Archive | May, 2015

Brain Twister Week 4!

29 May

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Week 3 Answer: Left

Count the num­ber of times that the let­ter F appears in the fol­low­ing sentence:

“Finished files are the result of years of sci­en­tific study combined with the expe­ri­ence of years.”

 

 

 

 

Answer: 6

Exercise and Physical Fitness

23 May

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Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. It can help

  • Control your weight
  • Lower your risk of heart disease
  • Lower your risk for type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome
  • Lower your risk of some cancers
  • Strengthen your bones and muscles
  • Improve your mental health and mood
  • Improve your ability to do daily activities and prevent falls, if you’re an older adult
  • Increase your chances of living longer

Fitting regular exercise into your daily schedule may seem difficult at first. But even ten minutes at a time is fine. The key is to find the right exercise for you. It should be fun and should match your abilities.

Article Published in Medline Plus: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Brain Twister Week 3!

21 May

Week 2 Answer: C

In which direction is the bus pictured below traveling?

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Stay tuned for the answer in next week’s brain twister…

Challenge Yourself With HAWA’s At Home Total Body Workout

17 May

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  1. 50 jumping jacks
  2. 25 crunches
  3. 25 squats
  4. 50 bicycle crunches
  5. 20 wall pushups
  6. 20 tricep dips
  7. 10 burpees
  8. 20 lunges
  9. 30 second plank

Repeat 2-3 times

For workout demonstrations check out HAWA’s Pinterest board “May Fitness Challenge” https://www.pinterest.com/HealthAsWeAge/may-fitness-challenge/

Brain Twister Week 2!

14 May

Week 1 Answer: C and D

Let’s now exercise our occip­i­tal lobes (visual inter­pre­ta­tion and rotation). Please pick the piece that’s missing from the diagram on the left.

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Stay tuned for the answer in next week’s brain twister…

Smart Sipping

9 May

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As we all know, watching what we eat is so important to our health, yet we easily forget to watch what we drink! Some of the things we drink everyday are loaded with chemicals, artificial flavoring, sugar and fat that leads to health problems and weight gain (even if you are sticking to a strict diet).

Soda:

• Fills you with sugar and empty calories

• Diet soda may have less calories but can still lead to weight gain

Tip: Try to cut soda out of your diet completely, or limit to one every other day

Fruit Juice:

Can have as many calories as soda

• Provide you with vitamins and antioxidants but with a lot of added sugar

Tip: Look for 100% fruit juice only

Vegetable Juice:

• Contains about half the calories in juice

• Filled with nutrients but also an abundance of sodium

Tip: Choose juice with pulp to add fiber that controls hunger

Milk:

• Calcium aids in weight loss

• Improves bone health

Tip: Stick to low-fat, skim, or nut milks like almond or cashew milk

Black Coffee:

• Better source of caffeine than soda or energy drinks

• Calorie free

• Rich in antioxidants

• Can improve mood and concentration

• Lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer

Tip: Do not drink coffee after 3pm to avoid insomnia

Fancy Coffee:

• Adding heavy cream, flavored syrups, or whipped cream fills you with fat and sugar

• Can contain up to 570 calories per cup

Tip: Avoid flavored sugary syrups, whipped cream and whole milk

Brain Twisters Week 1!

7 May

The box pictured below has been folded together from one of these four choices. Which one?

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Stay tuned for the answer in next week’s brain twister…