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Distracted Exercise

Being distracted during exercise can actually lead to a better mood. Unless you’re not paying attention to what you’re doing and you drop a dumbbell on my foot, then none of us will be happy. However, when used in conjunction with cardiovascular activities, a distraction such as television or music can elicit a better mood than exercise alone. I’m sure …

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Rest, But Not Too Much

Resting after a workout allows time for our bodies to recover. There are many benefits to exercise, even those for mental health and wellness. However, recent research indicates that even taking a week off from exercise can diminish the mental benefits. A recent study released by the University of Maryland showed that avid runners who took 10 days off from …

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Meditation for Mindfulness

Meditation has countless benefits, with more being discovered each day; It can lessen stress and anxiety, prevent emotional eating, increase memory retention and recall and even reduce blood pressure. But the actual process of meditation can seem odd if you’ve never done it. So how can you start this ever-growing trend without donning white linen pants? Here are five easy …

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BCAAs for Recovery

Branched-chain amino acids, or BCAAs, have always been thought of as a failed performance enhancer for athletes. While the research has supported the claim that BCAAs do not inherently increase performance ability, they have taken on a more important role as a recovery aid. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein chains. BCAAs refer to three of the 20 …

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5 Ways to Wake Up for a Morning Workout

Getting out of bed can certainly be a struggle for all of us. There are mornings where the thought of getting out of bed while it’s still dark out and heading to the gym can not only be daunting, but downright unappealing. We all do it. You set your alarm the night before, excited for the idea of how healthy …

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Don’t Stress! Two Minutes to a Calmer You

Stress is everywhere. Ask anyone and, without skipping a beat, they’ll run down a list of ten reasons they’re stressed today; but, it doesn’t have to control your life. Take two minutes to destress and have a positive impact on your whole body. Stress is not only mentally taxing, but also encourages the release of the hormone cortisol into your …

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Meditation: Getting Started

You may have read or heard that more and more people are adding meditation as part of their health and fitness routines. TIME magazine reports that 10 million Americans practice some form of regular meditation – that’s up from only 5 million a decade ago. But just what is meditation and how can you benefit from it? According to Shirley …

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Tips to Managing Stress

Stress – it’s basically unavoidable. Life today means we are always working, always moving, always on the go. All of this adds up to a variety of side effects, from poor eating habits and excessive drinking to sleeplessness and weakened immune systems. Fortunately, more and more people have recognized these harmful effects of stress and are taking steps to remedy …

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