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Feeding Your Will Power

Now, I am not trying to be a Grinch about holiday celebrating. I realize the temptation to pig out seems to surround us at this time; it basically comes down to willpower. Willpower according to the latest research needs to be fed, exercised and nurtured, just like your body and your brain. Science suggests that your ability to stay focused and motivated on any task is found in the soft gray matter of the frontal lobe of your brain. This is where good decisions are made and bad choices rejected.

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No More Frustrations ...Just RELAX

No more Frustrations, let's relax....

We all experience stress; whether you're 17 or 47. Big or small, taxes, traffic jams, or missing socks; stress is something everyone deals with in life. There are many positive ways to deal with stress; exercising, eating right, and engaging in activities you enjoy. There are also many negative ways of dealing with stress; alcohol, overeating, being grouchy with friends and family, and even self doubting and criticizing. Stress affects all parts of the body; the brain, the immune system, skin, chronic headaches; depression, rage, and recurring high blood pressure are all possible results of stress. And we have all had sleepless nights where we just can't turn off our brain. The severity of these conditions is related to how well you deal with stress and how long it continues. There is a great deal of research supporting the practice of relaxation techniques; or as my boys say, "Chillin' out".  For today's thought, I am including some techniques I read on the Harvard Health Beat Newsletter. Include these in your day, during stressful moments, or especially, when you are going to sleep. It is difficult to shut your mind off to relax; however if you apply these techniques consistently it can help.

When you've got one minute

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The Sound of Music

In a study published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports (8/10), researchers conducted trials varying the tempo of the music and registering the results. They found that faster music brought faster tempos and intensity to the workouts. Although this may fall in the "duh" category, having an up tempo play list set when you workout can get you motivated to work a little harder, and sometimes we can all use a little extra motivation.

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When You're Hot...You're Hot

When should you use Heat Therapy?

 

Heat therapy is best used when treating chronic stiffness, muscular pain, arthritis, low back/muscular discomfort, and menstrual cramps. If it becomes too chronic, more than a week or two, seek a physician's advice. 

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