Ditch those Winter Blues!

As the seasons change, so can your mood. For some, the shorter days and longer nights trigger the “winter blues,” a form of depression called seasonal affective disorder (SAD). This usually occurs at the same time every year, and people who live in places with long, cold nights are at greater risk.
 
Like all forms of depression, it occurs more often in women than men. Symptoms build slowly, and intensify as autumn’s splendor bleaches to winter white. Jazzercise Founder and CEO Judi Sheppard Missett recommends taking steps to keep your mood and motivation steady throughout the year.

Dance Steps for Your Brain

Aging gracefully is like a well performed dance; it requires repetition and challenge— both mentally and physically. Loss of motor skills and memory can be avoided with exercise and mental stimulation, the keys to a youthful body and mind.
 
A flexible body and fluid mind are hallmarks of youth, and Jazzercise Founder and CEO Judi Sheppard Missett says that besides being fun, dance is a mind-body experience that requires focus, coordination, and learning new moves.  All of these skills can slow down the aging process.

Tasty Thanksgiving Tips

Celebrate the harvest season and thank your family and friends by serving a bounty of nutritious options this Thanksgiving. Overindulgence often goes hand-in-hand with the holiday season so in case your loved ones can’t resist, save them the guilt with these low calorie recipes. They’re delicious and nutritious too!
 
Along with a beautifully roasted turkey, dress your holiday table with an abundance of colorful food. Jazzercise Founder and CEO Judi Sheppard Missett says that eating healthy can be just as filling and satisfying as those high calorie favorites.

A Lemon A Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Have you ever dipped an apple into lemon juice to prevent it from browning? That browning process is called oxidation, and the same thing happens inside our bodies. Lemons minimize the damage caused by oxygen exposure because they are a rich source of antioxidants.


Put Your Fresh Face Forward

Just like our bodies, our skin needs regular maintenance to stay healthy. Gravity, environmental toxins and ultraviolet light cause damage, especially to our face. Even though professional facials are relaxing and effective, they can be costly.

Beauty Tips On A Budget

Nature is your skin’s best friend, and its worst enemy. We get a dose of vitamin D just by being outside, but environmental toxins, the sun’s ultra violet rays, and allergies can send your beauty regime into overdrive. Brand name beauty products can be expensive, and they don’t always do what they promise.


Decoding Fat and Calories on Nutrition Labels

Nutritional information can be found on most forms of processed food. The black and white Nutrition Facts panel on packaged foods lists total calories, fat, cholesterol, sodium, carbohydrates and more. Labels such as “trans-fat-free,” and “fat-free” tout health benefits, but aren’t always the best food choices.

Sensational Summer Salads

Long summer days filled with sunshine and outdoor activities leave us yearning for light meals that don’t heat up the kitchen. The following salads serve four, are delicious, and provide the nutrients your body needs to recover from those sweet, summertime adventures.

Slim Down for Summer Countdown

Memorial Day is the official opening of swimsuit season. If thoughts of exposing your body make you want to hide in the dark, the following suggestions will steer you back into the light.

Spring Cleaning: Are Detox Diets An Effective Weight Loss Tool?

When spring rolls around, people often clean their bodies just as they would clean their homes. For thousands of years people have detoxified as a way to remove harmful substances from the body. Today, detox diets are one of the cornerstones of alternative health, and for some, a quick way to lose weight.

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