The talk these days is of new research saying you need to exercise for just five minutes a day. No need to hit the weights, the track or the rowing machine to stay fit and healthy. Back in the 1950s, the Royal Canadian Air Force introduced two sets of exercises for its air staff devised by the pioneering sports physiologist Dr. Bill Orban. They were intended for air crew who needed to keep fit but had been posted to remote bases with no gym. Both sets are a combination of stretching, sit-ups, back extensions, and push-ups with running in place providing an aerobic exercise component. The idea is that you perform these exercises for only 12 minutes a day to achieve a reasonably high level of fitness. 

It can be daunting when your list of New Year’s resolutions is as long as your holiday shopping list. Not being able to keep your resolutions by February, March or even late January may increase your post-holiday slump. However, it is important to remember that the New Year isn’t meant to serve as a catalyst for sweeping character changes. It is a time for people to reflect on their past year’s behavior and promise to make positive lifestyle changes. 

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While the most wonderful time of the year, the holiday season is also when many families reevaluate the security of their home. Besides the obvious (and, unfortunately, expensive) choice of a variety of home security systems, there is also a wealth of easy ways to ensure your abode stays safe, private, and secure at little cost.

Maintaining the ability to work and earn a living, independence, and self-sufficiency in daily life and leisure time will become increasingly important over the coming decades. A crucial factor in this is sustaining a high individual strength capacity. The challenges facing elderly people (>60 years) do not differ from those facing younger people. The elderly need strength training more and more as they grow older to stay mobile for their everyday activities.

Cinnamon is more than just a Christmas flavor, and garlic can be used for more than spaghetti. Natural and herbal remedies can help shorten the duration of cold and flu, and maybe even prevent them. This blogger's suggestions will get you feeling better faster!

Don't sit on your VHS tapes too long

Don't sit on your VHS tapes too long! There’s nothing like watching old home movies of your children’s first steps, dance recitals and beach trips, but you may not be able to view them any longer because VHS videos are rapidly deteriorating. Most analog tapes have a shelf life of no more than 10 to 30 years, depending on how well they were stored. In time, a tape loses color, quality and crispness. Eventually, the tape can become brittle and break as it’s played. All those Christmases you recorded in the 1980s and 1990s may soon become unwatchable unless you do something now to preserve them.

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Did you know that taking a class in just about any subject can improve your cognitive abilities, rejuvenate your memory, and provide fun all at the same time? Recent scientific studies clearly show that senior citizens who stay mentally active enjoy all of these rewards. Challenging our brains to grow new cells can take place at any age. For that matter, we can build new connections which help our problem-solving abilities as well as memory. The more it's used, the better the brain does.