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  • The Real Dangers of a Sedentary Lifestyle

    by Debi Silber, The Mojo Coach | January 6, 2016

    couch-potatoWe all know we need to move and if you’re like many of us, moving more may be on your mind as you begin this New Year.

    Sometimes we need a little jumpstart, an incentive to get up and get going. Here are a few facts about the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle that may just give you what you need to get moving:

    Increased risk of colon and breast cancer: One study showed a 40% decrease in cancer mortality in persons who were physically active compared to those who were inactive.

    An increase in insulin resistance: A recent study reported that for every 2 hours per day that a person watched TV, the risk of type 2 diabetes increased 14%.

    Decreased brain health: One study reported that there was a 50% reduction in the risk of dementia in older persons who maintained regular bouts of physical activity. Read more

  • Staying Stress Free During the Holidays

    by Paula Gallagher | December 9, 2015

    relaxThe holidays are supposed to be festive, fun and a time for family and friends. Yet for many, this season is the most stressful time of the year. Planning meals, vacations, buying presents, and everything else can wear the mind and body down.

    Practicing these simple suggestions can help us deal with this potentially difficult time and stay stress free during the holidays.

    Practice 10 minutes of deep breathing each day.

    Plan some time alone. Read a good book. Go for a nature walk. Color! Research has found positive effects with the use of mindfulness therapy on stress factors in the body. Read more

  • 10 Simple Tips to Prevent Holiday Weight Gain

    by Debi Silber, The Mojo Coach | December 8, 2015

    holiday-party-foodThe holidays are here, a time for family, friends... and lots of food. Many of these foods are special to the holidays and we often want to celebrate by enjoying these special sweets and treats. For some, certain holiday foods or desserts bring us right back to the comfortable place where we originally feasted on them. For others, it’s simply a time to put our healthy eating on hold until the New Year.

    Is there a way you can enjoy this time of year and still prevent holiday weight gain? Yes! It’s all about preplanning, so here are 10 simple tips for a healthy and weight-gain-free holiday season:

    1. Travel Wisely: Will you be traveling? If so, before you leave for your trip, be sure to pack some healthy snacks and drinks. While there may be plenty of fast food and convenience stops along the way, chances are what you pack will be more nutritious and healthier than what you’d find at most rest stops. If you’re traveling by plane, the same idea applies. While you may have access to some healthy choices at an airport restaurant or store, long lines and other last-minute delays may prevent you from having time to get what you need. Read more

  • Keeping an Open Mind

    by Debi Silber, The Mojo Coach | November 4, 2015

    open-mindHope you’re having a great week. Here’s today’s tip: stay flexible and keep an open mind. Being open to new ideas, avoiding rigidity and allowing the possibility of doing things differently can put you on a path even better than the one you’d imagined. When we stay rigid and inflexible we can let newer, better and more interesting opportunities pass us by. Sure, you may have done things a certain way for so long, but sometimes it’s worth taking an objective look and asking yourself, “How’s that working for me?”

    For example, maybe you’ve been exercising the same way for years – but are you getting the results you want?

    Maybe you’ve had certain rules and ideas about parenting. Now that your kids are older, do those rules need to be reevaluated and updated? Read more

  • Stress is a Heavy Topic: The Link Between Stress and Weight Gain

    by Debi Silber, The Mojo Coach | September 23, 2015

    stressUnderstanding the Causes of Stress and Our Reactions

    Stress can contribute to aging, weight gain, illness and disease. In other words, stress makes us sick, fat, old and exhausted.

    Have you noticed, for instance, a connection between feeling extra stressed and gaining a few pounds, especially around the midsection? That’s because there’s a link between stress and weight gain.

    By understanding when you’re prone to stressing and what to do about it, you will not only feel healthier, but also a little lighter on your toes.

    When you’re stressed, it’s unlikely that you want to devote any extra effort or energy to reading labels, pre-planning healthy meals or snacks, or making healthier food choices. When consumed with stress, you want relief and don’t want to think about the extra work involved in creating healthy habits. It seems too big a task and you don’t have the energy to take on anything additional because you already feel overextended and overwhelmed. Read more

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