Take A Power Nap! Daytime naps can be one way to treat sleep deprivation, says Sara C. Mednick, PhD, sleep expert and author of Take a Nap! Change Your Life. “You can get incredible benefits from 15 to 20 minutes of napping,” she says. “You reset the system and get a burst of alertness and increased motor performance. That’s what most people really need to stave off sleepiness and get an energy boost.” The length of your nap and
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Yogis, hippies, and holistic medicine specialists have been touting the health benefits of yoga for years: it can improve your fitness level, fight cancer, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and a variety of other disorders, they’ve argued. But when it comes to the science backing up these claims, a lot is still left unresolved. For example, research has shown that yoga doesn’t necessarily help at all in treating asthma compared to other breathing exercises. And while yoga and
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Sit and Stands Exercise Stand in front of a step or platform and sit down, placing your hands next to the hips. Lean back as you extend the legs out in front of you. Bring the feet back in and stand up, using your hands to help you up if needed. Add intensity by taking the hands away and/or adding a jump at the end of the movement. Repeat for 40 seconds and rest for
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Ingredients 1 tablespoon  extra virgin olive oil 3⁄4cup chopped onion 3 cups  water 2 cups diced zucchini 1 cup diced carrot, peeled 1 cup canned cannellini beansor 1 cup you may use other white beans 3⁄4cup diced celery 1 teaspoon  dried basil or 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil 1⁄4teaspoon  dried oregano 1⁄4teaspoon  salt 1⁄8teaspoon  fresh coarse ground black pepper 28 fluid ounces  canned plum tomatoes, dice and include liquid 2 garlic cloves, minced 1⁄4cup uncooked ditalini or 1⁄4cup  elbow macaroni Directions Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add chopped onion and sauté for 4 minutes
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Garden Vegetable Soup Ingredients 2⁄3 cup sliced carrot 1⁄2 cup diced onion 2 cloves garlic, minced 3 cups fat free broth (beef, chicken or vegetable) 1 1⁄2 cups diced green cabbage 1⁄2 cup green beans 1 tablespoon tomato paste 1⁄2 teaspoon dried basil 1⁄4 teaspoon dried oregano 1⁄4 teaspoon salt 1⁄2 cup diced zucchini Directions Spray a large saucepan with non-stick cooking spray. Saute the carrot, onion and garlic over low heat until softened, about
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If you want to battle belly fat as you age, new research suggests you need to add weight training to your exercise regimen. Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health found that combining aerobic activities with weight, or resistance, training is key to preserving muscle and avoiding weight gain, particularly age-related belly fat. “Because aging is associated with sarcopenia, the loss of skeletal muscle mass, relying on body weight alone is insufficient for the study of healthy aging,” study author Rania Mekary, a researcher at Harvard’s
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“Just a 20-minute brisk walk each day can lower odds of early death”   Being sedentary may be twice as deadly as being obese, a new study suggests. However, even a little exercise — a brisk 20-minute walk each day, for example — is enough to reduce the risk of an early death by as much as 30 percent, the British researchers added. “Efforts to encourage small increases in physical activity in inactive individuals likely have significant health
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Evidence has shown that regular physical activity can improve cognitive function and brain plasticity. However, research has been unclear in proving how much exercise is needed and how long these benefits can last for. A recent study conducted at the University of Adelaide in Australia suggests that one 30-minute session of vigorous exercise can lead to changes in the brain that make it more “plastic,” including improvements in memory and motor skill coordination. “Although this
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