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Does Exercising Ever Really Sound Fun?

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By: Kristie Delgado, MSGMC’s Fitness Specialist
We all know the importance of exercise—improved circulation, healthy weight, lower cholesterol—and the benefits it offers—reduced stress and boosted energy—but there are days (and weeks) where finding the motivation to go just feels impossible.
After all, the last thing you want to do bright and early in the morning or late on a Friday afternoon is to go to work mentally and physically, which is exactly what exercise can feel like. But why does it have to feel like work? Who said exercise has to be hard and boring? You see, most of us have built exercise up in our minds to the point that stress and anxiety surround it, instead of happiness and empowerment.
So let’s change the way we talk to ourselves about exercise. Here are a few of my favorite tips:

1.Ditch the all-or-none thinking. Getting the minimum recommended amount of exercise (30 minutes, 5 days a week) may seem daunting, so just remember that something is better than nothing. …

What Do You Know About Your Vaginal Microbiome?

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We know you’ve all been thinking it, so we’ll just come right out and say it: bacteria are awesome! They help do everything from supporting immunity and heart health to promoting a healthy weight and reducing anxiety. Believe it or not, though, bacteria haven’t always been the health heroes they are today.
Before all of the interest in gut health and probiotics, bacteria were known for little other than causing harmful conditions like food poisoning, pneumonia and sinus infections. But the tide has turned—which is great news considering our bodies are literally filled with trillions (yes, trillions) of bacteria.
And while the idea of flourishing gut bacteria is something we can all get behind, a thriving vaginal microbiome—not so much. We get it, vaginal bacteria just doesn’t have the same ring to it as gut bacteria does.
So even though the thought of bacteria thriving down there may give you the heebie-jeebies, your vaginal microbiome may be more important than you thought. Here are …

5 Super Easy Wellness Habits You're Not Doing, But Should Be

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By: Kristie Delgado, MS, GMC’s Fitness Specialist
Health goals—whether it’s losing 10 pounds, eating healthier or sleeping a full 8 hours each night—are great in theory. But the truth is it takes a lot of hard work, and even more patience to achieve these goals.
So much so that many of us feel overwhelmed or defeated before we’ve even started. That’s because when we look at our end health goal, all we see is every little obstacle and challenge, everything we have to give up and how long it’s going to take to be successful. But what if we just decided to forget about our big health goals—at least for now?
Instead, let’s focus on micro-goals, or things we can all realistically and easily do today—right this very moment. Now you may be tempted to overlook these small steps—will they even make a difference? The answer is yes. In fact, habit-change research has shown that setting micro-goals—regardless of the goal is—and achieving them is what actually matters most. This success and consist…

You Love Coffee…But Does It Love You Back?

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If ever there was magic in a cup, it’d be coffee. Think about it—it’s an essential part of every morning ritual, the best way to perk up in the afternoon and a great way to unwind at the end of the day (thank you, decaf!). And even if you don’t consider yourself a routine coffee drinker—like 64% of Americans—chances are you still periodically enjoy a fancy schmancy drink of some sort from your local coffee shop (who doesn’t?).
And while there’s no debate over the delicious taste and smell of coffee, there seems to be some uncertainty surrounding its health perks (or lack thereof). So, is it actually good for your health? Yes. No. Maybe so. According to some of the most recent studies, it seems that coffee can help to lower your risk of certain cancers, as well as Alzheimer’s and type 2 diabetes, while also decreasing inflammation and extending your life.
With health benefits like that, you should probably grab a cup of java as we speak—for the sake of your health and all. Now you might…

How To Pick The Best Produce Every Time (AKA: Tips To Tell It’s Ripe)

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It’s no secret that produce can be finicky. While there are some fruits and veggies that make spotting ripeness simple (thank you, bananas and avocados), others can be much trickier (we’re looking at you, pears and squash).

So when ripeness isn’t quite as obvious, what are you supposed to do? Do you just throw caution into the wind and pick at random? After all, even if you try your best to examine each piece of produce, you may still end up with something that’s under or over ripe.
But as you probably guessed, there’s definitely a method to the produce madness. For instance, there are different ways to gauge ripeness—besides just look and feel—like weight and smell. Also, did you know that some fruits and veggies continue to ripen after being harvested, while others don’t? This means that if certain fruits and veggies don’t look ripe at the store, they won’t at home either.
For example, when it comes to strawberries, pineapple, watermelon, apples, cherries, grapes and citrus fruits, w…

OMG, Is That A Stye? Here’s What You Should Know

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Not only are your eyes beautiful, they’re also pretty amazing. For instance did you know that out of all the muscles in your body, those that control your eyes are actually the most active? Or that you blink approximately 17 times every minute—and not just to lubricate your eyes, but also to give your mind a brief break? But all the qualities that make your eyes so impressive are the same qualities that make them so darn sensitive. Sometimes it feels like the smallest of things can irritate them. A ceiling fan? Yes—watch out for watering eyes. Fatigue and/or stress? Yup—prepare for eye twitching. Rubbing your eyes? You guessed it—brace yourself for a stye. And while none of these symptoms are enjoyable, a stye may just be the worst of them all. If you’ve ever had a stye, (we’re sorry that you have) then you know exactly what we’re talking about. Not only are these swollen, painful bumps uncomfortable, but they happen to form in the most awkward place possible: the edge of the eyelid. An…

Meet Kristie: GMC’s Go-To Gal For All-Things Fitness

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Living a healthy, active and balanced lifestyle is something that all of us want. But the truth is it can be really hard to actually achieve, let alone sustain. Things like eating a nutritious diet and getting regular exercise don’t always come naturally—most of us have to work at it.
So amidst a busy schedule and a never-ending to-do list, what are you supposed to do to live your happiest, healthiest and fullest life? Well that’s exactly what Kristie Delgado, MS, GMC’s Fitness Specialist is here to help with.
Whether you need guidance with weekly meal planning and at-home exercise circuits, or tips to stay active during the workday and properly fuel pre- and post-workout, Kristie can help. In fact, you can get expert fitness and wellness advice, straight from Kristie, every single week! So mark your calendar for each Friday because you won't want to miss any of her blog posts.

But first things first, let’s get to know Kristie a little better.
Q: What exactly do you do here at GMC?

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Start Your Fall Off Happy & Healthy!

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All of these classes and more will be offered by Gwinnett Medical Center. If a registration number is not listed, please call 678-312-5000 to register, or register online at gwinnettmedicalcenter.org/classes.
Scroll to the bottom of the list to see some of our support groups. A full list of support groups is available here.
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Monthly Pre-Diabetes Classes If you’ve been told you have pre-diabetes, or are at high risk of developing diabetes, take charge of your health! Learn effective lifestyle strategies that can dramatically improve your overall health and reduce your chances of developing Type 2 diabetes. Topics include healthy eating, reading food labels, importance of exercise, and weight management. Presented by a registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator, this class is for ages 18 years and older. All classes will be held 5 – 7:30 p.m. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required.

For more information or to register, please call 678-312-6048.

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