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Assess Honestly WhereYou Are Today

Can you improve your eating habits? Get more Sleep? Exercise more? What is your goal? Why do you want to achieve it? What will it take to attain it? When do you want to obtain it? What do you need to do to succeed? Break your goal into 4 smaller specific goals. (Example) Instead of I am going to lose 20 pounds. Try I am going to …

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Sleep and Sweat

All the stressors in your life aren’t likely to disappear, but there is a way to stop and even reverse the damage they do. Start by getting enough sleep. Lack of shut-eye boosts cortisol levels and can lead to metabolic imbalances that can increase your risk of heart disease. Eat plenty of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables and cut back on fat. And find time for …

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Improve Your Sleeping Patterns

There are many factors that can cause sleep problems, and even more potential solutions. The steps you take to improve your sleeping patterns will be individual, based on the cause of your insomnia and the treatment plan laid out by your health care provider. In addition to the many lifestyle changes that can help you sleep better, the following tips may also help improve the …

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Two Little Steps to Less Stress… Breathe In…. Breathe Out

The ins and outs of Better Breathing Try this relaxation exercise from breathing guru Andrew Weil, MD. The payoff? Blessed relief from constant thinking. Sit with your back straight Place the tip of your tongue against the ridge just behind your front teeth. Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whooshing sound. Inhale quietly through your nose with your mouth closed to a count of 4. Hold you breath for …

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Are you stressed out and too busy to notice?

If you feel like you’re always rushed, never get a break, don’t have enough time, and are dissatisfied with your relationships, job, etc., chances are you’re stressed. Stress has become so normal that most of us don’t even recognize it. Stress can also manifest as physical symptoms, such as stomachaches, headaches, chest pains or back pains. Though people often believe they’re too busy to reduce …

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Erase the effects of stress? Yes, you can!

Exercises that elicit a “relaxation” response can help your body erase the cumulative effects of stress. This relaxation response is a state of profound rest and release. When a person meditates, for example, heartbeat and respiration slow down. The body uses less oxygen and produces less carbon dioxide. Blood-lactate levels- which some researchers believe are linked with anxiety attacks, decline markedly. Blood pressure tends to …

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Secrets from Successful Long-term Losers

Walk for 60 minutes every day. Break it up into 20-minute segments to work with your schedule if necessary. Watch less than 10 hours of TV a week. That’ll get you off your duff and keep you from snacking. Weigh yourself at least once a week. Think of the scale more like a car’s speedometer- not as a measure of success or failure. Go low-fat, low-cal. Aim for …

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Boosting Mental Discipline

There are differences in how easy it is for people to resist distraction but we all have the potential to improve our focus. Boosting our mental discipline can help us to excel at work and any other interests…… And we all want to excel, right? Unitask. Multitasking may seem like a valuable skill, but the brain actually works best on one issue at a time. Think …

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Exercise is the Ultimate Anti-ager

But all workouts are not created equal. Here is the bottom line on what really works for what..... The most youth-restoring move you can make is exercise! It's the one prescription that has the power to affect every cell and system in your body, reducing your risk of developing dozens of diseases, slowing down aging and adding years to your life. The benefits are huge and …

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One Small Change

Doing only one thing differently can be all it takes to lose weight and improve your life in surprising, healthy ways..... Walk- Take a brisk stroll on flat terrain..... Pick up the pace, so you're power-walking. Go at a challenging clip and hit the hills or add incline. Run- Jog slowly and steadily on flat footing.....Run like the wind...Do intervals (1 minute a level 5 and 1 …

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Doesn’t Have to be All or Nothing!

If it’s one thing I wish I could fix, it would be people’s “all or nothing” approach when thinking about health. Don’t start some diet that’s so vastly different from the way you eat- figure out something that fits your preferences and approach this as an ongoing process. Can I save a bit here? Can I burn a bit there? Most experts agree it all …

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The Importance of Resistance Training

Whether you’re new to exercise or you are an accomplished athlete, one of the most important ways to train your body is through resistance training which helps to build lean body mass. In order to properly train your body- and in order to see results like muscle toning, increased metabolism, increased bone density, and weight loss- incorporating some form of resistance training into your weekly …

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Creating Exercise Habits

So you’ve made a resolution about committing to weight loss and starting to exercise and then your initial enthusiasm and energy wane. We get distracted by other things going on in our lives, or we do not think we are seeing results quickly enough, and we throw in the towel. Many people do manage to hang in there and make exercise a lifetime habit, and …

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Review your Goals….

Be sure to revisit your goals along the way. Look back at your initial goals and be sure to celebrate your successes thus far. As you progress, set new challenges for yourself and keep your goals current. How much exercise do you need? Want to feel less fatigued? -60 minutes per week Better sleep?- 120 minutes per week Stronger bones? 120 minutes per week  Stay sharp and a younger brain?-135 …

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Heart Disease

8 million women in the Unites States are living with Heart Disease, yet only one in 6 believe heart disease is her greatest health threat. 90% of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.While one in 30 American women dies from breast cancer each year, one in 3 dies of cardiovascular disease. 42% of women die within a year of suffering a heart …

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The “No-Diet Diet”

Keep your appetite under control- and cut calories painlessly with these little changes that will help you achieve a healthy weight. Start with soup- Research shows that people who began with soup ate less during the main course. Not only are they filling, but most soups are also swimming with nutrients we need. Choose tomato, broth, veggie or bean-based soups and lower –sodium canned versions. Go nuts- …

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Change Your Life for Good

You swore this was the year you would stick to your resolutions, but that jumbo tin of popcorn and comfy couch are calling you every night! Join the club. About 40 percent of Americans make a vow on Jan. 1st- and half relapse within the first 21 days. How to sail though that critical launch period and keep on going? Watch your wording: many a resolution have …

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Holiday Survival Guide

Trick the chef: Chew gum while cooking to avoid nibbling(many) calories while preparing food. Tasting for taste is one thing but eating half of the cookie dough before they hit the oven is another story! Rally the troops: Go for a walk with your aunts. Invite your cousin to the gym with you, or join the kids for a snowball fight- being active with family and …

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Boost Your Brain Power

Meditation requires you to tap all the self-regulation systems in your brain as well as the self-monitoring mechanism. Every time you meditate, you use two important parts of your brain: the prefrontal cortex, which helps you make smart choices, and the anterior cingulate cortex, which helps you be aware of when you make such choices and when you don’t. The more you activate these systems, …

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Healthy Eating for Busy Families

America is getting fatter and Pennsylvania is helping to lead the way as one of the nation’s top 20 “Most obese” states. Our busy lifestyles encourage unhealthy eating habits, like eating on the run, and high/fat – sugar snacking. But with just a little effort, you can gradually transform your family’s diet from “fat” to “fit”. Start your day off right – Breakfast is the most …

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Early Childhood: Transitioning Into Fall

It’s not just the leaves that change during this time of year. Fall can be an exciting time for families, as children return to more structured schedules. Here are some tips for making and maintaining a smooth transition: Children may have feelings both positive and negative about changes. Be a good listener and encourage your children to express their true feelings rather than trying to mold their answers …

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Celebrate Chanukah at the JCC

The Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh is the place to be for Chanukah, with activities for all ages at the JCC in Squirrel Hill and the South Hills. The eight-day holiday, commemorating the rededication of the Jerusalem Temple by Judah the Maccabee around 164 B.C.E., begins at sundown on Sunday, December 6, 2015. Special activities include: JCC Squirrel Hill, 5738 Forbes Avenue, Squirrel Hill Mitzvah Menorah Visit our Mitzvah …

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Alan Paul Returns to the JCC

Author Alan Paul, a native of Pittsburgh, will speak about his book, “BIG IN CHINA: My Unlikely Adventures Raising a Family, Playing the Blues, and Becoming A Star in Beijing,” on Monday, June 27 at 1:15 p.m. in the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh’s Levinson Hall, 5738 Forbes Avenue, Squirrel Hill. There is no fee and the event is open to the community. Light refreshments will be served and …

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