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Act “FAST” If You Suspect A Stroke

Act “FAST” If You Suspect A Stroke

Time is everything in the event of a stroke. The quicker treatment is started, the better the outcome. Yet far too many people do not act rapidly enough if they (or someone they are with) are exhibiting stroke symptoms.   Researchers looked at stroke patients who arrived at Emergency Rooms from 2003-2010 and found that

Sleep & Exercise – A Long Term Relationship

Sleep & Exercise – A Long Term Relationship

Don’t think that going to the gym randomly will help you sleep better that night.  A recent analysis of people with insomnia revealed that the benefits of exercise as a way to improve your sleep come only after months of regular activity. Kelly Glazer Baron, a clinical psychologist and director of the behavioral sleep program

Breakfast: The Most Important Meal of Your Life?

Breakfast: The Most Important Meal of Your Life?

Just published in the American Heart Association magazine, Circulation, a large, 16-year study finds men who reported that they skipped breakfast had higher risk of heart attack or death from coronary heart disease. Even after accounting for modest differences in diet, physical activity, smoking, and other lifestyle factors, the association between skipping breakfast (or eating

How Much Exercise is Enough? Just 150 Minutes a Week!

How Much Exercise is Enough?  Just 150 Minutes a Week!

Recent studies show that just 2 ½ hours of exercise a week can help keep you healthy and strong.  In fact, that amount can be done over any duration to get the benefits. “The findings indicate that it does not matter how adults choose to accumulate their 150 weekly minutes of physical activity,” Dr. Ian

Are You Nostalgic? It’s Actually Good For You!

Are You Nostalgic?  It’s Actually Good For You!

Recalling past experiences has been shown to counteract feelings of loneliness, boredom, and anxiety.  In addition, nostalgic thoughts also make you feel warmer, according to recently published research. Dr. Constantine Sedikies of the University of Southampton used his own nostalgic feelings for his previous affiliation with the University of North Carolina to pioneer research into

Can Ice Cream Be Healthy?

Can Ice Cream Be Healthy?

  A question for the ages.  Like most everything, it’s a question of perspective.  If you try to avoid ice cream, some of the alternatives can be unhealthy as well.  And portion control is also a factor. Cynthia Sass is a registered dietitian with master’s degrees in both nutrition science and public health. Frequently seen

You’re Hot! Temperature-wise.

You’re Hot!  Temperature-wise.

The effects of overheating yourself can come upon you suddenly.  So while enjoying the outdoors is usually beneficial for you physically, mentally, and socially, you should be prudent about how warm it is and listen to your body. We Suddenly Solos sometimes find it hard to admit that we are “tired” when we are with

Yoga + Guys = Broga!

Yoga + Guys = Broga!

Even though there are many benefits to yoga, the fact of the matter is (at least for us guys) is that it is often extremely difficult to do… gracefully.  And when you factor in that your rear end is often directly in some woman’s line of sight, you are easily tempted to just grab your

Pills and You

Pills and You

Although you don’t have to be a Suddenly Solo to take prescription medicine, it certainly seems like you do!  I know I take two different meds a day (not including vitamins), and I consider myself to be healthy!   And as we age, it’s likely we will be juggling a few pills on a regular basis

Is Stretching Before Activity Always Good?

Is Stretching Before Activity Always Good?

Most of us have had it drilled into us that we should always stretch before undertaking activity.  Well… Recent research has shown that prolonged stretching (i.e., touching your toes and holding a pose for 30 seconds or more) can actually reduce performance and not necessarily reduce your potential for injury. A study published in the

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