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Facts

Here are a few things that are known to exist or to have happened

Random Wisdom

Tips to Exercise Better

Make the time! Start slowly. Gradually build up to at least 30 minutes of activity on most or all days of the week (or whatever your doctor recommends). Exercise at the same time of day so it becomes a regular part of your lifestyle. Find a convenient time and place to do activities.

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How much do you really need to exercise?

Make the time! Start slowly. Gradually build up to at least 30 minutes of activity on most or all days of the week (or whatever your doctor recommends). Exercise at the same time of day so it becomes a regular part of your lifestyle. Find a convenient time and place to do activities.

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What kind of dog would you be

They can lower your blood pressure and maybe even score you a date!

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Awesome Facts About Dogs

They can lower your blood pressure and maybe even score you a date!

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Yoga

The relaxation techniques incorporated in yoga can lessen chronic pain, such as lower back pain, arthritis, headaches and carpal tunnel syndrome.

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Why is honey good for you?

This blend of sugar, trace enzymes, minerals, vitamins, and amino acids is quite unlike any other sweetener on the planet. And while honey is high in fructose, it has many health benefits when used in moderation

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Water Facts

It doesn't matter whether water is near-boiling or extremely acidic, it always holds life. Water is vital to life, and we know it.

Health Facts

People who laugh a lot are healthier than those who don’t. So don't forget to have your daily chuckle!

Eco Facts

Though the sun is 90 million miles from the earth, it takes less than 10 minutes for it's light to travel the distance

Sustainable Facts

Capturing rainwater is a valuable way to reduce or eliminate a building's use of municipal potable water, without requiring reductions in water use by occupants.

Play Facts

People who regularly relax report fewer headaches and pain than those who don’t. Relaxation – the best pain reliever!

Karen Facts

Capturing rainwater is a valuable way to reduce or eliminate a building's use of municipal potable water, without requiring reductions in water use by occupants.

Interaction Facts

For all the eco-buffs: the lake is also our water reservoir. Functionality, conservation and beauty.

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Tips to Exercise Better

1. Be Consistent

Consistency is key. Sign up for exercise classes, maintain a balanced diet, set a goal for yourself and don’t give up! No exercise program in the world works if you don’t do it consistently.

2. Follow an Effective Exercise Routine

The best techniques to get fit? Strength training. Even 20 minutes a day twice a week will help tone the entire body. Interval training is also a tremendously time-efficient and productive way to exercise. Another one is increased cardio/aerobic exercise. Add 60 minutes or more a day of low- to moderate-intensity physical activity, such as walking or running (try our dedicated running track), or dancing (Zumba classes coming soon to the Waterfront!).

3. Set Realistic Goals

Don't strive for perfection or an improbable goal that can't be met; focus instead on increasing healthy behaviors. In other words, don't worry if you can't run a 5K just yet. Make it a habit to walk 15 minutes a day, and add time, distance, and intensity from there.

4. Use the Buddy System

Find a friend or relative whom you like and trust who also wants to establish a healthier lifestyle and encourage one another. Exercise together. Use this as an opportunity to enjoy one another's company and to strengthen the relationship.

5. Make Your Plan Fit Your Life

Too busy to get to the gym? Make your plan fit your life. You don't need fancy exercise gear and gyms to get fit.

6. Be Happy

Be sure to pick an activity you actually enjoy doing. If you hate weights, don't go to the gym. You can lose weight and get in shape with any type of training or activity. And choose something that is convenient. Rock climbing may be a great workout, but if you live in a city, it's not something you'll be doing every day.

7. Watch the Clock

Your body clock, that is. Try to work out at the time you have the most energy. If you're a morning person, schedule your fitness activities early in the day; if you perk up as the day goes along, plan your activities in the afternoon or evening.

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Awesome Facts About Dogs

1. You can lower your blood pressure just by petting your pup!

2. Corgi is Welsh for "dwarf dog."

3. The reason dogs curl up is because of an age-old instinct to keep themselves warm and to protect vital organs while they sleep.

4. Anything smelly your dog rolls in only smells gross to you--to them it's DIVINE.

5. Dogs have wet noses because it helps to absorb scent chemicals.

6. If you leave your dog a piece of clothing that smells like you, the scent will comfort them and it can help curb their separation anxiety.

7. The basenji is the only breed of dog that can't bark, but they can yodel!

8. When dogs poop, they prefer to do it in alignment with the Earth's magnetic field.

9. If a guy has a dog with him, he's three times more likely to get a girl's phone number.

10. Dogs' sense of smell is 10,000 times stronger than humans'.

11. The Norwegian Lundehund is the only dog that has six toes on each foot!

12. A dog named Duke is the mayor of Cormorant, Minnesota.

13. Labradors are the most popular breed in the United States.

14. In a study done by scholars at the University of California, it was found that dogs can get jealous if they see their humans displaying affection toward something or someone else.

15. Dogs don't ONLY see in black and white — they can also see blue and yellow!

16. Bloodhounds are able to trace scents that are over 300 hours old.

17. Dogs can be trained to detect changes in the human body — there are even seizure alert dogs that assist patients during the onset of a seizure.

18. There are also diabetic alert dogs who signal their human when they pick up on the special scent that is released when their human's insulin levels drop.

19. When your dog spins in a circle before settling down to snuggle, it's because he's making himself at home! This is a nesting trait carried down from your dog's wilder ancestors.

20. A German shepherd seeing-eye dog named Orient led his human, Bill Irwin, over the 2,100-mile hike through the Appalachian Trail. Irwin was the first blind man to make the journey.

21. Newfoundlands are excellent swimmers because they have webbed feet.

22. Dalmatian puppies are born completely white and develop their spots over time!

23. A service dog named Kirsch received an honorary master's degree in mental health counseling for attending all of his owner's classes.

24. If your dog's paws smell like corn chips, it's most likely because dogs only have sweat glands in their feet! That smell is their ~natural~ body odor.

25. Dogs have at least 18 muscles in each ear!

26. The USA is the country with the highest pet dog population, at around 75 million.

27. Dogs see a lot better than humans do at night.

28. And they can hear about 4 times the distance of a human.

29. The Beatles included a whistle that is only audible to dogs in the song "A Day in the Life."

30. Dogs can recognize more than 150 words.

31. There's even a border collie named Chaser who can recognize 1,022 words!

32. George Lucas modeled the Ewoks from Star Wars after his family dog.

33. Whiskers are used as sensing devices; some dogs even use them to see if they'll be able to fit into small spaces.

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Yoga

Physical Benefits

The relaxation techniques incorporated in yoga can lessen chronic pain, such as lower back pain, arthritis, headaches and carpal tunnel syndrome. Yoga can also lower blood pressure and reduce insomnia. Other physical benefits of yoga include:

Aside from the physical benefits, one of the best benefits of yoga is how it helps a person manage stress, which is known to have devastating effects on the body and mind. Stress can reveal itself in many ways, including back or neck pain, sleeping problems, headaches, drug abuse, and an inability to concentrate. Yoga can be very effective in developing coping skills and reaching a more positive outlook on life.

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Why is honey good for you?

1. Prevent cancer and heart disease

It contains flavonoids, antioxidants which help reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease.

2. Reduce ulcers and other gastrointestinal disorders

Recent research shows that honey treatment may help disorders such as ulcers and bacterial gastroenteritis. This may be related to the 3rd benefit.

3. Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-fungal

“All honey is antibacterial because the bees add an enzyme that makes hydrogen peroxide,” said Peter Molan, director of the Honey Research Unit at the University of Waikato in New Zealand.

4. Increase athletic performance

Ancient Olympic athletes would eat honey and dried figs to enhance their performance. This has now been verified with modern studies, showing that it is superior in maintaining glycogen levels and improving recovery time than other sweeteners.

5. Reduces a cough and throat irritation

It helps with coughs, particularly buckwheat honey. In a study of 105 children, a single dose of buckwheat honey was just as effective as a single dose of dextromethorphan in relieving nocturnal cough and allowing proper sleep.

6. Balance the 5 elements honey

It has been used in Ayurvedic medicine in India for at least 4000 years and is considered to affect all three of the body’s primitive material imbalances positively. It is also said to be useful in improving eyesight, weight loss, curing impotence and premature ejaculation, urinary tract disorders, bronchial asthma, diarrhea, and nausea.

Honey is referred as “Yogavahi” since it has a quality of penetrating the deepest tissues of the body. When honey is used with other herbal preparations, it enhances the medicinal qualities of those preparations and also helps them to reach the deeper tissues.

7. Blood sugar regulation

Even though it contains simple sugars, it is NOT the same as white sugar or artificial sweeteners. Its exact combination of fructose and glucose actually helps the body regulate blood sugar levels. Some kinds of honey do have a low hypoglycemic index, so they don’t jolt your blood sugar. Watch this video Sweetener Comparison where I compare stevia, brown rice syrup, honey, molasses, and agave, and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each.

8. Heal wounds and burns

External application of honey has been shown to be as effective as conventional treatment with silver sulfadiazine. It is speculated that the drying effect of the simple sugars and honey’s antibacterial nature combine to create this effect. Studies have shown it to be very successful in healing wounds.