Health

Get a great workout without lifting a finger

By George I. Traitses Who says it takes all kinds of effort to stay in shape? Sometimes the best exercises are so simple they don’t even require you to lift a finger. Actually, we’re talking about great lower-body exercises that tone, tighten and keep your hips, glutes, hamstrings and calves looking great using only your 

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Four ways to keep kids moving

By Dr. George I. Traitses 1. Lead by Example Common sense and science suggest that as parents, we exert a tremendous influence, for better or worse, on our children. When it comes to exercise, an adult couch potato effectively nurtures a child couch potato, who then becomes yet another adult couch potato years down the 

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It’s great to be gardening

By Dr. George I. Traitses If you think gardening (the produce-yielding variety) is reserved for people with vast acreage and limited or no access to grocery stores and other modern conveniences, keep in mind that a garden begins with nothing more than a handful of soil, a few drops of water and the seeds of 

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Beat high blood pressure with Yoga

By Dr. George I. Traitses If you are looking to lower your blood pressure, yoga might be the answer. A new study has found that yoga has countless benefits for people who have high blood pressure. The study was presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Hypertension recently. By simply practicing yoga, 

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Sweating through summer: How to work out the right way

By Dr. George I. Traitses Summer’s almost over, bringing ample opportunity to get into great (or even better) shape without even trying. After all, a full day at the beach, park, pool or lake can burn hundreds to thousands of calories while toning and tightening every muscle in your body, depending on the activities you 

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A laugh a day keeps the stress away

By Dr. George I. Traitses It’s often said laughter is the universal medicine. Certainly a good chuckle can cheer us up when we’re feeling blue. Now, researchers have shown that even anticipating a laugh helps reduce stress. A group of researchers found that anticipating laughter releases two specific hormones: beta-endorphins (the family of chemicals that 

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Seven back-saving tips for gardeners

By Dr. George I. Traitses Warmer temperatures and sunny days have finally arrived and so have the first flowers of spring! This might entice you to do a bit of gardening. Understandably, most gardeners are anxious to plunge their hands into the dirt and get growing. Gardening can be an extremely rewarding pastime, but it 

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Raise your hand if you have back pain

By Dr. George I. Traitses As adults, we get used to a variety of daily or near-daily aches and pains, particularly as we age. But what about our children? Don’t they seem immune to many, if not all, of the pain complaints we have – despite the fact that for the most part, they’re exponentially 

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Enjoy those summer berries year-round

By Dr. George I. Traitses One of the great things about summer is the availability of sweet, ripe and delicious berries. Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, cranberries, gooseberries and mulberries, just to name a few, can be found in abundance at your local grocery store or, better yet, in your garden. While we tend to enjoy 

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Perfect your posture, improve your health

By Dr. George I. Traitses Ever try balancing a book on your head (for more than a second)? To do it, you need more than just patience; you need ideal posture. One hundred and thirty thousand years ago, when residents of the planet possessed complete Neanderthalic characteristics, posture wasn’t really that high on the list 

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