Health

Finally…you’re taking that much needed vacation! Leaving behind work pressures, household chores and endless deadlines, you plan to escape your daily routine and indulge yourself a bit.

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Mindset

Our bodies are a biological miracle of balance engaged in a constant search for homeostasis or internal equilibrium. But when we apply the concept of “balance” to the entirety of our lives, what does it mean? A sense of inner peace and calm? Contentment with the moment? Feeling harmonious with our environment? Whatever it signifies for you, balance is essential for functioning at our full potential. Like dancers or athletes, we all continually move in and out of balance throughout our years. How smoothly we make those transitions can vary.

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Mindset

As the seasons progress, spring moving ever closer to summer, the Earth warming and teeming with new life and growth, our heads and hearts fill with thoughts of new beginnings. We dream of something new for ourselves… new job, new hobby, new vision, new adventure. We dream of being reinvigorated. We dream of replenishing our souls. But how?

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Health

Migraines are a mystery. For many years, scientists believed that migraines were linked to the opening and narrowing of blood vessels in the head. The current theory is that genes controling the activity of brain cells are the cause of migraines. Either way, abnormal brain activity may result in a migraine headache. Many different things can trigger this activity, but the exact chain of events has not been discovered. It is commonly believed that they begin in the brain and involve nerve pathways and chemicals. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, there is no absolute cure for migraine since its pathophysiology has yet to be fully understood. but there are some effective treatments available to reduce the pain and frequency of this condition.

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Mindset

The mind-body connection means that our thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and attitudes can positively or negatively affect our biological functioning. In other words, our minds can affect how healthy our bodies are. Conversely, what we do with our physical body, such as what we eat, how much we exercise and even our posture, can positively or negatively impact our mental state.This results in a complex interrelationship between our minds and bodies.

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Fitness

The thought of losing weight, cutting out carbs or taking better care of yourself probably crossed your mind in January. So now, three months later, chances are you still are debating about how you are going to actually do this. Hiring a personal trainer, finding a yoga class or enrolling in a boot camp are all viable options to get you on the right track to a healthier lifestyle. However, making that commitment is difficult. So here are seven easy steps that will keep you on track while you are contemplating your ultimate workout path.

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Health

Catch some z’s. Get forty winks. Hit the hay. Shut eye. Snooze. Whatever you call it, adequate sleep is essential for our physical and emotional health. And it’s importance goes way beyond boosting your mood or banishing those nasty under-eye circles. Here are the benefits of a good night’s sleep along with tips on how to avoid getting caught napping.

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Health

In 2018 we saw the resurgence of boxing, an explosion of high-intensity interval training (known as HIIT) gyms popping up, as well as advanced wearable technology flooding the market.

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Health

Get on your feet: it’s time to hit the ground! The Valley boasts three world-class hiking mountains in Phoenix proper, dozens of lesser known trails in the surrounding metro areas and hundreds of wilderness hikes within a two-hour drive. From the Hole-in-the-Rock at Papago Park to the amazing views from atop Shaw Butte, here are some of our suggestions.

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Health

It all started with Halloween candy. Then there was the Thanksgiving dinner: candied yams, cornbread stuffing, pumpkin pie topped with whipped cream. December was filled with parties and get-togethers: signature cocktails, rich dips, decadent desserts. Face it… you’ve stuffed yourself silly for two months but, by following our experts’ advice, you’ll be back in your skinny jeans in no time.

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Fab 5

When the holiday season begins, we are instinctively prompted to think about all the things we are thankful for. We reach out to loved ones we haven’t seen recently, and many of us volunteer or donate money as a way of giving back. But you don’t need a holiday to say thank you. You can show your thanks everyday by taking a few minutes to show your gratitude. Those folks will feel appreciated and you’ll feel happier with yourself.

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Health

There’s so much to love about Thanksgiving: the turkey, the cornbread stuffing, the pumpkin pie topped with whipped cream and cranberry relish (notice how we only mentioned food?). But all that “loving” can take a toll on your health and fitness. One big meal need not be a permanent setback. If you arm yourself with usable tricks and tools, you can avoid falling down the holiday food and drink rabbit hole.

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Health

Finally…you’re taking that much needed vacation! Leaving behind work pressures, household chores and endless deadlines, you plan to escape your daily routine and indulge yourself a bit. 

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Health

Gone are the days of slathering on oil and baking in the sun for hours. From a health standpoint, we all know that overexposure to UV-rays can change the texture and weaken the elasticity of the skin causing premature wrinkling, uneven skin tone and even cancer.

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