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Welcome to This Awful/Awesome Life! My name is Frances Joyce. I am the publisher and editor of this magazine. We'll be exploring different topics each month to inform, entertain and inspire you. Meet new authors, sharpen your brain and pick up a few tips on life, love, entertaining and business. Enjoy and please share!

Every Step Counts by Corey Flynn

 Corey Flynn, Faculty and staff of the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, SHRS, Photographed September 21,2017.  Corey Flynn, Faculty and staff of the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, SHRS, Photographed September 21,2017.

Colder weather and less daylight can get you down and make it harder to get in a workout. Remember, every step counts. It only takes around 2,000 steps to get a mile, and most people can walk a mile in about 15 minutes.

Here are a few tips to meet your step goals:

1. Set exercise reminders on your calendar, create a phone alert, or send yourself an email reminding yourself that it’s time to get up from your desk and move.

2. Make a simple goal to walk at least a mile a day. It can be a quick morning break or a part of your lunch time routine.

3. Hold walking meetings – research shows that walking increases creativity and memory.

4. And there’s always the usual: Park further away from the store and take the stairs instead of the elevator.

How many days in a row can you walk a mile or more? Why not find out?

The Holiday Blues by Fran Joyce

The Quiz: Six Degrees of Separation with a Holiday Twist