Mind Body & Spirit

Memorial Day tips

Many of us will be throwing a great Memorial Day cookout or a weekend getaway to start off this Summer. Memorial Day signifies the beginning of a season; a time of grilling, baseball and sun tans. Cookouts and travel can sometimes spell disaster for those of us trying to stay healthy. Here are a few tips to keep on track this holiday weekend.

1. Half your plate should be fruits and vegetables! Summer is a great season for fresh, local ingredients. Try a new fruit or vegetable this weekend.

Health benefits of confidence

We all know how to stay healthy: Eat your veggies, exercise regularly, wear sunscreen and … be confident?

The last one may surprise you, but recent studies show that people who exhibit confidence are generally healthier and tend to live longer.

That’s because confidence is a positive emotion (as are joy, gratitude and hope) and positive emotions have countless health benefits for your mind, body and spirit.

Phynna’s race day success

Saturday, April 25, was the final day of Phynna’s journey with Norton Sports Health as she participated in the Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon.

In the week leading up to the race, Phynna ran two miles a day and made sure she stretched before each exercise.

“It’s getting close to race day. At this point I’m trying to put into practice everything that I have learned so far from [the] Norton Sports Health team,” she said in her journal entry on April 22.

4 good reasons to get 40 good winks

An old Irish proverb offers some pretty sound advice: A good laugh and a good long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.

Too many people in the United States are chronically tired. The National Sleep Foundation reports that as many as 47 million are sleep-deprived. Half don’t get the recommended minimum 7 hours of sleep daily, and 70 percent of U.S. teenagers don’t get the 9 to 10 hours they need.

Getting closer to the finish line

As each passing day brings the race a little closer, Phynna begins to buckle down on her training. As a level 1 runner, it is important for Phynna to stay active. Level 1 is for first-time runners/walkers and the training generally includes three to five days of running/walking per week and a maximum weekly mileage of 20 to 40 miles.

As Phynna continues training, she is learning the importance of pacing herself and not being too concerned with her speed. On a run she completed March 9, she had an average speed of 3.4 mph and a maximum speed of 5.6 mph.

Looking for a healthy date night idea? Try yoga

I married my high school sweetheart and we have two amazing children. But between both of us working full time and parenting full time, date nights don’t come easy like they use to. We’ve traded dinner nights out and parties with friends for watching movies on a laptop if we can even stay up long enough to make it through opening credits. We’ve also traded peaceful nights for uninvited stress and sleeplessness. I know I’m not alone. Most busy families are just like mine.

Learn to control your anger before it’s too late

I keep trying to understand some of the stories I’ve seen in the news lately.

Why were the lives of three college students in North Carolina taken in a dispute over a parking space?

What could possibly make a dad in Canton, Ohio, so angry at his wife that he would throw a coffee mug at her, missing her and killing their 2-month-old son?

Or, here in Louisville, Kentucky, how could one man’s road rage become so intense that he would take the life of another man he didn’t even know?