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Take a Cerebral Spin: Cycling for a Healthier Brain

by Marlaina Donato Hopping on a bicycle on a beautiful day or taking a spin class at the gym offers proven cardiovascular benefits like lowering cholesterol and blood pressure. Now, growing research shows that it also packs a powerful punch for brain health. Aerobic exercise has been found to have …

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Forest Bathing

Mother Nature’s Rx for Body and Mind by Marlaina Donato In 1982, the Japanese government coined the term Shinrin-yoku (“taking in the forest atmosphere” or “forest bathing”) to inspire people to visit and appreciate national parks. Today, that walk in the woods has become a medically recommended activity worldwide for …

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Just Add Water: Aquatic Workouts for Him

by Marlaina Donato When it comes to chiseling muscles, recovering from injury or reducing stress, men are finding that hitting the pool might even surpass hitting the gym. “Water aerobics is a great form of exercise for men looking to sculpt their bodies, because water offers multidirectional drag resistance that …

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When Emotions are Physical: Bodywork for Trauma and Grief

by Marlaina Donato Massage is often associated with spa-like pampering, yet it is also an effective therapy for reducing physical and emotional pain. Bodywork can lower blood pressure and reduce stress hormones, which in turn helps to balance blood sugar and boost immunity. A surge of the feel-good neurotransmitters serotonin …

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Into the Woods: Hiking for Health and Happiness

by Marlaina Donato Many of us equate fitness with going to the gym, but a good hike in a natural environment can foster unique benefits for both body and psyche. Hiking or walking outdoors not only promotes heart health, helping to balance both blood sugar and blood pressure, it increases …

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Exercise vs. Allergies: All the Right Moves

by Marlaina Donato Seasonal allergies plague more than 26 million Americans, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, with numbers on the rise in recent years. This is due in part to a dramatic increase in the amount of airborne pollen, a possible byproduct of climate change. Environmental …

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Ease Repetitive Strain Injuries

Targeted Exercises Lower Risk of Injury by Marlaina Donato Weekend athletes, office workers and hobbyists greatly benefit from a balanced array of regular exercises as a preventive measure against injury. In our technological age, repetitive strain injury (RSI) is all too common, and anyone using a computer daily can be …

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Moving Through Menopause: Exercising Reduces Symptoms

by Marlaina Donato Transitioning through menopause and the years of perimenopausal hormone fluctuation leading up to the finale can be physically and emotionally challenging for many women. Consistently following a healthy diet and positive lifestyle are important, and health researchers, doctors and midlife women can attest to the multidimensional benefits …

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Fitness in 10 Minutes: A Full-Body Workout for Busy People

by Locke Hughes When life makes a long workout impossible, a 10-minute, total-body fitness routine can be super-efficient and effective, if done right. To maximize results, strategically order the exercises to work different muscles each time, allowing one set of muscles to rest while working another. This is the basis …

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10,000 Steps and Counting: Keep Moving to Stay Fit

by Kathleen Barnes We have become a nation of couch potatoes. The average American takes only 5,900 steps a day, somewhat better than the sedentary Brits that average less than 4,000. The notion that overall we need to take 10,000 steps a day to be physically fit started with manpo-kei, …

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