The Secret To A Happy Workout? The Color Green

It’s no secret that working out amid nature — from a city park to a country trail — improves the experience for many. In fact, studies show that those who exercise out of doors boost the mental health benefit of their workout by 50 percent.

But another study, released earlier this year and making news this month suggests that one reason nature puts us so at ease is simply because of its color: green.

Researchers from the University of Essex in England designed a study to investigate how color affects the mood of those mid-workout. In it, 14 college-age men rode stationary bikes for three five-minute periods while watching a video clip of nature scenes. Each video had a color filter that rendered the image green, then black and white, then red for one of the three five-minute periods. Between each segment, the subjects answered questions about their mood.

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Exercise At Home: Stay Fit Without Setting Foot In The Gym

By Elisa Zied for U.S. News Health

If you’re like most Americans who want to stay fit and active, there’s a good chance that if you haven’t already (or recently) joined a gym, the thought has likely crossed your mind — especially as the new year approaches. Perhaps financial, logistical or other concerns have precluded you from joining a gym. Then again, maybe the mere thought of joining a gym — and actually having to go to it! — makes you sweat (if not break out in hives), because it’s just not your thing.

Whatever your excuse for not stepping foot in a gym, the good news is that you never really have to look much farther than your own home, backyard, local park or even your office to get — and stay — fit, and reap the many benefits regular physical activity provides.

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Dr. Michael J. Breus: Does Your Teen Sleep Like a Zombie? There’s a Reason for That

Biological changes are an important part of the teen-sleep picture, but they don’t tell the whole story. Combined with these biological shifts are environmental and lifestyle factors that also can interfere with teens’ sleep.
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Margaret Paul, Ph.D.: Do You Feel Full Inside or Empty Inside?

Inner emptiness does not come from a lack of something external — not even a lack of being loved by someone else. It comes from a lack of one thing only: a lack of awareness of the love that is the energy we live in.
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Fast Food ‘Healthy Options’ Don’t Mean Fewer Calories

We at Healthy Living have long known that the ‘healthy’ items on fast food menus can be anything but. And now, a new study has confirmed that observation: although menus grew between 1996 and 2010 to include 53 percent more items, the average number of calories in each item hasn’t changed significantly.

The major growth area on menus during this 14-year period has been toward “healthy” salads, yogurt parfaits and other lighter-seeming fare. Unfortunately, these items aren’t rendered less caloric merely by the addition of iceberg lettuce or apple slices.

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GPS Guide: December Resolutions And Reflections (PHOTOS, QUOTES, PLAYLIST)

The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life — and your well-being — off course. GPS For The Soul can help you find your way back to balance.

GPS Guides are our way of showing you what has relieved others’ stress in the hopes that you will be able to identify solutions that work for you. We all have de-stressing “secret weapons” that we pull out in times of tension or anxiety, whether they be photos that relax us or make us smile, songs that bring us back to our heart, quotes or poems that create a feeling of harmony, or meditative exercises that help us find a sense of silence and calm. We encourage you to look at the GPS Guide below, visit our other GPS Guides here, and share with us your own personal tips for finding peace, balance and tranquility.

December: The last month of the year. As we reflect upon our 2012 resolutions, we revel in our accomplishments, and dissect the goals we have yet to complete.

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Steven O’Dell, West Virginia Coal Mine Electrician, Killed At Pocahontas Mine A White Buck Portal

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Separate accidents at two West Virginia coal operations Friday left one worker dead, two others injured and a fourth worker missing, company and state mine safety officials said.

An electrician was killed when he became caught between a scoop and a continuous mining machine around 1:30 a.m. at the Pocahontas Mine A White Buck Portal near Rupert in Greenbrier County, said Leslie Fitzwater of the state Office of Miners’ Health Safety and Training.

The mine is owned by White Buck Coal Co., a subsidiary of Virginia-based Alpha Natural Resources. Alpha identified the victim as Steven O’Dell, 27, of Mount Nebo, an employee of its Alex Energy subsidiary. It’s the sixth mining fatality in West Virginia this year.

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Super Soul Sunday: Oprah And Eden Alexander Discuss ‘Proof Of Heaven’ After His Near-Death Experience (VIDEO)

Watch in the video above, as Oprah sits down with neurosurgeon Eben Alexander, whose remarkable near-death experience radically shifted his faith. At age 54, he was forced into a coma by a life-threatening strain of bacterial meningitis. The doctor claims this near-death experience propelled him to heaven and back. He describes his experience as “a beautiful gift, in knowing God is real.”

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ASUS Nexus 7 docking station to arrive in December

Sometime early next month, ASUS will be launching a docking station for the Nexus 7. The device is the first of its kind, and is priced at 3,480 Yen, which is about $40USD. The pictures show the Nexus 7 being docked in landscape mode, with an audio port and micro USB port on the back of the unit.

The Nexus 7 docking station features a 3.5mm audio port on the back. Says the website, “It is necessary to connect the USB AC adapter [when using audio output] to power the docking station at all times.” The Nexus has to be running Android 4.2 in order to use the dock. The unit measures in at 219mm x 65mm x 30mm, and weighs about 280 grams.

This is the only Nexus 7 docking station available with an audio output feature. It appears to have been available for preorder at some point, with the product page stating both “Now accepting reservations” and “Reservation has ended.” There’s no definite date for when it will be released, with the website merely stating “Will be released in early December 2012.” Of course, that could be as early as next week, so you might be able to nab one before Christmas.

The Nexus 7 runs Android Jelly Bean, and brings with it a host of hardware that makes the price-to-power ratio excellent. Inside you’ll find an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor. The display is a cool 7-inches offering 1280 x 800 resolution. It has all the trimmings, including a gyroscope and accelerometer. You can check out our full review of the tablet here.

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ASUS Nexus 7 docking station to arrive in December is written by Brittany Hillen & originally posted on SlashGear.
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Ouya Developer Consoles Shipping On The 28th Of December

Ouya previously announced that its one-of-a-kind gaming console is already on its Engineering Verification Testing (EVT) phase, which means that its official launch is just around the corner. Today, the company is confirming the shipments of Ouya to developers who supported the project on Kickstarter.

“To the hundreds of developers who backed us through Kickstarter to get their hands on our advance dev consoles: Mark your calendars! On December 28, they leave the factory and should arrive within a couple of days (we’ve heard that Turkey and Russia might take a bit longer). Yes, we are shipping these to you on time, as promised,” the company said.

The developer version of the console is an early version of Ouya. It is designed to help developers build and test games on the console. Additionally, Ouya says that the early version of its OUYA Development Kit (ODK) will also be made available to supporting developers on the 28th of December via a web portal where they can download the ODK.

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