| Exercise Lowers
REGARDLESS of Weight!
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Fifty-four studies' combined data put
the weight of evidence behind the benefit of aerobic exercise to control
Exercise pushes down blood pressure, regardless of age, weight, or what
blood pressure was when the person started to exercise, according to a
statistical analysis of the studies.
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You Don't Have the Time
In a recent Healthy Lifestyles Group we talked about some of the
benefits of taking care of ourselves. We explored all sorts of self-care,
from relationship skills to positive thinking. I want to share with you a
part of the discussion about self-care regarding healthy eating and
fitness. These are just a few of the benefits of self-care that we came up
fewer hot flashes
more able to do ANYTHING physical
LESS focus on food
MORE enjoyment when eating
reduced menstrual cramps
LESS PAIN of all types
- increased optimism and more hopefulness
- ... What other benefits can you feel from self-care in your life?
What does this have to do with TIME????
Well, just think about it.
If these are the results of self-care,
then you don't have the time NOT to take care of yourself!
literally can't afford all the wasted time on feeling bad, or blue, or
hurting, or having low energy.
When you feel like you don't have the time to shop or pack your lunch
or workout or walk ... remember that you cannot afford NOT to take care of
You deserve the care!
Self-care is a great use of your time!
Although we have both guys and gals in our Healthy Living Community, I
thought the following message would be of value to us all of us, even
though it is from a woman's perspective ... In honor of women's history
month and in memory of Erma Bombeck who lost her fight with cancer.
IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER - by Erma
(Written after she found
out she was dying from cancer.)
I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the
earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren't there for the day.
I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it
melted in storage.
I would have talked less and listened more.
I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was
stained, or the sofa faded.
I would have eaten the popcorn in the 'good' living room and worried
much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the
I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about
I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my
I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer
day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.
I would have sat on the lawn with my children and not worried about
grass stains. I would have cried and laughed less while watching
television and more while watching life.
I would never have bought anything just because it was practical,
wouldn't show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.
Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I'd have cherished
every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the
only chance in life to assist in a miracle.
When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, "Later.
Now go get washed up for dinner."
There would have been more "I love you's." More "I'm sorry's." But
mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute ...
it and really see it ... live it .... and never give it back.
Stop sweating the small stuff.
Don't worry about who doesn't like you, who has more, or who's doing
what. Instead, let's cherish the relationships we have with those who do
Let's think about what the Universe HAS blessed us with. And what we're
doing each day to promote ourselves mentally, physically, emotionally, as
well as spiritually. Life is too short to let it pass you by. We only have
one shot at this and then it's gone. I hope you all have a blessed day and
a Beautiful Women's Month
Age 3: She looks at herself and sees a Queen.
Age 8: She looks at herself and sees Cinderella.
Age 15: She looks at herself and sees an Ugly Sister
(Mom I can't go to school looking like this!)
Age 20: She looks at herself and sees "too fat/too thin,
too short/too tall, too straight/too curly"- but decides she's going
Age 30: She looks at herself and sees "too fat/too thin,
too short/too tall, too straight/too curly" - but decides she doesn't
have time to fix it, so she's going out anyway.
Age 40: She looks at herself and sees "too fat/too thin,
too short/too tall, too straight/too curly" - but says, "At least, I am
"clean" and goes out anyway.
Age 50: She looks at herself and sees "I am" and goes
wherever she wants to go.
Age 60: She looks at herself and reminds herself of all
the people who can't even see themselves in the mirror anymore. Goes out
and conquers the world.
Age 70: She looks at herself & sees wisdom, laughter
and ability, goes out and enjoys life.
Age 80: Doesn't bother to look. Just puts on a purple
hat and goes out to have fun with the world.
Maybe we should all grab that purple hat earlier.