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A quick note about your favorite football-sport team: It’s TERRIBLE!!!

Your team is so bad that when I think about that team, I laugh about it, because the way it runs its plays is all backward. Furthermore, half of your guys are, in my opinion, ill-suited for the sport that they’re playing, which is football, and another sport might be a better choice for them so they should pursue those sports, and not this one, which is football.

Resolutions – Make A Plan

A resolution can be life changing or more dreaded than that leftover holiday fruitcake. If you’ve been working on one for the New Year, here are a few tips for success.

First, make a plan. Victories don’t come without strategy, a solid game plan, and an accountability partner or two. Good intentions and willpower alone won’t cut it.

And forget the quick fix. Lasting change requires long-term effort, so don’t fool yourself into thinking success will be instant. You have to ready yourself for a marathon, not a sprint.

Finally, it’s important to realize resolutions aren’t for everyone. If you’re not genuinely ready to change, you’re setting yourself up to fail. If you’re not sincere, then forget it.

Once you have a plan, a support team and the right mindset, it’s time to turn those thoughts and plans into action.

Stronger Families. Stronger Communities. I’m Dr. Walt Larimore for Shine dot FM.

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Magic Workouts

You’re planning your New Year exercise program and voila! You read about seven-minute and four-minute workouts. Can you really cut your daily exercise to less than ten minutes and still magically reap the benefits?

Not quite—and here’s why. Even if an exercise program is four minutes, you still need a warm-up and cool down period. Plus, short workouts are most effective when repeated at least two or three times.

The other key is intensity. Short programs require a tall effort—with very high intensity. And if you’re just starting to exercise again, that may not even be healthy.

So are four or seven minutes the magic answers? Well, they may be a great first step for some people.

Some workouts are definitely more effective than others, but when it comes to that “magic” one…well, any magician will tell you magic is just an illusion.

Stronger Families. Stronger Communities. I’m Dr. Walt Larimore for Shine dot FM.

You can read additional blogs by Dr. Larimore on this topic here. Just scroll down the home page to find and click on the article in which you’re interested. In addition, you can see Dr. Walt’s twice-daily devotional, Morning Glory, Evening Grace, here. Last, but not least, limited numbers of autographed copies of Dr. Walt’s books are available here.

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Exercise and Sleep

Insomnia is a frustrating condition. Either you can’t fall asleep, stay asleep, or feel rested when you do. But there may be a remedy to your rest that has plenty of other benefits.

 

Research connects regular exercise to better sleep—as long as you put your hope for a quick fix to bed.

 

People who exercise three to four times a week sleep nearly an hour more per night. BUT, results were seen only after sixteen weeks on the program.

 

If you have insomnia, you may be tempted to ask your doctor for sleeping pills. But they certainly can’t help you have a healthier mind, heart, and body like exercise can. And since exercise also helps reduce stress and anxiety, that alone could have you drifting off easier.

 

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Good News Story: Running with the Homeless

Anne Mahlum has turned he love for running into an amazing nation wide ministry. Here how it started and how it’s growing here:

Good News: Running with the Homeless

Exercise… Less?

If you’re trying to lose weight or be the fittest you can be, you may need to exercise… less?

More isn’t always better. You can actually feel worse, increase body fat, and lose strength by exercising too long everyday. A recent study shows people whose daily workouts were thirty minutes lost forty percent more weight than those who exercised for an hour.

“No pain, no gain” isn’t always the wisest approach with your body.

Now keep exercising and don’t be afraid to challenge yourself. But take at least one day off a week, add some variety to your routine, and be wary of lengthy workouts. If anything, talk to your doctor or a certified physical trainer. You may actually reach your goals faster by doing less.

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Sudden Death

Sudden cardiac death isn’t exactly a fun topic. It occurs when the heart unexpectedly stops beating, and death occurs within minutes. But, here’s some lighter news–researchers may have found who has the greatest risk of the condition. And this can help you learn how to prevent it.

People with high blood pressure, an increased heart rate, or a high body mass index had the highest risk.

Now don’t stop monitoring other factors like cholesterol, but follow a bigger plan for your health that includes watching your weight, resting heart rate, and blood pressure.

One way is to stick to, or start a regular exercise program. And see your doctor for regular check ups—don’t be the next surprise victim.

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Treadmill Direction

There are times in life where you feel like you’re going in reverse, but when it comes to some exercise, it may actually be a good thing. A recent study shows benefits from moving backwards on a treadmill or elliptical machine.

When compared to forward movement, backwards walking seems to improve aerobic fitness, while developing stronger leg muscles more rapidly.

Changing directions is actually a good idea for a number of reasons. It challenges different muscles, plus improves agility and coordination. And if you exercise on a treadmill or elliptical, the variety may keep you more engaged in your routine…There you have it–you can make forward progress by going backwards.

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Dogs and Health

Sorry cat lovers. I know you’re fans of your felines, but when it comes to better health, dogs may have something to bark about.

The American Heart Association has connected dog ownership to a reduced risk of heart disease. Dogs were even associated with lower stress levels and a healthier reaction to stressful events.

One simple answer is, having a dog increases the chance you’ll be out walking, but our furry friends provide much more. Pet ownership overall—cats included—has been linked to better physical, psychological and emotional health.

Of course, a pet can only do so much. Ultimately, good health is your responsibility. A sedentary lifestyle, with or without Fido, will leave you in the doghouse.

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Exercise & Blood Pressure

Here’s some encouraging news: a recent report shows that regular exercise significantly reduces blood pressure—in everybody—within just a few months. Your current weight, blood pressure, race, age or if you exercise or not—it doesn’t matter.

Blood pressure decreases with exercise more than other natural methods like cutting back on salt.

If you don’t think about blood pressure, you should. Twenty-five percent of Americans have high blood pressure, which dramatically increases your risk for heart attack and stroke. Even small reductions can make a huge difference in your health and longevity.

The blood pressure benefits are just another reason to start an aerobic exercise program. Now more than ever, the phrase “just do it” applies.

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