Body Image: Why Is It Important and How to Improve My Body Image

At the outset of every year, we are bombarded with the words “New Year, New You!” calling to us from all directions, from billboards, magazine covers, social media and TV commercials. Now, as spring approaches, this is a great time to reevaluate your goals and behaviors and perhaps make some changes to your routine in the pursuit of personal improvement – no matter what that means to you.

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But, the underlying message is that the current you is somehow not acceptable or is falling short of some ideal for which we should all be striving. There is a subtle danger there, as it can lead to a never-ending pursuit of an unattainable and constantly shifting objective. Let’s face it – very few of us have any chance of looking like the models who appear beside those supposedly motivational messages. Perhaps most importantly, the constant striving for an unattainable

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Scientists May Have Discovered the Secret to a Healthy Heart (And It’s Not Running)

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Study Shows Gardening May Support A Healthy HeartCourtney Hale – Getty Images

  • Gardening is associated with better health outcomes, including lower odds of cardiovascular disease and even diabetes, according to new research.

  • Research suggests that gardening can also reduce risk of depression and anxiety.

  • Outdoor gardening is most beneficial, but indoor gardening can also be advantageous.

Maybe you’ve been gardening your entire life or just started growing your own plants in the past few years. Whether you have been tending to a few flowers or have a luscious garden full of produce for weeknight meals, it can be a very gratifying experience to grown your own food and plants. And all of that time gardening may be benefiting your body in other ways, too. A new study found that gardening may just be the secret to a healthy heart.

The study, published in the Journal of the Academy of

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