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Move more, sit less- How can we make time for exercise

Move more, sit less- How can we make time for exercise

Let’s be honest: Physical activity guidelines can be tough. As behavioral scientists with expertise in exercise motivation, we will be the first to admit that maintaining a physically active lifestyle isn’t easy. This is what we do, and we don’t even always hit the goal. Life is messy and often gets way of even the best intentions. Let’s take a deep breath, unwrap these new guidelines and talk strategy.

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Ten ways to indulge and stay healthy this holiday season

Ten ways to indulge and stay healthy this holiday season

Before the holidays ruin your wellness plan and make you turn as green as the Grinch, try these 10 ways to help you stay on track and keep your festive spirit.

Often we feel if we can’t stick to our regular routine, then why bother? As researchers in nutrition and physical activity behaviours, we know that maintaining wellness over the holidays is easier than starting over again in the new year.

Going into the holidays with a plan to overcome adversity (think dessert tray!) is more effective than no plan at all. Indulge, a little, while still feeling good about yourself.

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Is cracking my own back bad?

Is cracking my own back bad?

 You either do it yourself or know someone who enjoys the relief they get from popping their own neck or back to relieve the tightness in their spine.  The intense stretching followed by the popping sound is so satisfying for a lot of people. This usually gives them temporary relief from the tightness and soreness in their neck and back.  You ask, what is the popping sound and does it cause you harm? The answer is yes and no.

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Animal Chiropractic

Animal Chiropractic

Most people think that chiropractic care is only available for humans who suffer from spinal injuries and back pain. Chiropractic care can also be used on animals. Why, you ask? Like humans, animals also have a brain and a spinal cord which are protected by the spine. The spine is a framework of vertebrae, ligaments, muscles, and nerves. The nerves, which branch off of the spinal cord, transmit messages to all of the muscles, cells, and organs of the body. Just like humans, when an animals vertebrae becomes restricted, this can interfere with the transmission of the spinal nerves. An animal can loose its mobility resulting stiffness, tension, and pain. This will ultimately affect your animal’s well being and quality of life.

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Natural treatments for the Cold Season

Natural treatments for the Cold Season

The cold season is upon us. Majority of colds begin in the winter months.  There are preventative ways to avoid the cold and also ways to natural treat the cold. A weakened immune system is a common way people catch the common flu. A weakened immune system can be caused by poor diet, stress, lack of sleep, over training, or food allergies. A cold can be passed by someone sneezing or coughing by you, an infected person touching your hand. If your immune system is high and you have built up antibodies, the cold will not be as severe. The following are some simple ways to ward off the cold and strengthen your immune system.

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Gratitude

Gratitude

Practicing gratitude is a great way to boost your happiness and experience more life enjoyment. Take the time every day reflecting on what you are grateful for. Gratitude has been shown to stimulate the reward\pleasurable areas of the brain, the hypothalamus and ventral tegmental area. It is a form of generosity because you are offering something to another person, even if it is just a verbal affirmation. Generosity is linked to happiness. It can help you become a more relaxed, patient, happier, and less impulsive person. Making tough decisions can be easier by practicing daily gratitude.

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