For the Love of Nature

I’m know that I’m one of those people who has always enjoyed some form of exercise, and through the years this has served me very well. In times of stress, getting out and walking the dog has allowed me to clear my mind and work through any problems that were preoccupying me at the time. [ read more » ]

5 Mindfulness Exercises to Calm Your Mind

During stressful times, our minds tend to take flight and we lose touch with our body. This can lead to feeling overwhelmed with an obsessive and negative spiral of thoughts about the past, present, and future. Practicing mindfulness is one way to calm your mind during these stressful moments. Mindfulness occurs when  your mind is [ read more » ]

Being Active in Middle Age is Like Money in the Bank

Saving for retirement is much like exercise: It’s better to start sooner than later to reap the rewards later in life. “Think about your health like a bank,” says Kathleen Trotter, fitness expert and author of Finding Your Fit: A Compassionate Trainer’s Guide to Making Fitness a Lifelong Habit. “You want to put as much [ read more » ]

Exercise during pregnancy improves health and reduces complications

Physical activity is a critical component of achieving a healthy pregnancy – with fewer complications and better physical and emotional wellness for the mother, and better outcomes for the baby – according to new national guidelines. Those who follow the guideline can reduce the risk of pregnancy-related illness such as depression by at least 25 [ read more » ]

Moderate carbohydrate intake may be best for health

The observational study of more than 15,400 people from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study (ARIC) in the USA found that diets both low (< 40% energy) and high (>70% energy) in carbohydrates were linked with an increase in mortality, while moderate consumers of carbohydrates (50-55% of energy) had the lowest risk of mortality. The [ read more » ]

Exercise and its mental health benefits

A new large-scale U.S. study has found that people who exercise report having 1.5 fewer days of poor mental health a month compared to people who do not exercise. However, working out too much could actually have the opposite effect. Carried out by a team at Yale University, Massachusetts General Hospital and the Laureate Institute [ read more » ]

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