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Hate Exercise? Sneak It In

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StretchIt helps your blood flow through your body, increases your range of motion, and may help prevent an injury. And you can do it anywhere, even at your desk during the workday. But keep it gentle. Don’t push to the point of serious pain, and never “bounce” into a stretch. Swipe to advance 2/15 1-Mile RuleIf you live close to town, think of all the places you drive within a mile of your home. In the time it takes to load up the car, drive, find -- and possibly pay for -- parking, you could probably have walked there. In heavy traffic, a walk even might get you there faster. Swipe to advance 3/15 Tense Your MusclesNo time for the gym? No problem. You can do this almost anywhere and in very little time. A typical example: Tighten your stomach muscles for 3 to 10 seconds. Repeat 4 times. Your co-workers won’t even know you’re working out. These exercises may lower your blood pressure as well. Swipe to advance 4/15 Get a Jogging StrollerDon’t feel trapped in the house with the kid. Take her …

In a Funk? Here’s How to Shake It Off

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When You're Feeling DownWe all get in a bit of a rut now and then. You can usually pull yourself out of one with a little self-care. But if feelings of anxiety or sadness regularly cause problems at work or home, talk to your doctor about them. Swipe to advance 2/15 Reach OutMeet a close friend for a walk if you have one nearby. If they’re all too far away, make a call. Talking with someone you care about can help you feel supported and less stressed. Along with lifting your mood, research shows it can strengthen your immune system so your body is better at fighting illness, and it's good for your heart, too. Swipe to advance 3/15 Have a Little Dark ChocolateIt has chemicals called flavanols that can make more blood flow to your brain and may help you think more clearly. But don’t overdo it. Chocolate also has fat and calories and lots of caffeine, too. Just a small square of the dark stuff -- 70% cocoa or more -- 2 or 3 times a week may be all you need. Swipe to advance 4/15 Play Some…

Choose the Right Senior Living Option

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Active Adult CommunityIf you’re healthy and independent but want a house and neighborhood designed for your needs and interests, this might be the right fit. You have to be a certain age, typically at least 55, to rent or buy one of these condos or houses. The communities usually offer social opportunities with your peers, activities, and sports, but no care or other support. Swipe to advance 2/14 Senior ApartmentsAnother option for independent seniors is to rent an apartment in a building that doesn’t allow kids or young adults. These can be high-end and costly or designed for people on a tight budget. They may have perks like a gym or pool, but they don’t have any care services. Swipe to advance 3/14 Independent LivingThis type of community might be right for you if you’re able to take care of yourself but want someone else to do the cooking and cleaning. They typically offer meal plans as well as services like laundry, transportation to shopping areas or doctors’ appointments, and hou…

Do These Things Help or Hurt Your Mouth?

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A Sparkling SmileIn ancient times, people cleaned bits of food from their teeth with slender twigs that were frayed at the end. Today, we have so many options, from home remedies to hot trends, that it can be hard to know what works and what can do more harm than good. Swipe to advance 2/14 Baking Soda and PeroxidePeople have been trying this combo to clean and whiten their teeth for generations. But it’s hard to get the mixture right. If the peroxide is too strong, it may irritate your teeth and gums. And the baking soda, which is a little harsh, can wear down enamel (the hard outside part of your teeth). Swipe to advance 3/14 Green TeaThis has been a favorite drink in Asia for more than 4,000 years, and with good reason. Researchers have found that, in addition to other possible health benefits, green tea can help your gums and teeth stay healthy. That may be thanks in part to a chemical in it that helps your body fight inflammation. Swipe to advance 4/14 Sugarless GumIf you chew a piece of …

Signs You May Have a Herniated Disk

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What Is a Herniated Disk?The bones of your spine, called vertebrae, are separated by rubbery disks. If one of them tears, you have a "ruptured" disk. When the jelly-like substance inside leaks and pushes on a nearby nerve, it's called a "herniated" disk. Swipe to advance 2/12 What Causes It?It's often hard to know exactly what makes a disk break open. It could be that you lifted something heavy and strained your back. A simple awkward turn or twist could do it, or even a fall or sudden hit to the body. Sometimes it's just aging. As you get older, your disks start to lose water, which means they don't flex as well and may tear more easily. Swipe to advance 3/12 What Are the Symptoms?You might notice a sharp pain that shoots from your rear end down the back of your leg. Your leg or foot could feel weak, numb, or tingly. In the neck, a herniated disk can send pain, tingling, and numbness down your arm and into the muscles between your neck and shoulders. Swip…