Use an Ancient Japanese Technique (Jin Shin Jyutsu) to Reduce Stress

Jin Shin Jyutsu is a method of allowing energy flow by holding each finger.
 
Hold each thumb with the opposite hand for a minute or so to reduce worry.
 
Hold each index finger to reduce fear.
 
Hold each middle finger to reduce anger or rage.
 
Hold each ring finger to address grief or sadness.
 
Hold each pinky finger to increase joy.
 
Reducing stress is good for your overall wellness, and these are easy techniques you can use anywhere.
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Neuromuscular Massage can Help Frozen Shoulders

Frozen shoulder, also called adhesive capsulitis, is a painful condition caused by inflammation and a buildup of scar tissue. Pain and stiffness gradually worsen until the shoulder loses range of motion, or becomes “frozen.”

Left untreated, frozen shoulder often gets better, but it takes a very long time to heal, often years.

Neuromuscular massage can help restore range of motion which will lessen pain, and shorten the ultimate time of recovery.

Exercise is the Most Effective Preventative Strategy to Fight Chronic Conditions

Heart disease, stroke, diabetes and dementia can all be made less devastating by getting your heart rate up.

Use a device to remind you to get up and stand or take a walk. Your smartphone has a timer, a fitness band will remind you of how many steps you took during the day. Use whatever means you need to break the cycle of sedendary behavior and get moving.

Exercise will help you be a healthier, stronger, and longer-surviving version of yourself.

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Ways to Sit Less at Work

Instead of sending an email, get up and walk to a colleague’s desk. Personal interaction is good for your mood, too.

Drink more water! Besides keeping your hydrated, having to visit the bathroom will make you move.

Set an alarm to remind you to get up every 30 minutes. A simple egg timer or the timer on your smartphone can work. Even if you get up and stand and stretch every 30 minutes, you’ll be better off than remaining sitting.

Get a breath of fresh air a couple of times a day. Take 5 minutes and go outside. Then stretch while you’re out there.

Every time you move, you make your cells more responsive to insulin and your arteries less likely to stiffen.

If you can get your heart rate up for 15 minutes twice a day, even better.

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Olive Oil is not the Only Healthy Oil

Avocado oil is popular because of its high smoke point. That makes avocado oil ideal for high-heat cooking.

Sesame oil, a staple of Asian cooking, is ideal for light sauteing.

Toasted sesame oil has a bold taste, and is often used as a season, and not as a cooking oil.

Flaxseed oil is a delicate oil that spoils quickly, so it must be stored in a dark, airtight container in the refrigerator. It is ideal for cold preparations such as salad dressings or dips.

Walnut oil becomes slightly bitter when heated, so it’s ideal for salad dressings, or for adding flavor to pasta salad.

Look for cold-pressed or unrefined oils, even though they are more expensive because they are less likely to be treated chemically. Keep fresh oils in the refrigerator or in dark containers away from heat. Refrigerated oils should be brought to room temperature before using.

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If you Diet, Weight Training is Important

Recent studies have showed that people who were on a diet and did aerobic exercise (even just walking) were more likely to lose muscle than if they did no exercise at all.

Dieters who did weight training often lost more fat than those who dieted alone, and did not lose as much muscle as those who dieted and did aerobic exercise.

Losing muscle can lead to loss of strength and stability which can lead to falls.

Strength training doesn’t have to involve an expensive gym membership. Using resistance bands or lifting cans found in your pantry can be enough to keep muscles active and healthy.

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Watch for Dehydration in Your Older Relatives and Friends

It’s important to make sure older adults drink enough water every day.

Older people often do not feel thirst as quickly as a younger person does. Older adults who have difficulty communicating, should be watched for the signs of dehydration because they cannot communicate their thirst to caregivers.

If your older adult needs assistance to drink, make sure that you have glasses that are not too heavy, or too difficult to hold, and straws are sometimes ncessary to facilitate drinking without choking.

Medications such as diuretics which are commonly prescribed to older adults, can lead to dehydration.

Older adults who have a sudden change in behavior, especially if they become non-communicative, should be evaluated for dehydration. All too often dehydration is misdiagnosed as dementia.

Make sure your older adult drinks at least 8 glasses of 8 ounces of fluids a day, even if it means more trips to the bathroom. Good urine output is a sign that dehydration is being reversed.

Dehydration in older adults can be deadly. Once organ failure sets in, approximately 50% of older adults will die from it.

Drink up! Push the fluids. Save your older relative or friend’s life.

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