Archive for April, 2012

Doctor Who: Adipose Stress Toy

Doctor Who: Adipose Stress Toy

Doctor Who: Adipose Stress Toy

  • 5 inch tall

Attention Doctor Who Fans! We present the adorable 10-inch Baby Adipose Plush. He is so cute and cuddly. Really, who doesn’t love an alien composed of living fat?

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Bead Stress Ball

Bead Stress Ball

Bead Stress Ball

This unique stress ball is fun and addictive. The elastic skin is filled with squeezable beads and bright shiny glitter. It glides through your fingers and sort of crunches when you squish it. Relieve some stress with every squeeze of the bead stress ball.

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Wikki Stix Stress Reducer Reviews

Wikki Stix Stress Reducer

Wikki Stix Stress Reducer

Wikki Stix is a fun and unique office toy that helps reduce stress. A Wikki Stix is a piece of yarn covered with a patented wax formula. The pieces are twistable and bendable so you can arrange them into endless shapes and designs. The reusable pieces stick to each other and almost any smooth surface. Each package contains eight pieces of yarn. The Wikki Stix packaging is quick and easy to personalize.

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Anxiety Relief: Relax the Body and Calm the Mind, Manage Fear and Worry, and Cultivate Positive Energy

Anxiety Relief: Relax the Body and Calm the Mind, Manage Fear and Worry, and Cultivate Positive Energy

Anxiety Relief: Relax the Body and Calm the Mind, Manage Fear and Worry, and Cultivate Positive Energy

Anxiety puts our bodies into “flight or fight” mode–and makes us more vulnerable to exhaustion, depression, and illness. These guided mindbody techniques help listeners counteract anxiety through deep relaxation, enhanced problem-solving, and converting fear into positive energy.

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Get Fit For Life!

AH THE PROMISE OF WASHBOARD ABS AND SCULPTED PECS. After eight long hours hunched over our desks, it’s enough to push us to drop the day’s earnings on fancy elliptical trainersw and treadmills, only to leave them languishing in closets collecting dust, along with our best intentions.

While a grueling workout may harden the bodies of those with rock-hard willpower, there’s good news for the rest of us.  The latest findings from the field of exercise science reveal that moderate exercise has a host of benefits, including a healthier heart and brain, and potentially even a longer life.

GET A MOVE ON

Mounting evidence that sitting still for too long is harmful to your health

couch potato“YOUR TV IS SLOWLY KILLING YOU,” screams one headline.  “Sitting for hours can shave years off your life,” says another.  What started with a few interesting studies has turned into a barrage of alarming media reports on the dangers of sedentary behavior.  Last year, the Journal of the American College of Cardiology reported that people who spend four hours a day on screen based activities – computers, video games and television – are twice as likely to have a major cardiac event, such as a heart attack, than those who spend two hours or less sitting still. Another paper compared the mortality records and TV-viewing habits of 11,247 Australians and found that each hour of screen time clipped 22 minutes off study participants’ lives.  More sobering still: the lives of those who spent six hours a day glued to the screen were 4.8 years shorter.

While you rush to lace up your cross-trainers, here’s the real clincher: according to the latest findings, even a daily workout isn’t enough to offset the negative effects of sitting motionless for hours. The solution, researchers say, is to incorporate some movement – any movement at all – into your daily routine.

DESKERCISE

Simple strategies for keeping active on the job

  • Sit on an exercise ball.  A University of Buffalo study says you’ll burn six percent more calories than when sitting in a chair.
  • Stand up when you talk on your smartphone.  Better yet, take a walk.  The more breaks you take from your chair, the trimmer your waistline will be, according to a 2011 report in the European Heart Journal.
  • Stop e-mailing the guy in the next cubicle.  When the next big idea pops into your head, walk over to your coworkers and share it with them in person.
  • Take frequent and regular breaks.  Free downloadable programs like workrave.com remind you when it’s time to get moving.
  • Ask your boss for a stand-up workstation. Some ergonomically designed desks can electronically adjust to varying heights.

deskercise-exercise-ball“The potential adverse health impact of prolonged sitting (which is something we do on average for more than half of each day) is only just being realized. Even small changes, which could be as little as standing up for one minute, might help lower this risk.” – Dr. Genevieve Healy, School of Population Health, The University of Queensland, Australia

EXERCISE AND THE BRAIN

HEALTHY BODY, HEALTHY MIND

What’s good for the heart is good for the brain

WHILE WE KNOW A GOOD WORKOUT can work magic on our bodies, we tend to underestimate the impact exercise has on our brains: reducing stress, enhancing mood, improving focus and decision making ability and stimulating the brain-cell growth that is key to learning.  That’s not all: what gets man neuroscientists up at the crack of dawn for a morning run is growing proof that exercise fuels the brain throughout all stages of life.  Where we once believed there’s no escaping the mind’s inevitable atrophy as we grow old, the advancing neuroimaging techniques such as MRIs show that older people who squeeze in a daily bike ride or a few laps around the pool actually revers the shrinkage of structures that are key to brain health. If this news doesn’t send boomers everywhere running to aquafit class, perhaps they’re having a “senior moment”.

woman stretchingBRAIN PLEASERS

  • Researchers recently put one group of sedentary older adults through a year of modest aerobic exercise and tracked two significant results: an increase in the size of the hippocampus deep inside the brain and gradual improvement on memory tests.
  • Both aerobic exercise and strength training play a role in maintaining a healthy brain throughout life, according to a recent review of 111 studies in the field of exercise neuroscience.

“If you are in middle age and begin to exercise at a moderate intensity, which means you’re sweating and a little bit breathless for 30 or 40 minutes a day, three to four times a week, you will push back cognitive decline by 10 to 15 years.  Some studies say the same kind of regimen can cut the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease in your life by about a third.” – Dr. John Ratey, associate clinical professor of psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, and author of Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

HOW MUCH EXERCISE?

FITNESS CALCULATOR

How day-to-day tasks help keep you in shape

RESEARCHERS HAVE A FORMULA that compares various physical activities with the energy cost of quiet sitting. Measurements are in metabolic equivalent of tasks (METS). The more METS, the better.

1) LIGHT ACTIVITY (1-3 METS)

  • Sitting quietly watching TV … 1.3
  • Watering lawn or garden … 1.5
  • Fishing from boat or canoe … 2.0
  • Washing / Waxing car … 2.0
  • Playing fold or classical guitar … 2.0

2) MODERATE ACTIVITY (3-6 METS)

  • Kitchen activity … 3.3
  • Painting house (interior) or furniture … 3.3
  • Power yoga … 4.0
  • Golf … 4.8

3) VIGOROUS ACTIVITY (more than 6 METS)

  • Bicycling to and from work … 6.8
  • Carrying groceries upstairs … 7.5
  • Running, 6 mpg … 9.8
  • Swimming laps, freestyle, fast … 9.8
  • Boxing … 12.8

Source: Medicine & Science in Sports and Exercise, 2011 Compendium of Physical Activities

MAN’S BEST FRIEND

There’s proof your pooch may be keeping you trim

TWO-THIRDS OF DOG OWNERS take their pets for regular walks, according to the 2011 report from Michigan State University. Nearly half (46 percent) of dog walkers exercise an average of 30 minutes a day, five days a week, while only one-third (38 percent) of Americans without dogs meet those standards.

Which is best, walking with your spouse or your dog? Experts at the University of Missouri compared human and dog walking companions and found that dog walkers showed much greater fitness improvements.

“There appears to be a strong link between owning and walking a dog and achieving higher levels of physical activity.” – Epidemiologist Mathew Reeves, Michigan State University

TIME CRUNCHED? NO PROBLEM

THIRTY MINUTES A DAY give five days a week, 150 minutes a week. For years we’ve been told that’s the bare minimum we need to get our hearts pumping if we want to reap any real health benefits from exercise.  Anything less just doesn’t count. A report published last summer in Britain’s prestigious medical journal, The Lancet, cut that Olympian effort in half.  Researchers tracked the health records of 416,175 active and inactive people for 12 years and discovered that people who exercised a mere 15 minutes a day had a 14 percent lower risk of death during the study than their couch potato peers.  Surprisingly, just a quarter-hour workout a day extended life expectancy by a whopping three years.  There’s more good news for those who’d rather burn their calories on the go than sweat their way through a punishing session of cardio boot camp.  New studies show that everyday activities such as gardening, moving the lawn and climbing the stairs also contribute to cardiovascular fitness, even if these takes last just a minute or two at a time.  So the next time you have to dash through the airport to catch a flight, imagine how great that little micro-burst of exertion is for your heart.  And whenever that infomercial for the Enormously Expensive Elliptical Exerciser comes on, why not save your pennies and walk the dog toward a healthier life?

 

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Anxiety Relief 120 Tablets

Anxiety Relief 120 Tablets

Anxiety Relief 120 Tablets

  • 120 Tablets
  • Serving Size: 2 Tablets
  • 60 Servings Per Container

Anxiety Relief is a safe and effective sublingual homeopathic formula to lower anxiety levels and promote calmness. For the symptomatic relief of occasional minor anxiety, fear, anguish, stress and worry associated with the ups and downs of everyday life.

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Schylling PANIC PETE SQUEEZE TOY

Schylling PANIC PETE SQUEEZE TOY

Schylling PANIC PETE SQUEEZE TOY

  • This classic toy is better than ever with improved performance and a lower price!
  • Give Pete’s belly a squeeze and his eyes, ears and nose pop out.
  • A classic toy from yesteryear that never goes out of style.
  • Measures 5 inches tall.
  • Ages 5 years and up.

An Accoutrements classic! It’s 4-1/2″ (11.4 cm) tall, made of soft, orange rubber, and when you squeeze it, its eyes, ears and nose pop out. It is a fact that Martians use similar devices known as “human popping things” to relieve stress on their planet, hence the very low crime rate and lack of hypertension on Mars. Comes in a comically illustrated 2-1/2″ x 5″ box, with a viewing window so it can look out at Earth.

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Stress Management for Dummies

Stress Management for Dummies

Stress Management for Dummies

“This book gives you many action-oriented ways of coping with your anxiety about anxiety.”
—Albert Ellis, PhD, President, Albert Ellis Institute

Is your job tying your stomach in knots? Do you toss and turn in bed at night? Are your ulcers having ulcers? Face it—you’ve got too much stress in your life, and it’s time to give yourself a break. The consequences of not dealing with stress range from poor health and broken marriages to premature death: not a very cheerful outlook. Thankfully, all kinds of stress reduction approaches are available today: from breathing and posture to imagery and meditation. These new ideas have taken the world by storm—and taken the pressure cooker off the fire for millions of chilled-out people around the world.

Whether it’s love, work, family, or something else that’s got your anxiety in the red zone, here’s an easy way to improve your outlook. Stress Management For Dummies will help you identify the stress triggers in your life and cut them down to size quickly, with tips on how to:

  • Determine your stress level
  • Relieve tension at work and at home
  • Deal with difficult people
  • Combat stress with diet and exercise
  • Soothe your anger and worry

Certified stress manager Allen Elkin, PhD takes the guesswork (and the added stress!) out of finding the stress relief system that’s right for you. After determining your stress level with a few simple tests, you’ll get step-by-step guidance on finding and eliminating sources of stress, in both your mind and body. Inside are hassle-free techniques, helpful advice, self-evaluation quizzes, and fascinating information on:

  • Letting go of tension through breathing, stretching, massage, and more
  • Clearing the clutter in your life—and in your mind
  • Managing your time—setting priorities, delegating, and conquering procrastination
  • Eating, exercising, and sleeping right
  • Stress-resistant thinking
  • Reducing interpersonal stress
  • Personal relaxation techniques
  • The top ten stresses in life
  • The ten most stressful jobs

With a wide but manageable array of stress-management techniques, strategies, and tactics, this is your own personal toolbox for stress relief. So relax, take a deep breath, and start reading!

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The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques: Understanding How Your Brain Makes You Anxious and What You Can Do to Change It

The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques: Understanding How Your Brain Makes You Anxious and What You Can Do to Change It

The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques: Understanding How Your Brain Makes You Anxious and What You Can Do to Change It

A strategy-filled handbook to understand, manage, and conquer your own stress.

Anxiety disorders-grouped into three main categories: panic, generalized anxiety, and social anxiety-are among the most common and pervasive mental health complaints. From the subtlest effect of sweaty palms during a work presentation to the more severe symptom of reclusion, anxiety casts a wide net.

Medication, once considered the treatment of choice, is losing favor as more and more sufferers complain of unpleasant side effects and its temporary, quick-fix nature. Now, thanks to a flood of fresh neurobiology research and insights into the anatomy of the anxious brain, effective, practical strategies have emerged allowing us to manage day-to-day anxiety on our own.

Addressing physical, emotional, and behavioral symptoms, Margaret Wehrenberg, a leading mental health clinician, draws on basic brain science to highlight the top ten anxiety-defeating tips. Everything from breathing techniques and mindful awareness to cognitive control and self-talk are included-all guaranteed to evict your anxious thoughts. 20 illustrations

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StressEraser Portable Biofeedback Device

StressEraser Portable Biofeedback Device

StressEraser Portable Biofeedback Device

  • StressEraser Breathwave shows impact of breathing on heart rate
  • Daily Points help you establish performance benchmarks
  • Timer allows you to set session limits
  • Sound option enables you to use with eyes closed
  • Screen light enables you to use the StressEraser in the dark

Portable biofeedback device for relaxation training, activates the body’s natural relaxation response by synchronizing breathing with heart rate.

The StressEraser is an award-winning, FDA-regulated, portable biofeedback device that helps you learn to activate your body’s natural relaxation response in minutes — without the use of medication.

Is there stress in your life? Now more than ever, you need the StressEraser®

The premise behind StressEraser stress relief is simple and has been used in practice by physicians, psychologists and meditation experts for more than three decades. This state-of-the art medical technology fits in your pocket and is drug-free and non-invasive. It uses a finger sensor to convert your pulse into a wave form. This wave guides you to synchronize your breathing with your heart rate cycle.

We all know that slowing down your breathing can slow down your heart rate and help you relax. The StressEraser cues you to not only slow your breathing but, just as importantly, to synchronize your inhales and exhales with the natural cycle of your heart rate.

Using an infrared sensor, the StressEraser measures HRV from the pulse in your fingertip and displays it as a wave.

Bad Waves. When you’re stressed, your wave is jagged and spiky.

Good Waves. When you’re relaxed, your wave becomes smooth and consistent, like a sine wave.

How It Works
From beat to beat, your heart rate naturally increases and decreases in a cycle, known as HRV, or Heart Rate Variability. Using an infrared sensor, the StressEraser measures HRV from the pulse in your fingertip and displays it as a wave. HRV is considered to be the most accurate, non-invasive measurement of your nervous system activity. HRV biofeedback is clinically proven over decades of peer-reviewed research to promote stress relief and relaxation training.

The wave is like a window into your nervous system. When you’re stressed, your wave is jagged and spiky; when you’re relaxed, your wave becomes smooth and consistent, like a sine wave.

How You Use It
The StressEraser uses simple biofeedback symbols — squares and triangles — to cue your breathing. Triangles indicate the “peak” of the wave — that is, the fastest point of your heart rate in your HRV cycle. Squares provide a scoring system for your waves, so you know when you are focused and breathing properly.

Your goal is to time your inhale/exhale rate so that you begin your exhale at the moment that the triangle appears at the wave peak. It may take several triangles for you to completely sync up, so be patient. There’s no hurry! Remember your goal is to relax.

Studies show that HRV biofeedback shows more benefits over time. After a few days and weeks, you’ll be able to relax in just minutes. The more you use it, the better you’ll feel!

What’s in the Box
StressEraser personal biofeedback device, Owner’s Manual, Quick-Start card, Warranty registration card, two AAA batteries, protective case

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