Don't let the cold weather get you blue this winter.By Elisa Kronish
Feeling a little blue? Getting out of a winter-induced funk can be a challenge. Follow this list of unusual "therapies" to rejuvenate your spirit and soul.
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1. Tap into your creativity.
Creative arts therapies, like painting and drawing, have been shown to boost immunity in HIV/AIDS patients, and they've proven a positive outlet for patients in psychiatric rehab and adults dealing with bereavement. If it's good enough for professional therapy, it might just help you too. "A new hobby gives you something you can focus your energy on," says Raymond Crowel, PsyD, vice president of the National Mental Health Association. "It can also help inspire you and lift your sadness," he says. So, you're thinking, you're no Picasso. No problem! Put paintbrush to canvas and just go for it. No one has to see your handiwork; it's just for you, babe.
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2. Embrace your green thumb.
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- FITNESS Magazine | Healthy Living – Tue, Dec 6, 2011 11:40 AM EST
By Marianne Magno
Thinking of giving the gift of fitness this year to your aspiring gym buddy? Here are some weird, tacky gifts you'll want to cross off your shopping list immediately.
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Ditch the suit, your friend will thank you.
There's nothing like showing your appreciation to your loved one by telling her you think she needs to sweat more while looking like a space cadet. We'd rather get a day pass to a spa. ($12.99, Amazon.com)
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The only belt we want is a trendy faux snakeskin one.
Waist Trimmer Belt
If you wouldn't want to give (or receive) a girdle as a present, then you should cross this waist-slimming belt off your shopping list. We think belly dancing and Pilates are more fun ways to work your abs, anyway. ($12.99, Amazon.com)
Fun fact: This thing isn't even battery operated! Talk about misleading.
We still can't sit through a commercial for this free weight without feeling like we're watching something inappropriate. Avoid getting strange looks at the holiday party and give a spiffy set of dumbbells or kettlebells instead.Read More »from The Worst Fitness Gifts to Give or Get This Season
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By Colleen Moody
'Tis the season to eat, drink, and try not to gain any weight. The constant carousel of cocktail parties, gift swapping, and eggnog drinking can be a great time to catch up with friends and family, but it's hard not to stress over all those calories you're popping in your mouth. To help you beat your body blues this holiday season, we tapped our experts for tips to help you keep your cool through the New Year.
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1. Party Season Survival Tips
Cheesy dips, pigs in a blanket, bacon-wrapped scallops. We could go on for days torturing you with the most popular holiday finger foods. "Just remember that fried is basically synonymous with calories," warns Lisa Young, PhD, RD, professor of nutrition at NYU. In an appetizer crisis, steer clear of anything deep fried and crispy and instead choose something in a sauce that you can scrape off.
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The more crunch, the better!
2. Cruise Over to the
Drop that cupcake!By Meghan Rabbitt
With diet traps lurking around every dinner table and pantry shelf, it's easy to overeat. Here's how to navigate the danger zones without gaining a pound.
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Diet Trap: Eating Slowly
Mom's been telling you for years to stop shoveling in your food, and you know that this bad habit makes you consume more calories. But eating too slowly can also backfire. Research shows that the longer a meal lasts, the likelier we are to reach for a third glass of wine or dinner roll. "Just sitting at the table means a greater chance of nibbling on something, even if you're not hungry," says Sasha Loring, a psychotherapist and mindfulness teacher at Duke Integrative Medicine.
Sidestep It: A meal should last 45 minutes: long enough for you to enjoy it, but not so much that you'll overeat. Make a 45-minute playlist, and get up after the last song.
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Diet Trap: Too Many Choices
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- FITNESS Magazine | Tis The Season – Wed, Nov 30, 2011 10:57 AM EST
By Karen Ansel, RD
You try to eat right, but the number on the scale keeps creeping up. Sound familiar? According to a survey by the International Food Information Council Foundation, we eat a lot more than we should. Of 1,000 Americans polled -- about half of them women -- 43 percent couldn't even guess how many calories they should consume in a day.
"So many women are eating on the run," says Barbara J. Rolls, PhD, a professor of nutrition at Pennsylvania State University and author of The Volumetrics Eating Plan. We're not paying attention to supersized portions in restaurants, and we have no idea of the calories when we don't make the food ourselves.
The happy news is that your diet doesn't require a complete overhaul. Our advice: Instead of counting foods out, just start counting -- first by calculating how many calories you need, then by indulging in the dishes mentioned in this story. And remember, the more you exercise, the more you can eat! Read on for more indispensableRead More »from How Many Calories Are You Eating? A Quick Cheat Sheet
By Jeanette Moninger Read More »from 6 Lies You Shouldn't Tell Your Doctor
There isn't a lot your body can hide in one of those crinkly numbers. Maybe that's why so many women refuse to reveal much else at doctor visits. About a third of men and women in the United States admit to lying to their M.D.'s, according to a 2010 survey. But keeping secrets can be dangerous, especially if the information you're withholding leads to a wrong diagnosis. Besides, "a doctor's job is to advocate for your health, not judge," say Gary Fischer, M.D., a general internist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Here's why it's time to tell the whole truth -- and nothing but.
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"I never smoke."
The real deal: Jean Thilmany has been lighting up a couple of times a month for the past 20 years. But because the 42-year-old Saint Paul resident doesn't consider herself a smoker, she never mentions it to her doctor. "I don't smoke often enough for it to affect my health," she says. Actually, if you puff even the
Keep one eye open for these warning signs to avoid a sleeping condition.By Christie GriffinRead More »from What Women Need to Know About Sleep Apnea
There are so many things that can sabotage the quality of your sleep, it's tough to keep track: the food and drinks you consume, the time of day you exercise, the amount you work in your bedroom, your TV and computer habits before bed, the temperature of your room, allergens and dust, and so on. Throw in some stress, anxiety, and your desire to "do it all," and getting a good night's sleep can be quite the challenge for a woman.
But none of those factors are necessarily why some women wake up constantly throughout the night and then spend their days severely exhausted. The culprit could be sleep apnea, a disorder in which you stop breathing multiple times throughout the night -- and your body in turn panics and wakes you up. (But, like, 50 times a night.) It's a health problem that goes undiagnosed 90 percent (!) of the time.
"It can be hard to admit you might have sleep apnea, but it can be a serious problem," says Olivia Ward, recent FITNESS cover girl, winner
- FITNESS Magazine | Healthy Living – Wed, Nov 23, 2011 11:28 AM EST
Run off that turkey!By the editors of FITNESS MagazineRead More »from Burn Off that Stuffing! America's Best Thanksgiving Day Runs
Food for thought: The average Thanksgiving dinner contains 3,000 calories. Work up an appetite and start a healthy new holiday tradition this year with one of the many Turkey Trots happening all over the country. Find one near you here!
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Dana Point Turkey Trot: Dana Point, California
Last year over 10,000 runners did this scenic coastal run.
• Sign up at www.turkeytrot.com
Sacramento Food Bank Run to Feed the Hungry: Sacramento, California
It's the largest Thanksgiving Day race in the nation; with over 20,000 participants.
• Sign up at www.runtofeedthehungry.com
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Turkey Trot: 6 Tunnels to Hoover Dam: Boulder City, Nevada
This course, about 20 miles from Las Vegas, runs through several tunnels in each direction.
• Sign up at www.mountainmanevents.com
Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot: Springfield, Missouri
Bring canned food -- past years runners have donated
Make over your motivation this winter!By Jan SheehanRead More »from 16 Ways to Make Over Your Workout Motivation
Ever start a diet or workout routine with the enthusiasm of a late-night infomercial host only to have your motivation disappear in no time flat like a canceled sitcom? You're not alone. Research shows that a quarter of weight-loss plans fall by the wayside within two weeks. On the other hand, stick it out for a month and your odds of success skyrocket. "Doing something for 30 days ingrains and strengthens the brain's neural pathways, so you're likely to keep that behavior going on autopilot," says Lawrence Perlmuter, PhD, a professor of psychology at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago.
Use our four-week bail-proof guide to survive the first crucial month of a healthy-lifestyle makeover without losing your thin-spiration.
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Get a head start!Week 1: Stick-with-It Strategies
1. Start small. Aim to make one tweak a day: Add a new fruit to breakfast, skip your before-dinner cocktail, take a walk after
By Lisa Kovalovich Whitmore
Cold season is upon us, bringing its runny noses, congested chests, achy bodies, and too-tired feelings with it. Your best defense? Try to prevent yourself from catching a cold by washing your hands frequently, getting enough rest, drinking lots of fluids, and staying active. But when you catch a cold, you need more immediate relief. That's where these snacks come in. Each of them is packed with cold-fighting vitamins, minerals, and amino acids that may help make your cold less severe. Read on for our six feel-better snack picks:
A warm bowl of chili will instantly soothe your sniffles.
A spicy veggie chili made with onions, garlic, kidney beans, and tomato paste not only warms up a cold-afflicted body, it may also have medicinal properties! Onions and garlic have antiviral effects, beans have good-for-the-immune-system B vitamins, and the spices can actually help clear sinuses!
Recommended serving size: 1 cup canned vegetarian chili
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