When it comes to friends and weight loss, let’s just say it’s complicated. Social support is a key element in a successful weight loss journey. Friends both old and new make terrific...
Pumpkins could well be the official mascot of the harvest season. There are many reasons to love them. The Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, best known for her pumpkin-themed painting and sculpture, praised their “winsome form” and “generous unpretentiousness.”
Embarking on a wellness journey is serious business, but it doesn’t have to feel like hard work. Even though checklists and calendars are terrific motivational tools, record keeping can get tedious after a while.
Weekday mornings are nerve-wracking under any circumstances. When you’re struggling to get out the door on time, it can be a monumental effort to find two matching shoes, much less concoct a healthy breakfast.
It’s hard to overestimate the value of a good night’s rest. In fact, sleep ranks up there with regular exercise as a primary ingredient for good health and successful weight management. Poor quality rest disrupts your well-being in areas such as including immune function, mood, energy, and appetite.
When you want maximum fitness results with minimum workout time, high intensity interval training (HIIT) may be your answer. Unlike traditional cardio workouts where you typically exercise for a longer time at 50-70% of your capacity, a HIIT routine combines short intervals (about 20 to 90 seconds) of full on activity with periods of rest or lower-intensity exercise.
Bored with your treadmill workout? Tired of breathing in bus fumes on your morning run? Hiking in the great outdoors may be the perfect way to freshen up your exercise routine. In addition to building aerobic stamina and strengthening your leg muscles, spending time in nature is a great opportunity for relaxation and reflection. It can also make for a fun time spent with family or friends.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Like many other bits of grandmotherly wisdom, this old adage bears a nugget of scientific truth. Research shows that breakfast has a greater impact on your metabolism than meals later in the day (such as lunch or dinner) because your system needs to refuel after your nightly fast.
Eight out of 10 Americans spend their workdays hunched over a computer screen. The cumulative effects of constant sitting, poor posture, and repetitive movements result in daily aches and pains as well as chronic musculoskeletal problems.
Even if you don’t consider yourself a runner (or even much of an athlete), the idea of competing in a road race can be tantalizing. If the opening chords of the Chariots of Fire theme sparks even a small twinge of excitement, you may be primed to take on your first 5K run.