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  • One Healthy Change: Relax
    but I m having a hard time turning my mind off at night when it s time to sleep And that s not healthy According to Lifehacker relaxation is the key to productivity which is good to know for those of us wanting to accomplish more during the day But what about our health An article in Time reminds us that relaxing is good for our genes Who knew And Mayo Clinic published a list of how our body benefits when we relax that includes lowering blood pressure and reducing muscle tension and chronic pain That same Mayo Clinic article lists meditation as a key way to relax Ugh I ve tried Dear mediation I m just not into you Health writer Sheryl Kraft has the same issues with meditation In her article I Can t Meditate Buy I Can Still Relax she advocates turning off the sound ringer to your computer or cell phone getting outside driving in silence and exercising as meditation How I relax Take a nap Can t go to sleep Set your cell phone timer for 20 minutes close your eyes and rest Soak in a bubble bath Hey if you re a boomer guy who enjoys them we won t tell Sit in a whirlpool or sauna Participate in a hobby that you find relaxing Playing piano works for me Read a book What does this have to do with travel You can use all of these techniques on the road and they just might alleviate stress from a trip that hasn t gone quite right So here s your homework Pick a relaxation technique that works for you and schedule 30 minutes to practice it on a daily basis Be sure to let me know how you do It s not too late

    Original URL path: http://myitchytravelfeet.com/2013/12/13/one-healthy-change-relax/ (2016-04-26)
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  • 10,000 Steps a Day with Fitbit One
    get in those 10 000 steps on a Montana day when winter weather is raging outside Yes Alan and I are pacing through the house and making needless trips up and down the stairs to reach that daily goal How does the Fitbit work The Fitbit resembles a thumb drive but shorter The small device fits into a rubber holder and measures your activities once it s attached to clothing I wear mine clipped to my bra but it can also be attached to a waistband or even placed in a pocket The Fitbit has a display to show progress in steps stairs calories and effort but I prefer using the free app iPhone iPad and Android I can also synch via a dongle that attaches to a computer or plug the Fitbit directly into a USB port on the computer At various times during the day I view my progress on the app by holding the phone near the Fitbit to synch all of my steps floors calories etc When I click on the app a dashboard appears showing my progress It s even color coded to indicate the amount of effort used not all steps are created equal Sometimes it s brutal to see just how little I ve moved That s when the Fitbit motivates me to get moving And I haven t even mentioned the competition between Alan and me that has motivated us to keep on walking The dashboard can also be accessed online at the user s private page at Fitbit com Along with viewing progress I can log in activities that Fitbit doesn t count like strength training swimming or bicycle riding as well as weight but I ll be using the Fitbit wireless scale as soon as Alan sets it up There s an option to log in calories although I haven t done that yet The Fitbit One comes with a bracelet so that it can be worn at night Then this small device becomes a sleep monitor Yes I wear my Fitbit every day No I haven t made it to 10 000 steps on a consistent basis but my average number of steps is rising so I ll get there And you wouldn t believe the extra times I ve walked up and down the stairs or walked around the house while my mid morning cup of coffee was brewing just to see those Fitbit numbers rise It s not too late to join our challenge Click One Healthy Change a Month to read more And I don t beat myself up if I don t reach 10 000 steps a day Instead I use the numbers as a reminder to do better or to watch trends Exactly what was my day like when I didn t reach the goal What can I do to change up my day so that I meet the goal There s a social component to Fitbit as well The online dashboard allows users

    Original URL path: http://myitchytravelfeet.com/2014/01/14/10000-steps-a-day/ (2016-04-26)
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  • About Donna L. Hull
    de Chelly to luxury cruising above the Arctic Circle I write travel stories that capture the essence of place combined with the thrill of discovery My work is concentrated mostly at online markets such as the PBS site for boomers Next Avenue and at My Well Being Powered by Humana where I write a monthly column on boomer travel You ll also find my articles at Uptake com iExplore Living Better at 50 and Affordable Tours My Itchy Travel Feet content is syndicated at AZ Voices Network Arizona Republic Newspaper online site And I m proud to say that we were one of the five finalists for Best Travel Blog in the 2011 Bloggies I say we because my husband Alan is the photographer and behind the scenes travel planner for this boomer duo I d invite you to read my print travel articles but most of the magazines have ceased publication But once upon a time I wrote for AZ3Sixty Magazine Lovin Life After 50 Fifty Plus Live Life Travel Oro Valley Marana Magazine Her Sports Fitness Magazine plus many others I m a member of Travel Insights 100 an online panel of travel thought leaders from around the world And at Boomer Authority I m one of the founding members of the 46 64 Boomer Initiative Finally what does love have to do with a piano If you read my essay Piano Love on page 226 of Chicken Soup for the Soul Love Stories you ll find out Interested in assigning an article or purchasing reprints All you have to do is contact me I m also available for media appearances involving active travel for baby boomers Want to connect online I m at the following social networking sites Twitter DonnaLHull LinkedIn Donna Hull Facebook Donna Leftwich Hull

    Original URL path: http://myitchytravelfeet.com/donna-l-hull/ (2016-04-26)
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