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Yoga and Cognitive Abilities in School Children

October 10, 2012

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Physical activity has previously been associated with better test scores and improved focus and attention among school children. Now this study, published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, looked at how yoga compares to physical activity at influencing cognitive abilities in children. In the study, researchers followed 200 Indian children aged 7-9, measuring markers of cognition including attention, concentration, spatial and verbal abilities, and abstract thinking. Researchers concluded that there was no significant difference in cognitive performance between the two groups. This would suggest that yoga, like other forms of physical activity, can lead produce beneficial effects school aged children’s cognitive abilities and performance.

Chaya MS, Nagendra H, Selvam S, Kurpad A, Srinivasan K. Effect of Yoga on Cognitive Abilities In Schoolchildren from a Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Background: A Randomized Controlled Study. J Altern Complement Med. 2012 Aug 21



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Increase Your Flexibility and Improve Your Life

September 1, 2012

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The simple act of stretching does a lot more than make you limber. It may help prevent injuries or even illness—all it takes is 10 easy minutes a day.

Why Does Flexibility Matter?

You’ve managed to make it to Spinning class (for the second time this week!), but as soon as the instructor starts the cooldown, you head for the door. Hold it right there. Turns out, stretching is just as important as getting on the bike in the first place.

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The 51 fastest fat burners

March 7, 2012

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#1. Catch the running bug. You’ll continue to burn fat after your jog: People who run for at least four hours a week melt more calories than non-runners, even when they’re not running, a Yale University School of Medicine study reports… [Full Article]



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Red Pepper Risotto (Healthy Dish)

February 27, 2012

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As this stunning risotto simmers, it takes on a beautiful red hue. If you use saffron, the dish will gain bold flavor and an even richer color.

6 to 7 cups chicken or vegetable stock

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil…[ Full Article]



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Small strides you should take for your heart

February 21, 2012

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Let’s face it – life is busy. You’ve got calls to make, e-mails to send and meetings to get to. But what about appointments with yourself that you’ve been meaning to make?

“As I say to many of my patients, if you don’t find time for exercise, you will have to find time for disease,” [Full Article]



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Learning how to fuel myself and others

February 13, 2012

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One of my goals in completing this challenge is to create a new healthy lifestyle for myself, fiancé Chris, and the girls. Making exercise a priority is only half of the equation.

The other half is food. [Full Article]

 



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Avoid the afternoon stress-eating binge

February 8, 2012

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In a perverse way, ice cream and chips do represent a fast-track to happiness. A load of simple carbohydrates provides an instant lift because carbohydrates trigger the rapid release of serotonin, the mood-elevating “happy hormone.” When the brain produces serotonin, we experience a calming effect. [Full Article]



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Article: How to Refuel After a Hard Workout

January 28, 2012

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That’s what marathoners, body builders, and fitness exercisers alike repeatedly ask. They read ads for commercial recovery foods that demand a three to one ratio of carbs to protein, tout the benefits of a proprietary formula, or emphasize immediate consumption the minute you stop exercising.  [ Full Article]



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Article: Fitness Program: 7 tips for staying motivated

January 25, 2012

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Have you ever started a fitness program and then quit? If you answered yes, you’re not alone. Many people start fitness programs but stop when they get bored or results come too slowly — but it doesn’t need to be that way. Here are seven tips to help you stay motivated.  [Full Article]

 



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