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Weekend Warriors, Rejoice: Why You Can Still Benefit From Exercise

Busy work schedules, school schedules or raising a family can make it a challenge to fit in the recommended 30 minutes of exercise five days each week. But a new study shows that cramming in all of your weekly exercise on the weekends may still be doing your body some good. The study, by researchers from Loughborough University in the United Kingdom, analyzed household-based surveys of 63,591 men and women age 40 and older who were living in Scotland and England from 1994 to 2012. The researchers found that people who put in one or two sessions a week of 75 minutes of vigorous…

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18 Surprising Ways to Reuse Greeting Cards

Do you have a stash of Christmas cards that you can’t bear to toss into the recycle bin? Check out these ways to reuse greeting cards! I have a sort of mixed relationship with Christmas cards. It warms my heart up to have all of those sweet notes from friend and family flood my mailbox each December, but the paper waste kind of bums me out. I tend to stash my favorite cards away, and after another December of beautiful cards from friends, I decided that it was time to find some ways to reuse greeting cards, so I could…

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How to Recommit to Your New Year’s Resolutions

It’s exciting to start fresh on Jan 1 as you get to work on moving yourself toward some great goals. Weeks later, however, those ambitious New Year’s resolutions you originally made might be looking a lot more challenging and a lot less exciting than they did when you first set out to start them. Whether you found yourself running out of steam as you tried to move forward or resorted to putting your resolutions on hold as a result of distraction or other priorities, it’s never too late to hit the restart button. The struggle is an important part of the learning…

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Being A Musician Is Good For Your Brain

Playing music keeps your brain sharp. Science has shown that musical training can change brain structure and function for the better, improve long-term memory and lead to better brain development for those who start in childhood. Musicians may also be more mentally alert, according to new research. A University of Montreal study, slated to appear in the February issue of the journal Brain and Cognition, shows that musicians have significantly faster reaction times than non-musicians. The findings suggest that learning to play a musical instrument could keep your brain sharp as you age, and may help to prevent certain aspects of…

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These Science-Backed Tips Will Help You Demolish Your To-Do List

Step aside, procrastination. Long work weeks, particularly after the bliss of the holidays, can be a real drag. But there are ways to pull yourself out of the bottom of the motivational barrel ― and they start with using your mind. Happify, an app and website dedicated to helping people build skills for happiness through science-based activities and games, created an infographic that breaks down all the science-backed, behavioral hacks that can push you to tackle your work. Consider it your guide to being a more productive you in 2017. Check it out below,…

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Best Parenting Approach: Focus on Your Teen’s Health, Not Weight

For teens who struggle with their weight, it can be easy for them — and their parents — to fret about the number they see on the bathroom scale. But a new set of guidelines says parents can help their teens by taking the focus off what they weigh and instead encouraging good eating habits. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued new evidence-based guidance for parents and doctors on how to help teenagers avoid obesity and eating disorders. The recommendations emphasize that parents need to play a role in promoting healthy eating habits and exercise for their teens, rather than focusing…

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Want to Lose Weight, Boost Energy? 5 Reasons to Eat Breakfast

Do you often skip breakfast? Maybe it’s because you’re running late. Perhaps you’re not that hungry when you wake up. Or maybe you think no breakfast will help you lose weight. Whatever your reason, it’s not a good idea to start your day without a meal. You’ve likely heard many people say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Here are five reasons that support that statement. 1. Breakfast is a good source of key vitamins and minerals. If you eat breakfast every morning, you’re likely adding valuable vitamins and minerals to your daily diet. A nutritious breakfast, such as a…

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What Can Tea Really Do for Your Health? 3 Myths, Debunked

Makers of detoxifying teas tout the amazing weight-loss benefits and awesome antioxidant cleansing power of their products. But do they really work and are they safe to use? Before you run to your local health food store, you should know the truth behind three myths about detox teas. Myth No. 1: Detox teas are healthier than green or black teas The facts: Although there is some conflicting research, specialty detoxifying tea products likely do not offer any more true health benefits than plain green tea or black tea, says dietitian Anna Taylor, MS, RD, LD. Green and black teas are both made from a…

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Even Small Amounts of Physical Activity Can Make People Happier

Exercise has long been regarded as a natural mood booster that can release physical tension, relieve stress and produce endorphins. But the benefits of exercise aren’t always enough motivation for people to work out regularly. As it turns out, starting slow with just small amounts of exercise or physical activity has more benefits than you might think. A recent UK study found that even minimal amounts of physical activity can have a mood-boosting effect, regardless of how happy a person is already — and even if it’s not technically considered “exercise.” In the largest ever smartphone-based study to explore the link between physical activity and happiness, researchers examined…

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How Sleep Enhances Your Learning and Memory

If you want a tool to help you learn faster and more effectively, getting more sleep may be all you need. Research is uncovering the benefits of sleep for learning speed and recall as well as problem solving and creativity. These are some highlights of how you can use sleep to support your natural learning abilities. Sleep after studying boosts learning and retention A recent study from the Association for Psychological Science found that alternating sleep with study sessions may increase your speed of learning and help you remember it over longer periods of time. The study gave French-speaking adults a set…