Pleasure vs Enjoyment

What is the difference between pleasure and enjoyment?  It’s a distinction drawn by psychologists in what’s come to be known the “positive psychology” movement. It began about twenty years ago and amongst its chief advocates were/are Mihaly Csikzentmihalyi and his book Flow and subsequently Martin Seligman and his book Authentic Happiness. How to lead a

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Lunchtime Fitness

Exercise is the elixir for many of life’s challenges – it reduces stress, increases energy and helps you sleep better too. The latest Federal government guidelines recommend 30-60 minutes of exercise on most days to maintain or improve your general wellbeing. That’s a tall order given today’s busy schedules. But fit a little fitness into

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Joints in Motion – Marathon Training Walk or Run!

JOINTS IN MOTION If you think participating in a marathon is beyond your fitness level, think again.  Many first-timers, including people with arthritis, do it every year. They gain the needed skills, confidence and camaraderie through the Arthritis Foundation’s Joints in Motion program (JIM). Each year athletes and non athletes train to walk, run, or

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Self-Control Secrets

Self-Control Secrets! It’s not easy to have self-control these days – don’t smoke, eat less, exercise more. At the same time we are bombarded by endless commericals of gooey pizzas and rich chocolate candies. Talk about conflicting messages! It’s a wonder we have any self-control at all.  In my Health Talk, the Seven Secrets of

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Pilates Mat vs Machine, which is better?

Pilates was originally a one-on-one training system.  Today, most people are introduced to Pilates through mat classes.  There are benefits to both but to truly understand the work and gain the benefits; private sessions on the machines can’t be beat. The springs both support and challenge you.  Most of all, with good instruction, you’re taught

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When Foods and Medicines Mix

Do you take it with food?  Without?  Is milk a no-no?  What about grapefruit juice?  Knowing how to take your meds is crucial.  Some foods can interact badly and dangerously raise or lower drug levels in your body.  So the short advice, is read the label and talk to your pharmacist. Here are a few

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Have Your Chips and Eat Them Too!

Want to satisfy that craving for salty crunchy snacking without eating oil laden, high fat, calorie-rich potato chips?  Well, if you tried rice cakes and felt like you were eating puffed air,  have I got a tip for you: shop for snacks in the diabetic aisle Don’t have diabetes you say?  Doesn’t mean you can’t

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