Health and fitness briefs, June 3

Health and fitness briefs, June 3
Oklahoman Published: June 3, 2014
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IN BRIEF

TRY THIS: Look for the good

in difficult times

If we live long enough, we all will experience some kind of sadness, difficulty or brokenness. It may be emotional, mental, spiritual, financial, physical or maybe a broken relationship with a spouse or a child, but it will happen. How we handle life’s struggles helps us grow, learn and become more loving, compassionate people. As painful as it might be, try to find the lesson, gift or blessing you may receive as you move through the dark times of life. Remember to ask for help. Try keeping a gratitude journal. Learn to forgive, look for new opportunities — and appreciate what you have rather than think about what you’ve lost. If you are feeling sad or broken, reach out. You may just find a gift during a very difficult time.

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

Get lean while you clean

Whether it’s spring cleaning or part of the maintenance needed to keep things organized and looking good, you can use the heavy lifting of household chores to get in shape. Depending on your weight, you can burn between 215 and 315 calories from 30 minutes of carrying and moving boxes.

But don’t toss your form out the window. Just like you consider your stance during gym exercises to be important, the same goes when lifting boxes. Here’s how to do it the safe way:

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