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Do You Take Killer Naps?

Do You Take Killer Naps?

| April 23, 2014

For many of us, naps are a necessary recharger that help us power through the day.   But are they really good for us? Studies disagree. Short term naps – defined as under 30 minutes – have long been considered healthy indulgences. In fact, studies have concluded that power naps boost physical energy and brain power. […]

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Fitness and Earth Day Go Together

Fitness and Earth Day Go Together

| April 22, 2014

Today is Earth Day, our yearly reminder that our very lives depend on our ability to maintain and nurture our environment.  For people involved in fitness, especially outdoor activities such as walking, running, cycling and swimming, having clean air and water isn’t a luxury, it’s an absolute necessity. Every living being on the planet has […]

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Health: Sharpen Your Memory With Laughter

Health: Sharpen Your Memory With Laughter

| April 21, 2014

For decades, researchers have known that laughter is if not the best medicine at least good for your health.  The latest study released this week by researchers at Loma Linda University in Southern California found that laughter can improve short-term memory and reduce stress. The researchers reached this conclusion after a small study in which […]

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Fitness, Faith and Friends

Fitness, Faith and Friends

| April 20, 2014

Fitness isn’t just about exercise, it’s also about faith and friends.  Taking the time to relax, meditate and reflect on our lives and sharing our lives with others is healthy for our bodies, minds and spirits. A sense of peace and centeredness helps us to maintain a healthy blood pressure level and reduce the risk […]

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Are You An Exercise Boat or Anchor?

Are You An Exercise Boat or Anchor?

| April 19, 2014

Anyone who exercises on a regular basis will tell you working out is half physical and half mental.  The mental exertion is necessary when it’s time to motivate yourself to get up out of a comfy chair, put on your exercise gear, and get yourself through your workout.  A big factor in all of this […]

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Diet: Another Reason to Cut the Bologna — and Other Processed Meats

Diet: Another Reason to Cut the Bologna — and Other Processed Meats

| April 18, 2014

A third of the population has another reason to cut the bologna and other processed meats.  Researchers studying data collected from ten diet and health studies found that one-in-three of the 18,000 participants had a specific gene that increased their risk of developing bowel cancer when they regularly ate processed meats. Health experts have known […]

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10 Signs You Need A New Personal Trainer

10 Signs You Need A New Personal Trainer

| April 17, 2014

Just as all exercise isn’t good, all personal trainers aren’t good either.  Anyone can call themselves personal trainers, which opens the door wide for inappropriate, ineffective or even dangerous practices.  Even those who are educated in the profession can freely dispense bad advice. If you’re not sure whether or not your personal trainer is competent, […]

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Diet: Improve Your Health by Eliminating Excess Salt

Diet: Improve Your Health by Eliminating Excess Salt

| April 15, 2014

Researchers in England announced this week that a campaign to cut salt out of people’s diet has had a remarkable impact on their health.  A decade ago, the English government initiated a program to convince companies to reduce the amount of salt in processed foods.  In an article published this week on the online British […]

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Beware of Presciption Drugs Interacting With Natural Health Products

Beware of Presciption Drugs Interacting With Natural Health Products

| April 14, 2014

Canadian researchers published a study this week on BMJ Open that suggests people who use presciption drugs and natural health remedies may be at risk for adverse reactions. The researchers from the University of Alberta studied hundreds of pharmacy customers to reach their conclusion. They found that 7% of the customers who used both prescription drugs and natural […]

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How To Convince Someone To Exercise

How To Convince Someone To Exercise

| April 13, 2014

A common complaint voiced by people who exercise regularly is that their spouse, partner, friend or relative doesn’t exercise at all.  They worry that their peer is too out of shape to get the most out of life and that he or she will one day suffer a calamitous illness as a result.  The conversation […]

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