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At Professor Wellbody's Academy of Health & Wellness, we understand there's only one thing harder than making healthy behavior changes: Sticking to them! We all need a little help from our friends, and that's the purpose of the Wellbody Blog, a friendly online gathering spot--a community well--where you can dip into health news; wellness tips; recipes; latest research about nutrition, exercise, sleep and hygiene; plus, real stories from virtual neighbors who are also trying to change their lives for the better. Start from wherever you are; share ideas, information, inspiration. At Pacific Science Center, we believe each of us can do something everyday to improve our health and well-being.

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Splash! We’re deep into the Pacific Northwest’s rainy, cold, dark season, when it’s sometimes hard to muster enthusiasm for outdoor exercise. That’s when it’s time to head to an indoor community pool to get your heart rate up while playing.>

PLAY = EXERCISE! Why not have fun while moving your body? While playing, you’re still exercising your heart, lungs, muscles and mind. And who doesn’t love playing in a water slide, lazy river or other pool?

Keep reading for a list of cool indoor pools in and around Seattle.

hibernate200As we head toward the shortest day of the year, it’s cold, damp and dark here on the western edge of the continent, prime season for hibernation. Is a looong nap really a good idea? And how to perk up without resorting to sugar and over-caffeination?

Keep reading for 10 energy-boosting tips. 

sitting200Normally, when preparing to receive bad news, you’d sit down. In this case, you’d better stand.

Recent studies confirm prolonged sitting erases the benefits of exercise. So even if you run or pump iron for an hour every morning, if you sit for the next nine or ten hours – commuting, working at the computer, eating dinner, watching tv – you’ve wiped out most of the gains from your workout. Research published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, calculates that an hour of sitting can undo eight percent of fitness gains from each hour you exercised. (Here’s a summary in Outsideonline.com)

Keep reading to learn why sitting erodes health and a simple way to solve the problem.

walkingschoolbusLatest national study: In more than 20 U.S. states, 30 percent of adults are obese, a historic high. Obesity increased in six states last year and fell in none, according to a recent study by Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. All the more reason to look for ways to weave exercise into your daily routine.

Keep reading for ways to maximize opportunities for human-powered transport as you go to work, school and on errands.

jogging5minGood news for the time-challenged and exercise-averse. A new, comprehensive study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that running just five minutes per day reduced risk of premature death by 30 percent and added three years to life expectancy. Sound too good to be true? Keep reading for more details.