New Study Finds More Intense Physical Activity Reduces Death Risk Among Older Women

A new study from Harvard researchers found that just one brisk walk a week could cut an older woman's risk of early death by nearly 70%. The study concludes that more physical activity, especially at increased intensities, could lead to an increase in life expectancy among older females.

Previous studies have found that self-reported active people have about 20 to 30% lower death rates than those who were least active.

This latest research is the first physical activity study to retrieve data by using a wearable device called a triaxial accelerometer. The device has the ability to measure activity along three planes: up and down, front to back, and side to side. This gives the device an increased sensitivity to detect physical activity while allowing for more accurate measurements.

"We used devices to better measure not only higher intensity physical activities but also lower intensity activities and sedentary behavior, which has become of great interest in the last few years," said the study's first author I-Min Lee, a professor of medicine and epidemiology at Harvard University's medical and public health schools in Boston, Massachusetts.

The research was conducted from 2011 to 2015. More than 17,700 women with an average age of 72, which is above the average retirement age of 63, wore the triaxial accelerometer for seven days. The final data was analyzed from 16,741 participants who wore the device for at least 10 hours a day, on at least four days.


Interview With Author Rick Morrison Co-Author Of The Hug Store

We had the most wonderful time interviewing author Rick Morrison, co-author of The Hug Store. Discover how his very talented and creative daughter co-wrote and inspired a children's book that is having positive ripple effects beyond their wildest dreams.

Hear why he intuitively knew he needed to add information for parents and teachers on teaching kids about hugging and safe touching. He also share's an exciting announcement about a new book he's a part of called Dancing In The Unknown.

Rick will be hosting a major event taking place next year. You don't want to miss this, you're going to want to join in!

Be sure to connect with Rick on Facebook to stay connected.

You can purchase The Hug Store on Amazon. Available in hardcover or on Kindle.

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Sleeping Tight? Catching Enough Z's May Be More Important Than You Think

We've all experienced the feeling of running on almost no sleep. Especially as parents, it's often inevitable to push through the day groggy and exhausted. Unfortunately, it's easy to make this a pattern, shorting yourself of sleep night after night.

And it turns out that missing out on quality Z's is more harmful to our health than we thought.

Most health professionals recommend seven to nine hours of sleep per night, but what happens when you miss the mark?

Not enough sleep can affect your mood...

In fact, one British study found that the consequences of skipping sleep could be more than just crankiness. The researchers' control group was restricted to just four hours of sleep for three nights.

"There were increases in anxiety, depression and stress, also increases in paranoia and feelings of mistrust about other people", Sarah Reeve, a doctoral student in charge of the experiment, said in a statement to BBC. "Given that this happened after only three nights of sleep deprivation, that is pretty impressive."


Children's Book Review: The Forgetful Elephant

The Forgetful Elephant By Andrew Newman
Illustrated By Liesl Bell

We love how in each book of The Conscious Bedtime Story Club Series starts with an easy breathing meditation. Snuggle breathing.

The Forgetful Elephant is light and fun reading for your kids. Imaginations can run wild! This book touches upon the importance of self-love and acceptance, and how it is a big part of this human experience. 


Children's Book Review A Little Light

A Little Lite By Andrew Newman
Illustrated By Rosie Balyuzi

Each book in this series starts with easy breathing meditations. 
Snuggle breathing, 4 easy beautiful written simple sentences that get you on a right path of relaxing and breathing comfortably, then you take off and enjoy A Little Light.

It starts off as a story then you soon come to the realization this is you. We start off so complete. As we grow, we lose a little bit of confidence or knowing what we know. We go searching high and low for what we were born with all along. 

There are so many varieties of loving human beings out here on our planet to help us along the way when our inside light gets a little dim. Then the breakthrough happens. Your light shines on, inside and out. It can light up any room YOU enter because you are there and you are the light! 

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Children's Book Review: The Dad Who Didn't Know

The Dad Who Didn't Know By Andrew Newman
Illustrated By Adam Carnegie

This delightful children's book comes with an easy breathing snuggle breathing meditation. Four simple sentences that set the tone for each of these books in this series. Your children will come from a whole different space and time after the breathing exercise they choose to repeat out loud, then they go on an emotional ride seeing a perception from a dads point of view of how he doesn't know everything and keeps being too hard on himself. Soon he realizes truly what it means to have a family and how we all teach each other on very different levels.


The fish who nearly drowned in his search for water, Children's Book Review

The fish who nearly drowned in his search for water 

By Andrew Newman

Illustrated by Marcelle Marais 

We start with an easy breathing meditation....Snuggle Breathing....
4 simple sentences that send you on your way to enjoying the fish who nearly drowned in his search for water. A great lesson for us all young and old. We search and search, high and low and then low and behold it has been there in us and around us all the time "LOVE".

It appears we have blinders on in life and then POOF, they sometimes Magically disappear and what you have been seeking all along is by your side and inside and on top of us all.