Health Tips

Skip Energy Drinks When You're Tired

Energy drinks contain up to five times more caffeine than coffee, but the boost they provide is fleeting and they often come with unpleasant side effects like nervousness, irritability, and rapid heartbeat. Also, these drinks often contain high levels of taurine, a central nervous system stimulant and upwards of 50 grams of sugar (that's 13 teaspoons worth!).  All that sweet stuff spikes blood sugar temporarily, crashing soon after, leaving you feeling foggy and sluggish- and reaching for another energy drink.

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Vary Your Workouts
 
The body gets very comfortable when you always do the same workout. You have to keep varying your exercises, and they have to be an age-appropriate mix of aerobic exercise, muscle training, and stretching.

 

 

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Did you know that bike riding sends more kids aged 5-14 to the hospital than any other activity? But don't lock up the bikes just yet. Safe riding is possible by following some basic tips. 

 
Wear a helmet! Be a good example and wear one, too.
Check bikes regularly for proper tire inflation and to make sure nothing has come loose during rides.
Teach children to walk their bikes across streets and intersections.
Riding on the right side of the road, with traffic-not against it- is safest.
Close toed shoes are best and avoid long or loose clothing that may get caught in the spokes or chain.

Be sure to get the proper size bike for your child. Check this link for some great tips on bike fit for kids.

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Go Home Already!
 
You may not be able to get out of working overtime once in a while, but don’t make it a habit. Working too many long hours is associated with a greater risk of anxiety and depression, which can harm health.

 

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