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    Exercise As You Get Older – How To Remain Active But Also Safe

    By exercising and engaging in physical activity, you can remain energetic, healthy, and independent, even when you age. However, on average, people over the age of 65 spend around 10 hours per day lying down or sitting. In fact, they are the top sedentary age group.

    Whether measurements are subjective or objective, the majority of older adults are sedentary. Almost 60% of older adult’s reported sitting for more than 4 h per day, 65% sit in front of a screen for more than 3 h daily and over 55% report watching more than 2 h of TV. However, when measured objectively in a small survey, it was found that 67% of the older population were sedentary for more than 8.5 h daily.

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    How To Get Rid Of Bat Wings

    Bat wings are the curse of many women. Whenever they raise their arms, their underarms start to jiggle left, right and center. We often feel like there is nothing that can be done about them, it’s skin, after all, and the only way to get rid of skin is through surgery. Fortunately, you can actually exercise and tone your arms through triceps exercises. That said, ‘spot reduction’, which means you only work on a single area of your body, is not an effective way to truly tone up, so do make sure you also work out the rest of your body and focus on your eating habits. Nevertheless, there are a few exercises that you can add to your regular routine to help you beat the bat. Continue reading

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    A Lifestyle To Take Years Off Your Age

    Growing old gracefully is all well and good if you actually age well. Most of us, including those who claim to be growing old gracefully, make concentrated efforts to actually stay looking slightly younger than what we really are. What few people realize is that, while lotions, potions, and cosmetic procedures are incredibly efficient, your lifestyle, and particularly your diet, are far better at helping you stay young. Eating healthy keeps you slim, strengthens your immune system, and can also make your hair glossier, your skin shinier, and your nails stronger. Let’s take a look at some of the lifestyle choices you can make in order to take at least 10 years off your actual age. Continue reading

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    The Most Common Female Cancers And How You Can Protect Yourself From Them

    While most people speak about cancer as if it is a single disease, it is actually a collective name for a range of different illnesses. Certain cancers are more common than others, and some are particularly common in women. Specifically, these are ovarian, skin, cervical, lung, endometrial, colon, and breast cancer. It is important, therefore, that you as a woman learn about these cancers and what you can do to avoid them if possible. Continue reading

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    The Importance of Drinking Water for Women

    We all know that water is good for us and that we should drink plenty of it. And since it is readily available and pretty much available for free, there really is no reason why we won’t be able to drink enough water. Another health rule that most women are aware of is that they should eat plenty of fiber in order to have good bowel movement and greater overall health. However, the American Journal of Gastroenterology says that being hydrated is even more important, even when it comes to having regular bowel movements. Continue reading

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    Why Stress Is Such A Dangerous Condition

    We often describe our lives as a grindstone, filled with stress. What few of us realize, however, is just how damaging this stress can be on our overall health. Women, in particular, have too many things on their plates. They have to make ends meet, don’t get enough sleep, take care of the children, run the household, have long commutes, and undergo high pressure workdays. Unfortunately, all this stress can cause irreversible damage, including long term disability, heart problems, and early aging.

    Interestingly, some people believe they work better under pressure. However, this is rarely true. In fact, the opposite is true – stress generally leads to more mistakes. Let’s take a look at some of the ways in which stress can damage our health. Continue reading

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    Acai Berry For Weight Loss

    Acai berries are incredibly popular nowadays, with claims of significant weight loss being possible. Not just that, the berries themselves are supposedly the healthiest on the planet. While the claims of weight loss are perhaps the most famous, some suggest they also have a range of other benefits, including anti-aging properties. But is there any truth in these claims, particularly with regards to weight loss?

    The Research on Acai Berries

    There has been a significant amount of research in acai berries, and they have produced some interesting results. Continue reading

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    How Often Should You Eat Fish?

    How often you should eat fish seems to be a reasonably simple question. The answer, however, is incredibly complex. This is because there are numerous things that will determine how often you, as an individual, should eat fish. For instance, you may have specific health concerns, you may have a particular like or dislike of a certain fish,  and your weight is important, whether you are pregnant or nursing a baby. Another factor is what your fish portion size is. Continue reading

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    Carbs – Good For You Or Not?

    Everybody has heard of carbohydrates. Most people also know that they give our body the fuel (energy) it needs to function. Somewhere along the line, the Atkins Diet came along and told us that carbohydrates are the enemy.

    A typical diet reduces calories, but is still high in carbohydrates (and thus sugar). As a result, many people constantly cycle between sugar “highs” (where excess sugar is actually stored as fat in the body) and sugar “lows” (where you feel fatigued and ravenously hungry – for more carbs and sugar). For many, it’s really hard to lose weight that way.

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    A Review Of The Best Free Fitness Apps

    The year 2017 is finally upon us and it is likely that most of us have set ourselves the resolution of getting healthy this year, finally letting go some of that weight and getting into shape. For all our best intentions, however, it is quite hard to actually stay motivated to do that. Fortunately, with technology being the way it is today, there are lots of motivation that you can have from your mobile device around the clock. But which ones are the best ones, particularly if you don’t want to pay for an app? Continue reading

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    How Volunteering Can Improve Your Health

    Most of us lead incredibly busy lives and we feel that, as much as we would like to volunteer, we simply don’t have the time. However, perhaps if you knew about the benefits of volunteering, you may consider making a little bit of time for it. Let’s take a look at what volunteering is, and how it can help to benefit your own health.

    What Is Volunteering?

    The first thing you have to understand is what it means to volunteer.

    Words and phrases like “altruism” or “doing good” come to mind.

    Essentially, when you volunteer, you provide the community, worthwhile causes, and needy people the help that they desperately require. In addition, being a volunteer is also good for you. What volunteering does for you is give you the happiness effect.

    Helping others kindles happiness, as many studies have demonstrated. When researchers at the London School of Economics examined the relationship between volunteering and measures of happiness in a large group of American adults, they found the more people volunteered, the happier they were, according to a study in Social Science and Medicine. Compared with people who never volunteered, the odds of being “very happy” rose 7% among those who volunteer monthly and 12% for people who volunteer every two to four weeks. Among weekly volunteers, 16% felt very happy – a hike in happiness comparable to having an income of $75,000-$100,000 versus $20,000, say the researchers.”

    What this means is that, by volunteering, you don’t just help individuals and the community, you help yourself as well. According to researchers, this is done because you develop social connections to others, because you can advance your personal career, because you get fulfillment and happiness in your life, and because it improves your mind and body. Yes, volunteering will make you healthy, in other words.

    How Volunteering Makes You Healthy

    By volunteering, you have access to both physical and psychological health benefits. This is because, when you volunteer, you combat anxiety, anger, and stress. Additionally, when you build your social capital, you improve your overall health and happiness as well.

    Social capital may be defined as those resources inherent in social relations which facilitate collective action. Social capital resources include trust, norms, and networks of association representing any group which gathers consistently for a common purpose. A norm of a culture high in social capital is reciprocity, which encourages bargaining, compromise, and pluralistic politics. Another norm is belief in the equality of citizens, which encourages the formation of cross-cutting groups.

    Furthermore, research has shown that volunteering does a lot more as well. First, because you will regularly have contact with other people, you can help fight depression. It will also make you happy. Various pieces of research have shown that people who volunteer and help others feel immense pleasure. In fact, the more they give, the happier they will feel.

    Next, you will increase your self-confidence. Because you help others, you will feel, quite rightly, that you have accomplished something. You can build an identity based on pride, viewing your own life on a more positive note. Plus, you will get a sense of purpose as well. This can be very important for those who are retired, or otherwise unable to engage in activities such as work or having a social life.

    Last but not least, there is the physical health element. Various studies demonstrated that the mortality rate in volunteers is lower than in the regular population. This is probably because volunteers move more, feel less stress, and keep their mind active as well. These are all important elements of leading a long, happy, and healthy life.

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    Gluten Free – Healthy Or Not?

    If you enter a grocery store or a health food store, it is now impossible to miss the variety of gluten free products. This is excellent for people who have celiac disease, which means they are assured that they are not consuming products that has gluten. Interestingly, however, the vast majority of people who purchase these products do not have celiac disease. In fact, most of them don’t even have a gluten sensitivity. Continue reading

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    Healthy Foods That Will Make You Fat


    Everybody knows that, if we want to lose weight and become healthy, we have to cut the junk out of our diet. However, there are quite a few healthy foods that are filled with calories, sugars, and fats. This is why it is so important to also focus on serving size, even when it comes down to salads, yogurts, nuts, and fruits. In fact, a lot of people unwittingly sabotage their own diet by gorging on things that are considered to be healthy, but that will also make them fat. So what are some of the healthy things that you need to take it easy with? Continue reading

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    Why The Plank Is The Only Exercise You Will Ever Need To Do

    Wouldn’t it be nice if you could spend just two one minute sessions each day doing a single thing, and find yourself with a fitter, firmer, thinner body? It would be like a dream come true for most women! But did you know that it is actually possible to do that? All you really need to commit to is the dreaded plank, an exercise that works out every single muscle in your body. Best of all, you only need to do it for a minute each day, or really push yourself and do two one minute planks per day. So what are the benefits of the plank, and what kind of results can you expect? Continue reading

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    Losing Weight And Drinking Alcohol

    Most people like to have an occasional drink. There is nothing wrong, after all, with drinking in moderation. The problem, however, is that alcoholic drinks seem to make most people put on weight. They are laden with sugar and calories, which means drinking alcohol seems like a no go area for people who want to lose weight. The question inevitably becomes, therefore, whether it is possible to lose weight while still having the occasional tipple. Continue reading

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    How To Keep A Beach Body After Summer

    You worked hard all year to get your body beach ready for summer. However, now that summer has come and gone, it is all too easy to let yourself go. After all, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas are all just around the corner, and we all put weight on during those times. But do you really feel happy about having to start you incredibly hard journey all over again come January, with yet another New Year’s resolution being to lose weight? Why not simply work a little bit at it, and keep your body beach ready all year long? You’ll never know when you will win that dream holiday to Barbados, after all! Here are a few tips to help you achieve just that. Continue reading

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    How To Properly Measure Your Weight

    Most of us hate stepping on the dreaded scales. We have often got it down to an art, having figured out exactly at what point of the day we are at our lightest, and using that as a true picture of our overall weight. Some of us have enough will power to not step on the scales every day (if you have digital scales in particular, it can be really hard to not just have a quick check in the morning), knowing that weight fluctuates quite significantly between days, which is why it is better to stick to fewer measurements. But the reality is that scales are not actually the best way to tell whether or not you’re losing weight. Continue reading

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    The 5 Craziest Workouts That You Absolutely Must Try

    We all know that the way to a nice, healthy, toned, and beautiful body is to eat less and move more. However, sometimes things can get boring. While you can mix and match what you eat, and focus on different body parts at the gym, or go to some aerobics classes, it is all too easy to get bored and lose your motivation. Once that happens, the weight starts to pile back and you become even more demotivated, effectively trapping you in a vicious cycle. Continue reading

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    The 3 Foods You Must Consume If You Want To Be Healthy


    We all know that, in order to be fit and healthy, we have to eat a nutritious, balanced diet and exercise plenty. We also know that we should cut down on sugars and fats. However, this is quite vague and certainly very confusing. After all, almost everything contains sugars and fats to some degree. So what are the 3 things you absolutely must add to your diet in order to be healthy? Continue reading

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    How To Lose Weight By Going To The Sauna


    Saunas are designed to help you cleanse your body and to relax. All you do is sit in them, letting your body sweat. What you may not have known, however, is that going to the sauna is also an excellent weight loss exercise. It seems, therefore, that there really is such a thing as doing nothing but losing weight at the same time! Let’s take a look at how you can make the sauna work in your favor. Continue reading

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    You Should Always Have This Ingredient In Your Kitchen

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    For those people that don’t spend a lot of time in the kitchen, you might think this ingredient is quite uncommon. Ginger is used in food and beverages more often than you might think. It’s been commonly used in cooking and medicine for thousands of years across cultures from around the world and is known to have cures for a whole host of diseases. One of the best parts about Ginger is that very versatile, it can easily be grown at your own home without too much of a fuss. Read on to learn some of the best ways to use it to your advantage. Continue reading

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    Natural Ways To Treat Anxiety

    Most people suffer from anxiety to a certain degree. There are always a few things to worry about, whether they are bills, the kids, one’s job, relationships, and more. Sometimes, however, anxiety becomes overpowering and gets in the way of life itself. In this case, it is very important to seek help. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to take all sorts of prescription drugs, however, but rather that you discuss your problems with someone who understands and can point you in the direction of an anxiety-free life. They may also point you towards a number of natural, at home things that you can do to help you manage your anxiety. Continue reading

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    Why So Many People Fail At Calorie Counting


    The secret to weight loss, so they say, is mathematical. Simply put, the amount of calories you put into your body has to be less than the amount of calories you use. If calories in minus calories out equals a negative number, you will lose weight. If it is a positive number, you put weight on. As a result, many of us count calories, writing down everything we eat and doing complicated additions and subtractions just to make sure we lose weight. But when we pop on the scale, nothing has happened. Or, if it has, it is the opposite of what we expected: we put weight on! So how is this possible? Is the mathematical equation wrong, or are we doing something wrong? Unfortunately, it is more likely to be the latter. Here’s why calorie counting goes wrong for many of us. Continue reading

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    The Greatest Weight Loss Paradox Of All Time: The Banana

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    The vast majority of people now concern themselves with losing weight. While the obesity epidemic continues to be with us, a shift in public perception is clearly happening. Finally, people are starting to not just realize that they should eat healthy and move more, they seem to be actually doing it as well. However, we have become lazy with our vast amounts of processed foods and ready meals to the point that we simply do not know anymore what is and isn’t healthy, and what will and will not help us lose weight. In comes the greatest food paradox of all time: the humble banana. Some say that the banana is an absolute no-no for people who want to lose weight, while others say it is an essential diet element for people who want to shed the pounds. So which one is right? Continue reading

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    A Focus On Mental Health – How To Be Happy

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    From an early age, we are encouraged to be happy, to laugh, to smile and to feel good. Interestingly, however, defining happiness is almost impossible. This is partly due to the fact that every person experiences happiness in a different way. At the same time, it is also a fact that rates of depression, stress, and anxiety are rising. As such, whatever the definition of happiness may be, it is also a fact that many people aren’t happy anymore. So what are some of the things you can do in order to be happy, or at least happier? Continue reading

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