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The right time to ex­er­cise your mind might just be dur­ing lunch hour: Re­searchers found that a mere 15 min­utes of chair-based yoga or med­i­ta­tion per­formed in a typ­i­cal of­fice set­ting im­proved sev­eral phys­i­o­log­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal mark­ers of stress, such as heart and res­pi­ra­tion rates, blood pres­sure, and per­ceived stress. Source: Ev­i­dence-Based Com­ple­men­tary and Al­ter­na­tive Medicine In a study of post­menopausal women with pre- and stage

1-hy­per­ten­sion, 1 cup of blue­ber­ries eaten daily for two months was shown to re­duce blood pres­sure and ar­te­rial stiff­ness. Source: Jour­nal of the Academy of Nu­tri­tion and

Di­etet­ics Nope, you don’t need to run marathons to im­prove your health. In fact, re­cent re­search sug­gests that just 20 min­utes of brisk walk­ing each day could add an un­told amount of years to your life— and re­duce pre­ma­ture death risk by up to 30 per­cent. “Brisk” is de­fined as 3 to 4 miles per hour, which, for an av­er­age-sized per­son, burns about 100 calo­ries. Source: The Amer­i­can Jour­nal of Clin­i­cal Nu­tri­tion A study pub­lished ear­lier this year in the Bri­tish Jour­nal of Sports Medicine found that peo­ple who reg­u­larly walk in groups have lower blood pres­sure, rest­ing heart rate, and to­tal choles­terol, as well as a re­duc­tion in body fat. “The mer­its of walk­ing— in­clud­ing low­er­ing the re­cur­rence of some can­cers—are well known, but th­ese find­ings show that the dy­nam­ics and so­cial co­he­sion of walk­ing in groups may pro­duce ad­di­tional ad­van­tages,” said Sarah Han­son of the Univer­sity of East Anglia’s Nor­wich Med­i­cal School, one of the study’s lead au­thors. “Peo­ple who walk in groups also tend to have a more pos­i­tive at­ti­tude to­ward phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, a shared ex­pe­ri­ence of well­ness, and say they feel less lonely and iso­lated. Tak­ing reg­u­lar walks can also be a cat­a­lyst for adopt­ing other healthy be­hav­iors.”

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