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Physical Activity

How to Overcome the Panic and Anxiety of Joining a Gym


Although I’m a strong advocate of running outdoors, I’m not at all opposed to joining a gym (especially when exercising outside or even in your home just isn’t an option). They’re full of all the equipment you want and need, they’re great places to meet new people, and -- let’s face it -- Netflix marathons aside, going to the gym gives you a much better reason to wear those sweats.

However, joining a gym can be intimidating -- for some (like me), it can even cause panic and anxiety.

Even so, I decided to join a gym this year as part of my physical wellness plan, and my experiences shopping around helped me figure out a few tips for joining a gym that might help you, too.

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Product Reviews

Book Review: ‘Yoga Sparks: 108 Easy Practices for Stress Relief in a Minute or Less’


Raise your hand if you participated in the 108 Sun Salutations during the Spring Equinox this past weekend.

If you didn't feel like you were up to it (or, opted not to for physical health reasons such as hip-related problems) or just didn't have time (don't get me started on that, though!), fret not: author and registered yoga teacher Carol Krucoff has put together 108 yoga practices anyone with a minute -- literally, one minute -- can do.

Learn more about Carol below, but for now, let's talk about her awesome little guidebook, Yoga Sparks: 108 Easy Practices for Stress Relief in a Minute or Less.

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Diet

Brain Food Recipe Review: Sweet Potato Latkes


First of all, I love sweet potatoes.

My God, do I love sweet potatoes.

Second of all, sweet potatoes are packed with carotenoids which, in addition to giving them their orange color, also act as antioxidants that protect cells from damage and help form Vitamin A -- the vitamin important for sprouting new neurons and helping those neurons find each other and form new connections.

So, naturally I had to try this Vegetarian Times recipe for sweet potato latkes (which are sort of like pancakes).

You can see the entire write up over at Vegetarian Times: Sweet Potato Latkes, but below is my summary (and review).

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Diet

The Dark Side of Chocolate

As I mentioned during February's Monthly Meditation, Valentine's Day has never really been my thing; however, that doesn't mean there aren't some lessons we can learn from all the lovey-dovey-ooey-gooiness spewing out this month.

Today?

The benefits of dark chocolate, specifically how some studies suggest:


Dark chocolate can help lower your blood pressure.
The antioxidants within dark chocolate can help fight off free radicals, which are connected to health ailments like heart disease.
Dark chocolate can help boost serotonin and endorphins.


Bonus?

Some sources believe the...
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Research

Calm Down! 30 Relaxing Songs to Help You Chill Out While Driving


Need to calm down during high-demand driving situations?

According to the National Institute of Health, "listening to music can positively impact mood while driving, which can be used to affect state and safe behaviour."

Well, duh. The calmer the tunes, the calmer the mood.

However, a recent study published by Ergonomics suggests that you don't want to dilly dally around when switching over from Slipknot to Coldplay:

The current study shows that during high-demand drives, drivers are calmed more effectively using abrupt music changes compared to gradual music changes. This is illustrated by reductions in physiological arousal and improved driving behaviour. Hence, in-car music presentation can be used as a tool to improve driver's mood and behaviour.

So the take-away is, switch over sooner rather than later.

But...what songs do you choose? When you're stuck in a traffic jam or freaking out a little in a tight construction zone, which songs soothe you best?

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Body Image

Product Review: ‘Hungry for Change’ Documentary


Have you watched Hungry for Change yet?

A few Saturday nights ago, I had nothing better to do than sit in front of Netflix (sad, I know, but let's stay on topic here). As I flipped through the new releases, a documentary called Hungry for Change caught my eye.

I suppose it was the documentary's cover image, a happy chick holding a grocery bag full of whole foods wrapped with a measuring tape, that caught my eye.

Because my grocery bags have been looking more and more like that lately (see Can Clean Eating Help Restore Hormonal Balance?), it seemed potentially up my alley.

So, what's Hungry for Change all about?

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