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How to Start a Reading Habit

Regular reading adds great value to life, but it requires discipline to establish the habit. Learn how to start a reading habit, even if you were never much of a reader before. Reading is one of those activities that many people know is important and wish they had more time to do, but somehow it gets forgotten in the mad rush to do everything else. This is unfortunate, since reading, according to the great minds of history and modern day, is an extremely easy practice that can significantly improve one’s life. Reading builds knowledge unlike anything else; it helps one to…

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22 Simple Ways to Get Healthier With Minimal Effort

Modern society makes getting healthy harder than ever. People are busy trying to balance work, family and other responsibilities. As a result, their health goals are often put on hold. But being healthy does not have to be difficult. Here are 22 simple ways to get healthier with minimal effort. 1. FILL HALF OF YOUR PLATE WITH NON-STARCHY VEGETABLES Vegetables can be loosely classified as starchy and non-starchy vegetables. Starchy vegetables generally have more carbs and calories than their non-starchy counterparts. Examples of starchy vegetables include potatoes, corn and navy beans. Non-starchy vegetables include spinach and other dark green leafy vegetables,…

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Teens Get Less Exercise Than the Average 60-Year-Old

You might think that the younger we are, the more active we are. But a new study turns that belief on its head: The results show that physical activity is lower in children than previously thought. And, on average, teens are about as sedentary as a 60-year-old adult. The study, conducted by researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, shows that by the end of adolescence, activity levels were alarmingly low. The only age group with an increase in activity is young adults in their 20s. After that, activity levels begin to decline starting at age 35, and continue…

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Work and the Loneliness Epidemic

On August 24, 1992, in the early hours of the morning, my family and I stepped out of our temporary shelter to find our city — and our lives — forever changed. We had spent the past several hours huddled together as Hurricane Andrew battered our South Florida neighborhood with torrential rain and winds near 170 miles per hour. We saw pieces of homes strewn across the landscape, power lines flung about like pieces of string, and sea creatures stranded in trees, having been blown far inland by the storm. Like thousands of others, we survived the storm and the…

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You’re Probably Drinking Coffee Wrong

Believe it or not, you’ve probably been drinking your coffee all wrong. The time that you consume coffee has a huge effect on how much it will energize you. If you’re drinking the second most traded commodity on Earth primarily to wake you up, the time you imbibe can actually affect how tired you’ll feel later on. The secret is you’ve got to let your body do its thing. Your body produces a stress hormone in the morning, cortisol, to wake you up naturally. Upon waking, cortisol levels gradually rise by about 50 percent, no matter what time it is. From there, due…

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15 Everyday Habits That Are Seriously Damaging Your Spine

​Your exercise routine—or lack thereof Exercise has multiple health benefits beyond weight loss, but the type of exercise that you are doing—or in some cases, not doing—may leave your bones brittle. First the good news: “Weight-bearing exercise helps increase bone density in the spine and elsewhere, and exercises that target the core can help strengthen the muscles surrounding the back and spine,” says David Pisetsky, MD, chief of rheumatology at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC. Aim for 30 to 40 minutes three to four times each week including weight-bearing and resistance exercises, the International Osteoporosis Foundation suggests. Now the bad news: Some popular exercises,…

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What Causes Burning Back Pain?

Having the sensation of burning back pain can be very annoying and quite debilitating. There are many reasons why back pain develops, and the nature of the pain can be an important clue for physicians seeking a diagnosis. While back pain symptoms vary from patient to patient, having a back pain burning sensation is often the result of muscle tightening, causing them to warm up and even display a reddish appearance of the skin. Burning back pain causes Burning back pain causes due to spinal problems: Our spines are comprised of several intervertebral discs that sit in between the vertebral bones. These discs…

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6 Health Problems That Only Seem Like Back Pain

Pretty much everyone over a certain age has back pain at some point. Who hasn’t felt a dull ache on occasion, or been frozen in their tracks by a sudden, sharp twinge? Although it’s uncomfortable, it isn’t usually anything to worry about. In fact, it often goes away on its own within six weeks. Sometimes, though, back pain is serious—a warning sign of a dangerous, even life-threatening condition. But figuring that out can be tricky. “It’s why your doctor will often ask random questions that don’t seem to have anything to do with your back,” says Donnica Moore, MD, a woman’s health expert in…

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Yoga and Stretching for Back Pain

There are many possible reasons your back is hurting you right now. And there are many possible treatments you might explore to get rid of the pain. In nearly every case, the best solution is non-invasive, involves no medications and costs little or nothing – exercise. And two particular types, yoga and stretching, are most likely to get positive results. Pain causes muscles to get tight, and tight muscles cause even more pain in a never-ending cycle. Stretching helps to lengthen and relax tissues that have become contracted as a protective mechanism. With just a little movement, you’ll…

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6 Ways To Spend Your Sundays This Fall That Don’t Involve a Television

As the days get shorter and cooler, it’s natural to want to while away your Sundays cozied up on the couch. But rather than binge-watching yet another series on Netflix or worse, getting sucked into an afternoon of yelling at the TV —otherwise known as watching football— why not make this the year you head into the holiday season prepared? Just in case you think it’s still ages away, allow me to burst your ‘the year’s far from over’ bubble. Thanksgiving is in two month’s time and Christmas is in three. I know, right! Where the heck did 2017 go? Right,…