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How to Overcome the Negative Effects of Shift Work

We've known for years that a shifting sleep schedule can lead to many health problems, but more recent studies have shown us why. Disrupted sleep can actually alter your genes. In fact, altered genes are part ofthe mechanism of cancer formation. As such, having an out of sync body clock has been …

Sleep

15-Minute Workout: 4 Strengthening Isometric Moves to Tone and Tighten

Check out the video below to see how to do each move. Then read below that a description of how long you should hold each pose (and how many times you should do it).<p>Now ready, set… hold it right there!<p>The Moves: <b><br>Plank with Glute Squeeze</b> <br>Hold it for 30 – 90 seconds. Then take a break for 30 to 60 …

Dirty Bathroom Habits

<b>Tweeting on the toilet</b> <br>We know, you don't do this, but 40 percent of people 18 to 24 admit to using social media in the bathroom, according to market research company Nielsen. And that’s just the people who fessed up. Since a 2011 British study found that one in six mobile phones is contaminated …

Sculpt a Knockout Body

Exercise 1 Pushup-Position Alternating Dumbbell Raise<p>Start in a pushup position, legs extended and feet more than shoulder-width apart, with each hand resting on a dumbbell directly under your shoulders <b>(a)</b>. Brace your core, then raise a weight in front of you to shoulder height, keeping your hips …

Workouts

15 Easy Ways to Beat Everyday Anxiety

Try these simple, do-anywhere tips to help manage stress<p>Technically, anxiety is apprehension over an upcoming event. We anticipate the future with …

Self-improvement

The A, B, ZZZs of Yoga

<b>A Yogi's Guide to Sound Sleep</b><p>Have you ever glanced at the illuminated numbers on the clock near your bed and thought in shock, "It's already 1:30 a.m. Crap! I have to get up at 6:30 a.m. If I can just fall asleep right now, I'll get five hours of rest." As you lie restless, you try to convince …

Yoga

10-Minute Yoga for Stress Relief

If you are feeling overwhelmed by an endless to-do list, constant emails filling your inbox, or just generally stressed out, consider a 10-minute yoga break instead of a 10-minute coffee break. These four simple and effective yoga postures and deep breathing will help you feel calm, relaxed, and …

5 Exercises You Should Be Doing Way More Of

<b>Rows</b> <br>So much of what we do and how we move involves the muscles on the front of the body—the chest, abs, biceps, etc. But pulling exercises like rows strengthen your back to improve posture and balance out the body. Plus, you'll look that much sexier in halter dresses. The bent-over row uses …

Muscle

25 Exercises You Can Do Anywhere

Whether you're on the go or at home, these 25 body weight exercises are challenging and effective, and you can do them no matter where you are

Workouts

21 Natural Ways to Prevent and Treat Headaches

Headaches can range from nagging to debilitating. Here are 21 tricks and tips that can help you head off that ache—naturally.

Wellness

10 Moves for Your At-Home Workout

Many people do not belong to a fitness club or attend regular workout classes. They opt for the simplicity of working out at home. This can save time traveling to and from the gym as well as money on fuel costs. For under $30 one can purchase a small set of dumbbells and a resistance band and get a …

Burpee How-To: The Ultra-Intense Workout Move That Burns Fat Fast

<b>Step 1:</b> While standing with your feet hip-width apart, squat down and place your hands on the floor in front of you, palms down.<p><b>Step 2:</b> Jump your feet back, arms extended, so your body is long and symmetrical in a plank position.<p><b>Step 3:</b> Pull your legs back under you so you’re back in a squat …

4 Restorative Yoga Poses That Help You Relax and Unwind

Pleas says there are three key steps to restorative yoga: Relax your body and muscles; slow, lengthen and deepen your breath; and calm your mind. But don’t worry, that doesn’t mean turn your brain off completely (or any of these 10 hilarious stages of trying to meditate for the first time!). “A …

Five Steps to Treating Candida Overgrowth, Naturally

Most naturopaths will tell you that they spend a great deal of their time with patients treating yeast overgrowth, also called candidiasis, and the persistent physical and psychological symptoms that come along with it. I'm certainly no exception. A day does not go by when I don't have a handful of …

10 Ways to Stop Overeating Today

Have you every really tasted a strawberry?<p>Have you ever truly noticed the texture of a piece of chocolate? Or the flavor of it?<p>If you haven't -- and if you tend to overeat, eat emotionally or compulsively -- you're missing out on one of the most beautiful sides of life: the colors, flavors, …

A 5-Minute Breathing Exercise To Reduce Stress

In yoga, we try to balance the flows of energy and awareness as we raise prana, or breath. Pranayama ("conscious breathing") creates this balance by …

When Should I Buy Organic Food | Organic Produce - Consumer Reports

Organic food as a rule costs more than conventional food, but is it worth the extra money? “We want consumers to appreciate that by buying organic …

The Busy Person’s Guide to Reducing Stress

Stress is one of the biggest causes of health problems in many peoples’ lives: it can cause heart disease, depression, anxiety attacks, sleep …

Mindfulness

5 Foam Rolling Mistakes To Avoid

<i>By Christine Yu for Life by DailyBurn</i><p>These days, foam rollers are everywhere -- the gym, your physical therapist's office, your living room and even your suitcase. After all, foam rolling has emerged as the darling of the fitness world and the cure-all for many different aches.<p>Essentially, foam …

15-Minute Super-Toning Stair Circuit

<i>By Marissa Stephenson,</i> SELF<p>Got 15 minutes? Hit the stairs and knock out these super-effective lower-body firm and burn moves. Even better? Some of these work your upper body, too.<p>PHOTO GALLERY<p>15-Minute Super-Toning Stair Circuit<p><i>More from SELF: 20 Superfoods For Weight Loss Secrets To Firing Up Your</i> …

Weight Loss

Meditation Is the Best High Ever

"You don't need a special place to meditate. You can transcend anywhere in the world. The unified field is here, and there, and everywhere." -- David Lynch<p>I'm all for taking it higher. The natural way, that is. Feeling uplifted, elated, ecstatic, exalted, or simply giddy with joy is something each …

Meditation

5 Easy Tricks to Bust Out of a Bad Mood

Bad moods are the worst, aren't they? Especially the ones that you just wake up with and can't shake. Those are the ones I really dislike. But as I've come to learn over the years, you can either make or break your own happiness. And while sometimes it isn't easy, no matter the circumstances, you …

Happiness

20-Minute Power Workout: 2-in-1 Dumbbell Exercises for Faster Results

Complete this circuit three times a week on nonconsecutive days. All you need is a pair of dumbbells (try five to eight pounds) and a stability ball. Move from one exercise to the next without resting in between. When you’ve completed all eight exercises, rest for one to two minutes, slurp some …

What 10 Things Should You Do Every Day To Improve Your Life?

Chris Pecoraro—Getty Images<p>Sam Edwards—Getty Images/Caiaimage<p>Jetta Productions—Getty Images<p>by nacoki ( MEDIA ARC )—Getty Images/Flickr RF<p>Reza …

Flatten Your Belly with This Killer Ab Workout

Exercise 1 Basic Workout: Plank<p>Starting at the top of a pushup position, bend your elbows and lower yourself down until you can shift your weight from your hands to your forearms. Your body should form a straight line. Brace your abs (imagine someone is about to punch you in the gut) and hold for …

Be Your Own Personal Trainer: 4 Ways to Strength Train On Your Own

<b>Make Very Specific Plans</b><br>Because I had registered for ETC, I felt accountable and didn't miss a single session. I didn't have to wake up and make a split-second decision as to whether I should sleep in or go for a run or hit the gym or ride my bike—I had a <i>plan</i>. That's the key, says Weiss. Her …

Activities To Help You Feel Good About Yourself

In a previous post, I wrote about self-esteem and what you can do to build your self-esteem. In this post, I will discuss different activities that …

How to Take Fewer Prescription Drugs

The most startling statistics I've seen in recent months came from Mayo Clinic researchers last June, who reported that nearly 70 percent of Americans take at least one prescription drug. More than half take at least two prescriptions. Twenty percent take five or more.<p>Since this was published, I've …

Medicine

3 Ways to Get Fit with a Jump Rope

Ready to give it a try? Before you do, note that jumping rope can be harder on the body than you remember from when you were a kid. "Make sure to stretch, especially your quads, hamstrings and calves," says Shear. Once you're appropriately limbered up, grab a rope and give these three variations a …