Intelligent Grocery Shopping

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The grocery store is a temple of marketing. As soon as you walk into a grocery store, you are bombarded by the most innovative marketing techniques that are trying to sell you anything and everything in the store.

From the placement of the products to the music selection, everything in a grocery store is carefully picked to make you, the consumer, more likely to buy certain products, and to buy more than you meant to.

How can you avoid the pitfalls of impulse buying? How can you avoid becoming susceptible to buying products you weren’t planning on? How can you avoid the unhealthy, processed foods and leave the store with healthy, good tasting foods? Continue reading Intelligent Grocery Shopping

Exercise To Reduce Pain And Feel Better

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The diet and exercise industry is a good reflection of society in general. Society focuses on, and rewards, an aesthetically pleasing body rather than a functional body.

For years the fitness industry (and all of its many offshoots) has focused on how to look good and lose weight. It promotes bodies that are tight, toned and tanned, rather than promoting feeling good, reducing pain and increasing activity levels; issues that are important to most of us throughout our daily lives. Continue reading Exercise To Reduce Pain And Feel Better

Dehydration

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Hydration can be a vastly overlooked component of our health. While it can be a small concern, it is something that can drastically affect our overall health.

Keeping your body properly hydrated helps everything in your body function better.

It provides lubrication for joints and muscles. The more hydrated you are, the easier your muscles will move and the less they will cramp. Continue reading Dehydration

Exercise And Eat Healthy To Avoid Reliance On Health Insurance

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Over the last weekend the New York Times ran two articles on the current state of health insurance and how it is changing. Both articles pointed to the fact that it is becoming more and more important to take care of yourself and prevent injuries.

The first article was fascinating, and scary. The article reported that a local health insurance company was revamping the way it assesses risk and how it categorizes patients due to their perceived health risks. Continue reading Exercise And Eat Healthy To Avoid Reliance On Health Insurance

The Diet And Exercise Industry: Don’t Believe Everything That You Read: If It Sounds Too Good To Be True Then It Is, part 3

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If it sounds too good to be true, then it is. This theory is once again proven true when concerning the diet and exercise industry.

Recently Dr. Oz was scolded by Senator Claire McCaskill, chairwoman of the Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Insurance. Dr. Oz was scolded for assertions that he made on his show concerning weight loss products that have little to no scientific evidence backing up their effectiveness. Continue reading The Diet And Exercise Industry: Don’t Believe Everything That You Read: If It Sounds Too Good To Be True Then It Is, part 3

If I Had Known I Was Going To Live This Long Then I Would Have Taken Better Care Of Myself

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Worldwide, the number of people who are living over 100 is growing. There are predictions that within our lives people will be living to over 130.

Our life spans are increasing as our knowledge of health and how to take care of the body increases. Technological advances such as MRIs and CT scans have helped medicine advance into the 21st century.

Unfortunately modern medicine has advanced to the point that some of the population feels that they don’t have to take care of themselves. Some feel they can rely on medical doctors and other health care practitioners for every health ailment. Unfortunately this mindset leads to letting health issues linger until they get so bad that they have to get them taken care of. Continue reading If I Had Known I Was Going To Live This Long Then I Would Have Taken Better Care Of Myself

Choose Your Own Lifestyle

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Yesterday I was lucky enough to start off my day in my favorite way. I slept in, prepared and ate breakfast with my wife and children, and then went for a mountain bike ride with a good friend of mine.

I love starting the day off with a ride through the woods. It gets my blood flowing. It wakes me up. It gets those feel good hormones (like adrenalin and endorphins) flowing which will keep me feeling good for the rest of the day.

Throughout the ride my friend and I were talking about how the choices we make eventually become our lifestyle. Many components of daily life all feed into how we feel during the day, and how we feel in general. Continue reading Choose Your Own Lifestyle

Exercise To Age Well

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For many years the association between aging well and exercise has been known, but was never 100% proven. A study published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association that proved exercising helps to prevent age related decline.

Dr. Marco Pahor is the director of the Institute on Aging at the University of Florida and the lead author on the study. He said “For the first time, we have directly shown that exercise can effectively lessen or prevent the development of physical disability in a population of extremely vulnerable elderly people.” Continue reading Exercise To Age Well

Getting Rid Of Fat Through Diet And Exercise

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When looking for a way to lose weight and get into shape, it is easy to become overwhelmed with all of the exercise, nutrition and weight loss programs available.

There are literally thousands of programs to choose from. Most programs advertise that they are the newest, quickest, best and only way to lose weight.

These programs advertise that they use scientifically proven ways to lose weight. Some claim to specifically target hard to lose areas such as the stomach and thighs. The problem is that there is very little about them that is scientifically proven. There is no way to target specific parts of the body for weight loss. Continue reading Getting Rid Of Fat Through Diet And Exercise

If It Sounds Too Good To Be True, Then It Is, part 2

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There are charlatans, con-artists, and snake oil salesmen in every industry. In every profession there are practitioners who are trustworthy and reliable, and practitioners who would take advantage of you any chance they get.

Anywhere there is a possibility to make money, there will be those who are trying to take advantage of the system to make money. Continue reading If It Sounds Too Good To Be True, Then It Is, part 2