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SWEAT BEFORE BED

Monday, January 03, 2011

Question - Does exercise help you sleep better or keep you up at night?

Answer - Go ahead, sweat before bed. It's true that if your body is aroused, you won't sleep as well, but that goes away within 10 or 20 minutes after a workout. Exercise reduces blood pressure and lessens anxiety. Another reason shut-eye and sweat mix: More than half the weight lost in 14 days by dieters who slept about 7-1/2 hours a night was fat, but when they clocked about 2 hours less a night, they lost significantly less fat in a month.

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CARMEL466 1/3/2011 8:31AM

    Thank you for the tip. I'm a morning person but could use a short workout in the evening also.

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LLLAWSON 1/3/2011 8:20AM

    Also a good reminder of how important sleep is. Thanks for sharing.

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ANIMALMAGIC 1/3/2011 7:12AM

  Sounds good to me! Back to 5am starts for me as from tomorrow so will have to keep reminding myself of this! emoticon

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ANGELOO29 1/3/2011 7:10AM

    Good reminder

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FESTIVAL OF SLEEP

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Tomorrow, January 3rd, is Festival of Sleep Day, and boy, do we all need a solid night of rest! Scientists now know that sleep is essential to memory - your brain uses those hours to arrange memories so you can better recall key emotional moments.

Other good reasons to put in the pillow time: People who skimp on sleep show elevated levels of inflammation (a risk factor for heart disease and stroke) and crave higher-calorie foods because of hormone imbalances.

Good sleep = Good health!

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TEDYBEAR2838 1/2/2011 7:38PM

    WOW, I wonder if that is really true. It sounds pretty good to me.

Either way, have an awesome day!

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MOM4407 1/2/2011 6:39PM

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I started today.

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SYLVIALYNN2 1/2/2011 9:09AM

    I made the connection years ago. My exhusband would want me to stay up with him at night. I realized that I often substituted quick cookies and carbs when what I really needed was sleep. Went from 107 to 165 before the divorce. Lost to 135 but with new hubby gained up to 215. I am still married to hubby #2 but am now taking care of myself and my goal for this year is to release the last 60 pounds. Part of the plan is to ensure 8 hours of restful sleep.

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Positive Mantra

Saturday, January 01, 2011

When you feel self-pity, wishing you were a smaller size, make up a positive mantra to counter it, like "I am strong. I shine."

Thinking positive really works. When you think you can do something, you are already half-way to success!

I find when I am walking, if I visualize myself arriving at my destination, it seems like I get there in no time at all!

Try it!

  
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ANIMALMAGIC 1/2/2011 6:15AM

  Great advice - I will try this!

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CLECTIC-WANDRER 1/1/2011 10:33PM

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I post little index cards with motivational saying on them around the house from time to time. That way I find them randomly and it adds a little happy to my day.
I am a big believer in positive affirmations and mantras.

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MOM4407 1/1/2011 6:50PM

    Positive self talk is so important.
I use the TOPS Pledge as my mantra

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TEDYBEAR2838 1/1/2011 5:25PM

    Ah, good wisdom to start 2011 with.

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MINI CHALLENGES

Friday, December 31, 2010

Set up mini challenges, like going to the gym for 30 minutes twice a week for a month. When you achieve that, hit yourself with another mini challenge by adding a day. These microchanges will lead to macrochanges.

Plus, figure out what kind of exerciser you are: a competitor, an enthusiast or an escapist. For competitors, improvement is key, so set up a challenge with measurable goals. Enthusiasts should focus on fun, find exercises they love or work out with buddies. For escapists, keep exercise barriers low: for example, do crunches in front of the TV.

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL MY SPARKFRIENDS!

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ANIMALMAGIC 1/1/2011 9:13AM

  Great blog - depending on how I feel I can be any of these exercisers!
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Jay x

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TEDYBEAR2838 12/31/2010 5:32PM

    I'm with you for 2011.

Stop beating ourselves up over every little slip-up.

Let's celebrate the Victories!

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NINALEE35 12/31/2010 11:53AM

    I've been a walker before, but I can't anymore—bad back and neuropathy in my legs—but I'll find upper body exercises to do. This was thought-provoking. Thanks for the blog. Nina

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JUDITHANNIE 12/31/2010 9:04AM

    Have a great new year too. Judy emoticon emoticon

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LKWQUILTER 12/31/2010 8:24AM

    Have a great New Year too.

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SJTEBB 12/31/2010 7:44AM

    I am an outside enthusiast I love to walk hike bike outside but quickly get bored if doing treadmill or bike indoors.

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55WALKER 12/31/2010 7:29AM

    I like the question of what kind of exerciser you are. I haven't ever thought about that before and can see how it would really matter.
Tks.

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WANTPOWER

Thursday, December 30, 2010

You have to find your inner "wantpower", not just your willpower. Research shows that women who focus on big picture benefits - for example, improving your energy, happiness or even your sex life - exercise more and stick with it longer than women who turn exercise into just another 'should'.

  
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TEDYBEAR2838 12/30/2010 5:03PM

    I know you are right and I am really going to concentrate come Saturday and the rest of my life to make time for me

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SYLVIALYNN2 12/30/2010 1:02PM

    Glad you posted this tip. Very timely.

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CARMEL466 12/30/2010 7:18AM

    Getting there. Thanks for the reminder

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