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The 24 Hour Day

The 24 Hour Day

From the past 20 years, I have taught many exercise methodologies, including Pilates, Zumba, TRX, Yoga, and Gyrotonic. My clients often ask me what things they can do at home to add to the fitness training we do together; depending on their goals and the time they have to workout I'll recommend a plan that seems doable. Now more and more I am asking them to examine their daily habits; how much do you stand? Walk? Do you cross your legs when seated? How much of each day do you spend looking at a screen? How well do you sleep? Etc....

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Attitude Matters

Attitude Matters

How do you feel about growing older?  A 2016 research study published  in the Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, showed that our outlook on aging could affect how we deal with the stress of daily life.Past research on how older adults react to stress has produced a variety of results, according to Jennifer Bellingtier, Ph.D. North Carolina State University, and lead author on the study. Some studies show that older individuals handle stress better compared to their younger peers, while others find older adults are worse off. Some show that both groups fare about the same. “We thought aging attitudes could...

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Continued Happiness (or should we all retire to Norway)?

Continued Happiness (or should we all retire to Norway)?

Norway topped the World Happiness Report for 2017, edging out Denmark which came in first in 2016. Increasing happiness is a lofty goal often linked to increasing social progress. The report is based on an annual survey of 1,000 people in more than 150 countries that simply asks them to rank, on a scale of zero to 10, whether they are living their best life. The U.S. keeps falling behind in 2017 we were ranked 14.  Jeffrey D. Sachs, one of the editors of the report, "suggests five means by which to improve social trust: campaign finance reform, policies aimed at reducing income...

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Time and Talent in The Long Run

Time and Talent in The Long Run

When we consider someone as having prodigious talent it is almost always a child. Child prodigies usually display talent in music, mathematics and occasionally dance or athletics, but rarely in the arts that rely on a life lived to inform and enrich the creative process. Years of observation and refinement decerning what makes a work of art resonate.  The Museum of Modern Art in New York has a year-long  exhibit (running through November 4, 2018), entitled The Long Run which features work chronicling the continued experimentation of artists long after their breakthrough moments, it suggests that invention results from sustained critical thinking,...

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The Buddy System

The Buddy System

The dictionary definition is: "A cooperative arrangement whereby individuals are paired or teamed up and assume responsibility for one another's welfare or safety." Most of us learned this system in kindergarten and may not have thought of it since elementary school, but we need to bring back the Buddy System. People middle aged and older now account for the largest number of people living alone. The number has nearly double in 30 years to one third of adults over 65 and half over 85. According to the Pew Research Center’s analysis of U.S. Census Bureau figures forty -two percent of Americans live...

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