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The way you walk can give you and your doctor clues about your internal health.
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10,000 steps a day is a trendy goal. We humans like big, round numbers like that. They feel right. But does taking 10,000 steps a day really have anything to do with good health? We should resist the urge to latch onto the big, round, trendy number and instead aim to lead an active life filled with a variety of activities.
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Walking, like most aerobic activity, is good for your heart and lungs. It strengthens cardiovascular fitness all while toning your muscles and burning calories. Walking is low impact, so it doesn't have the same potential for injury as jogging or running. It's also a bodyweight exercise, meaning it will help improve your strength, posture, bone density and stamina. Walking aids blood circulation, lymphatic health (to rid the body of toxins and waste products) and helps regulate blood sugar.
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We've spent a lot of time off our feet and this hasn't been the healthiest thing in the world. You might think the idea that sitting can make you sick is weird but when you realize adults are sedentary for 60 per cent of the day and the average person sits six hours a day you can see how inactive we really are.
Gratitude is a state of feeling grateful towards something or someone, and it comes from the Latin word "gratus," which mean pleasing, agreeable and thankful -- so to be grateful is to be filled with thanks.
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This past weekend, the main proponents of the path, aptly named the Friends of the Pan Am Path, along with East Scarborough Storefront and Jane's Walk, held a series of walks near Scarborough's Highland Creek that focused on understanding the local waterways.
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And quite frankly, I'm tired of non-players insisting that it's a total waste of time. I think you should let your kids play, and while you're at it, you should join them and play, too!
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If you've ever tried to "over-haul" your life in one giant leap it's often very difficult to maintain, if not impossible. There will always be some occasion, family emergency, or important work function that will interrupt your new healthy way of living. But healthy living is just that -- living your life in a healthy way.
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It can do much more than just boost your mood.
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As Toronto continues its rapid growth, the limitations of travel by car are becoming ever more apparent. Average commute times have increased to 33 minutes as the city's main arteries struggle to keep up with the more than 1.1 million (2011) vehicles on city roads each day. While the rhetoric around change has been positive, action has been achingly slow.
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A few months ago, a lovely little birdie (aka my smart, insightful sister) told me something that I took to heart. She said "You don't want to be the reason you fail." If I work so hard and burnout, I will not be able to build a successful company.
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More than twice as many kids are driven to school these days compared to 25 years ago, and that's having an impact on everyone. In a study released April 5 by Metrolinx, the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area's transportation planning agency, researchers found a decline among youth in the use of physically active modes of transportation to commute to school over a 25-year period. And this has huge implications for the future of Toronto.
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The truth is, nearly everyone's knees will give them trouble eventually. Depending on how old you are, at some point, the knee just degenerates As a knee surgeon who has helped thousands of patients with knee pain, I know there are treatments and options that can not only reduce the pain, but also postpone knee surgery -- or avoid it entirely.
One of the world's healthiest diet patterns is the Mediterranean diet. Research suggests that the Mediterranean diet is associated with a lower risk of dying from cancer and heart disease. People eating this way are also less likely to get Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease.