We all know there are so many good reasons to work out. It helps your heart and bones stay strong, keeps you more flexible, increases endurance, helps maintain weight, and gives you more energy - not to mention bragging rights when you can beat someone in an arm wrestling match. Unfortunately, the list of excuses to skip workouts is almost as long. We're too tired, too busy, too stressed, too broke. It's too hot or too cold. It's like we're the Goldilocks of the workout world, looking for workout conditions that are just right. But with hectic schedules, it's rare that that perfect moment comes. There's always a road block making it tough, but that doesn't mean we can't overcome workout obstacles. Even the most motivated can fall victim to workout excuses. But with enough practice, you get better at getting motivated. I've had a lot of practice with small setbacks. My gym provides up to two hours of daycare for my kids each day. Sounds too good to be true, right? It is. Especially whenRead More »from Busted! 7 Over-Used Excuses for Skipping Your Workout
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Jeff Olson/FITNESS MagazineBy Natalie Gingerich MackenzieRead More »from Stride to the Beat: How to Train with a Heart Rate Monitor
Even technophobes can benefit from training with a heart rate monitor. "It answers that eternal question of how fast is fast and how slow is slow," says Roy Benson, a running coach and coauthor of Heart Rate Training. Here's how to plug in and teach your old jog new tricks.
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Meet Your Max
First, you need a yardstick for gauging your intensity level. Use this formula to find your maximum heart rate, or how many times your heart beats per minute (bpm) when you're going full throttle.
206 - (your age) x 0.88 = ____ bpm
So if you're 26, that's 180 x 0.88 = 158 bpm.
Get in the Zone
Now you can calculate your intensity as a percentage of your maximum heart rate rather than guessing how hard you're going. Using your device, aim for the bpm percentage ranges below, based on the type of workout you're hankering for.
60% to 75%
Light to moderate intensity: An easy sing-if-you-want pace for building
These little hints are your body's way of nudging you toward good healthNot long ago, my husband and three of our kids went charging up Mount Katahdin--think of it as New England's mini Mount Everest. I'd spent months hiking with friends to make sure I was in shape and, at the start, hustled to keep pace with our teenagers as we hauled ourselves up the steep boulders. But within a couple of hours I was straggling; they leapt past me like giddy mountain goats while I carefully picked my way up the rocks.Read More »from 6 Things Your Body's Trying to Tell You
Was I disappointed? Actually, no. I felt smart. My 40-something body was telling me how to protect it from injury--and my hips and feet thanked me later. It turns out that our bodies routinely transmit this evolving wisdom, gently steering us away from activities or indulgences we can no longer tolerate to ones that will ensure continued good health.
Here are six other things your body's trying to tell you.
1. When you're dehydrated
Over the course of a lifetime, our kidneys, which transport water to our tissues, gradually lose a bit of their efficiency.
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Help make Natalie's birthday wish come true!August 16, 2012. It's 9:30 a.m. and I'm driving across New York City trying to get to my office on 45th and 3rd while dialing my 3-year-old daughter Natalie's pediatrician. Stopped at a red light in Times Square, I see the officer's lights flip on behind me. Crap! I quickly hang up the phone after having left a message. But it's too late. The officer issues me a $200 ticket for being on my phone while driving, and nope, it didn't help when I explained to the officer that my daughter was sick, that I was worried, and I was simply trying to get a hold of her doctor.
Fast forward about four hours and there we are, Natalie and I, sitting in a quiet room in the ER of Hackensack Medical Center, eagerly waiting to find out what the hell is going on. Feeling something wet dripping down my arm, I gently shifted a sleepy Natalie over toRead More »from Help This Mom Turn a Nightmare Prognosis into Something Positive
Try these drug-free ways to bring your BP downIf your blood pressure is creeping up or has reached "uh-oh" levels, try these drug-free ways to bring it down.Read More »from 12 Ways to Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally
1. Soak in a bath
Add 2 cups of Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) to the tub, and your blood vessels will relax, too, as you absorb the mineral through your skin.
2. Carry a load
Strength training using free weights, machines, or resistance bands can lower BP a few points. Try twice a week, at a level where you can manage 3 sets of 10 reps.
3. Tighten your grip
Squeezing a handgrip or ball (four 2-minute holds, a minute's rest in between) 3 times a week has been shown to lower BP 13 systolic (upper number) and 8 diastolic points. (If pressure is high, ask an M.D. first.)
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4. Unroll your mat
Strike some yoga poses two or three times a week, and you may strike a few points from your BP. In a new University of Pennsylvania study, the average systolic BP moved from 133 to 130. That's still considered prehypertension, so combine yoga with other
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By Natasha Burton, Beauty HighRead More »from 8 Foods that Are Ruining Your Skin Without You Knowing It
8 Foods Ruining Your Skin You wash your face daily and take your makeup off before bed like you're supposed to. So why is your skin far from glowing? Well, even though what you put on your face matters a whole lot, what you put into your body also reflects back onto your skin, according to leading nutrition experts.
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Here are eight foods (and drinks!) to stay away from if you're having skin issues-or if you simply want your skin to look its best every single day.
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1. Chocolate: For years we've heard myths about how sweets can make you break out, and the (not-so-sweet) truth is that these stories are true. According to nutritionists Jayson and Mira Calton, co-authors of Naked Calories, chocolate may actually make acne worse. Citing a study conducted in the Netherlands, they say that chocolate increases production of interleukin -1b, a marker of immune system inflammation,
Pope Francis, elected in March, seems like he might be up for the challenge. He’s already made some heartening waves over the last six months, and this week, in his most in-depth interview since taking the helm, he's crept closer to open-mindedness.Using the words “pope” and “cool” in the same sentence definitely feels like an oxymoron. But Read More »from Pope Francis: Is He Actually Cool?
Though a lot remains to be seen, of course, here are some of the reasons this guy’s totally growing on us:
He acknowledges women. OK, he needs work here, but he's made some baby steps. In the new interview, published in the Jesuit America magazine, he took a swipe at the idea of “female machismo,” saying, “A woman has a different makeup than a man.” But he also admitted that the Catholic Church needs to “investigate further the role of women in the church,” adding, “The feminine genius is needed wherever we make important decisions. The challenge today is this: to think about the specific place of women also in those places where the authority of
Exercise is essential for a healthy pregnancy, but one photo of a pregnant woman weightlifting has ignited a fiery debate on how much pregnant women should sweat. Read More »from Should Pregnant Women Be Weightlifting?
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Lea-Ann Ellison, 35, a stay-at-home mom in Los Angeles, is eight months pregnant with her third child and attends regular CrossFit classes at her local gym. Last week, Ellison emailed the company touting her success on the workout and included a photo of herself lifting weights. A few days later, the company posted the photo on its Facebook page, triggering an outcry on social media. Ellison received thousands of comments — many of which were negative — on CrossFit's and her own Facebook pages, through several media outlets, and in email.
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by Jacqueline RisserRead More »from Let Miss America 2014 Inspire Your Next Workout
Getty ImagesWe were -- and, okay, still are -- such huge fans of the Bollywood performance by newly crowned Miss America, Nina Davuluri.
Not only did we love that she brought her culture to the pageant, but also dug the high energy the dance brought to the stage -- and the show. Frankly, we could almost feel the cals being burned off our own bodies while watching.
If you want a taut tummy like Nina's, check out one of these Bollywood-inspired DVDs featued after the jump. It's like dance cardio. But better. And way more fun. Just look at Nina's smile!
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Step 1: Invite your friends for an all-out Bollywood boogie sesh.
Step 2: Get inspired and have a group viewing of Miss America's full performance.
Step 3: Try one of these workouts. (You know, in case you can't quite catch all of Miss America's choreography right off the bat.)
* For a little taste of a Bollywood workout, head on over to the 16-Minute Bollywood Cardio Workout (on
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Healthy Living – Thu, Sep 19, 2013 2:57 PM EDTWhen Ted Bartling, a rocket scientist from Utah, decided to donate a kidney to a stranger, he knew he'd potentially be saving one person's life. What he didn't know was that he'd be saving three people's lives.
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Bartling's incredible sacrifice, or "gift" as he calls it, set in motion a chain of events at Salt Lake City's University Hospital and Primary Children's Medical Center that forever linked six people and allowed three, including a 2-year-old boy, to receive successful kidney transplants late last week. On Thursday, Dr. Jeffrey Campsen, who performed surgery on the donors, told Yahoo Shine that all three recipients and their donors are thriving and have headed home or will be discharged within the next couple of days.
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"For at least 15 years, donating a kidney had been on my mind as something I could do to help somebody live a normal life like mine," Bartling, 51, told YahooRead More »from Man's Kidney Donation Is 'Missing Link' for Three Transplants
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