You know the drill. Wake-up early to get on the road for your summer road trip. Drive and drive until you need to fill up the gas tank and fuel-up a little yourself. You pull-off the road and...surprise (not surprised)...you’re surrounded by a fast-food festival. That road meal doesn’t have to ruin your journey to better health. Before you order your quickie meal, take a minute to strategize, and you’ll come away feeling confident in your choices.
Intermittent fasting is one of the fastest (excuse the pun) growing trends in the health and fitness industry. But does it work? Is it for you?
It's that time of year again! Allergy season. Sniffing all day, itchy, watery eyes and nose, and that feeling where you just want to lay down and sleep for a month. That's allergies for you. They can really drag you down and make you want to stay indoors till it's all over.
We all know that stretching is good for our muscles and a more natural way of waking up our minds and bodies than coffee, but very few of us do it every week, let alone every day! With the New Year approaching, now is a great time to add full-body stretches to your daily routine.
The fountain of youth industry is big business in America. Consumers want to lose weight, burn fat and have more energy and stamina. They want instant-fitness and quick fix remedies; a red pill, a blue pill, an herbal supplement followed by a protein powder and topped with an amino-acid chaser. Nearly half of the U.S public take some type of supplement, from the pills found on the shelves of the local pharmacy to the products displayed on the virtual counters of the Internet. The supplements industry is a $38 billion business. But what sort of dangerous ingredients lurk in those supplements?
A depressed mood or feelings of depression can stem from a sense of being out of control. Whether you feel a loss of control in your personal life, at work, with your children, financially or physically, over time, sadness can linger if you are having challenges working through the emotions. One way to feel empowered and begin to recover your feelings of control, at least over yourself, is through strength training. You do not have to become a bodybuilder to boost your mood and overcome your depression, although that can be a goal. Instead, weekly strength-training exercises can do wonders to help your body and your mind recover from overwhelming feelings of sadness.
The squat. Weights or no weights. Anytime, anywhere. It's the bodyweight exercise credited for shaping and toning booties everywhere. Plus, this simple exercise isn't just beneficial to the lower body. Squats are functional exercises that help you execute everyday tasks more efficiently, burn fat, minimize injuries, and develop greater balance and mobility. Below are 10 squat variations you might want to include in your weekly workout regimen.
Once upon a time, the only recognition the thoracic spine received was as a horrific deformity (a hunchback) in fairy tales or horror movies (the iconic Igor). In the latter decades of the twentieth century, knowledge of osteoporosis and the "dowager's hump" gained notoriety.
Fruit comes in so many sizes and variations that it’s simply not enough to say ‘fruit is good’ or ‘fruit is bad’, regardless of what you may hear from your friends. The quality of a fruit for dietary purposes varies wildly depending on your healthy lifestyle needs and goals, but we can at least point to a few to be excited about and a few to stay wary of.
There are a lot of perks to the end of winter. Springtime brings warmer temperatures, longer days and fun outdoor activities. But it also means that we have to survive Daylight Saving Time. As we set our clocks ahead one hour, our body and mind usually have trouble adjusting to “springing forward.” Fortunately, there are some easy hacks you can implement to help you boost energy levels and better survive!