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The Best Health Advice Ever

The Best Health Advice Ever

Keeping your mind and body in tip-top shape is essential for living your best life. It’s difficult to attain success when you’re dragging yourself through the day, feeling stressed out, anxious, and generally unwell. That’s why you need to make yourself a priority. Focusing on your wellness is not selfish, it’s necessary for you to be able to give your best self to others. The Cheat Sheet spoke with six leading health experts about the best health advice they’ve ever…

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The Simple Treatment That Beats Antidepressants

The Simple Treatment That Beats Antidepressants

Two-thirds of people with major depression were no longer depressed after this treatment. A brisk walk three times a week can actually beat antidepressant medication in treating major depression, research finds. The results come from a study on three groups of elderly people with major depressive disorder. One group were given the exercise, another given antidepressant medication and the third both. The results showed that all three groups improved the same amount. Professor James Blumenthal, the study’s first author, said:…

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Here’s How to Make Yourself Love Exercise

Here’s How to Make Yourself Love Exercise

It’s not just you: Many people are turned off by the thought of exercise because they think it has to be intense or time-consuming. But the findings of a new study published in the journal BMC Public Health suggests that people could learn to enjoy being active simply by tweaking those beliefs and expectations. So says the study’s lead author Michelle Segar, director of the University of Michigan’s Sport, Health, and Activity Research and Policy Center, who’s spent years researching…

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How To Get Happier Now With Almost No Effort

How To Get Happier Now With Almost No Effort

You can lift your spirits without a gym membership, wearing Lycra or even leaving the house. For sedentary people, getting out of the chair is enough to improve happiness, new research finds. It turns out that very light activity is surprisingly effective in raising people’s level of well-being. Mr Gregory Panza, the study’s first author, said: “…simply going from doing no physical activity to performing some physical activity can improve their subjective well-being. What is even more promising for the…

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Why Trying a Team Sport Will Make You Healthier and Happier

Why Trying a Team Sport Will Make You Healthier and Happier

Three women tell us how joining a team keeps them motivated, wards off boredom and even comes with serious health benefits. Playing sports isn’t a new trend when it comes to fun ways to get fit, but talk to anyone who participates in activities from baseball to water polo and she’ll likely sing its praises. You’re sure to hear about the merits of group activity: the camaraderie, increased motivation to get out there and work out, and the unique way…

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Fun Fact Friday

Fun Fact Friday

If someone truly loves you, they tend to hug you for at least 5 seconds or more. Changing how you walk affects your mood. Studies show that the walking through a doorway causes memory lapses, which is why we walk into another room, only to forget why we did. Emotions are contagious. Unpleasant or negative emotions are more contagious than neutral or positive emotions. Coffee is the second most traded commodity on Earth after oil. 1% of people are addicted…

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This Type of Exercise May Guard Against Dementia

This Type of Exercise May Guard Against Dementia

People who worked out on a bike, a treadmill, or the elliptical showed improvement in their memory and problem solving skills after six months, a new study found. Working out is good for you in more ways than we can count, but a new study may have uncovered a new perk for people with memory problems. Researchers from the Wake Forest School of Medicine found that aerobic exercise appears to boost thinking skills and brain volume in adults diagnosed with…

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Sitting 8 Hours A Day? An Hour A Day Of Physical Activity Could Offset The Health Risks

Sitting 8 Hours A Day? An Hour A Day Of Physical Activity Could Offset The Health Risks

Brisk walking or cycling found to eliminate the increased risk of death associated with prolonged sitting Office workers and others who sit for eight hours a day can avoid the health risks associated with that inactivity by doing an hour of physical activity a day, a new study suggests. The research team behind the study wanted to know if it was possible for people who sit all day at an office job to compensate for the harmful effects of that…

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Exercise In Disguise: 5 Ways To Burn Calories Without Hitting The Gym

Exercise In Disguise: 5 Ways To Burn Calories Without Hitting The Gym

For those who have trouble finding time to play sports, there are plenty of ways to get some exercise without even realizing. Getting moving with day-to-day activities like gardening, cleaning, dancing, grocery shopping and brisk walking can burn up to 400 calories per hour. Get out in the garden You don’t have to be retired to enjoy gardening. Take to the task with vigor and this outdoor activity can burn calories and work up a sweat. Mowing the lawn, digging,…

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Real Preventive Medicine: The 5 Keys to Staying Healthy

Real Preventive Medicine: The 5 Keys to Staying Healthy

Elson M. Haas, MD What is called “Preventive Medicine” in America in the 21st Century is really more appropriately termed early intervention and early diagnosis. Having immunization injections or taking tests such as x-rays and mammograms, prostate exams, and blood tests are not really preventive in nature. Rather, they are an attempt to detect diseases in an early state. What is promoted as cancer prevention with the use of mammograms or prostate exams, sigmoidoscopes or colonoscopes is really early cancer…

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