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4 powerful ways technology can help make your health goals happen this year

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If you have New Year’s resolutions around health and fitness, you’re not alone Most resolutions centre around this area, but sadly most are abandoned by February. But with some clever technology you can up your chances of success. 1. Count calories One of the most popular resolutions is to watch what you eat, and there are a host of tools available to make that really straightforward. Perhaps the most popular is MyFitnessPal, which has a really clever feature where you can input your food by simply scanning the bar code with your camera – this makes logging food really simple…

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When should you drive to the hospital or call an ambulance?

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When you or someone you care about are hurt or fall sick, you may not know whether to take them to the doctor yourself, or call an ambulance. Here’s what you need to know to decide whether you should take your own transport or call for help. The first thing to consider is the severity of the situation. The biggest question is,  is it a life-threatening situation? HERE’S HOW TO KNOW YOU SHOULD CALL AN AMBULANCE Change in skin colour or skin condition (cold, clammy, etc.) Does the person have Difficulty breathing Is the person experiencing excessive pain Is there heavy…

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Insider tip: The amazing way people now are tracking their health

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Want to know yourself better, so you can make healthier choices and feel better? That’s essentially what the Quantified Self movement is all about. Quantified Selfers (QSs) use various self-tracking methods to measure different facets of their life, which helps indicate specific habits that make them feel a certain way. They’ll track anything from sleep to food, exercise, heart rate, mood, sex frequency, and bathroom observations. The goal is to better understand behaviors, which can hopefully lead to certain personal changes and in turn better health. While the QS movement has increased in recent years, it’s not all that new,…

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4 great benefits of fitness trackers

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Fitness and activity trackers are all the rage, and for good reason; they are a great tool for boosting your overall health by keeping track of how much you’re moving, how much you’re consuming and how close you are to your goals. Here are four awesome benefits of having an activity tracker. Building motivation When you can actually see progress and you’re aware of how far you’ve come by looking through your logs, this really helps to keep you motivated and feel that the hard work is paying off. Set goals specifically for you  We all want to achieve different…

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Trying to quit smoking? Get on top of your self-control first

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Early evidence suggests that exercises aimed at increasing self-control, such as mindfulness meditation, can decrease the unconscious influences that motivate a person to smoke. Scientists are looking to the brain to understand why setting a “quit day” isn’t a surefire way to rid oneself of a cigarette habit. Recent neuroimaging studies have shown that smokers have less activity in the brain regions associated with self-control, raising questions around whether targeting these neurobiological circuits could be a way to treat addiction. Some studies showed how integrative body-mind training could decreases participant’s levels of the stress hormone cortisol, as well as increase…

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Travelling abroad? everything you need to know about vaccinations

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Your reservations are made, flight is booked and your itinerary is exciting and full of exhilarating experiences. However, before you go, get protection from illness. Travel vaccinations are an essential part of holiday and travel planning. What are vaccines? Travel vaccines are injections people get before visiting certain countries to help protect them from contracting serious illnesses. Vaccinations expose the body to germs of a disease and the body responds to the vaccination by making antibodies that will protect you if you are exposed to the disease in the future. You can’t get the disease from the vaccine because the…

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How to winter-proof your fitness routine

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Keeping up your fitness routine can be extra hard in winter because all you want to do is stay on the couch and sip on hot chocolate and enjoy the latest series on TV. However, keeping up with your fitness will allow you to stay energetic in winter and stay in shape the whole year round. Here are a few tips on how to winter-proof your fitness routine Dress for it Update your workout wardrobe with this season’s latest fitness gear to keep you warm. Stock up on warm items such as gloves, headbands, leggings and socks- but make sure…

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Should you get the flu vaccination this winter?

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For most people, flu is unpleasant, but it’s not serious. However, some people can develop potentially serious complications from flu, such as bronchitis and pneumonia. These people are advised to have a flu jab each year. Who should have a flu jab? Pregnant women If you’re pregnant, you’re advised to have the flu vaccine, regardless of the stage of pregnancy you’ve reached. That’s because there’s strong evidence to suggest pregnant women have an increased risk of developing complications if they get flu. It’s safe to have the flu vaccine at any stage of pregnancy from conception onwards. The vaccine doesn’t…

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Dont step on others on the way up-it’s bad for your health

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Climbing the ladder of social status through aggressive, competitive striving might shorten your life as a result of increased vulnerability to cardiovascular disease. And good news for successful types who are friendlier: Attaining higher social status as the result of prestige and freely given respect may have protective effects, the researchers found. In surveys with 500 undergraduate volunteers, hostile-dominant types reported greater hostility and interpersonal stress. Warm-dominant types tended to rank themselves as higher in social status. Both styles were associated with a higher personal sense of power. The psychologists also monitored the blood pressure of 180 undergraduates as they…

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Think it’s safe to SMS while walking? Think again

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Texting and walking is a known danger, but Dietrich Jehle, professor of emergency medicine at the University at Buffalo, says distracted walking results in more injuries per mile than distracted driving. Consequences include bumping into walls, falling down stairs, tripping over clutter or stepping into traffic. The issue is so common that in London, bumpers were placed onto light posts along a frequented avenue to prevent people from slamming into them. “When texting, you’re not as in control with the complex actions of walking,” says Jehle, MD, who is also an attending physician at Erie County Medical Center, a regional…

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