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.

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.

At Home Facials

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.

Natural Motivation vs. Self Motivation

Many people wake up refreshed and ready to move, motivated to exercise for the sheer pleasure it brings them. Working out is a mood booster that leaves them feeling energized, and without it, they feel restless and uncomfortable. For these people, exercise is an innate pleasure, important to their sense of well-being.

Why Music Pumps Up Workouts

Nothing can brighten your day like hearing a favorite song. Music lifts your spirits, and can give you an instant jolt of energy. That’s useful because during a workout, music soothes unpleasant feelings brought on by intense exercise.