Julie Watson

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How to Get Better Sleep as a Runner

Catching more quality Z’s can make you a stronger, better runner.<p><i>Status Update: Late night last night. Still managed to get up at 4, knock out an 18-miler, and get the kids to school on time.</i><p><i>Status Update: Didn’t get enough sleep this week. Stayed in bed for an extra hour and skipped my run.</i><p>Let’s …

New Jersey

Health Monitoring Devices Health Gadgets That Work - Consumer Reports News

The modern health-monitoring device craze started with pedometers that simply tracked the number of steps you took in a day. Now there are hundreds …

How to Work Your Back When You Don't Have Gym Equipment

<b>No-Bar Rows</b><br>You’ll need to use your home’s architecture for some of these moves. Rows option number one entails a pillar or pole and a towel. Thread the towel around the poll, and grip the ends of the towel in your hands. Walk your feet forward to lean back with arms extended; the further the lean, …

Amazing No-Equipment Workouts

Then, try your hand some of the at-home exercise routines below. You may never set foot inside a gym again.

6 Advice Columnists That'll Make Your Life Better

Oh, the advice column: staple of American newspapers throughout the twentieth century, arbiter of etiquette, anonymous ear for the lost, the …

The 10 Best Apps To Train Your Brain

<i>By Perry Santanachote for Life by DailyBurn</i><p>Whether it's to focus at work, do better at school or just stay sharp, there are various reasons for wanting to boost brainpower. But maintaining psychological well-being is equally as important.<p>“Stress and anxiety are among the most pressing and …

The One Exercise That Just Might Change Your Running Forever

What if all it took to improve your running immeasurably was a few minutes marching in place?<p>In a 2011 New York Times Magazine feature, Christopher McDougall, author of <i>Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Super Athletes and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen</i> experimented with just that.<p>"I was …

How To Succeed At Your Handstand: 5 Tips For Getting Upside Down

So you want to do a handstand — the Mount Everest for the asana practicing yogi.<p>Although my life did not change when I finally got my handstand, it …

5 Core Workouts for Stronger Running

A strong core will help you hold proper running form longer.<p><i>Zach asks: I don't know that I'm what you'd call a beginner, but I think I am. I was just wondering if you could recommend some strength and core training for me? I've always neglected this part of fitness because I hate going to the gym,</i> …

Workouts

The NY Times Looks at How Some Libraries are “Breaking the Mold”

The Boston Public Library and several other urban libraries are discussed in a new NYT Times article.<p>Overall, it’s a good article but sadly it does …

22 Books You Should Read Now, Based On Your Childhood Favorites

Recapture all of that youthful wonder.

How Many Calories Are You Really Burning?

If you think running and walking both torch the same number of calories per mile, you better put down that cookie.<p>A few months ago I got into an argument with someone who's far smarter than I am. I should have known better, but you know how these things go. Needless to say, I lost the argument. …

Fitness

Hire People with Grit

While it’s important for children to learn academic skills in school, it’s equally important for them to learn character skills. These so-called …

Self-improvement

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 …

Throw Away Your TBR List: A Radical Reading (un)Plan

The longer I work in books, the more I’m asked how I keep track of what I want to read. Every reader knows that the options are overwhelming–there …

I Regret Reading These 5 Books (Because I Should Have Listened to Them Instead)

<i>Through Book Riot’s relationship with Audible, the leading provider of audiobooks, Book Riot readers who are new to Audible can click here to</i> …

New Study Shows Yoga Has Healing Powers

Poses like down dog can bring down levels of inflammation in cancer patients.<p>The more we learn about yoga, the more we realize the benefits aren't all in the minds of the 20 million or so devotees in the U.S. Yoga helps people to relax, making the heart rate go down, which is great for those with …

10 Essential Strength Exercises for Runners

Do these exercises consistently, and you’ll run faster and stronger.<p>Whenever the topic of strength training and running comes up, most runners tend to respond with, “Wait, I’m supposed to do something other than running?” Supplementing running with strengthening exercises will not only aid in …

Workouts

How Exercise Helps (and Hurts) Sleep

A single workout won't fix your sleep problems, but a consistent habit might.<p>Exercise helps you sleep better, right? That's the conventional wisdom, and has certainly been my experience. But for others, the opposite seems to be true. An interesting new study in the <i>Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine</i> …

Sleep

How to Recover Between Intervals

When to walk, jog, or push the pace between intervals.<p>Speedy interval sessions require rest between repetitions—and especially when you’re pushing your limits, the natural instinct may be to stop and put your hands on your knees while you catch your breath. But experience teaches us a …

Marathons

Fight Burnout at Work With This Quick Yoga Routine

<i>By Sara Angle,</i> SELF<p>I sit at a desk <i>ALLLL</i> day, as do most of my colleagues (we're not at the gym all day, swear.) And what better way to stretch it out than with a few yoga poses? (We have staffers who swear by it for morning efficiency.) So needless to say I was excited when I learned about a new …

Yoga

Why Do We Become Imbalanced?

Details<p>Susan explains how, despite our better judgment, we develop habits that take us away from health and balance.

How to Photograph Sunsets: 10 Tips for the Perfect Shot

We all love capturing sunsets. Not surprisingly, photographs of sunsets (including sunrise, for that matter) constitute a big portion of the …

Landscape Photography

Drishti

When you are challenged, determine your focus before you begin.<p>Late last week I thought I felt the rumblings of plantar in my left heel. That feeling when you step out of bed and wonder who left the nail, point side up, wedged in the carpet for you to step on? Yow. Not fun.<p>I called upon some wise …

Yoga

The Right Stuff?

Five prerace nutrition mistakes—and how to keep them from ruining your big day.<p>If you're like many runners, you've spent the last few months training for a big race. And as your 5-K, half-marathon, or marathon approaches, you're probably taking extra care with what you eat and drink. Maybe you're …

Nutrition

Getty Makes 250 Virtual Art Books Free Online

Good news for art history students. Getty Publication’s virtual library has just made 250 backlist art book titles available for free online.<p>The free …

Make Granola with Quinoa and Cardamom

A spice often found in Indian food adds a savory note to this mix.<p>If your go-to options for a morning meal have gotten stale, spice up your breakfast—literally—with this hazelnut granola recipe from the blog Foodie Underground.<p>Packaged granolas can be sickeningly sweet, but in this recipe, the only …

Breakfast