Happy Brand New You!!!

2017

OMG 15 days have passed since we have welcomed 2017 and yes, It has been ages since my last post, I am well aware…since March last year to be more precise (WOWWW)…. However…However… this is not without good reason. And in this instance that reason takes the unmistakable shape of Relocation with pretty much brand new everything! Brand new location, brand new flat, brand new routines, schools for the girls, brand new community, new friendships, new neighbours and everything else you can imagine. After five years of living in our beloved Apartment in Taipa and after counting endless months (more than a handle ;)) in Macau, we upped sticks to the sticks…. well to not that far…to our dear neighbour –> Hong Kong… But more about that later, Now we focus on keep going into 2017 right, we focus on keep rolling with the Resolutions, we focus on keep going recharged, rejuvenated and absolutely ready to embrace this brand new chapter of 365 pages.

The new year is the perfect time for a clean start and a new outlook on what you want to achieve this year. Whether is boosting your endurance, getting into shape or simply make more time for yourself, consider this a chance to make your brightest dreams a reality. It’s  an opportunity to reflect on the past and to challenge yourself to new begginings. This is the time to Dream Big – and start the change NOW – and you don’t need to relocate like I did.

Want to clean up your diet and choose healthy foods that will also help you to drop the unwanted kgs? Conquer the clutter; over scheduling (yep, I know!!), and other unwanted obstacles that often stand in your way? Whatever your hopes and wishes are for the coming year, use the turning of the calendar to put them into action.

It all starts with you and Don’t wait for a Monday or the 1st of the Next Month. Start Now!!!

If you are new to fitness or coming back after a long layoff – it happens to all of us – turn to my special “Beginners Fitness guide for Women” which includes comprehensive workouts and an easy and affordable diet plan that you can follow. You will also find easy and yummy pre-post/post-workout snacks in our recipe menu and don’t forget to share/tag your New-Year New-You goals and accomplishments with our brand new #thebodybymari on Instagram.

Happy and Healthy New Year Everyone

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Asana of the Month…

Get a Glow People!!!

It’s time tp get your blood circulating and boost your body for Spring with this revitalising posture

Forward Bend or Uttanasana with Clasped hands

Two-Fit-Moms-in-PrasaritaTo increase the stretch in the back of your legs, lean slightly forward and lift up a couple of centimetres onto the balls of your feet.

How to do it:

  • Stand with your legs wide and toes turned in
  • Interlace your hands behind your back with arms straight.
  • Exhale: bend forward from your hip joints and lengthen through the front of your torso
  • With straight knees, bring your hands towards the floor behind your back, while pressing your heels firmly onto the floor.
  • With each inhalation in the pose, lift and lengthen the front of your torso just slightly; and with each exhalation release a little more fully into the forward bend.
  • Let your head hang from the root of your neck and stay in the pose for 30 sec to 1 minute.
  • Take a deep breath before bringing your hands back onto your hips and pressing your tailbone down and into the pelvis. 
  • Stand up very slowly. Vertebrae by vertebrae. Head should be the last – to avoid dizziness
  • Repeat at least 4 times.

The Benefits:

This is one of my fav. postures. This calming posture helps lengthen hamstrings, calves, gluten and spine and strengthens your inner legs and knees. It stimulates blood flow and digestion and reduces fatigue.

Like the prayer hands variation, this pose is going to help you open up all the muscles in your shoulders, as well as creating openness and space in your chest. I love this pose because it also works to open up the biceps and forearms—muscles we tend to forget about when we are stretching.

12 tricks for Radiant Beauty…

Keeping your youthful looks is easy when you know how. From brain training and clever make-up application to eating mindfully and upping your collagen, these 12 quick tips will keep you on track baby.

1.Eat mindfully. Its’s not new that as we age, our metabolism slows down  – which is why you can pile on the pounds more easily. The simplest way to weight management is to stop eat mindlessly. How: Turn off the TV, computer and mobile phone and put away books or magazines – when eating, just eat and pay attention to what you are eating, how much and how. Don’t overeat. Hear when your body is full and learn how to differentiate between emotional eating and true hunger. This is a great lesson for your kids too.

2. Stay Sharp. Improve your memory , speed, reaction times and other cognitive abilities with 5 minutes of online gaming. The games are fun and engaging such as matching colors and shapes and moving things around the screen.

3.Find a good face cream. As we ALL know, a good moisturiser should hydrate, nourish and protect your skin from environmental damage. Organic, Natural or botanical-packed face creams can be just as high-performing as synthetic alternatives. Weleda and Avène are two of my favourite brands :)

4.Drink yourself Beautiful. Collagen occurs naturally in our bodies and helps keep skin looking plump and youthful. Liquid supplements containing collagen are said to help hydrate skin , keeping it looking healthier and can be a more efficient way of ingesting the ingredients as absorption relies less on the gut as nutrients are assimilated more quickly into the bloodstreem.

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5.Supplement your skin too. If you’re thinking of taking supplements, look out for these nutrients:

Vitamin B’s: these help metabolise proteins and fats and are essential for cell renewal and supple skin. Eat: Green leafy veggies and watercress

Vitamin C: an antioxidant used by your body for tissue repair and skin-firming collagen formation. Eat: Kale

Probiotics: a healthy gut equals healthy skin, so feed yours with these healthy bacterias. Eat: sourdough bread (contains lactobacillus that produces lactic acid = aids digestion), fermented foods like kefir yoghurt and sauerkraut

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Vitamin E: an essential antioxidant and protector for skin. Eat: Sunflower seeds, almonds and spinach

Omega 3: proven to help reduce the body’s production of inflammatory compounds and keep skin cells flexible. Eat: 2 servings of yummy salmon, halibut, sardines or anchovies a week.

Deep inside the gut is where real ageing begins

6. Try the make-up face lift. You can lift away the years with a fresher make-up look. Try the following:

To plump:layer your skin to give a plumped-up, cushiony look to skin.Tap a small amount of day oil onto your face, avoiding the T-zone and follow by softly massaging in a pea-sized amount a day cream. Massage as you go.

To Brighten: Bright eyes are a sign of youth, so why not give yourself an instant boost by lightening and correcting under the eyes. How? Mix your concealer or foundation with a dab of day cream to soften the formula and avoid caking around the eyes.

Pop: Dust blush onto the apples of your cheeks. How: To create a “younger” appearance, dust the same blusher you use on your cheeks to just under the eye brow in your socket of your eyelid.

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7. Get some light. Swap your subbed for a lighted. Light therapy facials are now a popular alternative to more invasive treatments. UV-free, LED light is claimed to repair and rejuvenate the skin and boost your mood.

8. Deepen your sleep. Sleep pushes premature ageing back. Overnight is when the body produces the most growth hormones, which aid cell and tissue repair. For long restful sleep, avoid consuming heavy rich foods at least two hours before bed, unwind with a relaxing bath and out a few drops of soothing essential oils on your pillow. If you have babies at home like myself, the trick is to go to bed if not at the same time, at least 45 minutes after put the kids in bed.I know that i will have at least 6 to 6.30hours on non-interrupted sleep (from 8pm to 2.30am – when Maya wakes up for her sleep feed). Then i sleep another 4 hours until Maya wakes up for the day…Some nights are better then others, but i try to stick to this routine as much as possible. 

9. Check your DNA. Matching your skincare to your genetics might sound too sci-fi but this is no futuristic fantasy. DNA profiling your skin is said to identify what predispositions are present in skin, such as whether it’s susceptible to faster or slower breakdown of collagen. Then, the appropriate skincare with the right ingredients mix and concentration is prescribed.

10. Do Yoga for your age. Traditional Yoga prescribes different practices to keep you at your best in different stages of life. In your twenties, for example, your body naturally demands a physical, dynamic and fast-flowing practice to loosen the body and help you burn off adrenal glands, which will simply get you fired up and may not complement an already demanding schedule. You still want a strong practice, but one that helps to balance and maintain your wellness. By choosing a slower practice and changing the focus from doing to being, you may feel some of yoga’s profound benefits as it starts to work on a parasympathetic level.

Tune in to your breath and how your body is breathing and you’ll start to feel more grounded, while awareness areas of the brain light up, heart rate goes down, brain activity gets quieter and emotions are more balanced.

Over time, this means less of the stress hormone cortisol, which can accelerate ageing, and you may even find challenges in daily life easier to manage.

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11. Halt hair ageing. Greys, dryness and lack of shine can all mean your hair is struggling with AGE. Please invest in a good shampoo like herb ones, Oils silicone-free to smooth end and add shine. These oils, will nourish hair, seal ends and de-frizz. Choose those with plant extracts and natural oils only.

12. Sculpt your face. If you buy one thing to enhance your graceful-ageing efforts, make it the Lift&Sculpt Butterfly Stone – you can order online. By using the contours of the rose quartz stone, you can massage and sculpt your jawline and cheek, drain away puffiness from under your eyes, lift eyebrows and help smooth away fine lines and wrinkles – WOW. It’s natural, simple and you can see the effects instantly. This product is LOVED by A Listers including Jennifer Aniston and Linda Evangelista. Its the most natural and easiest tool to use and was created by Georgia Louise. 

Please start today!

 

Good news Healthonistas !!!

Haaa a few new words for your vocabulary! Healthonista and Healthonism…have you ever heard about it?If not, find out the meaning of these perfect words below and start applying it to your daily healthy lifestyle.

The latest trend for combining health and hedonism is BOOMINGGG in Australia and Europe, specially in the U.K…

Gym or happy hour?Yoga class or clubbing?Mojitos or green juice? Yes, we do know it a though choice sometimes but thanks to the rise of healthonism = health + hedonism – you don’t have to be torn much longer.

The latest trend for mindful partying blends a healthy fitness routine with a healthy social life. Exercise merging with excess has been a growing theme over the past few years – while events such as Colour Run or Nike’s We Own the Night have helped turn fitness into a fun event you sign up to do with your bestie. But in the past year, the idea has shifted to a whole new level….into workouts combined with  proper after-party….

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Today, healthonism events are a regular feature in the fitness calendar. Not in Macau tho, but Hong Kong is slowly getting there. For a pure healthonism experience, you will have to look up in your country.

Cold Pressing for the perfect Cocktails! Healthy drinking is a core element of healthonism. Some Juice brands have unveiled a range of cold-pressed juices that create body-boosting cocktails when mixed with vodka for example. Others, developed a whole range of cocktails with ingredients you’d normally find in healthy stores like Maca or Spirulina.

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While the usual advice is to avoid alcohol if you are serious about fitness, there’s actually some evidence that healthonistas might have got it right. A study reveals that people tend to exercise more on the same days they drink more – sounds paradox – but it seems we are inclined to push ourselves much harder during a workout when we can reward ourselves afterwards with a few drinks with out fitness buddies.

Signs you’re a Healthonista

  • Your morning after routine involves yoga and coconut water instead of coffee and Nurofen
  • If it’s not bright enough to be seen at a fitness rave, it doesn’t  make it into your workout wardrobe
  • You’ve seen a sunrise twice in a week. Once getting home and once going for a run
  • Your kitchen shelves are groaning with coconut oil and almond butter, along with artisan vodka and organic wine
  • Your ideal holiday is two weeks in Ibiza = 1 week partying and the other 1 detoxing
  • Your instagram feed is a mix of workout shots, sunsets, sunrises, palm tree, juicy burgers or cake

The veredict: Can healthonism be actually healthy for you? Like everything in life, if you can keep both parts of that lifestyle going…as long as you do it with moderation. But how long can you keep it up for? As long as you get older, it takes your body a lot longer to recover, whether it’s from a night out or from doing a tough workout. The key to a truly healthonistic lifestyle : Enjoy both, without doing either to excess.

So you can definitely sign put for that Glow with the Flow Class with cocktail – just make sure it’s not the only way you exercise this year 😉

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Glowing in November

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November marks the beginning of the festivities at home and within my Family. There are Birthdays, Family gatherings, Family dinners, lunches, Baby Showers, Births, X’mas tree arrival, family getaways, school breaks, X’mas, New year..uh la la….all the way till January…It is definitely one of the most antecipated time of the year.  

A little bit late – but always on time  – It’s Nov. 9th in my Calendar – i will post about having a Healthy Holistic Month and help you get prepared to the festivities ahead in case you have a busy agenda like myself.

We want POSITIVE VIBES ONLY!

Instead of ruminating about negative things, try to savour, relive, enjoy and share the positive events of your day!

FIND PEACE

It is very important to observe our emotions. One common negative emotion is anger. Anger comes in all shapes, sizes and features. When we observe that anger is present and mindfully identify it, it will loose it’s destructive nature.

Only when we are angry and not observing our anger does it become destructive.

Try concentrating on your breathing and follow this:

Breathing in, I know that i am angry. Breathing out, I know i must take care of my anger.

Breathing in, i know that anger is still here. Breathing out, I know that anger is in me and i know that mindfulness is in me also.

Breathing in, I know that i can take care of my anger. Breathing out, i calm my anger.

TRIM YOUR WAIST BABY

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We all know that carrying excess weight around the middle is very ageing.

Fat stored deep in the stomach – visceral fat – causes chronic inflammation in the body = contributes to age-related disease, including type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

  • Beat belly fat with plenty of cardio exercise
  • Get enough restful sleep
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  • Lower your stress levels
  • Cut down on carbs and increase protein

COMBAT WINTER FATIGUE

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With this great Austrian natural remedy. Is nothing but a tea with soup ingredients.

The antibacterial and disinfectant properties of garlic combined with the stimulating and antispasmodic properties of parsley work amazingly. 

  • Chives – high in Vitamin C, blood cleansing and loosen phlegm;
  • Cayenne pepper – stimulates circulation and is detoxifying. It also helps fight off infection and inflammation

Ingredients:

240ml water, 2 peeled garlic cloves, 3 springs of fresh parsley, 3 fresh chives, 1 pinch of cayenne pepper

Directions:

Boil the water, remove from heat and add the garlic – allow to infuse for 10 minutes.

Chop the parsley and chives and add to the infusion then add the pepper.

Strain into a cup and drink.

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Natural Ways to Stay Younger

Uncategorized | November 24, 2014 | By

Hello, fountain of youth! Stay young with these amazing, completely natural age erasers that boost brain power, stop stress, and smooth skin!!

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Stress Less

Getting older — without being doomed to wrinkle-dom and jiggly thighs — does not require a high-priced trainer and a bucket o’ Botox. We swear it. We know it. Stay young, look and feel everyday fabulous, by doing everyday smart things:

  • exercise,
  • eat healthy,
  • de-stress

Give yourself a break

Recent studies show that stress causes physical changes in the body that can accelerate aging. Surges of the hormones adrenaline and cortisol cause blood pressure to rise and the heart to beat faster. These days, when our stressors seem unrelenting (a steady stream of job pressures, traffic jams, money problems), chronic doses of adrenaline and cortisol take a heavy toll on our physical and emotional health. “Sixty to 90 percent of all doctors’ visits each year are related to anxiety, depression, obsessive anger and hostility, insomnia, high blood pressure, heart attacks — all problems caused by stress.

The most effective way to halt this destructive chain of events is to meditate. The technique involves repeating a mantra — a word, sound, phrase, or prayer — for as little as 10 minutes a day. A 2005 study conducted at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston showed that meditation helped prevent age-related changes in the brain.

Try it! How? Once or twice daily, for 10 to 20 minutes (yes, you do have the time — you just have to make it), sit in a quiet place, close your eyes, relax your muscles, roll your head, neck, and shoulders, and breathe deeply. On each exhale, repeat your mantra. If other thoughts try to invade, tell yourself, “Oh, well,” and return to your word or phrase. When you’re done, keep your eyes closed for an extra minute; slowly allow everyday thoughts to flow back into your mind. Still not into the idea of meditation? Do yoga, or something active and repetitive, like running, instead. Focus on your breathing and how your feet land with each stride. Get your to-do list out of your head.

Consume more fat

The healthy kind, that is. Omega-3 fatty acids (found in salmon, walnuts, and seeds) help stabilize your mood, maintain bone strength, and help prevent visible signs of aging by reducing inflammation in the body. Omega-3s also boost the ability of the body’s enzymes to pull fat out of storage — from your hips, say — and use it as energy. Omega-3s keep you healthy and your skin radiant.

Try it! You need two grams of omega-3 fatty acids a day. Eat plenty of fatty fish such as wild salmon (a 3-ounce serving has 6.9 grams), as well as walnuts (one-half ounce has 9.2 grams). If you aren’t getting enough omega-3s from your diet, consider taking fish-oil supplements.

Get off the couch

Not only does regular exercise help you lose weight, tone muscles, build healthier bones, and boost mood, it can also help you think clearly. Studies cited by the National Institute on Aging demonstrate a connection between physical exercise and better brain power. “Walking for just 10 minutes a day lowers your risk of Alzheimer’s by 40 percent,” says Gary Small, MD, director of the UCLA Center on Aging and coauthor of The Healthy Brain Kit. “Physical conditioning reduces stress and anxiety, which wipe out your memory bank.”

Try it! Make time for three 20-minute workouts a week. Run, bike, swim, dance — do whatever you enjoy most.

Feel the love

Anyone who’s ever fallen head over heels or discovered an activity that makes them eager to jump out of bed in the morning knows that passion is a powerful drug. It’s the central motivation of all human activity. The ability to embrace life boosts self-esteem, fuels the immune system, and improves cardiovascular health. Passion in bed can be particularly beneficial: “Loving touches release hormones, including oxytocin, that reduce stress and anxiety,” says Mehmet Oz, MD, professor of surgery and vice chairman of cardiovascular services at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University, as well as the coauthor of You on a Diet. “If sex is a purely hedonistic process, it won’t have the same results.”

Try it! Banish boredom and isolation at all costs. Rekindle the flames with your partner. Or discover a new love in the form of a mental or physical pursuit: Take up painting, join a book club, start a running program. Do whatever it is that makes you feel energized and alive.

Drink red wine

Last fall, a groundbreaking study showed that mice on a high-fat diet supplemented with resveratrol, a substance found in the skin of grapes, had longer average lifespans than those not given the resveratrol. According to the study’s co-lead researcher Rafael de Cabo, PhD, of the National Institute on Aging, resveratrol clearly reduced the risk of diabetes and liver problems in mice, leading to a significant decline in obesity-related deaths. But here’s the catch: “You’d have to drink 180 bottles of red wine a day to get the same benefits,” says Dr. Roizen.

Researchers are working now to improve the potency of resveratrol in order to develop a pill that contains the optimum amount of the substance. In the meantime, there’s plenty of evidence that a little red wine can offset a host of health problems. A new animal study from Johns Hopkins University suggested that red wine can diminish brain damage caused by stroke by as much as 40 percent. And research released last year showed that grape-seed procyanidins, found in red wine, helps reduce arterial clogging, resulting in lower blood-cholesterol levels and a reduction in deaths from heart disease.

Try it! Until an optimally potent resveratrol pill is available, enjoy red wine, but it’s best to follow the latest alcohol guidelines from the American Medical Association and drink no more than one glass (5 ounces) a day for your health.

Do yoga

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More energy, better posture, greater flexibility, improved mood, and less stress are just some of the rewards of this mind-body workout. Yoga means ‘union’ in Sanskrit. Through conscious yoga breathing, you become aware of the connection between mind and body. That translates into major anti-aging advantages. Yogic breathing has been shown to oxygenate the cells, ridding them of toxins, helping prevent illness, and making skin radiant. Unlike other exercises, yoga poses are designed to work the inside of your body as well as the outside, which helps rejuvenate the digestive system, the reproductive system, even the immune system. Yoga is like wringing your body out like a washcloth. It’s one of the best ways to keep things moving.

Try it! Practice yoga or other mind-body activities at least twice a week to give yourself an energy boost, help build bone mass, and de-stress. I will resume teaching in February 2015. Start booking today!

Bite into a Superfruit

There’s a good reason we’re hearing so much about pomegranates these days. They are more beneficial than other fruits. Pomegranate juice has been found to lower cholesterol and blood pressure, possibly delay the onset of atherosclerosis, and potentially help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease; researchers believe it may also help prevent some forms of cancer from starting or progressing. Pomegranates can also protect the skin from damage caused by UV rays, according to a study published last March.

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Another promising anti-ager is the goji berry, a fruit native to Tibet that boasts 500 times more vitamin C by weight than an orange and is considered to be the most abundant source of carotenoids, a type of antioxidant, on earth. This little nutritional powerhouse — which tastes like a denser, sweeter cranberry — also contains more iron than spinach, 18 amino acids, calcium, magnesium, zinc, selenium, and vitamins B1, B2, B6 and E, according to Dr. Perricone. The goji berry stimulates the release of human growth hormone, a natural substance in the body that improves our ability to sleep, helps us look younger, reduces fat, improves memory, boosts libido, and enhances the immune system.

Try it! Snack on a handful of dried goji berries throughout the day. Be sure to buy ones from Tibet, because they have high serum levels. In addition, drink pomegranate juice. Not a fan of the flavor? Buy it in concentrate and add a tablespoonful daily to kefir (or plain yogurt). For dewy skin, try Rodial’s Wrinkle Smoother, a pomegranate-infused anti-aging serum with marine extracts and vitamin C created to plump wrinkles, block sun and give a youthful glow.

Sip green tea

The health buzz about this brew keeps getting stronger: Last year, green tea was found to reduce the risk of breast cancer and prevent remissions, and now it’s being tested as a way to help prevent bladder, colorectal, and lung cancer recurrence. “Green tea is an amazing compound in terms of blocking the signaling network that is linked with the progression of cancer,” says Amy Yee, PhD, a professor of biochemistry at Tufts University and principal investigator of the cancer study. It’s also an effective weight-management agent because it appears to rev up metabolism. Preliminary research indicates that green tea may even help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. A Japanese study published last year in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that drinking at least one cup a day can help keep your brain sharp as you get older.

Try it! Sip two or three cups daily for the ultimate health benefits.

Slather your skin with supplements

Retinol, a type of vitamin A (and a nonprescription, weaker-strength relative of Retin-A), is considered the most effective over-the-counter treatment to smooth the skin and prevent wrinkles. Retinols cause the skin to gently peel, revealing a silkier, rosier, and more supple layer. Dr. Perricone touts the benefits of alpha lipoic acid, a potent antioxidant that naturally occurs in the body. “Alpha lipoic acid is a wonderful anti-aging mechanism,” he says. It has been shown to reduce fine lines, improve skin texture, tighten pores, and give skin a general radiance.

Another powerful age-defying ingredient is madecassol, or madecassoside, an Asian plant extract that helps plump the skin, minimize fine lines, and restore a youthful glow. Madecassol has been used in France for decades to help heal scars and wounds. European studies have also found that it helps diminish wrinkles, restores firmness to skin, and hydrates skin cells.

Try it! Look for skin creams containing retinols or try products containing alpha lipoic acid.

Another good way to ensure cell turnover, protect your skin against free radicals, and stimulate collagen growth is to apply vitamin C serum under your moisturizer and makeup. Finally, be sure to use a broad-spectrum sunblock every day to protect against UVA and UVB rays, which cause aging and skin cancer.

Do mental aerobics

Brain exercises can prevent cognitive decline, and the benefits can last for as many as five years. A research has found that a two-week program of mental training can actually rewire the brain.

Try it! Strengthen your mind every day by doing crossword puzzles, Sudoku, or Brain Games, a handheld electronic game developed by Dr. Small that uses numbers, sequences, and word play to condition the left and right spheres of the brain.

No more excuses !!

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