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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