Joseph Montezinos/Fitness MagazineBy Nicci Micco
People tell me that I come across as a confident person. It's true that I have no trouble speaking up at meetings, mingling at parties, even asking for a raise. But those close to me know that the mere idea of navigating a car through Manhattan (or any large city) makes my heart race and my palms sweat. And that I don't go into the ocean past my ankles because, well, sharks are there, waiting. To eat me.
Some people are less prone to panic than I am -- because of their genes or experience or, more likely, a combination of the two -- but everyone experiences fear. This universal emotion registers in a part of the brain called the amygdala, which detects danger and dispatches a "code red" message that results in a cascade of physical symptoms: a racing heart, dizziness, shortness of breath, a dry mouth. You're ready to run. Or fight. Or maybe you freeze.
All three responses served our ancestors, who needed to evade and escape predators. Problem is, our scary situations have
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- Redbook | Team Mom – Wed, May 1, 2013 3:58 PM EDT
Don't focus on strengthening your core
Well, it looks like that hundredth sit-up was probably a waste. When scientists tested athletes, such as football players, who would seemingly need super-strong cores to stay upright on the field, they found no correlation between core strength and performance. That's because the real hallmark of success is actually core stability. "An unstable core throws off all the muscles that circle your back," says Reynolds. "The primary purpose of the core muscles should be to hold your spine in place." To raise core stability, don't do sit-ups, which are usually performed incorrectly, and can lead to serious lower-back injuries. Instead, try three exercises: 10 proper crunches, which require laying flat on the ground with your knees up and Read More »from 7 Best Tips from Experts on How to Make Your Workout Count
By Raechel Conover, Cheapism.com
As the warm weather moves in and schools let out for summer, May is the month to buy household goods and entertaining essentials. It's the perfect time for stocking up ahead of summer celebrations. Prepare for graduation parties and Memorial Day barbecues by finding deals to prep your food (cookware and BBQ supplies) and make your guests happy (party supplies).
Cookware and Small Appliances. Continuing on from April, cookware promotions are plentiful in May as retailers target college graduation and wedding season. For more discounts, keep an eye out for Mother's Day promotions -- cookware makes a great practical and welcome gift for mom. Give your college grad a set of new pots and pans for his or her first apartment, or shower newlyweds with cookware that will last for years.Cookware is a great buy during the month of May!
Related: Best affordable cookware
Party and BBQ Supplies. Party supply stores gear up for summer when graduation parties, wedding events, pool parties, andRead More »from What to Buy in May
- FITNESS Magazine | Team Mom – Tue, Apr 30, 2013 2:00 PM EDT
Sarah Kehoe/Fitness MagazineBy Natalie Gingerich MackenzieRead More »from Walk Off the Weight: A Speed-Interval Walking Workout
Not a runner? No sweat. Start a walking routine instead. Researchers found that overweight women who did 45-minute speed-interval walking workouts and toning exercises four times a week lost 23 pounds in 16 weeks. "The key is to perfect your form, so that walking feels good and doesn't become boring over time," says Danny Dreyer, the creator of the Chi Walking technique. Fast-track your fat burning while you walk with these easy tweaks.
Related: 5 Exercises to Tone Your Arms as You Walk
Breathe fat away.
"It takes oxygen to keep all of your muscles firing and not run out of steam," Dreyer says. Filling your lungs completely allows you to burn fat more efficiently and improve your endurance. To maximize your breathing, focus on exhaling as deeply as you can. "The inhale will take care of itself," Dreyer says.
Get your abs in on the action.
Hinge slightly forward from your hips, not your waist, and you'll engage your core. The payoff is a stronger midsection,
Seasonal AllergiesMore than 40 million Americans will be sneezing and wheezing this spring from seasonal allergies, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. But few people really understand why. Here, the fact and fiction about seasonal allergies.Read More »from 6 Things You Didn’t Know About Seasonal Allergies
1. Pollen is a male organism.
Plants don't reproduce the same way humans do. "[Plant] sperm can only swim so far and disperse so far," says Joseph Armstrong, professor of botany at Illinois State University. This explains why seed plants distribute the whole male organism - through the air. That male organism, housed inside a tiny reproductive body called a spore, makes sperm when it lands in the right environment. Don't worry, it's not doing it inside your nose. But the foreign protein is what irritates your nasal membranes, says Armstrong.
Related: A Longer Allergy Season Is Nothing to Sneeze At
2. Don't blame the roses.
"People always think of flowers as causing allergies. That's not the case," says David osenstreich, MD,
Midday workouts are perfect for working moms.
The lunchtime workout can be a timesaver for busy women. Sneaking in a workout at lunch means you'll be able to sleep later in the morning AND be able to make plans at night! Since you're likely heading back to work, or busy with kids, midday workouts require a little extra planning. Here are five things every woman needs for a successful daytime workout.
1. Non-crimping hair ties
If your hair is long enough to pull back, get it away from the sweat on your face and neck! Use the thick-elastic, super stretchy hair ties that won't leave that annoying "ponytail crease " in your hair. Securing your hair in a loose bun will also eliminate that creased look when you go back to your day. Have short hair? Use a headband to achieve the same results.
Tissues are a necessity to keep in your purse or gym bag. Makeup can easily run when you're doing cardio. Grab a tissue, wrap it around your index finger, and carefully blot the sweat from under your eyes. You can also use tissues toRead More »from Midday Workout Must-Haves
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