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This blog offers tips to help you boost energy, gain strength, balance work with rest, and live healthier than ever.

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Lose Weight, Sleep Better

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Losing weight can help overweight and obese people improve their sleep quality, according to a new study [PsychCentral.com].

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Tags: Rest, Sleep, Health, Weight Loss

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Health News: Smoking Negatively Impacts Sleep

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As if there aren’t enough reasons to quit smoking, a new study published in the journal Addiction Biology found that smokers don’t sleep as well as non-smokers [HuffingtonPost.com].

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Tags: Rest, Sleep, Health

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7 Eco-Friendly Health Habits

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Going green is about more than just recycling. There are many day-to-day choices that will have either negative or positive effects, and many of them also impact your health. Use the eco-friendly tips below to benefit the environment and improve your overall well-being.

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Study: Using an iPad Before Bed Disrupts Sleep

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Using a tablet device like the iPad or iPad 2 can impact your ability to fall asleep and sleep soundly, according to a small study published in Applied Ergonomics [NYTimes.com].

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How to Sit in a Chair

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While sitting may seem like common sense (after all, you’ve been sitting your whole life), if you experience back pain or shoulder pain or headaches after a day at the office, your style of sitting could be contributing to your problems.

Sitting for too many hours—at work, in the car, or in front of the TV—can take a toll on your body’s muscles and joints, especially if you slouch or sit with your legs crossed or one leg under your butt.

Here’s why: Your spine has curves that act as shock absorbers. When you sit, you round your spine, which eliminates the curves. This creates an unequal distribution of pressure along your spine and back. Over time and with poor sitting habits, this extra pressure can lead to tension headaches, disc problems, and pain in your lower back and shoulders.

Check out the keys to proper sitting technique below, then continue reading to see if you’re guilty of one of the four common seated positions that can hurt your body.

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Tags: Health, Shoulder, Hip, Back, Work, Hip Flexors, Tightness, Posture

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Health News: High Blood Sugar Can Shrink Your Brain

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People with high blood sugar are more likely to experience age- and disease-related brain shrinkage, according to a new study published in the journal Neurology [U.S. News & World Report].

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Tags: Health, Disease

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10 Things Healthy People Do Before Noon

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Even if you’re not a morning person, you’re probably called upon to do your best work between 8 a.m. and noon. So rather than sleepwalking through the morning or relying on quick-fix caffeine solutions, why not position yourself for high performance during the hours before the afternoon doldrums set in? Here are 10 things that will keep you healthy and productive.

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Tags: Goals, Planning, Health

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Study: Obese Job Seekers Have Less Chance of Finding Work

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Your waistline shouldn’t impact your job search, but unfortunately it may be a deciding factor when it comes to gaining employment. A study published online in the International Journal of Obesity showed that when people unknowingly viewed images of potential co-workers before and after weight loss surgery, the candidates were rated more poorly when obese. The resumes were equivalent as far as skills, experience, and education.

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Tags: Health, Weight Loss, Work

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1.5 Billion People Don’t Exercise at Least 20 Minutes a Day

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Physical inactivity is becoming a global epidemic that contributes to obesity and poor health overall, according to series of reports published online in The Lancet [NYTimes.com]. According to one report, 31.1 percent of adults worldwide, or roughly 1.5 billion people, don’t meet the minimum recommendation of 150 minutes of moderate activity per week (about 20 minutes a day).

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Tags: Longevity, Health, Leisure Time, Disease, Home

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Do You Have iPhone Insomnia?

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Turns out your smart phone may be making you sleepy. When Swedish scientists conducted a series of studies on over 4,000 young adults, they found that those who were heavy users of mobile phones or computers were at a significantly greater risk of sleep disturbances, stress, and other mental health issues such as depression.

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Tags: Stress, Gear, Work, Sleep

Blogs

Movement

5 Stretches to Refresh Your Warmup

Try these dynamic stretches to prepare for a better workout.

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Feeling Uninspired? Take a Walk

When you feel your creativity lacking, taking a walk can help you find inspiration, according to a small study from Stanford University researchers.

Nutrition

Q&A: Supplements for Vegetarian Bodybuilders

Three things to know if you train hard and don't eat meat.

Well at Work

Survey: American Employees Skipping Vacation Days for Work

A new survey found that only 25 percent of employees with paid time off took advantage of it in 2013.

The Performance Life

5 Tips to Build Teamwork and Fun Through Obstacle Racing

Here's what you need to know about using obstacle races to build teamwork at work.