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USA WEEKEND, The Doctors    January 10, 2014 Don’t beat yourself up over unkept resolutions. These small daily changes from The Doctors can make a big difference to your health this year. If you haven’t yet dropped the first of 20 pounds you promised yourself, or only hit the gym once since New Year’s, when you […]

 The Doctors, USA WEEKEND – October 11, 2013 The tiny thyroid gland regulates and influences a surprising number of body functions. Your thyroid is a small gland with a huge job: It produces hormones that help regulate the rate of many of your body’s activities, from how quickly you burn calories to how fast your […]

The Doctors, USA WEEKEND November 22, 2013 It’s that time of year again — big dinners, lots of parties and celebratory toasts. For some holiday revelers, that means more heartburn. Getting a burning sensation in your chest now and then is normal, particularly after overdoing fatty or fried foods, chocolate and alcohol. But when it’s […]

Cranberries

    Cranberries’ role as a holiday condiment can obscure the fact that they are a genuine super fruit-and one that can be enjoyed anytime, not just at Thanksgiving. The tart berries, popping up in markets now, have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties, along with minimal calories and lots of vitamin C. They often disappear […]

Eat to Beat Anxiety

  Stress can lead to snacking-which is okay, but only if you choose the right nosh. “Some nutrients can enhance mood, while fatty comfort foods can physically bring you down because they are harder to digest,” says Marisa Moore, R.D.N., a nutritionist in Atlanta and a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Choose […]

Strong Minded

To boost your focus, strike a pose. After 20 minutes of yoga, people process information more quickly and accurately than they do following the same amount of time on a treadmill, according to a study published in the Journal of Physical Activity & Health. “Running and walking are repetitive motions, so they don’t require as […]

How to stay healthy when everyone around you is coughing and sneezing?  Reach for vitamin D, which is vital for a strong immune system. A recent Spanish study found that people with low levels of D have a decrease in cells that kick-start the immune response.  “We experience a drop in vitamin D when there’s […]

Fuel: Protein Power

A 2010 study found that athletes were more successful losing weight with a diet that was 35 percent protein than one that was 15 percent protein.  “Protein preserves lean muscle  mass and controls appetite,” says Enette Larson-Meyer, Ph.D., R.D., who heads the University of Wyoming nutrition and exercise lab.

Training: Yoga Works Spice up your workouts with a dash of Om. More than just stretching, yoga gives you whole-body strength, especially in the hips, core and upper body.  To start, try a class with hatha, gentle, or level 1 in the title.  For best results, do yoga twice a week on nonrunning days.

Mind and Body

Break it down: This year, create mini-goals to help boost your confidence and keep you motivated to push on toward any bigger goals you might have.  Start with a target you know you can achieve-like walking three times a week or jogging at least three miles a day.  Then track your progress with visible reminders […]

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