Raise your hand if you got cabin fever last week. If your hand's not raised, I'm guessing you don't live on the East Coast. That doozy of a snowstorm left us trapped at home for the better part of four days. Living in North Carolina has been a big adjustment when it comes to winter weather. In Maryland, we mostly continued about our regularly scheduled lives when it snowed. In the south, everything shuts down. It's not because they're wimps (ok, kind of) but because southern cities aren't prepared for any serious snow removal operations. We often joke we have one plow in our county and consider yourself lucky if it makes it to your neighborhood before the snow melts. Anyway, we were stuck inside for most of last week, and our gym was shut down for a couple of days. That meant it was at-home workout time, but I made one big mistake: I wasn't prepared. Now I'm ready, and I've got these little-to-no equipment workouts in my back corner, ready to go at a moment's notice. Feel free toRead More »from Fight Cabin Fever with These 7 At-Home Workouts
There's a smarter way to enjoying a cocktail that won't derail your healthy lifestyle.
By Steven Macari
Socializing is a major part of life and lets face it alcohol plays a major role in that. As someone who teaches a holistic approach to health, it is all about finding balance. When implementing any sort of health, nutrition or fitness program, becoming dogmatic with your training or diet can often do mare harm than good. Cutting yourself off from all social activity (and usually alcohol intake) can actually be an added stressor, which may reverse any gains from your nutrition or fitness program. I often teach my clients how to cheat effectively, instead of a Hershey bar, choose the best quality organic dark chocolate you can find. The same goes with drinking. If you are going to drink on occasion, here is what you need to know about how to drink, have fun and not offset all the good things you have done all week in the gym and in the kitchen.
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- Astrology.com | Healthy Living – Thu, Feb 27, 2014 12:33 PM ESTAdopt a Healthy Lifestyle – with Help from Your Sun Sign!
Perhaps the healthy eating regimen you set out for yourself at the New Year has fallen by the wayside. Or maybe you've used winter's inclement weather as an excuse to cocoon rather than pursue a new gym membership. Still, it's never too late to become what you might have been, so here's a sign-by-sign guide to making important lifestyle changes that could benefit you for a lifetime.
You're the first to get on the fitness train -- and also the quickest to grow bored with the routine. Break your bigger resolutions into smaller weekly or monthly ones, then attack each of them in turn. Competition is your biggest motivator, so regularly challenging a friend to a fitness contest will help keep you on track.
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You love a sedentary lifestyle and your sweets, and it's so difficult for you to give them up. Research shows it takes 21 days to form a new habit, so pinpoint your fitness goals, then tackle one at a time as you persevere for three straight weeks. Once you get
- Mirror, mirror, on the wall - who's the healthiest of them all?
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If the risk of getting cancer or heart disease isn't enough to scare you away from that cigarette or tanning salon, maybe taking a look in the mirror will.
Recent studies have shown that seeing the premature aging effects caused by spending time in the sun may be enough to encourage teens to wear sunscreen, for example. And additional studies that simulated the negative impact of smoking on the skin and mouth have been successful in encouraging adolescents to attend smoking termination programs.
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"Most people are motivated by the threat that is perceived as real," says Josie Howard, MD, a board-certified psychiatrist who specializes in psychodermatology and is a Simple advisory board member. "Wrinkles and stained teeth are visible and therefore have a significant impact for most, while the thought of illness may seem remote and hard to fully imagine," she explains.
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.Losing weight isn't easy. But, as with most health concerns, the more you learn about the way your body works, the better off you'll be. For starters, stop thinking of weight loss as an entirely physical concept - your mind also has a lot to do with it. And, that means your personality type does, too.
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Time reports that certain aspects of your personality can translate into struggles (and success!) with weight loss. Of course, this list is useful only if you own up to the kind of person you truly are. For example, if you're self-centered, you're more likely to have the willpower to make healthier decisions. Conversely, people-pleasers are more likely to bail on their own workout plans in order to meet the needs of others. They can also get stressed out by trying to help everyone other than themselves. And, if there's anything we can all agree on, it's that stress leads straight to
The easy-to-follow tips to throw an Oscar Party!
If you ever need an excuse to throw a party, the 86th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday, March 2, 2014, is it! Go ahead and get carried away by the glitz and glamour -- you're allowed to when the Oscars come to town. Pave the way for this festive evening by making some Feng Shui adjustments to your home. If you play your cards right, this bash will be the social event of the season!
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Paint the party red
Feng Shui practitioners have great reverence for red, which is the color of ceremony (hence, the red carpet!). Set the right tone by wearing a flame-colored dress or scarlet tie. Red and gold decorations will also set the right tone for your party. Choose a cherry colored tablecloth and napkins, and place gilt-edged placecards around the table. Such a color scheme will cultivate a festive and feisty atmosphere that is just perfect for the Oscars.
Fire it up
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Oatmeal is a fat-burning food.
Kristin McGee is a leading yoga and Pilates instructor and healthy lifestyle expert based in New York City. She is an ACE certified personal trainer and she serves as Health's contributing fitness editor.
If you're like me, you want to get the most out of your workout. (I'm a new mom and I have minimal time when I get to finally exercise.) What you eat before a workout can help you burn more fat and power you through a sweat session. Ideally, it's best to eat about one to two hours before you hit the gym, go for a run, or take a fitness class to give your body time to digest. If you're short on time, a smaller snack 30 minutes beforehand is better than running on empty.
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- Redbook | Healthy Living – Thu, Feb 27, 2014 10:50 AM ESTWith Paleo as the most-searched diet of 2013, it's not just about Atkins or South Beach anymore. But T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., author of the new book, The Low-Carb Fraud, says giving up grains and more does way more harm than good. By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.
You say that while low-carb diets are good for quick weight loss, they also cause serious health problems. How so?
What's called "low-carb" isn't really low-carb-it's low in refined carbohydrates. But the real problem is that low-carb diets, in which you get only 15 to 20 percent of your total calories from carbs, require eating a lot of animal-protein and fat. Population studies consistently show that low-carb diets lead to higher rates of heart disease, cancers, and other degenerative diseases. They also produce more halitosis (bad breath), headaches, rash, constipation, and muscle cramps.
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- Feeling puffy, gassy, and just plain gross? Stay away from these stomach-swelling triggers.
K. Aleisha Fetters, Fitbie.com
It doesn't matter how many pounds you lose, if you're sporting a bloated stomach your skinny jeans will never fit right.
About one in five people regularly suffer from bloating, says John E. Pandolfino, M.D., chief of gastroenterology and hepatology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, and not only is a swollen stomach unsightly and uncomfortable, but it can also be a symptom of bigger body issues. Your belly is a barometer of your overall health, and everything from your diet to your moods can affect your digestion, gas production, and, ultimately, whether or not you feel like you're about to bust a gut.
Luckily, once you ID the cause of your ballooning middle, deflating it is easy. Here are eight common culprits, plus simple strategies to beat the bloat.
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- FITNESS Magazine | Healthy Living – Thu, Feb 27, 2014 10:38 AM ESTJohnny Fog/FITNESS MagazineBy Melissa Walker
Tea can help your heart, boost your brainpower, keep your metabolism humming, and more. Our guide to the supersip covers it all, including how to brew a cup that's fit for a queen.
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The New Sports Drink
After plain old H2O, tea is the most popular drink on the planet. And some researchers say it's even healthier. "Tea packs more of a punch than water," says Carrie Ruxton, PhD, a dietitian and tea expert in the United Kingdom. "In addition to providing hydration, it's rich in health-promoting substances." The science is staggering: Studies suggest that one cup of tea may contain up to five times more antioxidants than any fruit or vegetable. These disease-fighting compounds may help prevent certain cancers, keep your heart healthy, burn fat and ward off weight gain, sharpen your mind, and help your body beat the effects of aging and stress. The facts are in: It's teatime!
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Tea does a body good.
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