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4 Ways to Feel Your Best While Watching the Big Game

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(StatePoint) While athletes are displaying feats of strength on the field, for those watching the Big Game at home, it’s more typical to be partaking in cheesy dips, chips, fried foods, beer and other not-so-good-for-you indulgences. However, there’s no need to fumble when it comes to your healthy habits. Check out these four tips to feel your best during and after the Big Game:

1. Plan in Advance: It can be a busy weekend leading up to the Big Game so being prepared with a game plan for the day is the way to go. Start by making a grocery list ahead of Sunday so you can go to the store and purchase only the things you need -- this will help ensure you’re sticking to your plan and budget.

2. Get Moving: The game lasts hours, but that doesn’t mean you need to park yourself on the couch the entire time. Aid digestion and avoid stiffness by using commercial breaks, half time, and pre- and post-game commentary to stand up, stretch, hydrate and move around.

3. Stay Hydrated: Don’t just stock your bar with the usual brews and sugary party cocktails. Take a cue from the pros and be sure to also include clean, healthy, hydration drinks.

For some of the world’s top athletes and teams, including former MVP quarterback Patrick Mahomes, their sports drink of choice is BioSteel. This is for good reason. BioSteel’s lineup of sports drinks are all made with zero sugar, essential electrolytes and without harmful colors and preservatives. And it’s not just the pros who can reap these benefits. Made for everyone from elite athletes to health-conscious consumers, BioSteel is a clean and healthy way to maintain hydration levels throughout the day.

Another bonus? BioSteel sports drinks come in an eco-friendly Tetra Pak that uses a plant-based cap. Plus, the brand has a range of great tasting flavors to help satisfy everyone’s hydration needs during the Big Game, including Rainbow Twist, Blue Raspberry, Mixed Berry, Peach Mango, White Freeze, and the new limited-edition Cherry Lime. To learn more, visit biosteel.com.

4. Make Smart Swaps: A good coach knows when it’s time to make substitutions on the field. Likewise, you can learn where and when to make healthy substitutions in your Big Game spread while still enjoying all your favorite snacks and treats.

Making a pot of chili? Switch to lean ground turkey or go vegetarian. Top your bowl with fresh chopped scallions, lime wedges and fresh radishes, which can add crunch without the fat or sodium of tortilla chips. Opt for grilled chicken kabobs over deep fried wings and create your dipping sauce using Greek yogurt. Packed with calcium, protein and probiotics, yogurt not only provides a creamy, delicious alternative to sour cream, it’s also good for you.

While notorious for being a day to gather and overindulge, you can make a few smart spectating tweaks to ensure you bring your A game to the Big Game.

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¿Sufre de “estancamiento invernal”? El yoga y la meditación pueden ayudar.

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(BPT) - ¿Le aqueja un caso de “aburrimiento”?

La temporada festiva llegó a su fin. La agitada actividad de esos días se ha transformado en inactividad. ¿Y esas resoluciones? Tal vez no hacer tanto ejercicio. Los días son más cortos. No estamos recibiendo tanto sol. Estamos aislados, tenemos frío, estamos irritados.

¿Y ahora qué?

Estudios recientes han demostrado que el Kundalini Yoga y la meditación reducen el estrés y la ansiedad, ayudando a combatir el estancamiento, la tristeza, los rompimientos, los bajones y las decepciones.

Pero aquí está la mejor parte: es lo suficientemente fácil como para que cualquiera pueda practicarlo, en cualquier lugar y en cualquier momento. Todo lo anterior, cuando se siente desmotivado, puede ser crucial.

3HO, organización que promueve el Kundalini Yoga y la meditación en todo el mundo, tiene instrucciones para realizar decenas de kriyas, que son conjuntos de prácticas, técnicas principalmente simples de control de la respiración y posturas suaves, que se practican para lograr un resultado específico.

La meditación que se describe a continuación tiene el propósito de levantar el ánimo, al reducir el cortisol producido en exceso por su organismo cuando está estresado. Según Harvard Health Publishing, después de solo una o dos semanas de meditación regular, debería ver un cambio notable en su estado de ánimo y nivel de estrés.

Comencemos aquí.

Postura: Siéntese en una posición cómoda con la columna vertebral recta. Entrelace los dedos para que las puntas de los mismos se ubiquen en el espacio entre los dedos de la mano opuesta. Extienda los dedos índices, presiónelos juntos y enderécelos. Sus pulgares deberán cruzarse entre sí cómodamente. Sostenga sus manos a la altura del pecho.

Enfoque: Mantenga los ojos abiertos. Concéntrese en la punta de la nariz.

Mantra: Cante Wahe Guru Wahe Jio. No se estrese si no puede pronunciar bien. Imagínese que la palabra Wha sake de su ombligo; la palabra Hey de su pecho; y la palabra Guru de sus labios. Siga la misma secuencia y ritmo con Wahe Jio.

Tiempo: Continúe durante 3 minutos. (Puede trabajar hasta 31 minutos, si lo desea).

Final: Inhale y retenga el aire. Concéntrese en el sonido del mantra. Exhale. Inhale, retenga el aire y permítase sentir la fuente de su tristeza. Exhale y déjela ir.

Inhale, retenga el aire y sienta la preciosidad de la vida.

Exhale y déjela ir. Relájese. ¡Eso es todo!

No es difícil ser amable con nosotros mismos.

Todos deberíamos hacerlo más a menudo.

Para obtener más información sobre Kundalini Yoga y otros kriyas, visite 3HO.org. La tristeza invernal no debe confundirse con el Trastorno Afectivo Estacional (SAD). Si cree que puede estar sufriendo de SAD, hable con un profesional médico para obtener asesoramiento. Si usted o alguien que conoce tiene pensamientos o sentimientos suicidas, llame a la Línea Nacional de Suicidio al 1-800-784-2433.

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Americans Lose 200 Hours of Sleep Over Debt Stress, Survey Finds

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(StatePoint) A new research study looking at how debt affects daily lives reveals that the true cost of debt is more than making the minimum payments. Having debt can also be detrimental to mental and physical health, and impact life decisions.

Commissioned by National Debt Relief and conducted by OnePoll, the survey finds that the average American loses over 200 hours of sleep annually over their outstanding financial obligations and has three “debt nightmares” a week.

In fact, seven in 10 feel like a “black cloud” hangs over them when they have to pay a bill or loan, and 71% feel debt has permanently affected them mentally. Those surveyed report an increase in anxiety (38%), stress (33%) and moodiness (32%) because of their debt problems, and 69% of respondents who have been in debt say it’s made them withdraw from the things they love.

The survey also reveals a vicious cycle -- while 77% of people would feel guilty spending money on leisure items knowing they’re in debt, three in five respondents also admit to feeling pressured to spend money they can’t afford to hide their financial situation.

Unfortunately, debt is not just personal. The survey suggests that debt can also place a burden on families and couples. In fact, people worry about debt so much that nearly three in five have even considered putting off marriage to avoid inheriting their partner’s debt and 54% believe having a partner in debt is a major reason to consider divorce. Half of respondents are also afraid of eventually inheriting their parents’ debt.

Experts say that when it comes to combating both debt, and the negative feelings it creates, it’s important to be open with loved ones.

“Hiding debt can lead to feelings of loneliness and embarrassment around friends and family, or pressure to buy things you can’t afford,” says Natalia Brown, National Debt Relief’s chief client operations officer. “Tell your loved ones your financial situation so they know your limits.”

Brown also recommends adopting practices that improve your financial outlook in the short- and long-term while helping you avoid future debt. This includes having smart spending habits that align with your budget, getting health insurance to avoid exorbitant out-of-pocket spending on medical care, and setting up automatic savings. With these practices, Brown hopes more people will be prepared to pay a surprise $400 bill, which the Federal Reserve reported 40% of Americans would struggle to pay.

Debt management can be complicated, particularly if you owe multiple creditors or if your debt feels overwhelming. It’s no surprise that nearly three-quarters of those polled wish there were tools and resources available to help them when they were at their worst in debt.

To help you pay off your debt faster or even lessen the amount you owe, Brown suggests enlisting the help of a service such as National Debt Relief, which negotiates with creditors on your behalf to significantly reduce your debt, so you can be debt-free in as little as 24-48 months. As a top-rated debt relief company, National Debt Relief has helped hundreds of thousands of clients over the past decade resolve over $9 billion in unsecured debt on everything from personal loans and medical bills to credit cards and student debt. To learn more, visit nationaldebtrelief.com or call 1-800-781-5141.

With the ability to adversely impact mental health and harm relationships, debt is clearly more than just a financial burden. But there’s good news -- a majority of Americans agree that getting out of debt feels like they’re retaking control of their lives -- and there are debt resources out there to help.

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