by Lexi Petronis
CN Digital StudioIn some sort of weird world where there existed nothing but biking or running for exercise--which would you choose?
It's a matter of personal preference, of cours--maybe you can't stand spin class, or running bores you to tears--or you may have knee or back problems that could keep you from doing one or the other. But, according to the New York Times, there are very specific benefits to both...broken down like so!
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* Burns fewer calories per hour than running (a 150-pound person cycling at 16 to 19 miles per hour burns about 850 calories).
* A gentler workout than running, at least for your joints and the weight-bearing parts of your body.
* Vigorous cycling may lower levels of ghrelin, the hormone that stimulates your appetite (meaning you won't be as hungry).
* Generally burns more calories per minute than cycling (a 150-pound person running a 7-minute mile--which is really, really
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by Jené Luciani for SHAPE.comRead More »from 10 Simple Rules for a Healthy, Happy Life
10 simple rules for a healthy, happy lifeThese days it takes more than an apple a day to keep the doctor away. With hectic lifestyles and bad habits like skipping sleep, excess alcohol consumption, and sky-high stress levels, it's harder than ever for most people to stay fit and healthy, much less take extra steps to reduce your risk of diseases like cancer, stroke, and heart disease.
That's why Tiffany Sizemore-Ruiz, D.O., author of the blog SizeMoreHeart.com, pulled together a list of 10 simple rules to stay healthy, happy, and fit… for life!
1. Kick the habit: Even if you only light up occasionally, you're doing irreparable damage to your body. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cigarette smoking kills one in five people in the United States each year, yet it's the most preventable cause of death.
"As a doctor, this is one thing I do not ever budge on. This is hands down the worst thing you could ever do to your body," Sizemore-Ruiz says.
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by Amanda MacMillanRead More »from Study Drop: Every Minute of Brisk Activity Counts
photo by Riccardo Tinelli Think just one minute of exercise won't do your waistline any good? Think again: According to a new study, women weigh nearly half a pound less, on average, for every 60 seconds of high-intensity, heart-pumping activity they cram into their days. This is pretty much great news for everyone: Those of us who are on-the-go, those who don't always have time for a full-on workout and anyone who is really kinda busy at all.
You've probably heard the usual prescription: Aim for 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity a day, right? It's fine to break it up, experts say, but current guidelinesrecommend making those chunks no less than 8 to 10 minutes each, in order to really activate your body's fat-burning potential and to sizzle a sizable number of calories.
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Ready for this? Everything you thought you knew about nutrition is wrong!When describing how you really feel about the latest miracle fix in the diet and fitness world, you'd probably like to drop an F-bomb-as in, what the fad? After all, how many times have you trusted logical sounding ideas or put all your faith in a diet strategy, only to find out that the time you invested was a waste--and you still haven't dropped the weight?
Consider this your F-bomb-free zone. No fads, no faking, and no frustration. You see, when you really dig into the research, most of what you assume is correct about dieting is actually wrong. Discover the truth here and the only f-words coming out of your mouth will be "Finally. Fat loss!"
1. Skip breakfast if you want.
The one diet rule we've heard more than any other: A healthy diet begins with a great breakfast. There's just one problem: A good breakfast doesn't guarantee an overall healthy diet. In fact, according to a survey conducted by the NPD group, nearly 90 percent of Americans now eat
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The shirt in question: a navy blue T with the word "Police" and underneath, "Street Crime Unit." Christian is not a police officer, but his brother, a New York cop, had given him the shirt as a gift. Although Christian says he has previously worn the shirt to Disney World as well as to other theme parks,
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Now that the lazy, hazy days of summer are coming to a close, all the hustle and bustle associated with autumn begins!
However, if you want to continually evoke the simplicity of your season in the sun, then get in the habit of removing your shoes before fully entering your living space. This will help you leave your job, new teachers/classes, complicated commutes, and daily stressors behind once you walk in the door of your home.
This is a purposeful way to make your home your very own sacred haven, allowing and inviting only peaceful and
Why are American babies unhappier?Across 21 industrial countries, the United States ranks at the bottom - number 20 - according to UN's children's organization, UNICEF, study for child well-being. Beating out only the British, Americans are not fairing well. Both shocking and disheartening, questions abound on how and why Americans are raising unhappy babies. Can a country with all the resources and opportunities that we have truly be raising some of the world's most unhappy people?Read More »from Are American Babies Unhappy?
What Did This Study Measure?
The UNICEF study examined 40 indicators across 6 categories to determine how countries were performing. In those categories, some were objective with measurable indicators, such as Material Well-Being (which include child poverty) and Health and Safety (measured in part by infant mortality rates). But the study also examined subjective categories, measuring a child's response to various questions. Other categories include: Family and Peer Relationships, Behavior and Risks and Educational Well-Being.
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Tue, Sep 3, 2013 12:22 PM EDT
riverWhen I started making adjustments to the way our family ate, I was very open and honest about my lack of knowledge, my pitfalls, slip-ups, and cooking catastrophes in this new venture of mine. On the other hand, I have also been very quick to share when I have a kitchen success and make a delicious meal which my whole family loves. I *think* that open honesty is what has made my clean eating journey seem that much more approachable, and void of annoying judgements. I was and am just an average mom who grew up in a lower middle-class family, eating lots of pre-packaged foods and a whole lot of meat. This has been a big change for me and my family, but I am trudging through and having fun with it.
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- Good Housekeeping | Healthy Living – Tue, Sep 3, 2013 11:53 AM EDT
Pick up vegetarian tips for healthy eatingNot ready to give up meat? No worries: You can still reap the perks of a produce-rich diet. Having more flexible rules, like Mark Bittman, author of Vegan Before 6:00, means you can feed your inner carnivore while getting many of the health benefits that full-fledged vegetarians do. These seven tips will lead you down the right, part-time vegetarian path.
1. Don't become a pasta junkie
Adding meatless marinara to noodles and calling it dinner every night is an easy trap to fall into. Processed grains, such as white pasta, crackers, and bread are not the most nutritious meat substitute. Besides, carb-loading on a plate of pasta isn't going to do your waistline any favors. Bust out of your pasta rut with our Vegetarian Tacos.
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When veggies take center stage on your dinner plate, they warrant more attention than when they're shoved to the side like an afterthought. Seek out seasonings and spices to play up your produce. Our savory Spinach and Raisin
Small talk can be a big problem. I want to be friendly and polite, but I just can't think of a thing to say.
Here are some strategies I try when my mind is a blank:
1. Comment on a topic common to both of you at the moment: the food, the room, the occasion, the weather (yes, talking about the weather is a cliche, but it works). "How do you know our host?" "What brings you to this event?" But keep it on the positive side! Unless you can be hilariously funny, the first time you come in contact with a person isn't a good time to complain.
2. Comment on a topic of general interest. A friend scans Google News right before he goes anywhere where he needs to make small talk, so he can say, "Did you hear that Jeff Bezos is buying The Washington Post?" or whatever.
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