In Case You Missed It: Powerful Reads That Will Help You Recharge This Weekend

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A great way to recharge after a long week is with a few good reads that can help you refresh and refocus. Here’s a round-up of enriching content recently published on BlackEnterprise.com that will prepare you for whatever challenges may come your way next week.

 

5 Steps to Rebuild Your Confidence and Get Stuff Done

 

Are you struggling to boost your energy and passion for life? Discover how to overcome confidence traps by building strong habits and routines.

 

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Successful entrepreneurs have learned how to use effective techniques to continuously build and rebuild confidence, in order to achieve their goals.

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On International Day of Happiness, Here’s How to Wake Up Happy Like Michael Strahan

 

The former NFL player shares why being successful wasn’t enough to put a smile on his face.

 

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On this International Day of Happiness, we’re taking inspiration from Michael Strahan, who literally wrote the book on how to wake up happy.

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One Secret to Being a Powerful Woman? Being More Open

 

The message was clear at the 2017 Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit.

(Image: Executive Managing Editor Alisa Gumbs at the Grand Canyon after the Women of Power Summit)

 

At the 2017 Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit, this message was clear: being more open is one of the secrets of claiming your power.

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Nurse Alice: The Noise that Helps You Sleep Better

 

This may be the cure to your sleepless nights.

 

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You’ve heard that white noise can help you fall asleep faster and snooze more soundly, but according to science, pink noise may be even better.

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5 Pick Me Ups for the Stressed Out Business Owner

 

The best way for an entrepreneur to relax.

 

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The life of a business owner is one heck of an emotional ride, filled with really high highs and really low lows. Here are a few great pick-me-ups.

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5 Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts for the Mind, Body, and Soul

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. There’s going to be a lot of the traditional flowers and candy gift-giving occurring, but in the spirit of American Heart Month, here are some thoughtful gifts ideas with a healthy spin. Consider giving your loved one a gift of love that helps them self-love their mind, body, and soul.

 

Tip 1: Skip the Restaurant, Cook

 

Skip the traditional dinner and go out on a cozy cooking date so you can put a healthy spin on your food. When you’re mindful of what is in your food, you have an opportunity to make healthy substitutes and be more conscious of calories and portion control. And there’s research that suggests women are more aroused by men when observed cooking in the kitchen versus working a power drill.

 

Tip 2: Trade Flowers for Fruit

 

Instead of a bouquet of flowers, try a bouquet of fresh fruit.  They’re just as beautiful, and it’s a creative and healthy sweet option that provides more bang for your buck. Not only are they just as gorgeous as real flowers, she can eat them too.

 

Tip 3: Dark Chocolate

 

If you’re going to buy chocolate because that’s what she loves, make sure it’s dark chocolate. It’s the healthiest of all the chocolates. It has tons of health benefits when eaten in moderation. It’s full of antioxidants that bind to free radicals in our bodies that are known to be culprits in causing heart disease and many cancers. And if she likes nuts with her chocolate, opt for almonds. Almonds contain lots of healthy fats, fiber, protein, magnesium and vitamin E. The health benefits of almonds include lower blood sugar levels, reduced blood pressure, and lower cholesterol levels. They can also reduce hunger and promote weight loss.

 

 

Tip 4: Body Cream

 

Gift her with a scented body cream. When she looks and smells good, she feels more attractive, which can boost her confidence. It is also important for having healthy skin. Your skin is the largest organ in your body and is the first line of defense when it comes to preventing infection. So clean, moisturized, and intact skin that smells good not only feels and looks good but it’s also healthy, both physically and mentally. Not to mention this is definitely a zero calories kind of gift.

 

Tip 5: Send a Message

 

Give yourself through a video message to start the day telling someone how much he or she means to you. This is low-cost and intimate and definitely a one-of-a-kind gift. Take the time to not only tell someone that you love him or her, but why. It doesn’t need to be professionally made or scripted like a movie. Be thoughtful and speak from the heart. This type of gift can trump expensive and lavish gifts anytime. It also promotes healthy communication, intimacy, and will definitely earn you brownie points.

Stuck in a Rut? 5 Ways to Discover Your Strength — #TechieFit 2017

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Staying on track with your fitness goals can be difficult. But as singer, model, and Empire actress V. Bozeman says, “Don’t you get it twisted, cause you know I’m ’bout my business—GO!” When it comes to strength, you can’t live without it, you can’t love without it, and you can’t even focus without it.

Romy Antoine and I have previously shared five steps to help you set your fitness goals and five steps to help you focus on your fitness objectives. Now, here are five steps to help you maintain strength as you accomplish your fitness goals.

 

1. Join a Challenge

 

Stuck in a rut and ready to call it quits? Consider joining a fitness challenge or race to get fired-up again. This is great because you’ll have a structured plan, with a timeline to train and complete the goal. An obstacle course race may be just hard enough to get you in shape, but fun enough to keep you motivated. Plus, you can do it with a team of friends!

If you don’t know where to find these races, download the Obstacle and Mud Race Finder app. This lets you search for all types of races in your area. You can even try out some smaller events, if you aren’t ready for big brandname ones like Spartan Race or Tough Mudder.

2. Looking for a Personal Trainer? There’s an App for That

 

There’s nothing worse than getting dressed, heading to the gym, and looking around without a clue where to start. Many people don’t know how to put together their own routines or do the exercises. You can hire a trainer, or at least take advantage of an introductory session to learn some basic exercises.

If you’re someone with a hectic schedule, but you still want to do things on your own, try using the Fitness Builder app. This app has thousands of workouts that range from weight training, to boot camps, to yoga. It also has a library of exercise videos and pictures to help you learn the proper technique. You can even drag-and-drop different exercises to curate personalized workouts.

3. Use a Fitness Tracker

 

Fitness trackers have gained a lot of popularity over the past year, and it’s time you start wearing one! A great tracker is the FitBit Charge, which counts your daily steps, heart rate, calories burned, your sleep cycles, and so much more! It puts this data into charts and graphs, so you can see exactly what you’ve been doing and pinpoint where you need to improve to reach your goals.

4. Hack Your Activities

 

Start adding some extra activities to your day to get you in the habit of moving around more. This can include riding a bike to work, getting off the train a bit early to walk the rest of the way, or even using the furthest restroom from your office to get your body moving. Simple hacks like this can add up to an hour of extra activity and more calories burned each week.

5. Hire a Coach

 

A good coach can help keep you accountable, and push you to the next level. They offer advice, encouragement, and a detailed plan of action. Fitness and nutrition coaches can be rather pricey, but well worth the investment, if you really want the fastest and healthiest results.

However, if you can’t afford the big bucks to get a top-notch coach, try the Coach.Me app. With a database of over 700 coaches, this app lets you choose exactly the type of trainer you need. It also allows you to message and schedule calls with your new coach, after selecting one. There are even customer reviews to help you determine the best person to hire based on your needs.

 

More About Romy Antoine

 

Romy Antoine, founder of RippednFit, is an ace, certified personal trainer, plus a corporate wellness specialist and nutritionist. Earning a bachelor’s degree from University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, with a double major in biology and exercise science and wellness management, he aims at ensuring fitness fun and empowering.  Romy and One Stop Wellness ensures each person who is trained can successfully achieve and track goals by instituting specific fitness apps that are easy to use.

You can learn more about Romy Antoine and One Stop Wellness by visiting @RomyDidIt on Instagram.

Sleep Benefits the Heart and Brain

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Not catching enough Zzz’s or having a sleep disorder can affect cardiovascular health and risk, says the first-ever scientific statement about sleep from the American Heart Association.

“Sleep disorders are very much related to cardiovascular disease,” said Marie-Pierre St-Onge, Ph.D., an associate professor of nutritional medicine at Columbia University in New York City, who chaired the panel that wrote the statement, released Monday. “How [people] choose to spend their nighttime hours is very important to their health.”

Researchers found that sleep issues, especially not sleeping enough, obstructive sleep apnea, and insomnia can influence the risk of obesity, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, stroke, coronary heart disease, and overall cardiovascular disease.

More than one in three U.S. adults do not get enough sleep, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The National Institutes of Health’s National Center on Sleep Disorders Research estimates that sleep disorders, sleep deprivation and sleepiness cost the U.S. healthcare system about $15.9 billion a year.

“It’s fabulous that sleep is getting attention,” said Nancy Collup, M.D., a professor of medicine and neurology and director of the Emory Sleep Center in Atlanta. “Sleep helps to regenerate body tissue and cements the previous day’s memories in the brain,” she said. “But assessing it can be difficult, because of its objective and subjective components.”

“A good night’s sleep allows someone to wake up and go through the next day’s activities without being sleepy or tired,” Dr. Collup said. “If you’re not sleeping well, it can affect your job, interactions with your family, and your overall health.”

Read more at www.blackhealthmatters.com…

Black Health Matters (BHM) is the leading patient and consumer-focused health information website for African Americans. BHM connects health information seekers to the highest quality health content on the web, shared via social media and disseminated at BHM community-based health events. Committed to making African American families healthier, BHM imparts expert advice on disease management while promoting healthier lifestyles. The result is a compelling health content experience that resonates within the cultural context of the user’s life.

 

Sleep Benefits the Heart and Brain

HeartHeart (Image: iStock.com/vystek-photographie)

Not catching enough Zzz’s or having a sleep disorder can affect cardiovascular health and risk, says the first-ever scientific statement about sleep from the American Heart Association.

“Sleep disorders are very much related to cardiovascular disease,” said Marie-Pierre St-Onge, Ph.D., an associate professor of nutritional medicine at Columbia University in New York City, who chaired the panel that wrote the statement, released Monday. “How [people] choose to spend their nighttime hours is very important to their health.”

Researchers found that sleep issues, especially not sleeping enough, obstructive sleep apnea, and insomnia can influence the risk of obesity, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, stroke, coronary heart disease, and overall cardiovascular disease.

More than one in three U.S. adults do not get enough sleep, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The National Institutes of Health’s National Center on Sleep Disorders Research estimates that sleep disorders, sleep deprivation and sleepiness cost the U.S. healthcare system about $15.9 billion a year.

“It’s fabulous that sleep is getting attention,” said Nancy Collup, M.D., a professor of medicine and neurology and director of the Emory Sleep Center in Atlanta. “Sleep helps to regenerate body tissue and cements the previous day’s memories in the brain,” she said. “But assessing it can be difficult, because of its objective and subjective components.”

“A good night’s sleep allows someone to wake up and go through the next day’s activities without being sleepy or tired,” Dr. Collup said. “If you’re not sleeping well, it can affect your job, interactions with your family, and your overall health.”

Read more at www.blackhealthmatters.com…

Black Health Matters (BHM) is the leading patient and consumer-focused health information website for African Americans. BHM connects health information seekers to the highest quality health content on the web, shared via social media and disseminated at BHM community-based health events. Committed to making African American families healthier, BHM imparts expert advice on disease management while promoting healthier lifestyles. The result is a compelling health content experience that resonates within the cultural context of the user’s life.

 

Harlem Barbershop Hosts 48-Hour Health Fair and Haircutting Marathon

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Minority communities, and especially black men, suffer from health disparities due to factors such as poverty, unequal access to healthcare, lack of education, stigma and racism. As a solution, Cutting for a Cure brings the hospital to them by providing healthcare access, guidance, and resources against preventable diseases.

Cutting for a Cure, a 501(c)(3), is hosting its premier event—a 48-Hour Health Fair and Haircutting Marathon providing free haircuts, free medical screenings and wellness seminars, with live entertainment and special guests. Cutting for a Cure was founded by Dennis “Denny Moe” Mitchell, who is the owner operator of Denny Moe’s Superstar Barbershop located in Harlem, New York.  He has designed a collaborative and cooperative partnership model that has successfully been able to bring the barbershop and healthcare professional communities together to raise awareness.

The marathon will feature twelve celebrity barbers cutting hair for 2 days straight to promote the prevention of deadly diseases including diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, and HIV/AIDS. It will kick-off on July 15 with a roll call of participating barbers and a motivational message by Mitchell. This will be followed by countdown to first haircuts of the marathon with celebrity guests in each chair. A battle will take place on July 16, in which barbers will go toe-to-toe showcasing their skills at our acclaimed barber battle. Barbers have 30 minutes to execute their most skilled and elaborate cuts for a grand trophy prize.

The event will conclude on July 17 with a summer stage featuring battle rappers and TONY Award Winner Melba Moore. Cutting for a Cure also will acknowledge its 2016 honorees, such as Dr. Olajide Williams (M.D., M.S., Chief-of- Staff at Columbia University) and will present its annual scholarship award, consisting of a brand new laptop and $500 cash to students entering college.

Mitchell notes that cancer has gone through his family, taking his father and a few of his brothers and sisters. The day after his father passed away, his brother passed. “I watched how cancer works: it goes hard and it is relentless. For this reason I put together the 48-hour marathon,” he explains. “Anyone can put an event together and have screening trucks for a couple hours. I really wanted to go hard.”

He adds that many black men do not go to the hospital and do not get screenings. “I realized that my barbershop, as an intrinsic part of my community, is one of the best platforms to spread awareness, and I wanted to use that platform to provide health screenings, along with entertainment.”

Here’s What You Should Order at Starbucks Based on Your Mood

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Who would ever spend $5 on a non-alcoholic drink? Most of us, actually.

Walking into your local Starbucks can often feel daunting, with the long, extravagant, never-ending menu, causing you to feel overwhelmed with anxiety. Never mind just selecting the drink you want, you also have to figure out what size you want, if you want it hot or cold, how many calories are in it, how to pronounce the drink, and the list goes on.

If you’re trying to stick to a healthy lifestyle or diet, your daily Starbucks routine can take a toll on more than just your wallet.

Do you need some tips on helping you make a easy, simple decision next time you’re in line?

Check out the guide below, which matches the Starbucks drink you should order based on your mood.

[Related: Weekend Wellness: Your Diet May Be Sabatoging Your Life]

1.When you’re feeling healthy: Order the Shaken Sweet Tea. For a Grande at only 100 calories, you can enjoy some chilled Sweet tea that will give you that southern summertime feeling.

2. When you’re feeling down and need some comfort: Order the White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino. With the roast coffee, ice, and milk, which is a natural serotonin-booster, you’ll be feeling better in no time. Opt for no whipped cream to keep it at 330 calories.

3. When you’re feeling that ‘3 o’clock’ time at work and need some energy: Order the Doubleshot on Ice. With 225mg of caffeine, and at only 100 calories for a Grande, you should be up and running.

4. When you’re feeling happy because it’s Friday: Order the Very Berry Hibiscus. You can order a Trenta, for 150 calories! Yes, you read that right. This treat contains real fruit juice and blackberries shaken with Green Coffee Extract for a healthy boost of natural energy.

5. When you’re craving something sweet and salty but want to keep it at 250 calories: Order the Iced Caramel Macchiato. The drink is made up of espresso, vanilla-flavored syrup, milk, ice, and topped off with caramel drizzle on top. Not so bad for 250 calories.

#WellnessWednesday: Smart Senior Care Technology

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One in five people in the United States is projected to be 65 years of age or older by 2030. And— with the aging of more racially and ethnically diverse generations, the senior population aged 65-79 in 2030 is projected to be nearly one-third minority.

It’s really time to start thinking about caring for aging loved ones, or even your own care and how you can live independently and happily into the future.

Technology is becoming the best means for smart, secure elder care.

Home 8 is a security and safety technology company that recently launched a series of Smart Care Ultra-secure Starter Kits.

These kits are comprised of a variety of Internet-connected devices that are designed for the elderly.

The Elder Care Ultra-secure Starter Kit includes two tracking sensors that securely log daily activities, an HD camera that rotates 300 degrees, which can be used to remotely view and check in on an elderly family member, and a panic button.

The Home8 app works the Elder Care Kit’s activity tracker to allow customers to track daily activities of an elderly loved one, or that person’s caregiver. Additionally, the wearable panic button allows the senior person to quickly receive assistance in case of an emergency.

Home 8’s Medication Adherence Ultra-secure Starter Kit is an automated medication dispenser system. It helps caregivers with Alzheimer’s and dementia patients keep the patient’s medication intake on track, increasing their dignity, independence, and quality of life.

The Medication Adherence kit holds 28 slots of medicine, creates an audible alert when it’s time to take it, and sends a push notification to authorized users when a dose is missed. The included HD camera can help verify when medication is taken and the patient’s health condition.

The Medication Tracking Ultra-secure Starter Kit keeps track of medication intake. The included Twist HD camera verifies when medication is taken.

These smart care kits are available without any monthly fees, contracts or installation hassles.

#WellnessWednesday: Smart Senior Care Technology

senior

One in five people in the United States is projected to be 65 years of age or older by 2030. And— with the aging of more racially and ethnically diverse generations, the senior population aged 65-79 in 2030 is projected to be nearly one-third minority.

It’s really time to start thinking about caring for aging loved ones, or even your own care and how you can live independently and happily into the future.

Technology is becoming the best means for smart, secure elder care.

Home 8 is a security and safety technology company that recently launched a series of Smart Care Ultra-secure Starter Kits.

These kits are comprised of a variety of Internet-connected devices that are designed for the elderly.

The Elder Care Ultra-secure Starter Kit includes two tracking sensors that securely log daily activities, an HD camera that rotates 300 degrees, which can be used to remotely view and check in on an elderly family member, and a panic button.

The Home8 app works the Elder Care Kit’s activity tracker to allow customers to track daily activities of an elderly loved one, or that person’s caregiver. Additionally, the wearable panic button allows the senior person to quickly receive assistance in case of an emergency.

Home 8’s Medication Adherence Ultra-secure Starter Kit is an automated medication dispenser system. It helps caregivers with Alzheimer’s and dementia patients keep the patient’s medication intake on track, increasing their dignity, independence, and quality of life.

The Medication Adherence kit holds 28 slots of medicine, creates an audible alert when it’s time to take it, and sends a push notification to authorized users when a dose is missed. The included HD camera can help verify when medication is taken and the patient’s health condition.

The Medication Tracking Ultra-secure Starter Kit keeps track of medication intake. The included Twist HD camera verifies when medication is taken.

These smart care kits are available without any monthly fees, contracts or installation hassles.

Fitness Friday: Millennials Create New Path To Health and Wellness

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It may not come as a surprise that millennials are redefining the personal fitness industry, moving away from traditional gym membership plans of older yesteryear generations. Even if you do find them in a traditional gym setting, you’ll see millennials running on the treadmill, while listening to music, while watching TV, while scrolling through their Twitter feed.

Studies also show that millenials like workout regimens that encourage them to switch it up with exercises every few minutes. Or incorporating high-level cardio like SoulCycle, CrossFit, and Zumba, which is increasingly ever so popular. That’s because they want alternative workouts that are customizable, fun, and social.

Millennials have indeed paved a new path to health and wellness. And in doing so, they have transformed both the business of fitness and the idea of what it means to live healthy. While they are an active generation, millennials prefer new forms of fitness that can be personalized to meet their needs.

What’s more, millennials don’t believe that weight is the major signifier of health as much as previous generations have, according to recent reports. Instead, they increasingly think of how many pounds they weigh as just one component of a healthy lifestyle.

According to a report released by Goldman Sachs, the definition of “healthy” is an interesting difference between millennials and older generations. Baby Boomers and Generation X are more likely to define the word “healthy” as “not sick,” whereas millennials define “healthy” in terms of a holistic approach—using phrases like “eating right” and “exercising.” Healthy habits are germane to millennials.

Millennials are leaning toward new forms of fitness, such as obstacle races and marathons. Smartphone fitness apps have taken over the market and are connecting millennials through all kinds of forms of communication that have never before been used in the fitness arena. In fact, health and fitness apps are used more by this age group than any other.

Millennials are an on-the-go generation and are loyal to brands that can keep up with them and adapt to their multitasking way of life. The Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association’s annual report found that millennials are more likely to partake in physical activity that is more focused on togetherness rather than fierce competition. Over the years, millennial participation in activities usually done in groups such as aerobics has risen sharply. For millennials, group fitness creates an environment where everyone helps to push each other to be their best; not to mention that millennials’ constant connectivity has allowed them to build larger communities of friends, both online and offline.