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Topic: Well Being


Changing the Tune on Exercise

If you are told to exercise because it will help you fend off obesity, disease, or old age, you probably won't find your way off the couch. The latest research strongly suggests that we stop thinking of future health and consider how keeping active today will enhance our current well-being and happiness. Whatever you choose to do...a walk, a bike ride, going to the gym...has to fit into your schedule and have immediate benefits. Keep reading for more on how this "new tune" for exercise will get you into your Zumba togs and keep you going back for more.

 


Changing the Tune on Exercise

If you are told to exercise because it will help you fend off obesity, disease, or old age, you probably won't find your way off the couch. The latest research strongly suggests that we stop thinking of future health and consider how keeping active today will enhance our current well-being and happiness. Whatever you choose to do...a walk, a bike ride, going to the gym...has to fit into your schedule and have immediate benefits. Keep reading for more on how this "new tune" for exercise will get you into our zumba togs and keep you going back for more.

 


Finding the Right Notes

Returning to an old love, playing the piano, was transformational for this age 50 plus woman who needed something to stave off the loneliness of widowhood. This story isn't just about picking up the pieces, or in this case, finding the right notes. It is about choosing to learn something new as an adult, realizing that you don't have to be perfect, re-establishing discipline in your life, keeping your mental faculties alive, slowing down, savoring...and probably most important of all, having fun. An inspirational story!


What Does the Affordable Care Act Say?

The Supreme Court's positive vote for the Affordable Care Act left everyone buzzing about the economic impact,the political ramifications, and if anything was changed in the current bill. Many are still asking how this law actually affects their lives.This article breaks the findings down in a few simple paragraphs that provide a good overview for those who are eager to know what this historic legislation means for them. Click here to learn the basics. And for a more thorough look, click here. 


"Twenty Minutes of Standing" Workout

For almost a decade, Gretchen Johnson's popular column in The New York Times, PhysEd, has been focused on the science of health and fitness. Her book, "The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We Can Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longer," a distillation of her work, will certainly surprise those who believe that people need to exercise strenuously to stay healthy. Johnson's research shows that just doing something, even standing for 20 minutes a day, will help you maintain good health and prolong life. For those who question how that can be true and what it means in terms of losing weight, keep reading. Just wish that the PhysEd teachers of the past had read the book!


Quindlen on Quindlen

New York Times best-selling author Anna Quindlen will be discussing her latest work, Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, a memoir filled with funny, heartfelt, and wise observations on friendship, faith, and marriage at the Free Library, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia on May 10th at 12:30 p.m. Quindlen earned the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for commentary for her New York Times column, “Public and Private,” and now writes the “Last Word” bi-weekly column for Newsweek. Her books include the novels Object Lessons and One True Thing. Free, no reservations needed.


De-Clutter...De-Sooner, De-Better

For the person who is facing a move and needs to downsize or for anyone who has reached the point where there is just too much "stuff" in their lives, this article will speak to you...and provide tips on how to make real progress in changing the way you live. A motivational speaker quoted in the article talks about expanding the definition of "tchotchkes," a Yiddish word for knicknacks, to mean "stuff that gets out of control" and can be anything, mental or physical, that is unneeded or unwanted (examples might be electronic equipment, people who are an emotional drain and don't bring joy, or gifts that you never liked from people you do.)


How Does the Supreme Court Decision Affect Elders?

This article in Forbes simplifies the effects on older adults of a "no" vote on the Affordable Care bill from the Supreme Court. Among the areas in jeopardy are Medicaid's health care program, which is now covered through state/federal programs and slated to expand to millions of currently uninsured working people; new long-term services for older adults seeking services at home or in the community; assistance for those receiving Medicare's Part D drug benefit (filling the donut hole); and improvements in how care is delivered to those suffering from chronic diseases. To learn more, click here.


Pets Keep People Healthier

Pet owners know this...and there is a growing body of  research to back it up. Pets make people happy and keep them healthier. An increasing number of dogs, cats, and other animals are living in hospital settings, nursing homes, schools, and mental institutions. A study in 1980 found that heart attack patients who owned pets lived longer than those who didn't; a later study showed that petting one's own dog could reduce blood pressure. And animals benefit, as well. Shelter dogs who are regularly walked are better behaved and more adoptable.


Mouthful and Mindful

Relishing what you eat...chewing slowly, enjoying the texture of the food, and stopping when you are full...is the message of those who are devotees of "mindfulness" and possibly, the answer to over-eating and obesity. Mindful eating is not a diet, nor is it about giving up something that you really enjoy. As a growing number of doctors, academics, and culinary experts explain, it is about adopting some of the tenets that Buddhist monks and nuns have known for years about staying healthy, relieving stress, and not developing anxiety over eating. Keep reading...