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Create New Habits This Year

Create New Habits This Year

Everyone alive today has a chance to live to one hundred.  It’s up to you if you’re going to make it that long.  What will make the difference is creating new habits.  Some people hold off exercising until the weekend, some wait until they’re on vacation, while some don’t do it until there’s a wake-up call like seeing a picture…

How to Reduce Stress—Part Two

How to Reduce Stress—Part Two

As I mentioned in my last post, stress can affect you mentally and physically.  There are ways to alleviate it by changing your routine physically, but a big part of lessening stress is how your mind reacts to different situations.    We’ve all heard  the clichés of don’t sweat the small stuff and turn lemons into lemonade.  While they’re all…

How to Reduce Stress—Part One

How to Reduce Stress—Part One

Stress can be one of the leading indicators of health.  You can eat well and exercise all the time, but if you’re a mess emotionally, it can take a toll on your well-being, and ultimately, age you faster.   High stress levels can hurt your stomach and digestive system, blood pressure, and overall thinking process.  Your skin will wrinkle faster, and your…

Ways to Avoid Sweets

Ways to Avoid Sweets

I love sweets.  I probably eat something with sugar every day.  It’s not a sin to enjoy one of the greatest creations ever made.  You just need to enjoy them in moderation.    Benefits of Having A Sweet Besides enjoying the pleasures of sweets, there are benefits to having something sugary after a meal.  If I have a sweet, it…

Your Posture Dictates How Old You Appear

Your Posture Dictates How Old You Appear

When I was younger, I would always try to act cool by having a slight hunch to my stance.  I didn’t want to be one of these uptight people who had perfect posture and looked like they were standing at attention.  I really never knew what I looked like, so I just kept this mentality.  This changed when I looked…

Want to Keep Your Hearing Sharp?

Want to Keep Your Hearing Sharp?

There were two factors that made me more aware of my hearing.    Warning Number One One day, I was watching a program that discussed how the ear worked and how they age.  They described how the cochlea contains thousands of hairs to sense different sounds.  These hairs are similar to toothbrush bristles where they wear down with use and…

Pain Medication—Benefits and Warnings

Pain Medication—Benefits and Warnings

The body is an amazing system that was created by millions of years of evolution.  One of the best features is a warning system to alert us if something is wrong—it’s called pain.  If the body senses something harmful, the nervous system sends a signal to the brain to alert us.  Whether it’s your finger touching a hot surface, or…

Does Yoga Help?

Does Yoga Help?

While I was in my thirties, I was one of those people who always knew the benefits of yoga, but I was a little hesitant about showing up for a class.  Stretching had been a central part of my exercise routine, but would I be able to do all of those stereotypical pretzel moves that are associated with yoga?  I…

What’s the Obsession with Protein?

What’s the Obsession with Protein?

I’ve never understood why so many people are obsessed with protein.  Are these people training to be football players?  Do they want to be bodybuilders?  If you’re trying to stay in shape and healthy, there’s no need for extra protein.  If you’re consuming an average diet, there’s enough protein to meet the daily allowance.  Protein builds muscles.  So, if you’re…