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Could Exercise Lower Risk Of Job-Related Depression And Burnout?

Could Exercise Lower Risk Of Job-Related Depression And Burnout?

Commented Mar 9, 2012 at 11:36:54 in Healthy Living

“Working out helps reduce stress, which may help boost your health and resiliency, and therefore make you a better worker. If you want to work better and harder, try Tai Chi, meditation, or yoga or other stress-reduction techniques. That’s what Mayo Clinic researchers suggest after they examined the relationship between stress levels and quality of life at a work site wellness center: http://www.marklfuerst.com/blog/2011/09/23/how-to-reduce-stress-and-work-better/
Soccer Brain Injury Raises Concerns Among Researchers

Soccer Brain Injury Raises Concerns Among Researchers

Commented Dec 2, 2011 at 12:11:14 in Healthy Living

“With increasing awareness of the dangers of concussions in youth football and hockey, more soccer research may lead to the establishment of heading guidelines, similar to the pitch count limitations now in effect for youth baseball players.http://www.marklfuerst.com/blog/2011/11/30/heading-soccer-balls-may-lead-to-brain-damage/
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Sports And Knee Health: 4 Tips For Protecting Against Osteoarthritis

Commented Nov 15, 2011 at 12:02:48 in Healthy Living

“Special neuromuscular warm-up exercises done before soccer and basketball practices can help teenage female athletes reduce their number of leg injuries.http://www.marklfuerst.com/blog/2011/11/08/warm-up-exercises-reduce-sports-injuries-in-teenage-athletes/

The neuromuscular training program in this new study combined progressive strengthening with plyometric, balance, and agility exercises.

A 20-minute neuromuscular warm-up before team practices and a shorter, pregame version led to about half as many lower extremity injuries as those in a control group who did not do these warm-up exercises.”
Tai Chi For Fitness: Slow-Moving Chinese Exercise Can Improve Health

Tai Chi For Fitness: Slow-Moving Chinese Exercise Can Improve Health

Commented Jun 27, 2013 at 16:15:42 in Healthy Living

“If you watch people practice Tai Chi, it might not seem as if they are getting any benefit. But they are. Numerous studies have shown that Tai Chi can be considered an aerobic activity of low-to-moderate intensity, depending on your training style, how deep you sink into the postures, how fast you move from one posture to the next, and the duration of your practice.

As Harvard Medical School's Peter Wayne, PhD, explains in his new book, The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi, the majority of studies report the intensity of Tai Chi is about the same intensity as walking at a moderate pace (about 3 miles per hour) on level ground. Importantly, Tai Chi is highly adaptable to your heart's capacity for exercise because you can modulate the intensity.”
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6 Reasons Why Meditation Appears So Difficult

Commented Mar 21, 2012 at 13:50:49 in Healthy Living

“I love this excerpt from the essay “Investing in Ourselves” by spiritual thinker and Tai Chi advocate Arthur Rosenfeld in the March 2012 Issue of Yang-Sheng:

“A bit of meditation, a bit of quiet consideration, and we all come to realize that the things we can’t take with us are not nearly so worthy of our investment—restoring, protecting, maintaining—as is our state of health and our state of mind."http://www.marklfuerst.com/blog/2012/03/16/invest-in-yourself-not-derivatives/

hp blogger Ed and Deb Shapiro on Mar 22, 2012 at 12:42:25

“well said marklfuerst
fanned & fav'd”
The Higher Health, Part 3

The Higher Health, Part 3

Commented Feb 17, 2012 at 12:40:21 in Healthy Living

“With chronic health issues costing the U.S. economy more than $1 trillion a year, it’s essential to find more effective ways to prevent and treat the most prevalent conditions. For example, a new study by the Trust for America’s Health found that reducing obesity rates by 5% could lead to nearly $30 billion in healthcare savings in five years. The federal government has begun to respond - it now reimburses for weekly obesity counseling.

A new breed of health professional – wellness coaches – appeared on the healthcare scene about a decade ago. Thousands of wellness coaches now serve as partners with patients to elicit agendas and co-discover solutions. With the help of wellness coaches, they can learn how to lose weight, exercise more, and change their lifestyles with lasting results. Wellness coaches differ from life coaches, personal trainers, or therapists because they use science-based techniques to enhance motivation, self-confidence, and self-regulation. Studies show wellness coaches help instill long-lasting habits that, over time, become part of the brain’s hardwiring.”
Dancing, Walking While Carrying Objects Can Improve Balance In Elderly, Review Shows

Dancing, Walking While Carrying Objects Can Improve Balance In Elderly, Review Shows

Commented Nov 14, 2011 at 15:16:53 in Healthy Living

“I'm in the Tai Chi-for-balance camp http://www.marklfuerst.com/blog/2011/11/10/tai-chi-one-of-the-best-exercises-for-balance/

Here's how Tai Chi helps balance:

* It’s a weight-bearing exercise.

* It sensitizes sensory systems.

* It helps coordinate neuromuscular patterns.

* It reduces the fear of falling, which is one of the biggest predictor of falls.”
5 Tips for Staying Healthy This Cold and Flu Season

5 Tips for Staying Healthy This Cold and Flu Season

Commented Nov 3, 2011 at 12:17:59 in Canada Living

“Reducing stress through yoga, meditation, or Tai Chi not only helps boost your health and resiliency, but it makes you a better worker http://www.marklfuerst.com/blog/2011/09/23/how-to-reduce-stress-and-work-better/.

I do 15 minutes of Tai Chi exercises each day before breakfast. I really enjoy the meditative aspects. I still feel calm by the time I get to my desk. My crazy work schedule hasn’t changed, but it doesn’t feel as stressful anymore.”
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Why Mindfulness Meditation Makes Us Healthier

Commented Nov 2, 2011 at 13:09:32 in Healthy Living

“Meditation studies, especially mindfulness meditation studies, provide additional support for the positive effects of mind-body practices on stress and cognitive function.

Here's what else the studies show:

• Meditation may enhance multiple dimensions of cognitive function.
• Meditation can change memory-related brain activity and structure.
• Meditation enhances the ability to focus and alters brain networks that enhance cognitive skills.
• Meditation may help people who already have cognitive impairments.”
The Science Behind Guided Imagery

The Science Behind Guided Imagery

Commented Oct 31, 2011 at 11:51:46 in Healthy Living

“Many cancer patients suffer memory lapses, poor concentration, and a “spaced out” feeling long after they have received chemotherapy or radiation therapy.

Apparently Tai Chi can help alleviate the effects of this so-called “chemo brain.” http://www.marklfuerst.com/blog/2011/06/10/tai-chi-helps-clear-chemo-brain/

Tai Chi combines exercise, learning, and mindfulness, all of which have been shown in previous research to improve cognitive abilities.

Tai Chi really helps you focus attention, and is good for anyone, whether or not they have undergone treatment for cancer.”

hp blogger Belleruth Naparstek on Oct 31, 2011 at 13:45:14

“You won't get any arguments from me. We've archived a lot of studies supporting the value of Tai Chi for a whole host of things.”
Another Health Benefit Of Yoga: Easing Back Pain

Another Health Benefit Of Yoga: Easing Back Pain

Commented Oct 28, 2011 at 13:52:28 in Healthy Living

“Hi Carol - In other words, don't tuck your feet under you (which I have a habit of doing at my computer). As for sleeping on your back, for most people with back pain the best position is to lie on your side in a fetal position with a pillow between your legs. If you prefer to lie on your back, put a pillow under your knees.”
Another Health Benefit Of Yoga: Easing Back Pain

Another Health Benefit Of Yoga: Easing Back Pain

Commented Oct 28, 2011 at 11:31:38 in Healthy Living

“There are also some specific things you can do to promote back health (http://www.marklfuerst.com/blog/2011/10/13/back-pain-relief-from-a-herniated-disc/):

Use proper lifting techniques.

Do not bend at the waist.

Bend your knees while keeping your back straight and use your strong leg muscles to help you support the load.

Practice good posture when walking, sitting, standing, and sleeping.

For example, stand up straight with your shoulders back, abdomen in, and the small of your back flat.

Sit with your feet flat on the floor or elevated.

Sleep on a firm mattress and sleep on your side, not your stomach.

Stretch often when sitting for long periods of time.

Do not wear high-heeled shoes.

High heel shoes cause you to lean forward and the body’s response to that is to decrease the forward curve of your lower back to help keep you in line.”

Carol Ardman on Oct 28, 2011 at 13:29:30

“Good advice, but I don't understand sit with your feet flat on the floor or elevated. Is there another way? And is there a reason not to sleep on your back? Just wondering...”
Any Day but Food Day

Any Day but Food Day

Commented Oct 24, 2011 at 11:31:37 in Healthy Living

“The top health concern adults have for children is obesity (tied with drug abuse), according to the 5th annual survey of the top 10 health concerns for kids conducted by the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health.

We can all make Food Day more personal by taking small steps — eat more balanced meals and healthy snacks (and engage in physical activity more regularly) — and let family members and friends know about your personal plan and commitment.”
Simple Ways to Soothe the Anxious Brain

Simple Ways to Soothe the Anxious Brain

Commented Oct 20, 2011 at 11:26:21 in Healthy Living

“Brain plasticity is analogous to general physical training and conditioning.

If you go to the gym several times a week, over an extended period of time you will build muscle and become more physically fit.

Similarly, a wide variety of activities, such as learning a new language, playing a musical instrument, or doing meditative exercises like Tai Chi, can impact the structure and function of the brain.”
7 Ways To Beat Mental Fatigue

7 Ways To Beat Mental Fatigue

Commented Oct 19, 2011 at 13:21:12 in Healthy Living

“I've recently started doing qigong and Tai Chi exercises most mornings before breakfast and find I'm more mentally relaxed when I get to my desk to work.

The meditation in motion of Tai Chi also helps tame the "monkey mind," the endless chatter in my head as I wander from thought to thought analyzing relationships, worrying about the future, or simply daydreaming.”
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Is There a 'Best' Exercise?

Commented Oct 19, 2011 at 13:09:17 in Healthy Living

“Great video. My new best exercise is Tai Chi. I've been taking 1-hour classes at my local Y twice a week for about 20 months and have begun doing 15 minutes on my own most mornings before breakfast. I feel the positive energy you talked about, and I'm certainly more flexible, have better balance, and definitely am more relaxed.”
Unhealthy Employees Cost Businesses $153 Billion In Lost Productivity

Unhealthy Employees Cost Businesses $153 Billion In Lost Productivity

Commented Oct 18, 2011 at 11:55:17 in Small Business

“More than 75% of employees' health-care costs are related to lifestyle choices. It’s been shown that people who reduce one cardiovascular disease risk factor can decrease their absenteeism by 2%. The good news is that productivity improves along with health. People who improve just one cardiovascular disease risk factor show a 2% increase in their productivity. Reducing stress may help boost your health and resiliency, and therefore make you a better worker (http://www.marklfuerst.com/blog/2011/09/23/how-to-reduce-stress-and-work-better/).”
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Is He Just Too Old for This?

Commented Oct 13, 2011 at 11:37:21 in Women

“There may be a steady increase in sperm DNA fragmentation as men grow older.

Studies have shown that men over age 40 have more than 5 times the risk of having offspring with autism, twice the risk of having offspring with schizophrenia, and twice the risk of having a child with congenital abnormalities.

The cumulative effects of lifestyle choices such as alcohol, smoking, drug use, obesity, and chronic stress also may begin to take a toll on an older man.

The biological clock does tick for men, too.”