly-trained trainers spread.

      December 31, 2010 at 13:20 | Report abuse |
    • GodTookNoPart

      James is right, in arching your back you create a position in which you are able to keep your spine in one constant position, just as you do when you do squats.

      December 31, 2010 at 16:53 | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      A Chiropracter ? How could that possibly help ? I think what you mean to say is she should see someone who practices evidence based medicine ... like a doctor.

      January 1, 2011 at 09:51 | Report abuse |
    • mdfaraone

      I am a trainer and arching your back on this exercise IS proper form ! Rounding your back on exercises is what is dangerous.

      January 1, 2011 at 11:28 | Report abuse |
    • Blessed Geek

      Jump before you leap.

      January 1, 2011 at 22:42 | Report abuse |
    • Eric2007

      @ SAM... don't know what the problem of people like you are. Chiropractors take over 400 college credits AT MINIMUM before it's all said and done. Just because you feel you have to beat your chest (likely to tell everyone you're a BIG and MIGHTY MD or a BIG and MIGHTY MD student), you shouldn't have to put down others. I know, I know... those chiropractors take classes like "Basket-weaving 101"... unlike those "evidence based" people. By the way... why is it EVERY time you have to go to the ER for really nasty symptoms from something similar to the flu, they do a few tests... NEVER FIND ANYTHING WRONG and send you home with next to NOTHING saying... DUH, MUST BE A VIRUS. Thanks so much for coming though... that will be 1,500 WAY-OVERPRICED DOLLARS. Yeah, MD's are GREAT.

      January 1, 2011 at 23:32 | Report abuse |
    • @James

      That's because emergency rooms are for EMERGENCIES! They weren't made for dealing with colds and coughs.

      January 2, 2011 at 16:15 | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      @ Eric2007 Chiropractic medicine "claims" to cure all deseases, including Cancer, Asthma. There is no reason to believe, that "subluxations" (kinks in you back that prevent magical body energy from flowing) are the cause of these . Try this, go to 10 different Chiropractors and see how may different diagnoses you get. Chiropractic medicine predates Human understanding of Science and Bacteria and Viruses. It is non Science based medicine. All that matters is if something works or it doesn't. Studies that follow Scientific protocols conclude that Chiropractic medicine is not affective and an effect is placebo.

      January 2, 2011 at 21:33 | Report abuse |
    • sootfoot

      @Eric2007: Fine, don't go then... it'll keep the cost of medical care down for the rest of us. 😉

      January 3, 2011 at 01:05 | Report abuse |
    • katsrul

      @ Eric: you are the reason that emergency rooms and health care is so expensive. First, don't go to an emergency room if you just have a cold. Second, E-doctors are trained to practice defensive medicine because of so many lawsuits. If someone complains of a headache, they have to rule out a brain tumor, regardless of how rare that is when compared to a good ol' hangover. If you know you have been smoking and/or drinking the night before, don't go to an emergency clinic, or at least be honest to the doctor. Chiropractors just provide good sounding and expensive placebo. I'm sure that if you go to an E-room complaining of a stomach pain and they simply gave you a little bit of medicine and sent you home, but someone finds out you have hepatic cancer years later, you are the type of person that will get angry at all the doctors involved and sue everybody, except your stupid chiropractor that was supposed to prevent you from getting cancer by aligning your chakras and your spine.

      January 3, 2011 at 08:44 | Report abuse |
  2. Grant Strong

    Of course mood affects diet! Many people are stress eaters and use food for comfort. This is when people sit down with a carton of ice cream and eat the whole thing without even thinking about it.

    Exercise is very important during pregnancy! Women come into my office and tell me they need to get their pregnancy weight off. When I ask when they had their baby they say 2-5 years ago. Exercise before and after can make that transition much easier! Many back to their original weight within two months of their baby being born. Also, pregnancy is NOT a licence to eat! You only need about 300-400 extra calories per day when pregnant. A McDonalds cheeseburger has 300 calories, so its not a lot of extra food.
    For more health and fitness tips check out my blog http://www.GrantStrong.com

    December 31, 2010 at 12:10 | Report abuse | Reply
    • NNm42yo

      A year and a half ago I was fit, eating healthy and exercising. After a break up with my girlfriend I sank into a deep depression; I stopped exercising and I was eating tons of junk food and drinking a lot. I am planning to get back on track and lose the weight I gained. Even though I feel better than a year ago, I am still fearful that depression may be an obstacle.

      December 31, 2010 at 21:13 | Report abuse |
  3. Matt R

    ***Women who hit the gym or find other ways to work out gain less weight than women who don't exercise during pregnancy***

    This just in: People who exercise lose weight!


    December 31, 2010 at 13:40 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Donna

      Agreed. The conclusion is a no-brainer. Hopefully the study had some details that would make it otherwise worth-while, such as recommendations on the amount of exercise that would be optimal. It wasn't reported here though.

      December 31, 2010 at 15:36 | Report abuse |
  4. young95014

    The test to see how much you get to subtract from your real age is really stupid. For example, young people's skin is more elastic than old people. It will go back to normal in a pinch test much faster. This test will systematically decrease the age of young people, and increase the age of old people. Absurd!

    December 31, 2010 at 15:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. GodTookNoPart

    I just lost 5.6 lbs in ten minutes and all I did was sit on the toilet!

    December 31, 2010 at 16:57 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ross

      I'm surprised all your brain didn't go!

      January 1, 2011 at 03:57 | Report abuse |
  6. LEB

    Exercise if important for pregnant women for reasons other than fitting into your pre-pregnancy jeans again. While the first and obvious benefit is capping pregnancy weight gain (which helps avoid certain complications like gestational diabetes), the next most important benefit is muscle tone. Strong core muscles and back muscles aid the mom during labor and delivery, and cardio-respiratory conditioning helps stamina. Flexibility training, such as prenatal yoga, may help avoid injury, and can also help control anxiety during childbirth which increases pain.

    Having a strong core is also good to the baby's development, because if she's kicking and squirming against her mom's toned muscles, it gives her own tiny muscles a workout as they develop. Mom's cardiac and respiratory health, as well as good diet, also helps baby get all the oxygen and nutrients she needs. Plus all the exercise and good food will likely help keep mom in a good mood, and the more mom's stress levels can be controlled during pregnancy, the better it is for baby both before AND after birth.

    December 31, 2010 at 20:51 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Julie

      Please note, the manufacturer of the equipment in the picture has insturctions posted on the equipment on proper position. Check out the proper position she should be in just to the right of her left arm.

      January 1, 2011 at 09:01 | Report abuse |
  7. simonmett

    Can you believe I lost 20 lbs in only 2 months! I'm now comfortable in a size 2, down from a size 10 when I started. Search online for "Hypersonic Weight Loss"

    January 1, 2011 at 03:08 | Report abuse | Reply
    • thor

      people can lose 20 lbs. in one day for a weigh in. You are trolling.

      January 2, 2011 at 19:41 | Report abuse |
    • Lannoinnes

      Completely doable without some fad diet or scheme. Just tons of swimming + other cardio (8-12 hours a week of vigorous exercise), low carb/fat/sugar diet, and sticking to 1300-1400 calories.

      January 3, 2011 at 14:34 | Report abuse |
  8. Bob

    Words to the Wise, If you want to be fit and healthy..1) Eat plenty of Fresh Fruits and Veggies..2) Walk more, drive less 3) exercise 4) Do not drink Alcohol 5) Drink water instead of soda 6) get a good nights sleep 7)Visualize your perfect body.. 8) Do not watch much TV , commercials want you to eat!! 9) Limit junk and processed foods! Enjoy the New You!!

    January 1, 2011 at 12:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Logic

    Everything in moderation is a good motto.

    January 1, 2011 at 17:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Maura

    it is different for everyone. can't we just accept that there is no one easy solution. I have been 300 pounds and down to 90 pounds. it is a constant battle. but I am the same person. yet now, at 135, I am treated far better than I was at 300 but not as well as i was at 90. even though at 90 i was extremely unhealthy. i don't care what the number is. enjoy the time/life you have and try, if possible, to stop obsessing about a number. a lesson i continue to try to learn...

    January 1, 2011 at 20:27 | Report abuse | Reply
    • thor

      Someone has to say it. It's in your head. Find a good therapist and attempt to shed some baggage. Eat only for nourishment and stop wondering what is said about you when you aren't there. People act differnetly when abusing themselves with food. Making it seem as tho people are treating you differently. When in truth 300 lb people who are miserable get treated the same way as 100 lb. people who are miserable.

      January 2, 2011 at 19:40 | Report abuse |
  11. Swimmer23

    Just smoke cannabis. 24 hour fitness places are a scam. Exercise at home for FREE.

    January 3, 2011 at 01:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Diana

    For most women (and men) I think working out is essential to ones positive body image and overall sense of well being. Although, people should not become obsessed with weight loss because that is bad for your mental health but you need to find a healthy balance. My mother has constantly told me throughout and since college that I need to lose 20 pounds.... when really I just need to lose 10 (I'm 5'4 and currently at 132 lbs). I've also heard from her that I am "rounder" and more "meaty" than all my cousins... because I have boobs and butt with a flat stomach. I have a totally different body shape than them. I just block it all out now and tell her I'm proud of my body shape. The point is, you need to remember that a healthy weight also means a healthy mind. Love your shape and don't let people mess with your head. Happy New Year!

    January 3, 2011 at 11:33 | Report abuse | Reply
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