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SUM 2018

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the buzz Go On, Get Happy How much exercise does it take to boost your mood? Less than you think, according to a new study T en minutes. In the time it takes you to catch up on your Facebook feed or sort through a stack of bills, you could boost your happiness levels. How? Get your blood pumping, say researchers from the University of Michigan. (And to specify: That's 10 minutes per week, not even per day.) Loads of past research has shown that regular physical activity can lower one's risk of depression and anxiety. To build on that, researchers analyzed the results of 23 existing studies to see if exercise can actually boost someone's mood, and, if so, how much it takes to do so. They found that no matter the activity—be it running, yoga, or general aerobics—engaging in as little as 10 minutes of exercise per week made a "significant difference" in improving a person's spirits. Researchers note that their findings don't prove cause and effect, and that additional physical activity is needed to reap the many other health benefits associated with exercise (the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, recommends at least two and a half hours per week of moderate- intensity exercise for adults). Even so, they say, if you need a quick pick-me-up … get moving! Sweat It Out Steeping in a sauna is plenty relaxing. But did you know it might also reduce your risk of suffering from a stroke? A study published recently in the journal Neurology found that people who took a sauna between four and seven times a week were roughly 60 percent less likely to experience a stroke than those who took only one. During the 15-year study, researchers at the University of Bristol in the UK tracked 1,628 adults living in Finland—a country in which saunas are frequently found in people's homes. Participants answered questions about their sauna use and other lifestyle factors and were given a health evaluation at the start of the study. By the end of it, 155 people had experienced a stroke. Data showed that those who visited the sauna most often—between four and seven times per week—experienced 2.8 strokes per 1,000 people, compared to 8.1 strokes per 1,000 people who visited the sauna just once a week. Unrelated research has found that saunas can benefit the body in myriad ways, from stimulating the immune system and reducing stress and inflammation to lowering blood pressure. Study authors say the latter benefit likely contributes to these findings. Try this! TO RELAX. For an easy at-home massage, Reader's Digest recommends utilizing tennis balls. Fill a long tube sock with a few, tie off the open end, and roll the sock back and forth across your back (like you're drying off with a towel). You could also roll a pair of them under your feet for a quick foot massage. 6 { summer 2018 } h o u s e c a l l s

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