Health and Fitness briefs for July 15

Health and Fitness briefs for July 15
Oklahoman Published: July 15, 2014
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Health, Fitness briefs

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We all know poor communication is bad for your health. Evidence suggests that communicating effectively enhances our health and self-esteem, nurtures our relationships, and helps us cope with stress.

Try this simple exercise with a partner: You each get to talk for three full minutes about anything you want. When it is your turn to listen, give the other person your total attention.

Just listen. Lean forward toward the speaker, make eye contact occasionally but don’t stare.

Try not to judge what the other person is saying.

Don’t interrupt.

After the exercise discuss how it feels to be the listener and how it feels to be listened to. Being a good listener is not so easy, so practice, it’s good for your health.

Source: Molly Ross, executive director, Integris James L. Hall Jr. Center for Mind, Body and Spirit

Weekly Fit Tip

What are the benefits to working out at night?

We hear so much about morning being the best time to work out.

But what about the night owls in the crowd?

Some of you simply can’t function like a normal human being before 7 a.m., and some of you have no choice but to work out at night because of your schedule. So let’s give a shout out to those who sweat past sunset and find out why it can be a good idea.

No crowds, no rush:

With everyone trying to fit in a pre-work work out, gyms are crowded in the morning. Come past 8 p.m. and you’re the king or queen of the place. No fight for treadmills, no wait for dumbbells, and no line at the showers. Plus, when you don’t stress about making it to work on time, you can focus on your workout instead of watching the clock.

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