12 Exercise Swaps to Help You Break Through a Plateau

by LINDA MELONE Last Updated: Jan 19, 2017

You know the routine: squats, lunges, leg curls, pushups, etc. You don’t realize you’re on autopilot until halfway through your workout when you find yourself checking your phone, oblivious to the person waiting for you to finish your set. Not only are you bored, but so are your muscles. Doing the same routine for months on end guarantees you’ll reach a plateau. It’s time to shake things up with new approaches to the same old same old. On the next slides, top experts provide ways to swap out your tired workout with some fresh moves to build strength and stability and bust through plateaus to make strength, performance and stability gains.

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16 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Sleep

by Satyapriya

If you were to live to be 78 years old, you would sleep for about 25 years of that. Scientists continue to study the process of sleeping, one of the most essential activities for human beings, and have found out some very interesting facts. Here are 16 that you probably didn’t know.

“Sleep and dreams are a bit like water and food to the psyche, to the soul, to the mind.” ~ Dr. Rubin Naiman, author of Hush: A Book of Bedtime Contemplations

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Winter Essential Oils For Emotional And Physical Well Being

Winter can be a difficult season on our emotional and physical health. After all, the days are shorter and darker, it’s pretty freezing in most parts of the Northern Hemisphere, and colds and the flu abound!Research on essential oils has shown that many have specific antiviral and antibacterial effects. For example, a study reported in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2010 showed that a blend of wild orange, clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary significantly suppressed the influenza virus. Other oils like thyme have shown similar effects. One study reported that thyme can be considered a potential antimicrobial agent for the treatment of some respiratory tract infections.

Winter is also a moment in time when we can feel pretty blue: The key is to release feel-good chemicals in our brain (like dopamine). Inhaling essential oils may just be one of the most effective ways to relieve depression, increase energy, improve health, and just feel good overall. This is because essential oils have direct pharmacological effects systemically via the blood supply to the brain. They also have an indirect effect via the olfactory nerve pathways into the brain.

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