Laura Doss/Fitness MagazineYour mind and spirit may be the most overlooked-and under appreciated-components of your well-being. But research has shown that nourishing them not only lowers stress, lifts mood and improves relationships but can also protect your health. "Mind, body and spirit are interdependent, so if you take care of your spirit, your body and mind will reap the rewards," says Linda Sapadin, Ph.D., a psychologist and author of It's About Time! The Six Styles of Procrastination (Penguin, 1997). "And if you nurture your body, your mind and spirit."
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1. You stay indoors all day
Lack of sunlight, even during summer, can leave you lethargic and depressed. Just 20 minutes is enough to brighten your outlook, so if you work inside, take a brisk walk outside at lunch.
2. You've banned chocolate.
"Chocolate stimulates mood-enhancing brain chemicals like serotonin," says Debra Waterhouse, author of Why Women Need Chocolate (Hyperion, 1995). The amount in
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- FITNESS Magazine | Healthy Living – Fri, Mar 23, 2012 1:19 PM EDT
Laura Doss/Fitness MagazineYour mind and spirit may be the most overlooked-and under appreciated-components of your well-being. But research has shown that nourishing them not only lowers stress, lifts mood and improves relationships but can also protect your health. "Mind, body and spirit are interdependent, so if you take care of your spirit, your body and mind will reap the rewards," says Linda Sapadin, Ph.D., a psychologist and author of It's About Time! The Six Styles of Procrastination (Penguin, 1997). "And if you nurture your body, your mind and spirit."Read More »from 11 Mind, Body, Spirit Mistakes You Might Be Making
- FITNESS Magazine | Healthy Living – Thu, Mar 22, 2012 12:14 PM EDT
Kara GoucherBy Sara WellsRead More »from Eat like an Olympian: Diet Tips from Marathoner Kara Goucher
Elite runner Kara Goucher has worked with a number of sports nutritionists, but these days she's more of DIY-type when it comes to making sure she's fueling properly for her intense twice-daily runs and workouts. "Everybody is different, so the key is discovering what works best for you," she explained. "For me, that took some trial and error, but I think I finally figured it out." Here, her top strategies for eating right -- whether you're running, racing, or hitting the gym after work.
Related: The Top 7 Foods for Runners
1. Change your view: "After I finished the Boston Marathon [in 2009], a reporter asked if I was going to eat whatever I wanted for the rest of the week. The truth is, I eat what I want every day, so this week won't really be any different. I love food, but I don't look at it as a reward for a hard workout; it's fuel to help me run harder and recover faster."
2. Find what works: "When I worked with the nutritionist before the New York Marathon she had
Fitness MagazineBy Bethany GumperRead More »from The Best Natural PMS Remedies
TTYL! BRB! LOL! In a sea of cutesy acronyms, PMS does not fit in. In fact, these three letters can be downright scary. Studies show that at least 85 percent of women experience premenstrual syndrome symptoms, which can include mood swings, breast tenderness, cravings, fatigue and irritability before their period. The good news: "It's absolutely possible to manage PMS symptoms with lifestyle changes," says ob-gyn Christiane Northrup, MD, author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom. We've got four easy strategies to help you feel good all month long. Period.
Related: What to Eat for an Easier Period
PMS plan of attack: Maximize your magnesium intake.
Researchers at the University of Reading in England found that supplementing with magnesium reduced water retention and bloating. "I recommend 400 to 800 milligrams of magnesium per day," says Dr. Northrup. You can also add Epsom salt (aka magnesium sulfate, available at most drugstores) to a hot bath, and you'll absorb it
Fitness MagazineBy Jocelyn VooRead More »from Celebrity Detox Diets You Should Try–and Avoid
So-called detox diets, like the Master Cleanse, are seen as a quick way to lose weight, especially among celebrities like Oprah and Gwyneth Paltrow. But what is a detox diet? Is it a healthy way to cleanse your body, or a dangerous way to lose weight? FITNESS took a hard look at a few popular detox diets, assessing each one based on the nutritional value, liver-cleansing value, and their ability to help you start a long-term healthy eating habit. Read on for our findings.
Related: 11 Healthy, Natural Ways to Detox
Also known as: The Lemonade Diet, The Maple Syrup Diet
Who created it: Stanley Burroughs, an alternative health enthusiast and author of The Master Cleaner, published in the 1950s. Burroughs, however, was convicted of practicing medicine without a license in 1960, and faced other criminal charges in 1984, including illegal sale of cancer treatments and second-degree felony murder. The latter charge stemmed from Burroughs treating a man for
Fitness MagazineBy Marianne MagnoRead More »from 8 Beginner Running Tips from Newbie Runners
Stick to your training plans and take on more miles with these tips from readers who've successfully crossed the finish line.
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Tip #1: It's Important to Cross Train
"A runner needs to cross train to keep their body in balance," says Leanne Kemp, who has run two marathons and several other distance races. "I discovered my love for hiking when we moved to southern Utah. My running has improved greatly because I hike. Hiking allows your body to take a break from the pounding, and build up strength and endurance. I get the same high when I get to the top of a mountain as I do when I get to the end of a race."
Tip #2: Sometimes You Just Have to Push Through It
"My husband is an elite runner and when we were first dating, I had a weepy moment complaining about my weight," says Megan McGown. "He said, 'Change into your sports bra, we're going running.' That day changed my life. At just five minutes in, I was
Christopher Gallo/Fitness MagazineIt's never too late to undo the damage from your former smoking, sunning, or couch-potato ways. Learn how to reverse the effects for a healthier future.Read More »from 5 Ways to Rehab Your Bad Habits
The Crime: You were a couch potato until you hit your thirties.
It would have been great if you had gotten the exercise bug in your twenties, but don't sweat it. Evidence shows that you'll get health benefits no matter when you start, according to Alpa V. Patel, PhD, an epidemiologist for the American Cancer Society. Case in point: Women who work out regularly -- even if they started later in life -- slash their risk for breast cancer by 25 to 30 percent, according to a recent study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. You can expect a slew of other health perks, too: stronger bones, a brighter mood, and a reduced risk for heart attack, stroke, and diabetes.
Your rehab plan: Now that you're moving, the trick is to make your new workout kick stick. Whenever you feel like reverting to your lazy days, remember how being active
Peter Ardito/Fitness MagazineBy Karla WalshRead More »from The Best New Workout DVDs of 2012
We asked more than 100 women to sweat-test the latest titles. Here, check out the top picks to fast-forward your best body.
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Awesome Ab Blaster: Intermediate/Advanced
Bob Harper: Totally Ripped Core, $15, mytrainerbob.com
What you'll need: a pair of 3- to 5-pound dumbbells
Calories burned: 380 during a 48-minute routine, 65 during an 11-minute bonus*
The skinny: Testers loved the "fun mix of fast-paced core exercises," like weighted side crunches, and muffin-top-melting plyometric bursts from The Biggest Loser's master motivator. They also gave a thumbs-up to the on-screen countdown clock; it helped them push through the full routine, which made one reader "'good' sore every time I completed it." Finish with the stretchy bonus session, which includes trunk rotations and windmills.
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Personal Training with Jackie: 30 Day Fast Start, $15, amazon.com
What you'll need: a pair of
- FITNESS Magazine | Healthy Living – Mon, Mar 12, 2012 12:58 PM EDT
Ericka McConnell/Fitness MagazineBy Shaun Dreisbach
- They contain a quarter of all the bones in your body.
- They log, on average, 1,000 miles a year.
- They absorb one-and-half times your body weight with each step.
- And they get zero respect.
We're talking, of course, about your feet. Sure, you may treat them to the occasional pedicure or prop them up at the end of a long day. But experts say we ought to be much, much kinder than that. "The feet are the second-hardest working part of your body. The first is your heart," says Steven Ross, MD, president elect of the American Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Society. "Your feet are your foundation; if they hurt, you're going to be a very unhappy person." So let's spread a little love. Here, everything you need to know for feet that feel good all day, every day -- no matter what you put them through.
1. Foot Cramps: Those weird muscle spasms that can make your toes or arches lock up.
Make it Read More »from Happy Feet: The Healthy, Pretty, Pain-Free Foot Care Guide
Fitness MagazineBy Janis GrahamRead More »from 5 Reasons to Start Taking a Multivitamin
You don't head to the gym or out for a jog without prepping properly: sneakers, iPod, water bottle. But a multivitamin? Umm...Chances are, you don't pop one daily -- almost half of women under age 40 don't, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Big mistake, since more than 90 percent of women in their 20s, 30s, and 40s don't meet their vitamin and mineral requirements through diet alone -- and you need that multi even more if you exercise. "Vigorous workouts raise your body's vitamin and mineral requirements, so it's practically guaranteed that you won't get enough nutrients from food," says sports nutritionist Dawn Weatherwax-Fall, RD, coauthor of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Sports Nutrition. Here are surprising new reasons that a multi is a must -- along with how to find the best brand.
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Pick a Better Bottle
Drugstores carry more vitamins than nail-polish shades, but that doesn't mean
Denise Crew/Fitness MagazineBy A.J. HanleyRead More »from 14 Life-Changing Secrets to a Better You
We've uncovered insider advice on what you need to know about absolutely everything -- for flatter abs, less stress, unforgettable sex, and more.
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Your Best Diet
1. The Secret to... Picking the Right Diet for You
Look for your favorite foods. "An obvious but often overlooked point is that the best diet is one you'll stick to -- not a hyped-to-the-hilt plan or the strategy that helped your sister drop 10 pounds. If you adore fruit or pasta, for example, a high-protein regimen is a recipe for failure. Remember that a diet is a way of life rather than a quick fix -- and it's hard to live with a plan that keeps you away from the things you love."
--Lisa Sanders, MD, an assistant professor at Yale School of Medicine and author of The Perfect Fit Diet: How to Lose Weight, Keep It Off, and Still Have the Foods You Love (St. Martin's Press, 2006)
2. The Secret to... Curbing a Sugar Craving
Don't beat it -- eat