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.
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
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
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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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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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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.)
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- 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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Victoria's Secret Angels Lindsay Ellingson and Candice Swanepoel Talk Tunes, Workout Motivation and How They'd Spend $20By Self Magazine | Healthy Living – Thu, Sep 19, 2013 2:56 PM EDT
by Rachel JacobyRead More »from Victoria's Secret Angels Lindsay Ellingson and Candice Swanepoel Talk Tunes, Workout Motivation and How They'd Spend $20
Courtesy of Victoria's Secret SportThe Victoria's Secret Angels are, well, angels. They're totally gorgeous -- and they definitely work hard for it (wearing super-cute VSX workout gear, no less!). Two of our favorite girls, Lindsay Ellingson and Candice Swanepoel fill in our blanks and spill their secrets to SELF. But expect more from the ladies this week: Each day, we'll be rolling out a new workout video from the team at Victoria's Secret Sport exclusively on SELF. So you know what to do: Learn about the Angels today, spend rest of the week copying their fitness moves. Done.
1. If I could only do one workout, I'd dance! It's fun and tones your body beautifully.
2. When I need extra motivation, I tell myself [I'm not competing in an] Iron Man!
3. I can't stop moving when "Turn the Night Up" by Enrique Inglesias comes on my iPod.
4. After a great workout, I feel so healthy and happy!
5. When hunger strikes at 3 PM, I grab a Greek yogurt with honey and berries.
6. You're at
- Self Magazine | Healthy Living – Thu, Sep 19, 2013 2:47 PM EDT
by Thailan PhamRead More »from Sarah Rafferty of 'Suits' Shows Us How She Lengthens Her Whole Bod
Getty Images Hottie redhead Sarah Rafferty is not only one of the stars of "Suits," whose season finale aired earlier this week. As it turns out, the smoking actress is also is a diehard Pilates devotee -- and she's got the sleek, long legs to prove it. (And those nude heels only help, amiright?)
"I honestly think I've gotten taller since I started doing Pilates," says the actress, who works out with Sam and Susannah Cotrone of Cotrone Fitness in West Hollywood, CA. "And my posture is totally different, no more slouching!"
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Fortunately Rafferty has found a way to make strengthening her hard-earned body fun. "Working with Sarah is like dancing a cha-cha -- fun, sexy and energetic," says Susannah Cotrone, who has Rafferty doing a swimming move on the mat which works her butt, back and core. The actress and mom calls the move a "good multitasker." That's the kind of move made for our hectic schedules, yes??
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by Amanda MacMillanRead More »from 5 High-Performance Fall Fitness Layers
We said it yesterday and we'll say it again: Autumn is coming, winter's on it's way and it's time to start layering up, especially in the mornings and evenings when we may be headed to the gym or tackling an outdoor workout. I absolutely love this time of year, not just because the cool air puts an extra pep in my step, running-wise, at least; but also because it gives me a chance to slip on some extra fun and fashionable pieces over of my everyday tanks-and-capris workout outfit, too. Layer up with one of these pieces now -- your warm bod will thank us later.
Moving Comfort's Vibe Long Sleeve: This mesh top -- complete with thumb-holes -- slides perfectly over a form-fitting tank, and it's light and breathable enough to pull on after a sweaty yoga class. Tip: Order a size up if you want a looser fitting option. ($55, movingcomfort.com)
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- Self Magazine | Healthy Living – Thu, Sep 19, 2013 2:22 PM EDT
by Rachel JacobyRead More »from Watch and Learn: How to Stretch Your Legs like a Victoria's Secret Angel
Courtesy of Victoria's SecretIf there's one thing we know about Victoria's Secret models, it's that their legs go on for days. Days. (And that's without the killer heels we've seen 'em wear.) So how does one keep her stems in such fine form? Lindsay Ellingson -- whom you guys met yesterday -- teamed up with Victoria's Secret Sport and her trainer, Justin Gelband, to share some essential leg stretches. You'll feel long, lean and relaxed -- but we can't guarantee you'll own Lindsay's stems. Unfortch, that's genetics -- and some hard work, too.
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Watch Ellingson and Gelband share their favorite post-workout stretches for your legs. The best part? All you need is a bench to get your bend on.
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