February is International Boost Self-Esteem Month, and boosting your self-esteem is great for fighting depression and anxiety and is good for your overall mental wellness.
Boost your self-esteem by avoiding negative self-talk. How do you label yourself? Stupid, intelligent, ugly, beautiful? Avoid being too critical of yourself and fight negative thinking.
When you’re feeling like you’ve failed, celebrate what you’re good at. Are you a great friend, partner, co-worker, parent, pet-lover? Remind yourself of your accomplishments.
Humans have flaws, and that’s okay. Knowing what you’re not good at can help you improve, communicate, and avoid unnecessary struggle.
Don’t forget self-care to boost your self-esteem. Does taking the time to choose your outfits the night before help you feel more put together and confident? Does reading the news help you feel more informed? Put aside time for these kinds of things.
Set goals that are achievable, and then, celebrate your accomplishments. Incremental, little goals help you reach big goals one step at a time. And when you make progress, reward yourself!
Compliment others. Just like giving gifts, giving genuine compliments to others will make you feel good and look for the best in the world.
Go work out to boost your self-esteem. Not only will you feel and become less out of shape, but exercise also releases endorphins that make you happier and more energetic.
It’s National Cholesterol Education Month again! Use the resources of Million Hearts, a national effort to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes in the U.S.
Women can make a commitment to protecting their hearts with The Heart Truth.
Subscribe to Heart Insight, the free digital magazine that has great info for heart patients and their families.
New innovative cholesterol drugs can be expensive, but they’re making progress for some, via Forbes.
A long-term review of cholesterol-lowering drugs shows just how effective they are, via CBS News.
Test your Cholesterol IQ with this quiz and make sure you know the facts.
Use this Interactive Cholesterol Guide to brush up on how to protect your heart.
September is Go4Life Month! There are 4 different kinds of exercises for you to focus on for it.
Check out these exercises for endurance.
Plan for your future by setting up a free account with Go4Life to set goals, make plans, and track your progress.
Check out these exercises for strength.
Need a little inspiration? Check out how people, like Diane P. who started playing hockey at 65, go for life.
Check out these exercises for balance.
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Check out these exercises for flexibility.
June is Scoliosis Awareness Month, to help you learn more and catch it early.
Early detection is key to helping sufferers avoid a lifetime of complications. Catching it early can help stop its progress while kids are still growing.
2 to 3% of the American population, about 7 million people suffer from scoliosis, the curvature of the spine.
Scoliosis is the most common spinal deformity in the U.S., and in 85% of the cases, we don’t know the cause.
People of all races and genders can suffer from scoliosis, but women are 8 times more likely to suffer from a serious enough case to need treatment.
Scoliosis usually starts between the ages of 10 and 15, but can be slowed or stopped with non-surgical treatments while kids are still young.
It was International Scoliosis Awareness Day yesterday! Learn more about it and its treatments.
Scoliosis screenings are a simple test to check for normal appearance in the spine. Make sure your kids go to regular doctors appointments to get checked!
There’s something special about being part of a group. Spoken or unspoken, you rest easier knowing, “We’re in this together.”
You experience that feeling when you exercise in groups, too. Research shows those who sweat socially, like with a workout buddy, are more likely to stick with their fitness plan and see success.
In a Baylor University study, after teaching 53 female college students a specific weight-training workout, the researchers told them to do it on their own 3-days a week for 6 weeks.
Can you guess what happened? Every single one of them quit the study.
A workout buddy doesn’t guarantee success, but it makes success more likely, a review of 87 studies on 50,000 people found this link to be clea).
Still not convinced? Here are 5 more reasons to think about grabbing a friend and workout buddy before hitting the gym:
- Time flies. This isn’t to say your 60-minute workout will be easy, but instead of constantly watching the clock, you can catch up on each other’s lives between sets, laugh, and have fun.
- No more Debbie Downer. Who likes canceling plans with a friend? If your workout partner is counting on you to be there, you’ll be less likely to bail.
- Share a babysitter. If your gym doesn’t have a kid center, share the cost of a sitter.
- Keep perspective. Most of us are hard on ourselves. When you have workout buddies, they can help you see your progress and remind you of how far you’ve come.
- Stay on track. Not only do friends help you see how far you’ve come, they also keep you thinner. Harvard University researchers found that a person’s risk of becoming obese goes up by 2% for every 5 obese friends or family members he or she has. Yikes!
Give social sweating a try, and let us know what you think.
And if you’re looking for a gym to join, check out our Fitness Discounts section.