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The notion that meditation can foster improved sense of self, compassion, happiness, and focus is thousands of years old, but it’s only now that western science has begun backing it. Small studies of various stress reduction techniques, as well as comprehensive programs, suggest that it’s quite possible to improve many measures of health by making the strong mind-body connection work in your favor.
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It doesn’t take a complicated study to tell us that a lack of sleep affects our cognitive capacities. Sleep is critical for higher cortical function, the most important of which is multitasking. Have you ever gotten behind the wheel after only four or five hours of hours of sleep, and then suddenly found yourself dozing off for a split second or feeling distracted?
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As gyms and health clubs become packed in January into February, millions of resolution-seeking folks work to burn off the festive pounds. Losing weight by getting fit is one of the most common New Year’s resolutions, but it’s also a tricky one to maintain. So, if you’re struggling to make it to that 6am HIIT class, or you’re tempted to skip the gym after work, it may be because you are not exercising at the right time for your body.
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If you’re looking to ‘crush it’ in life, you not only need motivation but you also need to start looking for a fuel source that will last a tad bit longer. That’s right, discipline is what makes or breaks people. Motivation is easy. Anyone can be motivated by a goal or an idea, but it takes energy to do the necessary work. We always hear people talking about how they need to find motivation, but we never hear anyone talking about how they need to find discipline, and this here is the fundamental error.
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The holiday is approaching and, with it, plenty of intentions and resolutions to eat right, exercise more, and lose weight. However, getting from the “before” picture to “after” picture is a realistic long haul that can require an incredible amount of dedication, focus, planning and discipline. But does it have to be that hard? Not necessarily. 
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