Minimum Effective Dose: Why Walking Is Good for Your Brain

Minimum Effective Dose is part of the Born Fitness mission to provide usable, simplified answers to common questions, add valuable information, and upgrade your health. Each week we’ll provide tips and thoughts (with links) that will improve your life without overload.

To Burger or Not to Burger: That is the real question   

Why You Should Read It: You want to know if saturated fat is ok.

Why You Care: “People who ate higher levels of saturated fat did not have more heart disease than those who ate less. Nor did it find less disease in those eating higher amounts of unsaturated fat, including monounsaturated fat like olive oil or polyunsaturated fat like corn oil.”

#BeTheChange: Saturated fat might not be as bad as you thought. No need to completely avoid (i.e. you can eat burgers)…but don’t go crazy either.

Does Walking Improve Creativity? 

Why You Should Read ItYou want to get past that mental block

Why You CareStanford researchers found that walking boosts creative inspiration. They examined creativity levels of people while they walked versus while they sat. A person’s creative output increased by an average of 60 percent when walking.”

#BeTheChange: Here’s how a daily walk might help you solve your every day problems.

Can Coffee Help Fight Type 2 Diabetes?

Why You Should Read ItYou don’t know if you should drink that second cup of joe in the morning.

Why You Care“The researchers found that the participants who increased their coffee intake by more than one cup a day (on average, an increase of 1.69 cups per day) over a 4-year period had an 11% lower type 2 diabetes risk over the subsequent 4 years, compared with people who did not change their intake.”

#BeTheChange: Coffee may have several health benefits. Here’s how you may be able to have your coffee and decrease the chance of disease too.

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