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Do you put off exercise? Here are 5 surprising reasons to take up working out now

The aversion to exercising is so strong among so many people, that scientists are even working on a pill that mimics the positive health benefits of exercise without actually requiring to break a sweat. But until that happens, our daily routine must include one thing: Working out. While we’ve all heard that regular exercise can improve heart health, reduce risk of diabetes, and strengthen muscles, it can also enhance the quality of your life in a number of ways. Here are five such benefits, as reported by CNN, which may surprise you. 1)…

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The 15-Minute Guided Meditation Video to Start Your New Year Off Right

Holiday travel and time spent with family and friends can be amazing, but all the celebratory meals, drinks, and out-of-whack sleep schedules and air travel can take a toll. Your body is likely looking for a reset, and the stress of returning to work after all the festivities can be overwhelming. Repair your body and mind all at once with a simple routine of mindful meditation to get you back to your grounded, happy self. (Here’s why you should meditate, and how to start). This guided meditation can be done anywhere…

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Dancers from around the world show off at Irish Dancing Championships

Dancers from around the world will stomp the floorboards and leap into the air as they show off their best moves at Dublin’s World Irish Dancing Championships this week. The April 9-16 event draws some 5,000 performers from Ireland and overseas, including from both the Irish diaspora in places like the United States and Australia as well as less likely countries such as Russia and Japan. Contestants range in age from eight to 30, according to the organizers. Excitement was palpable backstage on Tuesday as performers warmed up for the…

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Going on and off diets may make you gain weight

According to a study, repeated dieting may cause weight gaininstead of shedding extra pounds. This is due to the reason that brain interprets the diets as short famines, hence, urges to store fat for future food shortages. “Surprisingly, our model predicts that the average weight gain for dieters will actually be greater than those who never diet,” said Andrew Higginson, Senior Lecturer at the University of Exeter in England. “This happens because non-dieters learn that the food supply is reliable so there is less need for the insurance of fat…

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Use Nutrition to Ward off Winter Blues

Physical disorders can negatively affect a person’s mental condition, so experts recommend ingesting sufficient nutrients to stimulate the brain and other parts of the body to maintain mental health. Vitamins tend to be a doctor’s first recourse as nutrients that are good for improving mental condition. A number of studies have established that vitamin D and folic acid help deal with depression. Vitamin D is produced when provitamin D, a substance contained in the skin, is exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet rays. In winter, when exposure to sunlight is shorter,…

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Having an Off Day at the Gym? Listen to Your Body and Lay Off

You’re at the gym for a weightlifting session. But something feels off. You’re not a beginner and want to get your workout in for the day, but your body isn’t responding positively to the movement. Or you’re an experienced runner, and your body can’t keep up with the pace at which you started while on a training run. You want to achieve a high level of exertion and are unsure how fast or slow you should go. How do you make sense of what your body is telling you? Autoregulation…

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