IstockphotoSame place, different mind-set-that's the challenge of a staycation. How do you exist within the same four walls, with the same distractions-messy basement, couch and remote, computer, junk food, phone-yet create a relaxing, healthy, away-from-it-all experience? According to a 2009 AP-Gfk poll, one-third of Americans have already canceled a trip due to financial concerns, and more than half have no plans to hit the road this year. For the recession-squeezed, or the downright too-exhausted-to-travel, we tapped the experts for advice on how a typical family of four can have an invigorating (and inexpensive) vacation without leaving home.
Plan to check out-at least mentally
The best way to feel like you're getting away in your own home? Create a vacation plan-and stick with it. "Think about what your intention is for the time off, write it down, then put it up on the fridge," says Meredith Haberfeld, a New York-based life and career coach. If your goal is to feel connected to your
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- Health.com | Healthy Living – Wed, Oct 20, 2010 8:21 PM EDT
IstockphotoSame place, different mind-set-that's the challenge of a staycation. How do you exist within the same four walls, with the same distractions-messy basement, couch and remote, computer, junk food, phone-yet create a relaxing, healthy, away-from-it-all experience? According to a 2009 AP-Gfk poll, one-third of Americans have already canceled a trip due to financial concerns, and more than half have no plans to hit the road this year. For the recession-squeezed, or the downright too-exhausted-to-travel, we tapped the experts for advice on how a typical family of four can have an invigorating (and inexpensive) vacation without leaving home.Read More »from Take a healthy vacation without ever leaving your home!
- Health.com | Shine Food – Wed, Oct 20, 2010 8:08 PM EDT
By Bethenny Frankel for Health magazineRead More »from Bethenny Frankel's tricks to avoid overindulging on Halloween treats
An evening of Halloween fun can easily turn into a weeklong war on your waistline. It isn't hard to overindulge when those bite-size candies seem so harmless. But I have some simple tricks to help you curb your cravings and keep Halloween from scaring you off the scale.
1. Spoil your appetite
The worst thing you can do is skimp on food all day to save room for candy-you're just setting yourself up for a diet slipup. Before you head out trick-or-treating with your kids, fill up with a satisfying 200- to 250-calorie snack. My favorite picks are peanut butter on a slice of whole-grain bread, a veggie burger on an English muffin, or a bowl of low-sodium canned soup. The combination of complex carbs and protein will keep you from scarfing down a handful of Kit Kats.
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2. Pace yourself
Once you've hit the streets with your costumed kids, limit yourself to just a few of your favorite treats. If you're really craving
- Health.com | Healthy Living – Tue, Oct 19, 2010 8:08 PM EDT
Jack Guy, for Health magazineBy Amy SpencerRead More »from Why Jillian Michaels has Americaâ€™s healthiest body
When California-raised Jillian was 12, she weighed 175 pounds. After engaging in martial arts and working her way into a career as a personal trainer, the 5-foot-2 3/4-inch star got her weight down to around 117 with just 13% body fat.
She also started her own organic garden, greened up her house, and switched to clean foods. For her, the goal is a healthy body and mind. "Fitness for me is a tool that I use to build a life," Jillian says. "It's never about a crunch for me. I couldn't care less."
With the same addictive intensity she uses to motivate her clients, Jillian tells Health what she thinks we all should change in our diets, why she's not a fan of "walking," and which celebrity she wishes she could take under her wing.
Q: How do you feel about being named America's Healthiest Body?
A: I'm totally flattered. But I just think, God, if people had any idea of the stuff that goes on behind closed doors: the struggles in the middle of the night in front of the
By Brett HillRead More »from The 5 healthiest foods for your buck
Load these in your cart: They're nutritional heavyweights for less than $3.
1. Frozen mixed vegetables
Add these low-calorie, fill-you-up, vitamin-rich gems to stews, soups, or pasta. Or serve them on the side, tossed with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper.
2. Canned wild salmon
Scramble it with eggs, use in place of tuna for a healthy sandwich, or top a salad with a few forkfuls for added protein and a boost of omega-3s.
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3. Brown rice
Serve this filling, high-fiber grain as a side dish, add it to a salad, mix it with veggies, or even warm it up with a little cinnamon and milk for breakfast. Heads-up: It takes about 45 minutes to cook, so make a big batch.
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4. Frozen edamame
Boil it for snacking, toss some into a stir-fry, or mix it with rice for added nutritional punch. Edamame is high in protein, fiber, B vitamins, folate, and vitamin K.
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Wonder no more. Here are the top seven fat-and-calorie burners, from Los Angeles based celeb trainer Ramona Braganza, who has helped shape the amazing bodies of stars like Jessica Alba, Halle Berry, and Anne Hathaway.
Try any one of these, and you'll boost your metabolism for up to a whole day afterward. One small workout, one giant payoff.
1. Inline skating
Burns 425 calories in 30 minutes
Surprised? While skating might be so much fun you forget you're actually working out, it's also numero uno on our list when it comes to blasting fat and calories.
The big burn stems from the side-to-side movement of your thigh and butt muscles (demanding more from your body than the straightforward motion of our number-two activity -- running). And your core gets involved in a big way to keep you balanced.
What's more, you getRead More »from The 7 best fat-blasters
IstockphotoBy Tina Haupert
It happens every year: Once the summer ends, I struggle to follow a consistent workout plan. The weather gets colder, the days get shorter, and the last thing I want to do is leave my warm, cozy bed to bundle up for an early-morning 3-mile run or a group exercise class at the gym. Most of the time I realize that I just need a little extra motivation, so I try to "excuse-proof" my workout with these ideas.
Excuse: I can't get motivated in the morningRead More »from 5 ways to excuse-proof your workout
Morning workouts are not always fun, especially in the dead of winter. Still, they are a necessary evil when it comes to keeping myself on track. Exercising first thing in the morning guarantees that I get my workout in before my day gets carried away and excuses pop up. When I'm lying in bed debating whether to exercise or not, I count to three in my head and just get up. At first, I commit to doing just 15 minutes of exercise. Once I'm out the door, however, I get into my groove and almost always end up
Although you may think that bottled water is a safer option than tap, two new reports show that the store-bought stuff is actually less regulated than the water you get out of your faucet for free.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has little authority to regulate bottled brands, according to a U.S. Congressional report.
While municipal water utilities are required to provide public reports of test results, bottled-water makers are not. (On the other hand, well water, which is found in many rural areas, isn't regulated like water provided by towns and cities.) So although you may fork over a pretty penny for bottled water, that doesn't mean it's any better than what's coming out of your faucet. In fact, it could be worse and you'd never know it.Read More »from Is your bottled water safe?
Health habit: She works out with the EA Sports Active fitness video-game package for the Nintendo Wii. Sweeney, a mom and host of The Biggest Loser, told People magazine that the game helped her shed pregnancy pounds: "It's just a good example of how you can really get it done at home."
The skinny: What Sweeney does is right on: The game's 30-day challenge-a month's worth of increasingly difficult strength and cardio exercises-includes a progress tracker to help keep you motivated. The caveat: "You get out of it what you put into it," says Gregory Brown, PhD, associate professor of exercise physiology at the University of Nebraska, Kearney, so make sure you push yourself.
Gwyneth PaltrowRead More »from Best and worst celebrity health habits
Health habit: She likes The Clean Program, a 21-day "detox" regimen that costs $350. The program's shakes and supplements helped the Oscar
By Mara Betsch
With magazines and diets touting the satiating power of protein, it's important to know this essential nutrient does a lot more than fill you up. Your body uses protein to build and repair tissues, and it is an important building block of muscles and bones. However, 50% of women ages 18-50 don't know if they get enough protein, according to a new survey by Luna.
So how much protein do women need? According to Tara Dellolacono Thies, a registered dietitian and nutritional spokesperson for Clif Bar, most women need between 50 and 60 grams of protein a day.
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But this isn't an exact science. The Institute of Medicine recommends .8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight, but here's a simpler way to break down you protein needs:
Read More »from How much protein do you really need?
Activity level Protein needs (grams) Sedentary Weight in pounds X .4 Active Weight in pounds X .6
IstockphotoBy Susannah FeltsRead More »from The ultimate expert tips for staying young
Whoever coined the phrase "You're only as old as you feel" had it so right. If you feel younger than you are, the number on your driver's license (who needs to see that, anyway?) loses much of its sway. And, fortunately, turning back the clock has never been easier. To fend off-even reverse!-the signs of aging, try these decade-by-decade tricks.
Defend your face
Take decades of environmental exposure, add a quickening rate of collagen breakdown, and behold: In your 30s your face may show more sagging, fine lines, and early wrinkles than you'd like, says Bobby Buka, MD, a New York City dermatologist.
His turn-back-the-clock recommendations: Use a strong sunblock every day eat lots of vitamin C-rich citrus (the vitamin helps prevent collagen loss), and apply cream with a retinol or retinoid (a vitamin A derivative) every night to promote skin-cell growth.
Dr. Buka often prescribes tretinoin 0.25% (also known as Retin-A, about $20 for a month's use). Or try