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Exercise is Medicine!

Get moving! May is "Exercise is Medicine" month.

 

Research shows exercise is useful in the treatment and prevention of more than 40 chronic diseases including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension.

 

This month the American College of Sports Medicine is again partnering with the "Exercise is Medicine" program to celebrate the benefits of physical activity so crucial to ensuring a healthy and productive lifestyle. The US Surgeon General's office wants everyone to know that exercise greatly reduces serious health risks. Just increasing your physical activity a little bit can help you and your family prevent many illnesses and improve your health and well-being!

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Gratitude Does Good Like Medicine

Does gloom and doom leave you bone tired? Try a dose of gratitude!

A watershed British study on a large sample of 401 men and women found those who express thoughts of gratitude prior to retiring go to sleep more quickly, improve their sleep quality and duration, and enhance their daytime performance. These results were independent of the "Big Five" personality traits supporting the idea that pre-sleep thoughts do influence what happens during the night.

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Increase Your Performance by Getting Adequate Sleep

Feeling tired & out of gas? Sleepiness interferes with daily activities in 1/3 of Americans.

Adults need 7-9 hours of sleep each night for optimal performance and health. Without adequate rest on a regular basis the risk increases for:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Inferior work performance
  • Risk of injury
  • Irritability

Those who responded to the 2009 National Sleep Foundation poll indicated if they sleep less than 6 hours compared to 8 hours or longer they were less likely to:

  • Exercise (28% vs. 8%)
  • Eat a healthy diet (23% vs. 7%)
  • Work efficiently and well (21% vs. 9%)
  • Experience positive leisure time activities (30% vs. 7%)

PositiveTip: Sleep 7-9 hours on most days to experience your best!