February 15-21, 2012 - Original Health Articles

Get in Shape With the Latest in "Exergaming"

By now, you probably know all about WiiTM bowling, yoga, and other exercise games. But if you've played those to the point of boredom, here are other games out there that can keep you engaged, energized, and fit. What is Exergaming? Exergames are video gaming systems that incorporate fitness into their activities.

Time to Get Fit? Do This, Not That

Check out our top ten tips for making the best fitness decisions:  Take the stairs, not the elevator. Walk up the stairs for ten minutes a day and you'll burn about 100 calories. Additionally, it's a healthy workout that fortifies your lungs and strengthens your legs, glutes, and back muscles.

How Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Can Treat Pain

Can mind-power reduce power chronic pain has over you? Experts say it can and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is among the best keys to do it. What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)? The National Association of Cognitive Behavioral Therapists defines CBT as "a form of psychotherapy that emphasizes the important role of thinking in how we feel and what we do.

Finding the Emotional Benefits in Adversity

Martin Luther King, Jr. said the ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. King, of course, was speaking of adversity and the power to overcome it.

Weight Issues in Your Family? What You Can Do

Roughly two-thirds of Americans are overweight. Obesity results when body fat accumulates over time and as a result calories taken in exceed calories expended. It can run in families and is associated with diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and certain cancers.

Treat Your Child's Flu: Dos and Don'ts

Scratchy throat. Dry cough. Feverish one minute. Cold and shaking the next. Achy head. Achy body. Achy bones. If your child is complaining of these symptoms, she may have the flu. Influenza, or the flu as it's commonly known, is a virus that infects the respiratory system and makes anyone who catches it feel absolutely miserable.

Will Beetroot Juice Improve Your Running?

Beetroot is the bulbous, reddish-purple part of a beet plant. The other part of the plant is the beet top (or beet greens), which are also highly nutritious. Beetroot juice is obtained by putting beets through a juicer and extracting its liquid. This liquid is high in nutrients including folate, potassium, and vitamin C.

Barre and Ballet Workouts: Get a Leg Up on Fitness

Using a combination of ballet moves, weight training, stretching, and isometric body-weight exercises, barre/ballet workouts kick you into ballerina shape. It's not just for dancers, though. This workout may be the toughest one you've ever done in a leotard.

How to Make Exercise Fun

People have a million excuses why they slack off on exercise like, "I don't have time," "it's too much work," "it's boring," or "I'd rather be with my friends." But what if exercise was fun? What if you enjoyed it so much that you made the time, looked forward to putting in the effort, found it exciting, and could do it with your friends and family? These tips will make exercise fun again: Make it a game.

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