Today's Tip: How much exercise should I aim to do?

The U.S. Surgeon General recommends doing 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity (that makes you feel warm and slightly out of breath) each week. This breaks down to 30 minutes of activity 5–7 days per week — the activity can be done in one bout of 30 minutes or accumulated in two 15-minute bouts or three 10-minute bouts.

Learn about sticking to an exercise plan here.

Yesterday's Tip: What should I wear to a yoga class?

Dress for yoga in loose or stretchy, comfortable clothing that allows you to move easily. Ask your yoga teacher about alternatives to practicing barefoot, such as wearing nonslip socks. People with existing foot problems may also want to consult their health-care provider before doing yoga poses that put pressure on the feet.

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June 21, 2017: How can I find a yoga class that’s right for me?

If you live in a small town or suburban area, try your local YMCA, health clubs, or community centers for yoga classes. Most metropolitan areas have a number of yoga studios. If you’re not ready to sign up, ask about observing a class or even taking a trial class to see if you like it.

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June 20, 2017: How much fluid should I be taking in during exercise?

The amount of water you drink should approximately equal the amount of fluid lost in sweat and urine. To get a sense of how much this is, weigh yourself nude before and after exercise; drink 2 cups of water for every pound lost.

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June 19, 2017: What type of exercise should I do if I’m trying to lose weight?

If you’re trying to lose weight, an exercise program that includes aerobic activity as well as some type of calisthenics or weight lifting will probably help you the most.

Learn about burning fat through exercise here.

June 18, 2017: When is the best time to exercise?

The best time to exercise is the time you are most likely to do it. If exercising at night fits your schedule better, then by all means do it then. If getting a workout first thing in the morning makes you feel more energetic, all the better.

Learn more about sticking to an exercise plan here.

June 17, 2017: How can I be sure I’m exercising at the appropriate level of difficulty?

Whenever you exercise, try to work to the point where you feel warm and slightly out of breath. If you do, you can be sure that you’re doing the best you can to burn lots of fat and glucose, increase your level of fitness, and improve your health.

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June 16, 2017: How can I improve my balance?

Do balance exercises every day — the benefits only last as long you do the exercises. If you stay consistent, you should see improvements in just a few weeks.

Learn about a form of exercise that improves balance here.

June 15, 2017: What should you do if you have ketones in your blood or urine?

General treatment guidelines for ketones include drinking plenty of water, taking insulin to bring down the blood glucose level, and rechecking for ketones, as well as checking blood glucose every three to four hours. If the ketone level does not go down, or if it goes up, go to the hospital — this constitutes a medical emergency.

Learn more about ketones here.

June 14, 2017: In what types of situations should I check my urine or blood for ketones?

Perform a ketone test if your blood glucose level is above 240 mg/dl, your insulin pump malfunctions and causes an interruption in insulin delivery, if you feel ill, if you experience traumatic stress, or if you have any symptoms of ketoacidosis such as increased urination, stomachache, or dry mouth.

Learn more about ketones here.