Life

Take a siesta

Feeling sluggish? Take a nap. Short 15 to 20 minute power naps can increase reaction time, boost critical thinking and rejuvenate the mind.

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Fitbit: wireless fitness tracking

Fitbit is a wireless device that automatically tracks your calories burned, steps taken, distance traveled and sleep quality. Unlike a pedometer, the Fitbit Tracker uses a MEMS 3-axis accelerometer that measures motion patterns. The device syncs wirelessly to your computer to keep tabs on your exact movements, so you can learn how active you are and how to tweak your exercise habits to meet fitness goals. The Fitbit Tracker is available at fitbit.com for $100.

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Adopt a pet

Thinking about bringing a pet into the family? Researchers at the American Psychological Association say that pet owners are happier, healthier and better adjusted than folks who didn’t have a dog or a cat.

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Making the Journey Together

I am making a commitment to myself, my family, my friends, my coworkers and you, Truckers News readers — it is time to get healthy and stay healthy! Please join me on this journey.

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Ice cream alternatives

Ice cream alternatives: Make healthy summertime treats by freezing pureed fruit in ice molds. Another approach: string fruit like grapes and cantaloupe onto bamboo skewers and pop them in the freezer.

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Sweat out anxiety

How do you get rid of nervous energy and anxiety? Sweat it out. Researchers found that regular exercise can help dissolve panic in people who suffer from anxiety.

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Increase pain tolerance

How to increase your tolerance to pain: sit up straight. Submissive postures like slouching may intensify physical discomfort, says new research in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. Adopt a dominant position to increase your body’s ability to deal with pain.

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Yogurt tip

Cut sugar by skipping flavored yogurts and top plain yogurt with honey and fruit instead.

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Cooking product: induction cooktop

This Burton cooktop uses magnetic waves instead of microwaves to heat food. It reacts to magnetic pans, such as steel or iron, and heats up instantly. Since there’s no open flame or glowing heat element, it makes cooking in the cab of a truck safer. The Induction Cooktop is portable and can be plugged into a 110v power outlet. The LED display shows 10 power levels and temperature levels from 140 F to 450 F. ...

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Fidget for fitness

Fidget for fitness. Researchers say that moving around constantly throughout the day can have a good effect on one’s cardiovascular fitness.

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