Making Changes

The  start of a new year prompts reflection and encourages fresh starts.  Promises we have only thought about making, are now inspired to come to fruition.  So we say things to ourselves like, “I am going to work out at least 3 times a week” or “This is the year I am going to really quit smoking” (or drinking, or overeating, or overspending).  And so we start afresh, motivated and hopeful, certain that the changes we make will stick… and then something flips.

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Let me whisper in your ear. If you’ve ever felt that groaning feeling when a friend grabs you by the arm to drag you to her spin class or found yourself staring at the exit sign in a hot yoga studio, you may be cut out for an entirely different kind of training.

Despite the popularity of group fitness, one-on-one personal training provides superior results and techniques for the large majority of exercisers.

A New Year You Can Stick To!

With the 2017 just around the corner, many people are starting to think about their New Year’s resolution. The most common resolution is…you guessed it, to lose weight. In order to lose weight, countless people will gravitate towards fad dieting or radical exercise regimens that we all know will only last for a month if we’re lucky. When our only goal is to lose weight, we tend to fixate on the numbers in pounds instead of focusing on our health. Concentrating on our overall health can help us develop lifelong habits that we can actually maintain.

The Weight Loss Puzzle

Most people who are trying to lose weight focus on just the goal of weight loss. Setting the right goals and focusing on things such as a healthy eating plan are just as important. Other ideas such as watching the size of servings and being active are also helpful.

Being overweight has become a key health issue. Some people who need to lose weight for their health don’t realize it, while others simply want to be thinner to look better.

Eating Chocolate May Help Improve Cognitive Function

Chocolate consumption and the associated health benefits have been extensively studied across many decades. There is pretty convincing evidence that chocolate can help improve blood flow to the brain, as well as improve insulin resistance, blood pressure and lipid profiles. Until now there has not been a long-term study of the association of chocolate consumption on cognition – our thought and mental processing abilities.

Injury Prevention and Kids

The leaves have fallen, the nights are getting cooler and kids have put away their skateboards for the winter. Now they spend more time inside. We all want to keep our kids safe. But it is important to know that kids can be injured at home.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, injuries are the leading cause of death in children ages 19 and younger.

Many accidents can be prevented and parents can be more aware of how to prevent childhood injuries.

Below are a list of tips on how to keep your kids safe:

High Value Low Cost Holiday Gifts

Gifting doesn’t have to cost you a lot of money during the holiday season! No one wants to go into the New Year feeling burdened with debt just because they didn’t want to feel like Scrooge during the holidays. The best gifts of all cost little to no money and will make you the star of gift giving. Try these simple, low or no-cost gift items.

The Ups and Downs of Wintertime: Avoiding Falls

The winter season can be full of fun, the winter holidays, winter sports, and even building snowmen — and do not forget the hot cocoa when you come back inside. However, winter also provides a great many safety hazards as well. Slipping and/or falling on the ice and snow can hurt a great deal more than your pride.

A fall on the ice can lead to not only bumps and bruises, but also broken bones. Although shoveling is very important to minimize ice, it carries its own risks to our health. Below are tips to keep you safe this winter.

Keep Healthy Practice Food Safety

The holidays are here. Trips are being scheduled and menus are being planned. What may not be planned is foodborne illness, often called food poisoning. It’s painful getting sick and some cases, it can be deadly.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, each year about one in six Americans (or 48 million people) gets sick. More than 125,000 people are hospitalized and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has these four tips to help prevent foodborne illnesses: