Bryan McCay/Fitness MagazineBy Hallie Levine Sklar
Plagued by constant throbbing? You're not alone. Women are three times more likely than men to get migraines, and we're also more prone to tension headaches. But you don't have to spend one more day lying in a dark room waiting for the pounding to stop. Find out how to pinpoint what's causing your pain and get instant relief.
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It's no secret that work stress can lead to splitting headaches. But surprisingly it can also cause what experts call let-down headaches. These kick in after you've finished a demanding project or even when you're finally vegging out during a much-needed vacation, says Lawrence Newman, MD, the director of the Headache Institute at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. Plunging levels of stress hormones, which can affect your sensitive brain chemistry, may be to blame.
Head off the hurt: Take a five-minute daily breather with this visualization exercise to short-circuit
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Are you plagued with period pain, fatigue, or other symptoms that turn you into a zombie for the week? Get relief by upgrading your diet. Here, experts share the foods that can boost energy, beat cramps, banish moodiness, and more.
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Iron-Fortified Whole-Grain Cereal
Many women, especially those who consume very little meat or are vegetarians, don't get the iron they need. This saps their energy and makes it difficult for them to concentrate, says Karen Ansel, RD, an American Dietetic Association spokesperson. "For women with heavy periods, iron is even more important because they lose larger amounts with each monthly flow. Iron-fortified whole-grain cereal is an easy way to get your daily dose." Ansel recommends looking for a box that provides at least 25 percent of the daily value for iron, then chase it down with a glass of orange juice -- its vitamin C will help you absorb even more iron. At
Sarah Kehoe/Fitness MagazineBy Christie GriffinRead More »from 7 Shocking Facts About Sleep
Yes, we at FITNESS love a great early-morning workout. But we also know about the importance of a good night's sleep, and not just because sleep deprivation is tied to weight gain. Here, the most interesting health facts that warn against burning the candle at both ends. Pace yourself, people.
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If you're sleep-deprived before getting your flu shot, it can take three to four weeks for the vaccine to kick in. Those who don't get appropriate rest have a weaker immune system, which hinders the vaccination's effectiveness.
Source: University of Chicago and Ohio State University study
2. Take This to Heart
Poor sleep is more dangerous to women than to men. Women experience higher risks of cardiovascular problems when they don't get enough rest and they're also more susceptible to psychological distress, depression, and anger.
Source: Duke Medicine
3. Big-C Shifts
There's a link between those who work night shifts and
- FITNESS Magazine | Healthy Living – Mon, Apr 8, 2013 11:02 AM EDT
Cheyenne Ellis/Fitness MagazineBy Marisa CohenRead More »from 12 Strategies to Have More Energy for Your Workout
One morning not long ago my motivation was at a major low point.
I had plans to meet a friend at Zumba, but when I woke at 7 a.m., it was raining, I had a cramp in my leg, and, frankly, staying in bed and finishing that dream about Jake Gyllenhaal seemed a thousand times more appealing than yanking off the covers and heading out into the gray gloom. But then I heard an urgent whisper in my ear: "Get up and get your workout out of the way now; you can always rest later!" It was Janet Evans speaking. Yes, that Janet Evans, the Olympic swimmer who won four gold medals at the 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games. She mentioned this mantra in an interview I watched decades ago. I stuck it in my back pocket back then, and I pull it out for the ultimate kick in the butt when I need it most.
Mantras, rewards, and other little tricks of the mind can be the perfect way to jump-start your motivation on days your energy is lagging, says sports psychologist JoAnn Dahlkoetter, PhD, the
Linda Pugliese/Fitness MagazineBy Jessica GirdwainRead More »from Think Spice: 8 Spices with Health Benefits
If you've ever tried chia seed pudding, you know that superfood doesn't always equal superdelicious. Before you buy another bag of something that looks as if it belongs in a bird feeder, consider this: Just a pinch of oregano can turn even grilled cheese into a disease-fighting dish. "Technically, spices are vegetables in concentrated form," says Wendy Bazilian, RD, the nutrition adviser for the Golden Door Spa & Fitness Resort in Escondido, California. "Like veggies, they contain thousands of healthy phytonutrient compounds, including antioxidants." But spices are calorie-free and require no prep. Pop the tops on these eight pronto.
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The starring role in this blend of herbs and spices belongs to turmeric, which contains curcumin, a powerful anti-inflammatory "that's 50 times more potent than vitamin C or E," says Bharat Aggarwal, PhD, a professor at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer
James Michelfelder/Fitness MagazineBy Rebecca BrownRead More »from How to Choose the Best Workout for You
Is your workout really working? Here's how to choose the right routine to help you reach your fitness goals.
So, What's Your Fitness Goal?
If you want to squeeze everything you can out of your jaunt to the gym, you'll first need to establish your long-term objective. We're all motivated by different factors, but trainer and Equinox fitness expert Keli Roberts says there's one pretty common one -- and we bet you can already guess what that is. "The number one reason women come to me is for weight management, or to lose that extra 10 pounds," she says.
But it's not always so black and white -- there's a lot of overlap when it comes to intentions. Some people want to build muscle, but also improve their endurance or flexibility. Either way, it's important to narrow down your intentions as much as possible. So sit down and think about it: Are you interested in weight loss, building and toning muscle, or an overall improved sense of wellbeing? Once you decide, read on to
Courtesy of iStockPhotoBy Melissa RomeroRead More »from The Top 10 Germ Spots in Your House
When we get sick, we often blame it on our coworkers or that stranger on our commute who coughed and didn't cover his mouth. But the culprit may actually be found at home -- specifically in the toothbrush holder, on the kitchen countertop, or in that reusable bag you've been toting around. Find out the germiest spots in your home below so you can start feeling better today.
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1. Kitchen Sponges
The very tool that scrubs away the gunk and grime from our dishes is the dirtiest item in the household, according to a study conducted by NSF International, a public health and safety organization. Researchers found traces of coliform, bacteria that contain both salmonella and E. coli, in 75 percent of the sponges tested. Why so dirty? Germs thrive in moist and warm environments, and sponges in particular have plenty of nooks and crannies where bacteria can multiply.
Clean up: Microwave your sponges for two minutes every day and replace
By Bethany GumperSara Forrest/Fitness MagazineRead More »from 5 Steps to Become a Morning Person
I have always wanted to be one of those women who jump out of bed and into a pair of running shoes at 7 a.m. What an amazing feeling: to stroll into work after a three-mile jog, a Spinning class, or a series of sun salutations. I wouldn't know.
"Um, really?" my husband asks on Monday night when I tell him I'm going to the gym the next morning at seven. Why the skepticism? He shoots me a knowing look.
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7:00 a.m. Alarm blares. Ugh, I should get up. SNOOZE
7:15 a.m. My gym clothes are right there! I laid them out on my chair last night! SNOOZE
7:30 a.m. I should at least get up and do a workout DVD. SNOOZE
7:45 a.m. Too late to work out; might as well cozy up and sleep some more.SNOOZE
8:00 a.m. Now I have to get up or else I'll be late.
Clearly my morning sluggishness is cramping my workout style. But can I change my night-owl ways? Because I've snoozed through the better part of three decades, I'm pretty sure I'm just
Photo courtesy of ShutterstockBy Kenrya RankinRead More »from 7 Ways to Save on Health Care
$3,157. That's how much the average American paid out of pocket for health care in one recent year. (We can think of better uses for your green: say, new running sneakers or that awesome Garmin GPS watch.) Alarmingly, a Harvard Medical School study found that 62 percent of all bankruptcies are caused by medical bills or loss of income due to illness. Here are seven simple steps to cut your health care costs -- no messy calculations necessary.
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Double-check your insurance.
Never assume that your doctor is still in your insurance network. Physicians typically reevaluate their list of accepted plans at least annually, so ask each time you book an appointment. If your MD now works with your plan on an out-of-network basis, her services will often be
- FITNESS Magazine | Healthy Living – Wed, Mar 20, 2013 1:32 PM EDT
Claire Benoist/Fitness MagazineBy Paige GreenfieldRead More »from Should You Swallow? Vitamins and Supplements You Really Need
Taking vitamins to stay healthy seems like a no-brainer. But new research has found that supplements aren't the magic bullet we've been led to believe. One recent review of 78 studies found that antioxidant supplements don't reduce the risk for death from disease; in fact, in some cases they actually raise it. And now calcium supplements, which so many of us have been dutifully popping for years, have been linked to an increased risk of heart attacks. Say what? But don't trash your stash just yet. Read on so you can make the best decisions for your body.
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5 Facts About Vitamins and Your Health
Fact: Vitamins don't cancel out bad health habits.
"There are so many different disease-causing culprits in our lives that one vitamin cannot protect against them all," says Mark Moyad, MD, a FITNESS advisory board member and the director of preventive and alternative medicine at the University of Michigan Medical Center. "Vitamins can't