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3 things for better health

Need to be motivated to start the week off on a healthy note? Just try one or more of three things to start the week off on the right path.

1. Check out the live music outdoor yoga event at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 18 at the football field by Brainerd High School. For more information go to

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Power walk the bounty of trails in the lakes area. Take a solid hour or so to enjoy Mother Nature on one of the many scenic trails in the region—which include the Paul Bunyan State Trail, the Cuyuna Lakes State Trail, the Soo Line Recreational Trail, as well as others. By tackling these trails at a very manageable 15-minute-mile pace, walkers can look to burn upwards of 400 calories per hour while enjoying summer for all its worth. Plus, power walking or light jogging is easier on the joints than running—although, if time constraints are a concern, or if a more intensive workout is desired, consider hopping on a bike for similar benefits.

3. Make a conscious effort to eat a little more slowly. Whether that's a brussel sprouts salad or prime rib, take a cue from the French: Eat slowly. Small bites. Chew thoroughly. Savor the flavor. It's amazing how satisfying a relatively small meal can be when people give their bodies enough time to process how much they've eaten and tell them when they're full. In today's day and age of instant gratification, ready-made, processed foods and busy schedules, showing this kind of discipline can be difficult, but the benefits—from digestive tract health, to nutrient absorption and decreased calorie intake—are numerous.

For more tips from the weekly Three Things list, check out the Monday Motivator page each week in the Dispatch or e-edition, or go to and go to lifestyle to reach the drop-down menu for health or search using the keyword Monday Motivator.

Questions or tips to share, contact Renee Richardson, managing editor, at or 218-855-5852.