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Life Improves With Laughter June 15, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Happiness, Health & Wellness.
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Stressed out?

Find something to laugh about.

Yup.  It can even be something silly.

Seriously.

Laughter is the yin to stress’s yang . . . counterbalancing many of the nasty negative effects of stress.

Plus, laughing feels good.

“We do not laugh because we are happy . . . we are happy because we laugh.”

Aah . . . that’s better!

To read more:  Does Laughing Have Real Health Benefits?

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TIME To Lose Weight June 11, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Food & Drink, Health & Wellness.
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Are you ready to shed a few pounds before donning a swimsuit and heading to the pool?

Need an update on which foods to eat and which to avoid?

Looking for a Diet Decoder?

Wants some tips on keeping the weight off?

Well, TIME has got you covered!

Check out the TIME Guide to Weight Loss.

*12 articles on the Science of Weight Loss

*7 articles on Diets (Gluten Free vs. Vegan vs. Mindfulness vs. Ketogenic)

*15 articles with tips on Foods To Eat

*11 articles on making weight loss last

Bonus Tip:  Step away from the donut and do not put another bite in you mouth until you have digested all 45 articles!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Tiggers Bounce! May 23, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Life Balance, Mindfulness, People.
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The truth is, you only get to be a victim once.

After that, you’re a volunteer.

To read more:  Super-Resilient People Are 6 Times More Likely To Do This 1 Thing (Inc.)

Aah . . . that’s better!

May Day! May Day! May 1, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Health & Wellness, Humor.
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I’ve never seen the appeal of Hot Yoga ~ the idea of sweating in a sweatbox with a bunch of other sweaty folks is decidedly unappealing to me.

But I have wondered whether Hot Yoga offered benefits that I could cash in on while walking each morning in sweltering heat.

The answer?

Probably not . . .

Tracy and his team have conducted two experiments on the physical effects of Bikram yoga, which involves completing a strict series of poses over a period of 90 minutes in a room heated to 104 or 105 degrees. The first experiment included healthy (but sedentary) young adults with no yoga experience. After eight weeks and 24 Bikram sessions, Tracy says the study participants showed some modest increases in strength and muscle control, as well as a big improvement in balance. They also achieved a slight drop in body weight.

“To be honest, we were pretty surprised by the small size of the weight change, because when you’re in the Bikram studio you feel like you’re working really hard,” Tracy says. “And remember, these were people who didn’t regularly exercise before the study. We were expecting a bigger drop.”

For his follow-up experiment, Tracy hooked up experienced yogis to equipment designed to measure their heart rates, body temperatures, and energy expenditures during a typical Bikram session. That new data helped explain some of those disappointing body-weight findings: While heart rate and core temp climbed significantly (but not dangerously) during the 90-minute session, the participants’ metabolic rates—or the amount of calories their bodies burned—were roughly equivalent to those of people walking briskly.

“I think the immediate reaction is disappointment if you’re a Bikram fan,” Tracy says, adding that, if you’ve spent time reading about the activity online, you might assume you’d be shedding up to 1,000 calories per session. “But that’s not the case,” he says. His research shows men burn an average of 460 calories, while women work off about 330. “I think the heat and the difficulty of the postures combine to alter your perception of the intensity of the exercise,” he explains. On the other hand, one part of your body is getting a major workout, Tracy says. “Heart rates are quite high for the amount of work you’re doing. Quite high.”

To read more:

Is Hot Yoga Good For You ~ And For Weight Loss?

Cool! ~> I’ll continue to seek out the shade!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Stop Slouching! April 25, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Health & Wellness.
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Your mother had the right idea when she encouraged good posture by insisting that you (and your siblings) “Stand up straight!”

Good posture improves our health and well-being, facilitates our breathing and respiratory function, and even gives our mood and energy levels a quick boost:

It’s true: Peper has conducted a series of studies on posture and how it can influence a person’s mood, energy levels and cognitive performance. Some of his research has found that slouching promotes low mood and decreased energy levels. One of his forthcoming studies shows that slouching can even impair student performance on a math test.

To read more:  How To Improve Posture (TIME)

Aah . . . that’s better!

Why NOT To Be Gluten Free April 8, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Health & Wellness, Humor.
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Being a vegetarian = easy peasy.
Being gluten free = a constant challenge and a sometimes sacrifice.

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I am re-thinking my options.

Instead of “slim and trim,” maybe I should aim for “fat and sassy”? 😛

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Life is short . . . seize the day (and the pizza!).

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Aah . . . that’s better!

To read an appetizing comment thread and insight filled post:  Odds & Ends on Observations (Kate)

Tippy Gnu ~> #4 Is 4 You! April 3, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Health & Wellness, Life Balance.
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To Read More: Foods Linked To Better Brainpower (Harvard Health)

RX = Nature March 2, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Health & Wellness, Life Balance.
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Now that the days are getting longer and warmer, head to the park for some R&R.

Doctors orders!

Spending time outdoors, especially in green spaces, is one of the fastest ways to improve your health and happiness. It’s been shown to lower stress, blood pressure and heart rate, while encouraging physical activity and buoying mood and mental health. Some research even suggests that green space is associated with a lower risk of developing psychiatric disorders — all findings that doctors are increasingly taking seriously and relaying to their patients.

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The medical community is increasingly viewing green space as a place for their patients to reap physical and mental health benefits. Some physicians, like Dr. Robert Zarr, a pediatrician in Washington, D.C., are even writing prescriptions for it.

These “nature prescriptions” — therapies that are redeemable only outdoors, in the fresh air of a local park — advise patients to spend an hour each week playing tennis, for instance, or to explore all the soccer fields near their home. The scripts are recorded in his patients’ electronic health records.

To read more:  Here’s What Being Outside Can Do For Your Health

Aah . . . that’s better!

3-Minute Mindfulness February 25, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Health & Wellness, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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Want to learn how to “keep calm and carry on” when life tosses you a curve ball?

David (at Raptitude) is offering a free mindfulness course with 5 simple lessons:

It will teach you:

  • What mindfulness actually is
  • Three ways you can practice it anytime, anywhere
  • Why you might want to do that

Your homework is literally one minute a day. 

Got that?  Five quick lessons in five days.

Interested?

Sign up HERE by providing your e-mail address.  The lessons will arrive in your e-mail box at no charge.

At the conclusion of the course, you’ll get information on signing up for Camp Calm (David’s 30 day meditation course), along with other tips and techniques to reinforce your new mindfulness practice.

There is NO obligation to enroll in Camp Calm.  Per David:  “If you just want to do the mini-course and leave it at that—no worries, and no hard feelings.”

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related:  A Simple Trick For Becoming A Calmer Person (Raptitude)

 

 

That’s Cool! February 16, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Health & Wellness, Life Balance.
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Some of you might be interested in this article from MIT Technology Review about a recently developed fabric that helps keep you in comfort:

A new fabric, developed by a team at the University of Maryland, is the first to automatically warm wearers up or cool them down as needed.

When you’re feeling hot and sweaty—when playing sports, say— the fabric lets infrared radiation (heat, to you and me) pass through. But when you’re colder and drier, it traps the heat in.

To read more:  This new fabric will automatically cool you down when you get hot and sweaty

Aah . . . that’s better!