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Spring Cleaning Our Lives

Spring is here officially, for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere.<p>Spring cleaning is a time-honored and, one could even say, natural ritual. After months of accumulating food and extra pounds for protection during the harsh and unpredictable winter months, spring is a time to lighten up the …

Nike Is "Remaking" Fitness Technology but Does Fitness Need the Help?

This past week, Nike picked the 10 tech startups it thinks can change health and fitness. The companies were chosen as part of the Nike+ Acclerator, …

Elizabeth Scott, MS - Verywell Mind

Oatmeal Recipes That Will Change Your Life Before 8 am

Four ways to turn a good breakfast into premium fuel<p>You already know what a difference a bowl of healthy oatmeal makes: It warms you up, fills you up, and pumps you up like no other breakfast food. Studies suggest that this overachiever can also help prevent obesity, diabetes, and heart attacks. …

Lazy Excuses: 5 Things You Say That Are Squashing Your Productivity

<i>By Sam Ferrigno for HooplaHa.com</i><p>We say we want to work hard. But sometimes, it seems like we just want to want to work, rather than actually work.<p>There are traps we set for ourselves to avoid work. These, consequently, keep us from realizing our dreams and potential. I get it, work sucks, but …

The alpha male muscle man plan

You can’t deny it—part of the appeal of lifting weights and building muscle is to look and feel more powerful than the next guy. To be the alpha male …

12 Tips For Better Workouts

1) Hydrate<p>Your body is sensitive to water balance, so keep slugging water throughout your sessions—after every set, if necessary.<p>2) Carry a …

Exercise

Are You Love Addicted?

As an infant and toddler, were you held and nurtured with unconditional love? Did your parents or other caregivers lovingly help you to manage and regulate your big feelings of fear, anger, heartbreak, frustration and helplessness? Did they provide a strong role model for you, taking loving care of …

Do as I Say, Not as I Do

We rely on medical professionals for advice, both in terms of acute medical conditions (the prescription of antibiotics to cure infection) and more general healthy-lifestyle choices (smoking is bad for you, don't eat McDonald's for breakfast, lunch and dinner). However, doctors don't always follow …

The 'I'm Too Busy to Work Out' Workout

<b>The Best of Less</b><br>Do one set of 10 to 12 reps of each move once a week with 3- to 8-pound dumbbells. Between exercises, hop on a stationary bike or run in place at a moderate intensity for 2 1/2 minutes.<p>Then begin the next exercise without resting. Repeat the strength-cardio sequence throughout the …

Sleep And Athletic Performance: How Just An Extra Hour Of Rest Can Make You A Better Athlete

If vigorous exercise makes you a better sleeper, can more and better sleep make you a better athlete?<p>According to Haley A. Davis and James B. Maas, Ph.D. and their new book, "Sleep To Win!", the answer is yes. Davis and Maas recently joined host Ricky Camilleri to discuss the importance of sleep …

How Cold Sores Could Hamper Memory

The latest research shows that viral and bacterial infections could have lasting legacies on cognition.<p>In a recent study, researchers found that …

How to Get Sh!t Done Working From Home

Imagine waking up five minutes to 9 am, still in PJs, grabbing that steaming cup of homemade coffee, and settling down in a comfy office chair to …

Remote Working

How to Do the Perfect Push-Up

Ever done a push-up and felt your hips hit the ground and your arms barely bend? We've been there.<p>A push-up is a total-body functional movement that …

Bodyweight Exercise

Best Apps for Weight Loss

If you’re looking to drop extra pounds, community-based apps are the golden ticket<p>If you’re looking to drop extra pounds, community-based apps are the golden ticket<p>When it comes to losing weight, two methods are better than one. According to a new Northwestern University study, you’ll be more …

In Praise of Following Random Instincts

"But it's so random," I remember, saying with a pained expression on my face, as I sat on the couch across from my therapist.<p>She looked at me with a warm expression. "Random isn't necessarily bad," she said. "I could never tell you what to do with your life. I don't even know what I should do in my …

Employers Try To Spur Healthy Behaviors With Health Plan Rewards

As employers try to nudge employees toward healthy behaviors, a growing number are taking aim at the medical expense accounts linked to the health plans they offer their workers.<p>And, increasingly, the hefty financial contributions employers are dangling in front of employees are dependent on …

5 Breathing Tools to Break Work Stress

If you feel like work is taking the wind out of you, you're not alone. Two in five adults report chronic stress at work. Many of us are gasping for a "breath of life" just like Queen Ravenna in <i>Snow White and the Huntsman</i>. It's hard work being queen, so she was looking to take in Snow White's fresh …

13 Mental Health Benefits Of Exercise

<i>By Sophia Breene</i><p>Many people hit the gym or pound the pavement to improve cardiovascular health, build muscle, and of course, get a rockin’ bod, but working out has above-the-neck benefits, too. For the past decade or so, scientists have pondered how exercising can boost brain function. Regardless …

yoga | Women's Health

It will work wonders for your digestion.<p>It's referred to as "black magic" by devotees.<p>If you had to choose one...<p>Because we know you've got 10 minutes you can spare.<p>​It’s a crime against yoga to let a bad mat disrupt your practice, so let the pros tell you about the best of the bunch.<p>Here's the …

5 fat-burning speed and agility drills

News flash: You don’t have to play sports to burn fat like an athlete.<p>The agility drills that prepare the pros for competition are great for torching …

Exercise

How Should We Be Talking About Sex?

The high school rape case in Steubenville, Ohio raised uncomfortable questions about how young people learn about their sexual rights and responsibilities. Host Michel Martin talks about the real sex education teens should be getting, with author Laura Sessions Stepp, attorney B.J. Bernstein, and …

Mindfulness Could Improve College Students' Testing Ability, Study Finds

As if the stress-relieving, healthifying effects of mindfulness weren't enough, a new study shows it could actually help students perform better on tests by boosting their memory and reading comprehension skills.<p>The study, published in the journal Psychological Science, shows that mindfulness …

14 Things Every New Runner Should Know

Although running seems like a simple sport (just put on some shoes and go, right?), there's actually a pretty big learning curve. As you get started …

I'm Sick of Alcoholism

I'm sick of alcoholism.<p>This past weekend I went to yet another funeral for an alcoholic who died of her disease.<p>I'm 51. I went to my first alcoholic funeral when I was 11. That one was my father's. I'm the daughter of an alcoholic who was the son of an alcoholic who was the son of an alcoholic, …

Upper Body Toning Exercises With the Pilates Ring

Here we move through a set of Pilates ring exercises that tone the upper body. The Pilates ring, or magic circle, provides moderate resistance when …

Yoga

Exercise to Improve Your Mood and Fight Depression

Exercise can be a great way to lift your mood and improve your emotions. When you exercise, your body feels more relaxed and calm. Find out some of …

Yoga Poses For Beginners: 8 Moves For New Yogis

<i>By Beth W. Orenstein</i><p>There are many great reasons to add yoga to your exercise routine. Yoga improves muscle tone, flexibility and balance, and it helps you relax and reduce stress, thanks to its signature pranayama breathing (which just means steadily inhaling and exhaling through your nose). Some …

An Exercise on Happiness: The Physiology of a Smile

We've all heard the old adage "it takes 43 muscles to frown, and just 17 to smile," a fact that of course begs the question: Why don't we all smile more often? We know that a smile can light up someone else's day as well as our own, but still, it seems that these days smiles are in short supply. …