Explore the health and wellbeing issues concerning treadmills, tomatoes and twins.
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Learn about Treadmills, Tomatoes and Twins It’s a dastardly day outside, the perfect excuse not to go for a run. Think again, in the age of home exercise equipment, lazy logic just doesn’t apply. Although not quite as intense to workout as an on road run the humble treadmill definitely has a place in home based workout regimes, so get the drying clothes off it and plug it in. The first human treadmills were used by doctors in the 1950’s to assess patients for heart and lung disease that make sense. Five minutes for a first time treader will visibly impeached the respiratory system and get the pulse pumping. The treadmill history goes back even further. Farmers place cows and sheep on treadmills in the 1800’s to churn butter and fresh grain. Now if the cow can do it, so can you. Treadmills are not just running machines these days. You are in for a treat. They can count burning calories as you shed them off in a sprinkle of sweat. They can tell you how far you’ve run. You can hold onto the little senses and wait patiently for your heart rate to be measured during and after exercise. And in an effort not to be outdone by the outdoor running experience, the little treadmill can be tilted and adjusted to create a virtual hill for you to slave against in your uphill battle against the bulge. A good treadmill provides a low impact workout. They’re much kinder to knees and ankles than rocky uneven ground. And if it all starts to get a little tedious after awhile, just tune the telly into an inspiring vista and turn up the music. According to the University of Wisconsin, the treadmill is the ultimate calorie burner in exercise equipment outdoing the bike, rowing machine, and stepper with a magnificent 700 calories burned per hour long workout. To enhance your workout and triple your calorie count, run on an incline, don’t grip the hand rails, and vary your speed during the session. Happy treading! They say red is the color of poem, that’s definitely true in the case of the tomato. This juicy, sweet, yet tiny fruit is power packed with goodness. Hailing from Peru, this rouge beauty has one of the highest counts of vitamin C among veggies making it a great edition to greens as it aids in the absorption of iron. It’s the lysopine content in tomatoes that has scientists sitting up and taking notice. The phytochemical that colors the tomato red, its also a powerful anti-oxidant with the ability to stop cancer, cardiovascular disease and macular degeneration. Researches based on people consuming real tomatoes, not supplements. And cook your tomatoes; your body will utilize the lysopine more easily. Are you seeing double? Thanks to the modern accessibility of in vitro fertilization. More twins, triplets, quadruplets, and octuplets are being born. Twins are extremely handy and not just for playing jokes on teachers and boyfriends. Many countries have a national twin register where willing pairs can donate their time to medical research. People with shared genetic material whether they are MZ twins who share 100% of their genes or dezed twins who shared 50% are extremely valuable to scientist who are trying to figure out the role of genetics versus environment in the development of certain psychological traits and physical diseases. Twins studies have been conducted on drug and alcohol addiction, asthma, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s. The options for application are limitless. Experiments involving twins are called “twin design” and look set to become more popular. Tomatoes are the world’s most popular fruit beating the others by 16 million tons per year. Looks like the Aztecs were on to something.

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