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Health and fitness briefs, June 17
Oklahoman Modified: June 16, 2014 at 3:15 pm •  Published: June 17, 2014

Health briefs

Try this: The gift of silent support

A friend shared this children’s sermon with me:

Sally was late coming home from school. Her mother was worried, and when she finally walked in the door, she wanted to know where she’d been. “I was walking home and my friend Susie was sitting on the curb crying because she’d broken her doll, so I stopped and helped her.” “You helped Susie fix her doll?” “No, I couldn’t fix her doll, so I sat beside her and helped her cry.”

When a friend or loved one is experiencing a trauma or severe difficulty in life, sometimes the only thing we can do is be present. Try holding their hand, give them a hug, or help them cry. When you don’t know what to say, say nothing. Just be there.

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

Jump on the bandwagon

Need to refresh your strength routine? How about picking up a resistance band? Rubberized resistance will help you perform functional total-body exercises, refresh a stale routine and give you the toned results you’re working for. They also function as a great post-workout stretching aid. Plus, what other piece of exercise equipment can fit in your suitcase with almost no extra weight? Hello, hotel workout!

Benefits of bands:

Resistance bands offer the same benefits of other resistance exercises without being cumbersome and heavy.

If you use proper form and a challenging level of tension, your muscle fibers won’t know the difference between weights or bands. Even better, bands can offer more muscle recruitment because you can use multiple muscle groups at once. Try a squat with a bicep curl. Try a lunge with an overhead press. They increase coordination and build buff muscles!

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