What are your personal goals, and how do you keep track of them?
Whether you're still clutching your New Year's resolution or you've decided to work on a whole new set of goals before summer's end, one of the most effective techniques for achieving your health targets is to track your progress along the way.
We look to 10 common health factors that can be easily logged online, via hand-written diary or some other effortless means. Just remember: Don't get discouraged if you eat too much, gain a pound or press snooze instead of going for a 5am run. The purpose of maintaining a daily log isn't to reach perfection. It's to help you keep striving toward a healthier you!
1. Calories: If you're trying to lose weight, a food log can do wonders for your waistline. There are a number of free online journals, like FitDay and ifoodDiary, to help keep your calories on a tight leash.
2. Stress: Zeel Fitness Expert Frank Baptiste encourages weight-loss clients to track their
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Would you prance around your living room wearing nothing but a metal bikini? Carrie Fisher, who first wore these iconic futuristic skivvies in 1983, says absolutely! "I wanna get back in a metal bikini and just, like, walk around the house like an idiot," the 54-year-young actress recently quipped during a Today Show interview.
What explains Carrie's sudden desire to get back into metallic undergarments? The Jenny Craig spokesperson has made remarkable progress on her quest to lose weight, shedding 50 pounds (or what Carrie calls "half a model") in just nine months. And it's no wonder. Earlier this year, Jenny Craig was named the top diet by Consumer Reports, cruising past competitors like Atkins and Weight Watchers.
While Fisher may still be many dress sizes away from her Princess Leia bod, she nevertheless looks phenomenal and is an inspiration for anyone who wants to get back to their former weight. Here's a look at how Carrie did it, and how you can too.
With svelte celebrities like Chelsea Clinton, Rachel Weisz and Wimbledon champ Novac Djokovic popularizing the gluten-free diet craze, many of our favorite menu items are suddenly in jeopardy. Making their way onto the list of endangered edibles are once-favorite meals like baked ziti and lo mein.
Adapting to a gluten-free diet doesn't have to be as limiting as you think. You just have to think outside of the pasta box. Get your creative juices flowing with these four gluten-free substitutes for cooking-and enjoying-pasta-based recipes.
Spaghetti with Meatballs: Organic Corn Spaghetti
No. 3 on Bon Appetit's 2008 list of the best gluten-free pasta is Rustichella d'Abruzzo Organic Corn Spaghetti. It's made from freshly-milled Italian corn and rice and makes for the perfect stand-in for many traditional pasta dishes. Give an old school favorite a healthy twist by whipping up corn spaghetti and turkey meatballs. Or, toss yours with sliced garlic, extra virginRead More »from Gluten-Free Alternatives for Pasta-Lovers
Everyone wants to look like a star on their wedding day, but not all brides have an entourage of beauty experts at their beck and call, as did newlywed reality star Kim Kardashian. With a guest list that included Gwen Stefani, Lindsay Lohan and hundreds of cameramen, it's no wonder why the fashion icon worked harder than ever to whip her bodacious body into even better shape, increasing her weekly workouts with celebrity personal trainer Gunnar Peterson and enlisting the help of pint-size fitness guru Tracy Anderson.
Though hers might be the most extravagant wedding of the season (this side of the Atlantic, of course), Kim is just one of the many ladies who have tried to lose a few pounds (and maybe gain ab definition) before walking down the aisle.With wedding season well under way, we've put together the best workouts to get you in shape for our favorite trends of the year, whether exercising with your NBA pro fiance or sweating it out with a personal trainer (Read More »from Here Come the Best Bridal Workouts
When it comes to grueling workouts, your core tends to hog all the attention-especially during the summer, when your six-pack is on constant display. But behind every strong core, there's an even stronger back, so pay particular attention to these important muscles as well.Read More »from Strengthen Your Back With Pilates
Pilates is emerging as one of the most effective ways to strengthen lower back muscles and to improve existing chronic back pain-and with good reason. We turn to top Zeel Pilates experts and good old-fashioned science to find out why.
Therapeutic benefits. According to a study published in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, Pilates reduces lower back pain. Researchers found that, of 39 participants between the ages of 20 and 55 who complained of lower back pain, those individuals who practiced Pilates reported a significant decrease in discomfort and disability.
For beginners and pros. Pilates trainer and Zeel Expert Mimosa Gordon explains that Pilates exercises are meant to help increase
You'll probably always need to book weeks-even months-in advance for a seat at Masa, but these days, sushi is coming under new scrutiny. For many environmentally conscious eaters, the tide is turning against sushi as its popularity is leading to the decline of many of our favorite items on the menu.Read More »from What’s for Dinner? Sustainable Sushi You’ll Love
Presently, 70 percent of the world's fisheries are being over-harvested, resulting in the depletion of the fish that we love to eat as sushi-fish such as yellowtail, Atlantic halibut, bluefin tuna, Asia farmed tilapia, Atlantic salmon and red snapper.
What are some environmentally sound choices you can make when dining on sushi?
Black Cod. The most ocean-friendly kinds of Black Cod come from Alaska and British Columbia. Also known as sablefish, black cod is harvested at a sustainable rate. This heart-healthy fish contains comparable levels of omega-3 fatty acids to salmon, and makes for a delicious and slightly sweet slice of sashimi.
Albacore Tuna. Order fresh albacore tuna during its
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A Swedish Institute instructor and massage therapist for the United States Tennis Association (hello, Andy Roddick), Robert Wolf is aces when it comes to therapeutic bodywork and somatic movement. So what makes this Zeel Expert's rubdown different from all the rest?
Robert uniquely integrates breathwork-much like mindful yogic breathing-into his practice, providing clients with physical relief as well as mental balance, equilibrium and an overall sense of groundedness. We talk to Robert to get the details on his exclusive technique.
What is breathwork, and how can it enhance a massage?
Breathwork simply means the bringing of awareness to your breath and body. It's not a physical therapy session; it's actually a much more subtle element during a massage. For example, Robert might ask a client to think of a word like "balance" as he or she breathes in. Ultimately, breathwork can bring a client to have a better understanding of the connection between their body and mind.What Read More »from Ask the Expert: Enhance Your Massage with Breathwork