Nick Muscavage Bridgewater Courier News Published 9:52 AM EST Jan 23, 2019 A study conducted by Atlantic Health System and United Way found that caregivers are at greater risk for physical, mental and financial stress than the general population. To better pinpoint what good health for a caregiver looks like, My Central Jersey spoke to several experts and caregivers. Many of these people agreed on one main point: The key to successful caregiving is first caring for yourself. "People have to take care of themselves," said Larry Abramsky, a caregiver to his late mother and father. "If they don't take care of themselves, they're not going to be able to take care of their people." Taking care of yourself, though, while also taking care of a loved one is easier said than done. To help caregivers, or future caregivers — because the number of caregivers will only increase as such as the U.S. population ages — My Central Jersey has compiled a … [Read more...] about Five ways to take care of yourself when you are a caregiver
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Cambridge and Oxford have been in a centuries-long competition as England’s top two universities — but I’ve always felt that seeing one is enough. The big question is: Which one? For years, I’ve had it lodged in my mind that Cambridge was much better to visit than Oxford. But on a recent visit, I changed my view. Though it’s a close call, I’d give an edge to bustling Oxford — the more substantial town with plenty to see and do. Cambridge is a close second, with lovely gardens along the River Cam and a simpler, charming atmosphere. Both towns are only an hour’s train ride away from London, with Oxford to the west and Cambridge to the north, making each a fun and doable day trip. Cambridge, with fewer accommodations, works better as a side trip from London than as a stopover. Oxford can keep you busy sightseeing for a longer time and has plenty of good hotels — so it’s worth a longer stay. Oxford is also a stone’s throw … [Read more...] about Oxford vs. Cambridge: Which one should you visit?
Experts say you could do more damage than good. (iStock) If you've overdone it on the cookies and free wine at the Christmas party, you might wake up deciding to hit the gym to make amends. But you'd actually be way better off taking it easy, rather than trying to sweat all that cheap booze out on a treadmill. Even if you feel OK, heading to the gym after a night of drinking isn't necessarily the best idea. Why not? Because alcohol changes the way your body works so the usual benefits of exercise aren't in place while your body is still trying to process booze. Keith McNiven, a personal trainer and founder of Right Path Fitness, told The Sun that the concept of "sweating out the alcohol" is a myth we've swallowed hook, line and sinker. PICS: WORLD'S 'MOST MODIFIED YOUTH' HAS 40 PROCEDURES TO 'STAND OUT' Here are four reasons why you're better off staying in bed than hitting the gym: You're dehydrated The main cause of a hangover is dehydration, meaning that … [Read more...] about Why you should skip the workout if you’re hungover, according to experts
The biggest takeaway may be about the hours when we’re burning the least calories. (iStock) Some of your body’s functions run on autopilot. That includes burning calories. No matter whether we stay up all night or fall asleep at the dinner table, our bodies have an internal schedule that says to burn the most calories in the late afternoon and early evening and the least in the early morning. Those are the findings of a new study, which concluded people burn about 10 percent more calories from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. — no matter whether they’re getting off work and heading home for dinner or just waking up to start a night shift. But the biggest takeaway may be about the hours when we’re burning the least calories. You need fewer calories to keep going from 4 a.m. to 6 a.m., but if you’re up and eating then because of a night shift or erratic schedule, then those calories aren’t being used and are instead being stored, explains Jeanne Duffy, … [Read more...] about The times of day you burn the most calories
With the subtle weather changes and the first appearance of rain, fall is coming at us at full speed. This means flu season is right around the corner, and there are some steps you might want to start taking so you don’t wake up one morning with a runny nose and sore throat. Keep those hands clean Wash your hands before you eat and anytime after you touch your nose, mouth or eyes. Take even greater precaution if you have been exposed to someone who is sick. Stay hydrated Start every day with a glass of water. Dry throats and nasal passages can grow full of bacteria. That’s a cold waiting to happen! Staying hydrated can also help with digestion, fighting off colds and boosting your energy levels. Get in your beauty sleep Getting in the right amount of sleep for your body will boost your immune system and give you the needed energy to go about your day. Get at least seven to eight hours of rest every night, and going to bed earlier can prepare you for the time change ahead. … [Read more...] about 10 ways to help you stay healthy during season changes in college