Blog Posts by Tips on Healthy Living

  • Can Yoga Improve Your Sex Life?

    One study found that women who practiced yoga regularly for 12 weeks reported a big improvement in a certain steamy quality of life. Downward dog, anyone? From The Big, Fun, Sexy Sex Book by Lisa Rinna and Ian Kerner, Ph.D.

    Lisa likes to say that yoga puts her in touch with her body faster than any other type of exercise. That's not surprising: The meditative stretches and poses of yoga can help get you out of your head and in tune with your body. They're not only a great workout, but can be both calming and rejuvenating. Research even suggests that yoga may help lower blood pressure, ease symptoms of asthma, back pain, and arthritis, and prevent stroke.

    But can yoga improve your sex life? A growing body of evidence suggests that the answer may be yes. Research suggests that yoga has long been used by women to benefit sexuality. And one study, published in the February 2010 issue of the Journal of Sexual Medicine, found that women who practiced yoga regularly for twelve

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  • Do Working Mothers Make More Than Women Without Children?

    The answer will surprise you. And as the household breadwinner stakes continue to rise, The Richer Sex author Liza Mundy shares the key professions where it pays to be a mother, and why.

    For the first time in modern history, mothers in some key professions may enjoy the same earnings boost that fathers have long enjoyed. At the 2011 conference of the Population Association of America, one of the world's leading assemblies of demographers, sociologist Anne McDaniel reported on new data she and Claudia Buchmann uncovered, which showed that in some fields mothers earn more than women without children. It's difficult to gauge from the data why this might be, but any working mother can tell you that people are very productive when they know they have to squeeze in a day's work before child care closes at 6 p.m.

    In an accompanying paper, the authors underlined just how much women's aspirations have changed. In 1980, the most common professional job for women was teaching. Now it's

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  • How to Live to Be 100 Years Old (and Happy!)

    By Dr. Mike Moreno
    Author of The 17 Day Plan to Stop Aging

    Every year, every month, every day, every hour, every minute, down to every tiny second that you are alive, you are getting older. Your body is probably undergoing age-related changes that all too often lead to less energy, painful joints, droopy skin, unsightly wrinkles, graying or thinning hair, and overall declining health. But what if I told you that getting older and the physical process of aging don't have to be so closely entwined? And what if you had the power to slow down the aging of your body systems... so much so that you could actually live to see, and more importantly, enjoy your 100th birthday, or beyond? Allow me to explain.

    I have a different way of looking at health and longevity: one that is organized according to the way your body is organized, and that is by body systems. By "body systems" I mean the networks of organs and tissues that work together to keep you alive-your circulatory

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  • How Much Sleep Do Children Really Need?

    There's a lot of controversy over kids' bedtimes. Should we let them cry until they (finally, hopefully) doze off? Should we let them sleep in our bed? Most children need more sleep than you think-and more than most kids get. David Walsh, Ph.D., author of Smart Parenting, Smarter Kids: The One Brain Book You Need to Help Kids Grow Brighter, Healthier, and Happier, shares how many hours of sleep babies to teens should average.

    A newborn doesn't have much of a sleep pattern because he isn't aware of any difference between day and night. He might wake up at two in the morning ready to go with his eyes wide open while yours are tiny slits. Most babies begin to settle into a regular schedule between three and six months. At that point they develop a sleep/wake cycle in tune with their circadian rhythms, which are affected by the turn of daylight and dark.

    Most children need more sleep than you think and more than most get. The National Sleep Foundation's Sleep in America study

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  • Considering a Marathon? Why You Should Go for It!

    Full and half marathons have been gaining in popularity, and not just because of the health benefits of running. Where else do thousands of people-elite athletes and beginners-come together to challenge themselves both physically and mentally? From The Chi Marathon: The Breakthrough Natural Running Program for a Pain-Free Half Marathon and Marathon by Danny Dreyer and Katherine Dreyer.

    Like an art museum or a symphony, a marathon is a great place to go when you want to feel good about the potential of the human race. Whether you cheer a friend on from the sidelines, volunteer at an aid station, or run the event yourself, you get to witness and experience a side of humankind that is both elemental and exalted. I love being at marathon events because of the singular connection of spirit that bonds everyone. It's manifested as the innate drive to evolve, to better oneself-to be that bridge between heaven and earth, between the invisible and visible worlds, between mind and body.

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  • How to Avoid Rejection from Men

    Unsure about a new guy? His body language will tell you if you should cut your losses and move on. Look for these "uninterested" signals, says Tonya Reiman, author of The Body Language of Dating: Read His Signals, Send Your Own, and Get the Guy.

    In many cases, the absence of interest signs is enough to indicate his lack of fascination with you. For instance, if his feet are pointed away from you; if his face is unanimated, or his pupils are constricted; if his attention lies elsewhere; if he's making no effort to correct his messy clothing; if he's leaning away from you, or he's not mirroring you, you can accurately assume that he's not feeling you (or not wanting to feel you). There are also some other uninterested signals that are more detailed contenders. They include:

    Disgruntled Eye Contact: After initial peeper contact, a woman should watch the direction in which his eyes travel. If he looks to the side or up after leaving an eye lock with her, he doesn't want to try

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  • Lessons of Hope from a 9/11 Survivor

    How often have you heard the phrase "Everything happens for a reason?" Genelle Guzman-McMillan, the last survivor of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, believes that most of life is out of our control-and the best we can do is accept that. From her memoir, Angel in the Rubble: The Miraculous Rescue of 9/11's Last Survivor.

    Take a look at my day on September 11, 2001. I slept well and woke up in a great mood, thanks primarily to making up with Roger a couple of days earlier after a two-week argument. I caught the 7 a.m. train into town, walked the rest of the way into work, turned on my computer, got breakfast, went back to my desk, felt the building shake, spent the next ninety or so minutes trying to figure out what to do, finally made my way down the stairs, and got caught in the midst of the building's collapse.

    It would appear, on the surface, that I was pretty much in control of everything. I decided when to wake up, how to get to work, when to leave for work, to go get

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  • Should You Get Your Child a Smartphone?

    Your child shouldn't have a smartphone until they're in high school, recommends author and Common Sense Media founder James P. Steyer. Learn the risks-from compulsive texting to cheating on tests-and Steyer's tips about when kids are truly ready for a smartphone. From Talking Back to Facebook: The Common Sense Guide to Raising Kids in the Digital Age.

    Teens are under huge pressure to have smartphones with unlimited texting and data plans. Most of their friends probably do, and texting is the only way many of them seem to communicate. Actually talking on the phone is so old school. Thirteen-to seventeen-year-olds text more than any other age group. And kids text everywhere-at school, in the mall, on the bus, at home, and in bed when they're supposed to be sleeping. According to a 2010 study, nearly half of all teens who take their phones to school send a text while they're in class at least once a day.

    Texting can be both impulsive and compulsive. It's easy for kids to lose

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  • The 8 Different Types of Cheaters

    From the "weekend cheater" to the "dirt-bag cheater," authors Maxwell Billieon and Ray J identify the various types of unfaithful men so you don't waste your time. From Death of the Cheating Man: What Every Woman Must Know about Men Who Stray.

    The "Corporate" Cheater
    This is the guy who utilizes his job as his cheating grounds. He finds women that are accessible on his job and business trips. He is normally found to have affairs with his assistant, secretary, or his female business affiliates and uses corporate trips as his cheating portal. A very efficient man, he may often have his side woman help disguise his movements.

    The "It Wasn't Me" Cheater
    One of the most common cheaters…this cheater is foolishly obvious with his infidelities as he usually learns his cheating skills socially from discussing his exploits with other novice cheaters. When caught with another woman, which shouldn't be at all surprising, he will always extol that the guy a woman believes she's

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  • 5 Ways to Renew Your Marriage as Empty Nesters

    The kids have left, and suddenly you feel as if you've lost footing in your marriage, too. Therapist Dr. Steven Craig offers five tools to help couples reconnect during this new stage of life. From The 6 Husbands Every Wife Should Have: How Couples Who Change Together Stay Together.

    1. Explore your new feelings. Figure out what you need in order to feel intimately connected in this stage and find a way to explain those needs carefully to your spouse. Remember, your spouse likely has no idea that you have changed or that you now want things to be different. In fact, he or she probably still believes that what worked in the past will continue to work today. Therefore, it is your job to kindly yet clearly report that things have changed. Note that you must also listen with an open mind to what your spouse wants to change as well.

    2. Make it a point to put romance back in your life. Kiss each other hello and good-bye whenever you can. Call to check in during the day. Embrace

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