Archives for December 2017

Resolve to Be Kinder in 2018

Kindness Never Goes Out of Style

We live in a super-sized, fast-paced world where it is sometimes hard to find the good in ourselves and in others.

With changes and improvements in technology moving at a break-neck pace things that were once cutting edge (dial-up modems, flip phones, pocket cameras) quickly become obsolete.

Remember the now obsolete VCR?

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Out of style.

Thank goodness kindness never goes out of style. Kindness is something that is desperately needed all day in every corner of the world. At times it seems as if it has gone out of style, so it’s up to us to make sure we keep it relevant and trendy.

Kindness

Always in style.

 

Below is a slideshow I created for an opening to a wellness event that I offered to employees this fall. The topic was the healthy side effects of kindness. I hope you will enjoy, live it and share it!

Healthy Side Effects of Kindness

Research shows that kindness has a significant impact on your health in a positive way.

Random Acts of Kindness.org says that:

  • In 2010 the Harvard Business School surveyed people in 136 countries and found that those who are generous with charitable donations are the happiest overall.
  • People who volunteer tend to experience fewer aches and pains.
  • People 55 and older who volunteer for two or more organizations have an impressive 44% lower likelihood of dying early, and that’s after sifting out every other contributing factor, including physical health, exercise, gender, habits like smoking, marital status and many more.
  • According to research from Emory University, being kind to others triggers your brain’s pleasure and reward centers light up, as if you were the recipient of the good deed—not the giver. This phenomenon is called the “helper’s high.”
  • Kindness stimulates the production of serotonin – the feel-good chemical in your brain – that heals wounds, calms you down, and makes you happy!

Engaging in acts of kindness has also been shown to reduce pain, stress, anxiety and depression, and blood pressure!

Resolve to Spread Kindness in 2018

Make a resolution to spread kindness in 2018. It never goes out of style!

(This video uses royalty free pictures from Pixabay.com and royalty free music from Bensound.com)

Happy New Year!

Cheers!

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Apple Cider Vinegar for Weight Loss, LIIT (not HIIT) and a Crazy Short Circuit. It’s Friday I’m in Link Love

 

It’s Friday! My favorite day of the week and the day I love to share links to health and fitness information that you can use. This Friday we’ll talk about apple cider vinegar for weight loss, how your DNA can help you lose weight, a crazy,hard short circuit and a funny New Year’s meme.

It’s Friday, I’m In Link Love!

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Apple Cider Vinegar For Weight Loss: Truth or Myth?

What is the truth about apple cider vinegar and its effects on metabolism and weight loss? According to Dr. Mercola and other health experts, apple cider vinegar is a thermogenic substance that plays a key role in having a healthy metabolism. While it might not be a magic bullet for weight loss, studies do show that consuming apple cider vinegar improves cognitive function, promotes athletic recovery, supports gut health, and helps you sustain a healthy, normal metabolism.

Apple cider vinegar

Fermented apples may just be the secret sauce to weight loss.

If you want to give a daily dose of apple cider vinegar a try, figuring out a palatable way to consume it might be your biggest challenge. At Natural Living Ideas you can find Five Tasty Ways to Get Your Daily Dose of Apple Cider Vinegar. Dr. Mercola has an apple cider vinegar supplement for sale at his web site that might be even more appealing to you.  Check out all of the reasons you should be consuming apple cider vinegar every day and purchase the supplement here: Help Unlock Your Body’s Metabolism With Apple Cider Vinegar

Forget HIIT and Embrace LIIT (?) in 2018

Burpees, box jumps, and wind sprints are ingredients of a 20 minute High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workout. HIIT has been a mainstay for workout junkies for a few years now and the results of high intensity workouts are undeniable. But not everyone wants to do, or is able to do, a HIIT workout several times a week. In 2018 HIIT may take a back seat to the latest fitness trend called Low Intensity Interval Training, or, as you guessed, it LIIT!

The good news is that a LIIT workout can burn the same number of calories as a HIIT workout does without the impact and stress to the joints. But, you’ll have to spend more time working out. A typical HIIT workout lasts about 20 minutes. If you do LIIT you’ll need to workout for at least 45 minutes to achieve the same calorie burn.

LIIT is trending in 2018 and Joey Atlas has dedicated an entire web site to the benefits of LIIT. To learn more about the ‘jaw-dropping results’ of LIIT check out Low-Intensity Interval Training Delivers Jaw-Dropping Results.

Use Your DNA To Lose Weight

A new weight loss app called EmbodyDNA by Lose It! uses your DNA which you provide via a saliva sample to deliver personalized weight loss recommendations to you. The goal of the app is to determine how well your body handles the food you’re eating and help you gain insight to which foods and drinks can help keep you on track. You can learn more and purchase the app for $49.99 here: EmbodyDNA Lose it!

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Short Circuits With Marsha

Personal Trainer and Nutrition Coach Marsha Hughes bring you free, high-quality short workout circuits that are designed to burn fat and encourage weight loss. Marsha typically posts one or two new workouts a week. I’ve don’t most – not all – of the short circuits. My favorite is the 12 Minute Dumbbell Ladder Strength Circuit featured below. This circuit is crazy hard. Your legs will be crying when you get done with this workout.

Check out all of Marsha’s short circuits here: Short Circuits With Marsha

Happy New Year to Everyone.

I hope you make SMART, realistic, doable resolutions this year. Possibly something like this?

 

Resolutions

Stay safe out there!

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Food Coma Recovery and Detox

The weather girl predicts the temperature here today will not get above 4 degrees and tomorrow won’t be much better.

Add to that, it’s the day after Christmas and we all feel a little funky. The tummy and head are a little wonky from over indulging in foods we don’t typically eat and an abundance of alcohol. I don’t like having ‘off’ days where my energy is low and I’m entertaining the thought of spending the day on the couch.

Benefits of Warm Lemon Water

The solution? A cup of warm lemon water first thing in the morning. The vitamins and minerals in the lemons will get your digestion back on track, give you an energy boost, and improve your mood.

Lemon Water

Dr. Axe says lemon juice has a similar structure to the digestive juices found in the stomach and plays a role in helping the liver create bile. The bile keeps the food moving through the system which helps  relieve indigestion or an upset stomach. Keeping a cup of warm lemon water handy to sip on throughout the day is Step One on the road to food coma recovery.

Plus warm lemon water is soothing and easier to get down on a 4 degree morning than ice water is.

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