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1 Jan

This Year: Evolve Your Resolve

newyearAh, the power of New Year’s to swell hopes and ignite ambitions! Perhaps it’s the champagne. Or maybe it’s that sway of public sentimentality at midnight. Whatever the case, New Year’s is synonymous with resolution-making, and surveys show that health related pledges consistently top the list. Of course, we all bring our best intentions to the new year, but why do so many of us crash and burn once the rubber meets the road?

Some years ago, researchers at the University of Washington studied the sticking power of resolutions and what seemed to make the difference for those who were still on track three months later. Their study, an oldie (1997) but a goodie, offered some commonsensical wisdom that we could all stand to hear again:

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1 Jan

10 Ways to Stay Active in the Cold Winter Months

17months013It’s January, and many of you are looking at two, three, or four more months of winter. (Yes, there you are trudging your sorry, frozen carcass outside to grab another log for the wood stove. Can you hear the violin in the background?) Seriously, there are days so brutal you’d rather eat your running shoes than head outside in them.

With snowstorms, Nor’easters, and subzero temps making headlines the last few weeks, we thought it was time for some tips on keeping your motivation up and that carcass moving.

1. Fight the winter sloth.

Too many fall prey and regret their self-imposed captivity come spring. That hunkering down mentality isn’t going to do you (your health or your social life) any favors. Winter is how many months where you live? Deal, and just live your life—all of it.

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31 Dec

The Poor Body

Take a look at photos of your average poor American from the 1930s and now. What’s different?

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28 Dec

Medical Myths Even Experts Fall For

Oh, those experts – always falling for one thing after another! We’re partly kidding, of course, but there are a variety of myths that even health pros still believe. Have you been fooled? The British Medical Journal pares the meat from the mealy:

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27 Dec

Smart Fuel: Wine

redwine 1Now this is some smart fuel we can live with! Step aside kale, move over broccoli: the best way to ward off a wintry cold is to drink red wine.

You’re not reading that wrong. Not one, but two major studies have just reported evidence that those who drink wine moderately – no more than two glasses a day – have better immunity and resistance to infectious cold viruses than those who do not drink. This benefit is cancelled out if you’re a smoker, however.

Of course, red wine is also healthy because it is rich in resveratrol, a vital antioxidant. To learn Mark’s great and creative ways to enjoy wine more often, read How to Drink More Wine and Eat More Chocolate Every Day.

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