Goalsetting

Resolutions Done Right

The New Year is a time for resolutions. “This year I’m going to lose 30lbs,” and “this year I am completely changing my diet” are a few common goals. Setting the bar high may seem like a good idea in this optimistic hour, but when it comes to your health habits, when was the last time shooting for the moon landed you amongst the stars? Those big [...]


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Pack Health / January, 01st 2017

Exercise

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Easy first steps to exercise

Are you trying to move more in your daily life? Research suggests you've got the right idea - and not just because it helps you maintain a healthy weight. Exercise has wide-ranging benefits from better heart health, to lower blood pressure or cholesterol levels, to improving your mood, and more. The American Heart Association recommends about 30 minutes [...]


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Pack Health / March, 21st 2016

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Motivation Monday: Mindfulness

Your mind is racing, your muscles are tense, your chest feels tight, and the voice of someone who cares about you says “take a deep breath”. This familiar expression isn’t always what you want to hear, but it’s intuitively correct. It’s important because when we get stressed, we can get stuck. Our breath is one of the best tools we have to regulat [...]


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Pack Health / April, 18th 2016

Healthy Eating

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Why Planning beats Willpower Every Time

Making changes for better health can be difficult and frustrating. If you are like most people you have good intentions to make changes for better health, but can get sidetracked by events seemingly out of your control.  Can you relate to this scenario?  You are at the office and someone brings a plate of cupcakes he or she has made over the weekend. You [...]


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Pack Health / May, 02nd 2016

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Slow and Steady Makes it Stick!

You don’t have to get there fast. You just have to get there! We live in a world that is full of go, go, GO!  With all of that speedy momentum around us, it is easy to feel like we want to get to where we want to be as fast as possible. While a strong desire to reach your goals is important, be aware of how quickly you are exhausting your “motivation t [...]


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Pack Health / January, 09th 2017

Goalsetting

It's the little things

There’s a reason why Health Advisors recommend starting small. Not only does breaking things down into more manageable steps ease the overwhelming feelings associated with a diagnosis, small successes get the ball rolling. Those Tiny Steps you take each day put you on a winning track. What makes a good Tiny Step? Tiny Steps can be exercise goals (“I w [...]


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Pack Health / September, 26th 2016

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Can stress make you stronger?

We spend a lot of time talking about how to manage stress, because many of our members have shared that when they get stressed they feel stuck. There are whole industries focused on the issue – from therapy, to spas, to yoga, we spend a lot of time working on how to relax. Rest definitely has value, but we’re operating on the assumption that stress, in [...]


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Pack Health / August, 08th 2016

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Plan for success

Making changes for better health can be difficult and frustrating. You can have the best intentions, and still be sidetracked by events seemingly out of your control. A good plan gives you detours, exit strategies, and safety zones when hazards or roadblocks stand in your way. Oftentimes we think about planning in the context of what to do if certain th [...]


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Pack Health / October, 10th 2016

Goalsetting

A New Perspective on New Years

My mother gave me a gift not too long ago: a book on setting goals. To this day, it is still sitting on a shelf unopened. Why? It isn’t because I don’t set goals –I do! It’s just that the book she gave me was about setting your sights on where you want to be five years from now. With RA, I know better than to think I can plan that far ahead. Things c [...]


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Pack Health / January, 04th 2017

Goalsetting

When you feel stuck, how do you get to a better place?

When Martin Luther King Jr addressed the American people in 1963, calling out how civil rights atrocities contradict our ideals of liberty and justice for all, he shared a deep insight that applies to any struggle. He said, "let us not wallow in the valley of despair," and directed our attention to the dream of a society that practices what it preaches [...]


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Pack Health / January, 15th 2017

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Start fresh

We've all done it. We have this moment where we feel like, "I'm going to do this," and we reach for the stars. It's often a blind reach - blind because we don't know what that star's going to look like, or blind because we can't see the path that will take us there. Either way, when we take this shot in the dark we're setting ourselves up for an impossi [...]


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Pack Health / January, 30th 2017

Goalsetting

What you focus on

A recent, peer-reviewed study tested the benefits of optimism, and found measurable benfits to focused optimism: optimisim that is specifically focused on one area of your life or a specific pursuit.  This makes intuitive sense. When you've got a positive outlook on something, it makes it easier to stay motivated, and the more motivated you are - well, wh [...]


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Pack Health / May, 22nd 2017