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Daily Affirmation Daily Affirmation:
I will do my best today, because I want to do it, not because I have to do it and not because I am trying to please others.

   
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So Many Reasons to Start Splishing, Splashing & Swimming

One of the best aerobic exercises that is easy on the skeletal system, relaxes sore muscles and stiff joints while strengthening the entire body’s circulatory and muscular system is swimming. With the modern technology of well insulated wet suits, heated saline pools and other hydro wonders, unless you live in the arctic, swimming is a very possible year round activity for the young and senior. After more than 15 years of running long distance and tracking miles on the treadmill and pavement, I began looking for other exciting ways to stretch out the body, be challenged and find something that is refreshing, fun and easier on my knees and back. I found yoga, which I practice almost daily, but for a change in scenery, and especially during the hot summer months, swimming became my new found obsession.

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Knock Out Cravings and Impulse Eating

Here are a few key Strategies for Success that will help knock out cravings and impulse eating.

James Hazen is a personal trainer at Equinox, in Newport Beach, California and has worked in the exercise and fitness realm almost two decades. He is a very experienced coach and trainer and has helped hundreds of people (of all ages) meet their personal and collective goals. As an enthusiastic guest writer, James shares one of the most popular requests from his clients. “. . . are there any suggestions you might have to people who want to eat carbs with every ounce of their being?”

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14 Best On Line Sources for Your Yoga Practice

If trying to keep up with a regular yoga practice is seemingly difficult due to summer schedules, work or lack of motivation, many on-line sources now make it easier for people to practice via computer, mobile devices, phone or tablets. If your home DVD is getting a little too easy or boring and you want a challenge and shake things up a bit, try these on line streaming sources below. The best part is the variety or yoga styles and teachers, low prices and the availability to stream to your mobile device 24/7. Technology is making it easier to fit in a little more relaxation, strength, breathing and “om” into our daily lives. Namaste to that!

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Be a Better Runner and Athlete with 7 Basic Yoga Stretches

Hitting the pavement running through streets, trails or treadmill sure is one of the best ways to tone and supercharge your body and muscles! Science shows that it is one of the best exercises people can do for a full body workout, but running can also be hard on the body, and too much of a good thing may end up leaving your joints a little tender. People who chose to run on asphalt can testify that the body needs a little tender loving care after a good jaunt.

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Inspirational Quote of the Week: Hard Work

“Nothing worthwhile comes easily. Work, continuous work and hard work, is the only way to accomplish results that last.”

~Hamilton Holt

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Too Much of a Good Thing? Not So Good Afterall.

We have all heard and probably repeated the middle of the road saying, “Moderation is key” to ourselves and others when it comes to eating bad, eating well, engaging in risky behavior or even using habits that seem healthy. But can diving into cyclical habits of the far extreme (or just too much for one’s body to handle) always yield a positive reaction, when what we are doing seems at first good for us and healthy?

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Good to Know Health Facts and Findings

Live happier and healthier: A study in the Archives of Internal Medicine notes that, “People who tend to think positively may reduce their risk of dying from heart related conditions and stroke by over 55%!”

Better skin? A study from Colorado State University at Fort Collins found that eating an excess of food that spike insulin levels (cake, soda and white bread) as well as refined carbs and fried foods may stimulate hormones responsible for oil overproduction and clogged pores. Cut back on the junk foods for a zit and wrinkle free face.

Get more zinc and possibly more love: oysters are packed with zinc, a mineral that enhances the immune system. One large oyster supplies a day’s worth of zinc, which also repairs and maintains muscle tissue. Many people do not get enough zinc in their diets and may leave themselves at risk for lowered immune system. Oysters are also a classic aphrodisiac for both men and women. Eat organic and fresh oysters a few times a month!

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Food Fraud: Are You Eating What You Think?

A study published today and featured on CNN’s Eatocracy, says that food fraud is on the rise. This serious problem should be very concerning to consumers and the general public, especially you and me. Food fraud is described as intentionally misleading consumers on products purchased by diluting, replacing and watering down food ingredients without labeling the switch. Why is so bad? Consumers are not getting what they think they are paying top dollar for. Shockingly, more than 800 new products have been added to the list of fraudulent foods, a steep 60% rise from last year. That is staggering! Reactions from consumers scream outrage, but there are many steps you, as an individual, can do to decrease your risk of being duped into believing your meticulous efforts of reading labels, buying fresh, organic, natural, and healthy foods serve in the best interest of you and your family’s well being.

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Yoga for Flexibility, Muscle Strength and Balance…Why Aren’t You Practicing?

When most people think of going to a yoga class, they think they need to be flexible.  I can’t tell you enough how many people will tell me that they could never take yoga, they’re not flexible enough.  Well, see that’s the problem, in order to become flexible you need to stretch.  Yes, there are some people who are just born flexible but most of us need to work on our flexibility daily. By increasing your flexibility you gain an increased range of motion in different joints.  If you lack flexibility, for example, you have a greater chance at having lower back issues (because your hamstrings are too tight), or your knees might give you trouble because you don’t have enough flexibility in the hips The thing is, if you practice yoga over time, the tight areas begin to open up and the poses that once seemed impossible are possible.

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40 Health Benefits of Yoga

Forty ways that yoga facilitates better health, both as prevention and as treatment, that are supported by evidence! 

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