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The Power of Yoga: Tapping Into the Life Force

by Marlaina Donato Longevity is something most of us strive for, and increasingly, research shows that implementing a consistent yoga practice can be a fruitful investment toward that goal. Yoga is an eight-branch system of well-being that encompasses exercise, meditation, conscious breathing, diet and other elements, but how it effects …

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Venous Rising: Natural Help for Varicose Veins

by Melanie Laporte The season for wearing shorts and swimsuits may be coming to an end, but the unsightly—and often painful—puffy, blue streaks caused by varicose veins will likely remain an issue for many. While more than 40 percent of adults suffer from them, women are affected two to three …

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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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