5 Hacks For A Healthier Week — Dec 28 2014

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Don't fret if you can't get all your exercise time in this holiday season: A new study shows that just one workout can still have a long-term impact on your health; it can even protect against the development of chronic diseases. The workout studied was a 45-minute session on a stationary bike — so, you don't need to be doing bootcamp drills to get benefits. (Self)
Wanting to live a healthier life is a noble ambition, but it's also kind of nebulous and, therefore, difficult to accomplish. To check in with your specific health knowledge, try out the free Hi.Q app. Its quizzes on all things fitness, nutrition, and medicine will make sure your wellness know-how is up-to-date.
Here's something to put a worrying mind at ease: A study recently found that those of us who tend to ruminate more might also be more verbally intelligent. Finally, at least one upside to being a little anxious a lot of the time.
Your holiday layover doesn't have to be a drag — if you're flying through the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, that is. With its ample selection of meals — including veggies, fruits, and hearty grains — it was named the healthiest airport in the U.S. by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Sea-Tac and LAX came in just behind. (Well + Good)
It's easy to be aware of your breathing while you're holding a tree pose, but making sure your inhales and exhales are on point during strength-training exercises can make those moves easier, too. To get more out of your weight-lifting sessions, try watching your belly in the mirror — if it's rising when you inhale, you're using core-stabilizing diaphragmatic breathing. (Shape)

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