Touro Infirmary

FALL 2013

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S P I R I T FEEL-GOOD FRIENDS Research shows again and again that feeling alone and disconnected can ravage your body as much as lack of exercise. Not only does being active with friends help you fit in more exercise, but the social time with other people can strengthen your immune system, improve your mood and increase your body's "happy hormones" like serotonin, which can reduce your risk for heart disease and stroke. Just being around people who you love "feels" healthy. Plan for social time as much as possible. And remember that a friends' night out does not always have to be about dinner and cocktail hour. Get together and bowl, walk, take a dance class. MOVE. SLEEP IS A 'FEEL GOOD' EXERCISE Most of us do not get enough of it. When we are sleep deprived, our cortisol (stress hormones) rises and we begin to crave comfort foods, mainly carbohydrates, and lose energy for exercise. Make sure to get 7 to 9 hours of healthy sleep per night. If you are having trouble with sleeping, talk to your doctor about getting a sleep evaluation. For tips on beating insomnia and feeling better, see the website C E N T R A L FEEL GOOD ABOUT WHAT YOU EAT And what you feed to those you care about. A key to good health, weight management and overall physical fitness is to eat a light, steady diet of fruits, vegetables and lean proteins. Celebrate when your family eats healthy dinners all week. Let the prize be a movie night or new tennis shoes. Keep track of your daily diet and don't beat yourself up for "slips." There is always the next meal or snack to get it right and light. MOVE AWAY THE ANXIETY Remember what most fitness experts know – changing your mind and outlook often means changing your body. When you begin to feel down emotionally, look up to physical exercise to prevent even temporary depression. An impromptu walk can burn off growing anxiety. How about kick boxing? Battle the blues and the bulge with physical activity that makes you feel better and in the zone. FEELING GOOD IS GOOD FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY Make a list of feel-good fitness activities to work into your life and start LIVING! w w w. s p i r i t o f w o m e n . c o m FA L L 2 013 SPI RIT O F WOM EN 3

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