Weekly Health Roundup: May 5-9

Ideas for Mother’s Day, tips for Summer Vacay, and advice for longevity in this week’s Health Roundup!

24 simple tips for fitter vacay

Photo Credit | Kissairis Munoz, Greatist.com

Summer Vacation Season is just around the corner, and usually vacation also means vacation from healthy foods and exercise…which doesn’t make you feel very refreshed when you get home. Thankfully, Kissairis Munoz of Greatist has come to the rescue. “The good news is feeling healthy during and post-vacay is totally possible,” she says. “Making just a few smart choices will keep you active and energized and help you get the most out of that vacay – and looking forward to the next one.” From snack advice to relaxation tips to exercise anywhere recommendations, 24 Simple Tips for a Fitter, Happier Vacation is a must-read before your trip.

Still struggling to find a last-minute gift for Mom this Sunday? Well, whether she’s a fitness guru or just starting out on her health and fitness journey, Leta She at FitSugar has compiled a great list of gift ideas for Mom in Give Mom a Little Health and Happiness: Our Mother’s Day Gift Guide. Get matching gifts for both of you and start on your fitness journey together! Challenge each other and keep one another accountable for a gift that lasts beyond just a one day holiday.

Almost everyone is aware that staying fit as a young adult  can prevent heart disease and other health problems later in life, but a new study published in Neuology, claims that young adult fitness may actually improve brain health later in life as well. In Gretchen Reynolds’s article, Early Fitness Can Improve the Middle-Age Brain, for the New York Times Well Blog, she says, “the more physically active you are at age 25, the better your thinking tends to be when you reach middle age.” There’s even more good news as well. Even if you are over 25 and haven’t had a moderate – rigorous exercise schedule, it’s not too late. You can start exercising now and still improve brain function. According to the doctors who conducted the study, the biggest lesson to learn is to stay active throughout your life.

Whether it’s Cinco de Mayo or any other day of the year, Mexican restaurants in Decatur are steadily packed with hungry crowds. Often however, the sugary margaritas and cheese-drenched burritos mean busting your diet (and your pants button) wide open. If you look closely though and make a couple simple requests, Mexican food can actually be healthy – chock full of veggies and protein. According to Greatist’s Nicole McDermott, “there are other items that can easily be altered to keep them from obliterating your diet.” Check out these simple alterations to dishes and drinks in the ultimate How to Navigate a Mexican Menu guide.

We’ve asked the question before: What is the secret to living forever? Well, who better to ask than the oldest man on Earth – 111 ¼-year-old, Alexander Imich. During his life, he’s travelled all over the world, studied the paranormal and even mastered the computer. Imich attributes much his longevity to healthy living, moderation, and good genes. Michael mannion and Trish Corbett – founders of the Mindshift Institute – “lay his survival to an ever-curious mind. Mr. Imich noted in an interview with them, “The compensation for dying is that I will learn all the things I was not able to learn here on Earth.” Read more about his journey in Ralph Blumenthal’s article An Ever-Curious Spirit, Unbeaten After 111 Years.