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10 Small Habit Changes to Help Improve Your Fitness

10 Small Habit Changes to Help Improve Your Fitness

Charles Duhigg, an award-winning New York Times business writer, wrote the best-selling book The Power of Habit. It offers an enthralling argument: the secret to consistently exercising, losing weight, raising outstanding children, being more productive, establishing revolutionary enterprises and social movements, and attaining success can all be boiled down to developing excellent habits.

In this article, we will discuss small habit changes that you can make to improve your fitness. These changes do not have to be significant, and you can easily integrate them into your daily life.

10 Small Habits to Improve Your Fitness

10 Great Foods to Promote Healthy Skin

10 Great Foods to Promote Healthy Skin

Did you know that skin is the human body's largest organ? Not only is it the largest organ - it has several important responsibilities: Our skin protects from trauma, radiation, and infections, regulates temperature, senses the environment, and contributes to endocrine functions. Your first thought about skincare is likely external treatments, like creams and moisturizers, which can be helpful tools in protecting skin health.

In this article, we want to bring attention to how you can take better care of your skin by focusing on nutrition. If you eat a balanced diet, then you may be unknowingly doing this already. However, knowing what to eat and how it will benefit you will motivate you to be more conscious about your diet.

Here are ten foods that can help boost the health of your skin!

7 Great Habits to Reduce the Risk of Alzheimer’s

7 Great Habits to Reduce the Risk of Alzheimer’s

It is estimated that Alzheimer's disease affects more than 5 million Americans and as many as 44 million people worldwide. It can be a devastating diagnosis for both the individual and their family. But, the good news is that there are some things you can do to help reduce the risk of it happening in your life or the lives of those close to you.

Habits such as getting enough sleep, exercising, learning new things, reducing stress, and socializing with friends and family members have all been shown to reduce the risk of developing this debilitating illness. We will discuss seven habits today that have been shown to be vital strategies in reducing Alzheimer's risk!

How to Take Care of Your Heart Health: 7 Tips

How to Take Care of Your Heart Health: 7 Tips

Your heart is a vitally important organ. It continuously pumps blood throughout your body to ensure that your living tissues get the nutrients and oxygen that they need. While all of your organs are important in their own ways, the heart is arguably the king of the organs: if it stops working, so does everything else. Given that fact, it's essential to take care of your heart! In addition, good heart health reduces the risk of heart attack and leads to a healthier body in general, so it is critical to take care of it. Here are some tips to take care of your heart at any age.

Take Care of Your Heart Health with the Following Tips

Pilates: What Are the Benefits for Older Adults?

Pilates: What Are the Benefits for Older Adults?

Pilates, named after the creator, Joseph Pilates, is an exercise routine that focuses on creating an overall balance in the body. It comprises a set of exercises that focus on several fundamentals, including precision and balance. Pilates is known to increases core strength, flexibility, balance, and posture in the body. The exercise uses the body itself, and there is no specialized equipment necessary - though some routines may include the use of some props.

Today, Pilates is popular across the world because it is effective at improving flexibility, strength (especially core strength), breathing, posture, and overall physical fitness. Over the years, many people have found Pilates helpful, including some of the top Hollywood stars, making it even more popular.

Depression in Older Adults: How to Recognize the Signs

Depression in Older Adults: How to Recognize the Signs

Depression is a mental health disorder that affects 15%–20% of adults older than age 65 in the United States, according to a report by the CDC. Depression can be difficult to identify because the symptoms are similar to typical signs of aging, such as fatigue and forgetfulness. In addition, depression often goes unnoticed or misdiagnosed because depression may not cause any noticeable changes in mood or behavior. Yet depression has severe consequences for older adults, including increased risk for falls, social withdrawal, cognitive impairment, physical dysfunction, and suicide. Knowing the warning signs of depression can help an older adult receive appropriate treatment before depression leads to further complications.

What Is Music Therapy? And What Are the Benefits?

What Is Music Therapy? And What Are the Benefits?

As a musician and music lover, I've always been captivated by its powerful potential to influence my emotions and even impact my brain activity. When I was younger, I listened to music while studying (a practice I maintain to this day). To this day, certain songs or melodies transport me to that place and connect me to whatever I was doing at the time. While science has determined that scent is the strongest sense tied to memory, sound—in this case, music—has a strong correlation to memory as well.

Music does something special to people. Different frequencies are known to produce very specific effects on people of all ages. Over years of study on the effects of sound and music, a therapeutic method called Music Therapy was developed. As a result, many people suffering from various mental disorders and disabilities have engaged in music therapy to great effect.

5 Tips to Improve Your Self-Confidence

5 Tips to Improve Your Self-Confidence

Do you believe in your own capacity to meet life’s challenges? These challenges do not have to be big. It could be as simple as walking up to someone to ask a question, or it could be as difficult as asking for money from somFeone.

Confidence is the belief in one’s own capacity to meet life’s difficulties and succeed. On top of that, confidence is also the determination to act on that belief. Being confident means being self-assured. It means being at ease with one’s own abilities. A confident person is not someone who believes that they are capable of super deeds; confidence is humbler than that.

At work, in your personal life, or in other social situations, a lack of confidence can inhibit people from taking chances and embracing possibilities. However, too much self-confidence might come across as arrogance or narcissism. Overestimating one’s talents can lead to issues such as not finishing jobs on time or social embarrassment. Self-confidence is not about being superior to others. It means that you are self-aware about your capacity and that you have a realistic assessment of your skills and a sense of security in that assessment.

How to Make the Most of Your Nighttime Routine

How to Make the Most of Your Nighttime Routine

When getting ready for a good night's sleep, having a set routine that is followed every day can help you fall asleep faster and improve your sleep quality. A good night's sleep will help you be better focused, complete your tasks at work or home successfully, and protect the immune system. A better night's sleep all starts with a proper and regular nighttime routine!

The Value of a Bedtime Routine

How to Identify the Signs of Dementia in a Loved One

How to Identify the Signs of Dementia in a Loved One

Dementia is an age-related condition where one's cognitive functioning becomes so impaired that it interferes with activities of daily living. Emotional changes often accompany these changes in cognition, and people's personalities may change. These changes can be startling and difficult to deal with, both for the person with dementia and their loved ones.

That said, there are ways to identify dementia early. We know to look for stereotypical signs of dementia like memory loss, but what other signs of dementia should we watch for?