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Health and Wellness - Tip 47 - Pamper Your Feet

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Posted by Kirsten - 5/23/12
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Read on to hear about how to take care of those tootsies! You can read our past Health and Wellness posts on the blog.

Our feet are with us for life. If we wear them out, it's not like we can ask for another pair. But even so, most people tend to neglect their feet. It's just not something that we think of as needing special attention. The truth is, if we don't pamper our feet, we could be opening ourselves up to chronic foot problems later on.

Some basic guidelines for taking care of your feet are:
* wear supportive shoes (going barefoot or wearing shoes with no arch support is detrimental)
* if you have adorable flats with no arch support (like me!), buy inserts
* wear the appropriate size shoe for your foot (get measured)
* put your feet up whenever you get the chance
* get a foot massage (and while you're at it, a pedicure!)
* don't ignore foot pain. see your doctor if pain persists.

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Feet need re-energizing throughout the day. From Discovery Fit & Health, here are a series of foot exercises you can do while sitting:

Foot Relaxer: Start by relaxing and loosening the muscles and joints of your feet by shaking them (the same way you'd shake out cramped muscles in your fingers and hands). Then wiggle your toes, first on one foot, then the other.

Foot Press: With your feet on the floor, take your shoes off and place one foot on top of the other. Press the top one down toward the floor while pulling up with the bottom foot -- but don't let your feet separate. This can be a little tricky!

Toe Tap: With your feet on the floor, tap your toes, or pretend that you're pressing down on a pedal, first with one foot, then with the other foot.

Toe Writing: With your feet on the floor and your shoes off, use your toes to "write" the letters of the alphabet, from A to Z, on the floor.

The Grip: With your feet on the floor and your shoes off, try picking up a pencil or pen with your toes. Or try picking up a marble (if you happen to have one lying around).

Please note: Kirsten Corcoran is not a health and wellness expert by trade but as a beauty product and health and wellness junky of 10+ years, has much information to share on these topics!

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Health and Wellness - Tip 46 - Resistance Exercises

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Posted by Kirsten - 5/16/12
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Happy Wednesday, readers! You can read our past Health and Wellness posts on the blog.

As women, we tend to focus our exercise around cardio. Walking, running, swimming... these seem to be what we gravitate towards. It is probably because there is a common misconception that cardio burns fat, but really, the combination of cardio AND strength training does the trick. Increased muscle boosts your metabolism. When we reach menopause, it becomes even more important to focus on resistance exercise because the decrease in estrogen causes bone loss for a period of time. By following through with regular resistance exercises, we can reduce the effects of the estrogen drop and even reverse the bone loss which causes osteoporosis. So let's get into good habits now!

From emedicinehealth,com, "Resistance training is any exercise that causes the muscles to contract against an external resistance with the expectation of increases in strength, tone, mass, and/or endurance. The external resistance can be dumbbells, rubber exercise tubing, your own body weight, bricks, bottles of water, or any other object that causes the muscles to contract."

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A fun way to work this into your routine is to take a class at a local health club with a friend! But resistance training can easily be done in the comfort of your own living room. Just pop in a DVD and let that be your guide!

Check out this list of the top 5 exercises you can do that don't require anything special!

Please note: Kirsten Corcoran is not a health and wellness expert by trade but as a beauty product and health and wellness junky of 10+ years, has much information to share on these topics!

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Health and Wellness - Tip 45 - Replace Your Pillows

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Posted by Kirsten - 5/9/12
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Happy Wednesday, readers! You can read our past Health and Wellness posts on the blog.

Whoa! I just heard that you are supposed to replace your pillows anywhere from once a year to every few years! I can't think of the last time our pillows have been updated. The problem is that, despite the pillowcase, our body oils soak in and bacteria and dust mites develop. Ewwww.

There are some things that you can do to prolong the life of your pillows (and protect yourself from them). One response from answers.yahoo.com shares these tips:

* use two pillow cases to help better protect the pillow
* clean your pillows every 6 months (check the label for care instructions)
* dry pillows completely after washing to avoid more bacteria

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And I'm going to leave you with a disgusting fact. Over 50% of the weight of your pillow may be dead skin, mold, mildew, fungus, dust mites and dust mite feces. So please, keep your pillows fresh!

Please note: Kirsten Corcoran is not a health and wellness expert by trade but as a beauty product and health and wellness junky of 10+ years, has much information to share on these topics!

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Health and Wellness - Tip 44 - Spare the Air

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Posted by Kirsten - 5/2/12
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Let's help the environment today! You can read our past Health and Wellness posts on the blog.

Air pollution is a big problem. Not only does it harm the environment but it is a detriment to our health. Why wait until a spare the air day to take action? From sparetheair.org, here are some things that you can do to help:

* Walk or bike instead of drive
* Take public transit and read a book during your commute
* Call 511 to find rideshare opportunities
* Take your lunch to work and avoid mid-day driving
* Offer a ride to a friend or coworker
* Combine trips - your car emits more pollution right after a cold start
* Keep your car well-tuned and your tires inflated
* Drive smoothly, this saves fuel and lowers emissions
* Drive the speed limit, higher speeds mean more pollutants
* Consider purchasing a reduced-emission vehicle, such as a hybrid.
* Use an electric or old fashioned push lawn mower
* If you can't put off mowing with a gas mower, do it late in the day
* Use a broom instead of a leaf blower
* If you barbecue, use a gas grill instead of charcoal
* Turn off the lights and any other appliances you can do without
* Use water-based paints

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Air pollution affects us all, but for some it is worse than others. Those particularly affected are people with heart or lung disease, respiratory problems, pregnant women, outdoor workers, children under age 14 whose lungs are still developing, the elderly, and athletes who exercise outdoors. Long-term effects of air pollution are lung issues and development of diseases, so let's do what we can to keep each other safe!

Please note: Kirsten Corcoran is not a health and wellness expert by trade but as a beauty product and health and wellness junky of 10+ years, has much information to share on these topics!

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Health and Wellness - Tip 43 - Be Positive

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Posted by Kirsten - 4/25/12
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Read on to hear about something easy we all can do! You can read our past Health and Wellness posts on the blog.

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I love this photo! These blocks say it all! The thing is, we are what we think. If we are constantly negative, that is the kind of life we will lead so why not turn it around and be positive? I think from every negative thing that happens in our lives, we should be able to pull one positive thing from it. Like maybe it took you in a different direction than you had set out on but one that is rewarding nonetheless. Or maybe it taught you a valuable lesson. Or maybe it caused you to meet someone new who will become a dear friend. Who knows. But the thing with being positive is that you will feel better no matter what the circumstance! You will be happier, more fulfilled, and more able to tackle whatever life throws at you. We all get in a funk sometimes which is okay, but this is a little reminder to take a deep breath and think positively. It's contagious!

Please note: Kirsten Corcoran is not a health and wellness expert by trade but as a beauty product and health and wellness junky of 10+ years, has much information to share on these topics!

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