Debbie Mandel's
Turn On Your Inner Light
Weekly Wellness Newsletter
May 22, 2006

Affirmation of the Week
Practicing a daily regimen of exercise
awakens the senses to greater pleasure

Weekly Wellness Radio Show

The Turn On your Inner Light Radio Show airs Tuesday evenings 7:00 to 7:30pm, on WGBB 1240AM in Long Island.
Guest of the Week - Denise Trifiletti

On May 23, 2006 - Our guest expert is Denise Trifiletti is a woman on a mission and founder of where women help women achieve success. Her advice is featured in the book, Create the Business Breakthrough You Want.

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Health Tips of the Week

  • Women who juggle career and family tend to be thinner and healthier at midlife than long-term stay-at-home moms.
  • On days with high levels of pollution heart attack and stroke are on the rise.
  • Houseplants absorb pollutants like formaldehyde, benzene and volatile chemicals from printers and household cleaners. Plants have also been found to reduce stress and improve mood in office workers and hospital patients. Some European studies have found that adding plants or indoor gardens to offices make workers more productive.
  • Avoid sitting with a wallet in your hip pocket for long periods of time. You might end up with “credit card sciatica.” Anything that puts pressure on the sciatic nerve can trigger pain that begins in the lower back and radiates down the leg.
  • If you want to burn 50% more calories when walking or running, go to the beach and do it on sand, soft sand that is. Wet hard packed sand is easier!
  • Watch your sodium intake! Americans love of salty food increase the likelihood of excreting calcium in the urine which can lead to osteoporosis and kidney stones.
  • Drinking coffee before a workout may reduce blood flow to your heart while you exercise. Also, caffeine makes the heart work harder by raising blood pressure and heart rate. If you are susceptible, cut out caffeinated drinks before you exercise.

Change your habits and own it! When someone generously says: You look beautiful; nice write-up in the paper; that was very kind of you; or great job on decorating the house, please, avoid that humble knee-jerk response to deny the compliment or deflect it toward someone else. Growing up, we were all taught not to show off or brag about our accomplishments; however, learning to stand up for the self truthfully by graciously accepting a compliment with a simple thank you, helps remind us of our special abilities and creativity. Feeling good about ourselves because of genuine praise will inspire us to freely compliment others to make them feel good too. The positive energy that is generated can fuel many happy moments down the road to get us through those in-between times.

Frank Mikulka's Fitness Tip Of The Week

Feel Good Story
Frank Mikulka was featured in an article in the Nassau Herald on May 18, 2006

When Your Workout Becomes Routine, So Do You

I’ve been working out for just under a year now. I see results, but lately, I’m at a standstill. I need a jumpstart to progress. (Jamie, Carle Place).Answer

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Debbie Mandel, MA is the author of Turn On Your Inner Light: Fitness for Body, Mind and Soul, and Changing Habits: The Caregivers' Total Workout a stress-reduction specialist, motivational speaker, a personal trainer and mind/body lecturer. She is the host of the weekly Turn On Your Inner Light Show on WGBB 1240 AM in Long Island and has been featured on radio/ TV and print media.

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