.We interrupt your regularly scheduled exercise program for this important message: Repeatedly doing the same workout sets you up for fitness failure. Cross-training, or mixing up types of activity, is a smart way to speed results. "Fitness is a three-piece equation: flexibility, strength training, and cardio. Ignoring one component leaves you more prone to injury," says Geralyn Coopersmith, an exercise physiologist and national director of the Equinox Fitness Training Institute. Find the best match for your current workout below. Aim to switch up your routine 2 or 3 times a week. (Is it time to revamp your fitness routine altogether? See these 10 Signs Your Workout Needs a Makeover to find out.)
Primary Workout Yoga
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.We interrupt your regularly scheduled exercise program for this important message: Repeatedly doing the same workout sets you up for fitness failure. Cross-training, or mixing up types of activity, is a smart way to speed results. "Fitness is a three-piece equation: flexibility, strength training, and cardio. Ignoring one component leaves you more prone to injury," says Geralyn Coopersmith, an exercise physiologist and national director of the Equinox Fitness Training Institute. Find the best match for your current workout below. Aim to switch up your routine 2 or 3 times a week. (Is it time to revamp your fitness routine altogether? See these 10 Signs Your Workout Needs a Makeover to find out.)Read More »from 4 Ways to Supercharge Your Workout
.Here's the thing. If you're bored with your same old workout routine, your muscles probably are, too. And if you want to see results, you're going to need to change things up.Read More »from 7 Tricks to Burning More Calories
"Your body adapts to the same old routine," says Liz Neporent, MA, a New York-based exercise physiologist and coauthor of The Thin in 10 Weight-Loss Plan. "New routines help shake things up both physically and mentally. Also, as you get stronger, you have to kick up the challenge a notch if you want to continue to see results."
Try the following upgrades to seven popular exercises to boost your results, up your calorie burn, and take your workout from good to great. Do these two to three times a week; start with one or two sets and work up to three to four sets of 10 to 12 reps, unless otherwise noted.
Related: 9 Exercises You're Doing Wrong
Instead of...side lunges
Try Plyometric side-to-side jumps (a.k.a. ski jumps).
Ski jumps add intensity, work the deep muscle fibers and add an element
It's been quite a while since pet food stopped being a boring topic and turned into one that scared people half to death, thanks to a headline-making contamination with a deadly toxin called melamine. My fears have quieted since then, though many pet owners still have questions. My bottom line: Feeding your pet a healthy, tasty diet doesn't have to be complicated--so long as you keep a few key points in mind.Read More »from 5 Shocking Truths About Your Pet’s Food
Commercial pet food is a healthy option. If you're straining your purse to buy a boutique brand, relax. All the brands sold in supermarkets or pet stores are nutritionally adequate: They're regulated by the FDA and the Association of American Feed Control Officials, guaranteeing that they meet a cat's or dog's "basic" nutritional needs.
RELATED: The Diet That Helps Your Pet Live Longer
But you get what you pay for. Though I've seen some dogs live to a ripe old age on discount brands, I'm not a fan of buying the cheapest bag of pet food. Cut-rate labels typically use relatively
- The Editors of Prevention | Healthy Living – Mon, Mar 18, 2013 4:45 PM EDT
It's been a favorite of foodies and health nuts for decades, but kimchi--essentially fermented vegetables with various seasonings--is only recently enjoying a moment in the mainstream spotlight: The item is popping up on menus and grocery store shelves across the country, and even has a seal of approval from First Lady Michelle Obama.Read More »from The New Superfood Michelle Obama is Eating (and You Should, Too!)
Now, there's another good reason to add this Korean staple to your diet: A recent study published in The Journal of Medicinal Food reveals that kimchi might improve fasting blood glucose levels and also offers vital doses of antioxidants.
PLUS: Beat Your Sugar Addiction for Good!
To reach that conclusion, investigators at the Kimchi Research Institute and Pusan National University in Busan, Republic of Korea, assigned 100 subjects a diet either low or high in kimchi for one week. After the experimentation period had elapsed, researchers concluded that both groups saw decreases in fasting blood glucose levels and increases in antioxidant levels, with
Do you have your food facts straight?I grew up in a nature-worshipping, somewhat hippie family, and with my book, All Natural, I attempted to fact-check our idea that instead of protecting ourselves against nature with technology, people are actually healthier when they embrace nature.Read More »from 5 Food Myths, Debunked
In nearly every case, I found that the answers I got when I asked, "Is nature healthier?" always depended on the way I asked the question. When looking at the issue through a narrow, mechanistic lens, it seems as if nature is dangerous. When looking at things through a wide, ecological lens, it's often the technology that looks dangerous. (More: Are Pesticides Making You Puke?)
I argue that we need both perspectives: We need reductive science to get the details right, but we also need to look up from the microscope every now and then so we can see where we're going. With the caveat that it's possible to produce different sorts of answers, as well, here are 5 food myths debunked:
Pasteurization makes food healthier. True, nuking the germs
- The Editors of Prevention | Healthy Living – Wed, Mar 6, 2013 4:48 PM EST
If your teeth could talk... You've just noticed a crooked tooth. Was that there before? And come to think of it, your gums are feeling a bit sore. Oh well, it's probably nothing. At least, that's what you tell yourself.Read More »from 7 Surprising Things Your Teeth Say About Your Health
Unfortunately, these seemingly small problems could be your mouth's silent cries for help. From yellow stains to sore gums, experts break down the most common dental complaints--and reveal what they mean.
Bleeding, red, or swollen gums This could be an irritating side effect of pregnancy or other hormonal changes, says Pia Lieb, MD, DDS, a New York-based cosmetic dentist. It could also be caused by bacterial buildup. If the symptoms pop up for a day or two, but diligent brushing and flossing seem to remedy things, it's nothing to worry about, she says.
But if your gum problems persist for more than a week, it could be another sign of periodontal disease (or one of these 9 Weird Reasons Your Gums are Bleeding), Dr. Lieb says. Schedule a trip to the dentist ASAP.
Sharp tooth pain If you experience
Prevention helps you find the healthiest (and tastiest) store-bought drinksThere once was a time when the term "juice cleanse" wasn't part of our national lexicon. When a Red Bull was something you'd expect to find on a farm, not on a store shelf. But companies keep launching new drinks because Americans keep guzzling them. Beverage World estimates that per capita consumption of nonalcoholic beverages (not including water) was about 116 gallons in 2010.Read More »from The 10 Healthiest Bottled Drinks for You
Many drinks are nothing more than a blood sugar spike waiting to happen. But sometimes you need a little flavor or (gasp!) fizz that water can't provide. So what then? "Keep it simple," says Keri Glassman, RD, the author of The New You and Improved Diet. "Stick to natural ingredients, and use a small piece of fruit-about 60 calories-as a reference for how much is reasonable to consume at once."
Here, 10 drinks you'll feel good about gulping. (Plus, learn why you should Stay Away From Energy Drinks.)
1. Alo Drink $1.99; Whole Foods
Favorite flavor: Escape (aloe, pineapple, guava, and sea buckthorn berry
The answer isn't what you'd expectGrab any given cookbook, and you'll find myriad mentions of eggs, sugar, and wine--all typical recipe fare. But wait. Didn't you just read last month that sugar is toxic to human cells, and that eggs might up your risk of prostate cancer? As for wine, it either cuts your odds of developing breast cancer, or increases them, but you can't remember which. Is your cookbook trying to kill you? Or--even worse--is everything we eat associated with this dreaded disease?Read More »from Can Your Diet Really Prevent Cancer?
It's a valid question, and one that scientists from Harvard Medical School and Stanford's Prevention Research Center wanted to answer. So they performed a (much more scientific) cookbook test of their own, choosing 50 random ingredients from the Boston Cooking-School Cook Book.
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The team then pored over journals and analyzed studies involving each ingredient and cancer risk. A whopping 80% of the ingredients were included in at least one study linking them to cancer, and half the
The secret your favorite cook is hidingIt's easy to get suckered into thinking that celebrity chef creations are nutritious--after all, their food just looks so good. But while popular chefs churn out tasty recipes, they're likely turning a blind eye to nutrition, warns a new report. In fact, a new Food Network reality TV show focuses on weight loss tips for overweight chefs.Read More »from What Celebrity Chefs Don't Want You to Know
A team of UK researchers, writing in the British Medical Journal, examined the nutritional content of 100 recipes from popular celebrity chefs including Jamie Oliver, Lorraine Pascale, and Nigella Lawson. (The study focused on chefs popular in the UK.) The researchers also looked at pre-packaged grocery store meals, and compared both to the World Health Organization's recommendations.
As it turns out, none of the meals or recipes--whether store-bought or from a celebrity cook--met the nutritional criteria. Even more surprising? Study authors discovered that many of the pre-packaged meals were actually healthier than recipes from chefs. (Surprised?
.Many people have mixed feelings about this time of year. I think it's because the festive season is never just one upbeat note. It's never only happy, only loving, only blazing fires and cherub-cheeked children. The holidays, like life itself, are equally miserable and joyful, filled with both light and shadow. The problem is that we often forget the bad stuff. We forget that last year's family gathering was a semi-disaster and believe that this year will be different. We get our hopes up. We enter the holidays with unrealistic expectations of how it's going to be and when it doesn't turn out that way, we often use food to comfort ourselves.Read More »from 12 Ways to Avoid Overeating During the Holidays
For many years, I led 1-day holiday overeating workshops, listening to people talk about their fears and their joys during the season. I heard what triggered their descent into binging and what helped them out of it. Of course, these stories weren't really about food but about how we use it to temporarily help ourselves cope. After the food is