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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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A Compelling Case for Taking the Stairs

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Spending just two minutes a day climbing stairs can help you avoid gaining an extra pound each year, according to the New York City Health Department. Need encouragement? A new study in theAmerican Journal of Preventative Medicine found that placing a sign that reads "Burn Calories, Not Electricity" next to the elevator increases stair usage by up to 35 percent.

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Tags: Energy, Walking, Conditioning

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How to Reinvigorate Your Resolution

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Are you finding yourself fully committed to your healthy resolution this year, or beginning to slip back into old habits already? Here's a tip: Support your larger resolution with small, simple, action-based resolutions. The seven resolutions below will help reinvigorate your commitment to be healthier and fitter. The best part: Each resolution takes no more than 10 minutes.

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Bone Health: It’s Not Just for Seniors

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When it comes to health and performance, bone health does not draw nearly the attention it deserves. That’s unfortunate says Diane Schneider, the author of The Complete Book of Bone Health, since paying attention to bone health early in life can pay dramatic dividends down the road. Schneider, an expert on bone health and a former professor of clinical medicine at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, says our genes determine 60 to 80 percent of our bone health.

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Tags: Vitamins, Nutrients, Youth Fitness, Family, Health, Disease

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10-Minute Resolution: Fit in a Quick Workout

Trying to go from very little exercise to hour-long workouts can be overwhelming, and it’s one reason many people fail to adhere to their ambitious fitness resolutions. Another resolution wrecker: overcrowded gyms—they, too, can make your workouts longer than necessary. Here’s a solution to both.

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10-Minute Resolution: Take an Afternoon Break

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It’s easy to spend hours at your desk laboring over paperwork and projects without realizing that you haven’t eaten, had a drink, or taken a break. We challenge you to unchain yourself from your desk for 10 minutes each day. This mental break will allow you to clear your mind, give your brain a break, and refocus. Below are a few simple things you can do during your 10-minute aftenoon break.

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Tags: Work, Relaxation

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10-Minute Resolution: Take Two Trips to the Water Cooler

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Drinking water is one the simplest (and most important) ways to improve your health. Not only does drinking water improve focus and boost energy, it also can help control your weight. This week, schedule two five-minute water breaks each day (set reminders in Outlook for the morning and afternoon).

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Tags: Hydration, Beverages, Health

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25 Resolutions for Couples

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You don’t smoke or drink. You work out and are in a relationship. So what do you have to resolve? Rather than make another unfulfilled promise, here’s your new resolution: Make one with someone else. Anything that was once tedious to do on your own now becomes a more enjoyable, cooperative effort. Taking a walk after dinner or a class together are solid but obvious moves. Here are some others to consider for a healthier and more efficient new year:

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Tags: Goals, Motivation, Planning, Family, Health

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10-Minute Resolution: Stretch for 5 Minutes Twice a Day

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Sitting at a desk all day can ruin your posture and leave you feeling tight all over. Squeeze a couple stretching breaks into your day to loosen up, refocus on sitting tall, and reduce your risk of pain and injury as a result.

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Tags: Stretching, Flexibility, Family

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12 Healthy Stocking Stuffers

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Great gifts should make you feel better, not just when you unwrap them, but throughout the year. The gift guide below includes healthy gift ideas from our store and partners, plus some other healthy products we like.

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Tags: Health, Gear

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10-Minute Resolution: Take a Walk Every Day

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Want to be more active in 2012? A simple way to start is by fitting in 10 minutes of walking each day. A brisk walk can help boost your energy levels, burn calories, and provide you with a basic routine to build on.

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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.