Even personal trainers struggle with workout motivation from time to time — especially these past few months. “Motivation, for me, really boils down to habit and routine — and like a lot of people right now, my routine has had to change overnight,” says Alasdair Fitz-Desorgher, a UK-based fitness buff and Openfit Live trainer.
To keep himself motivated, Alasdair has had to apply his own bag of tricks, including some of the same ones he uses during his Openfit Live classes to inspire you to cr...
Recent events have made us all hyper-aware of some of our not-so-healthy habits. We don’t always cover our coughs and sneezes correctly, we rush through hand-washing, and we touch our faces a lot. Through repetition, our habits become ingrained — the more you do something, the less you have to think about it. Luckily the same process that helps us form those bad habits can help us to break them as well. Whether you’re a nail-biter, a nose-itcher, or an eye-rubber, here’s how to teach your brain to develop healthier habits.
Like you, I’ve been spending a lot of time at home lately. A LOT. Which has given me ample time to reorganize my kitchen (twice) and analyze my pantry staples, cooking habits, and food storage methods. And – Earth Day confession – here’s what I’ve found: I use more single-use plastic storage bags than I care to admit.
When you think of GoPro, you may think of extreme athletes and high-risk adventures. Their ads often show snowboarders flipping off snowy peaks, mountain bikers speeding down rocky terrain, or big wave surfers deep in a barrel. But GoPros work just as well at capturing everyday adventures too. Here’s why I love GoPro for families.
If you’re trying to eat more veggies, choosing seasonal produce can help — fruits and veggies typically have the most flavor when they’re locally grown and in-season. But how can you eat seasonally in the middle of winter? That’s where winter vegetables come in. Winter veggies can help you get out of your “green beans again?!” rut, and they provide a variety of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidant benefits.
Raw or steamed, roasted or braised, here are 8 winter vegetables to add to your meal pl...
An estimated 80% of adults have experienced back pain at some point in their lives. If you fall into this category, then you know how much back pain can disrupt your sleep.
“When you have back pain, it can be difficult to find a comfortable position to fall asleep in,” says Alex Tauberg, chiropractor and certified strength and conditioning specialist at Pittsburgh Chiropractor. Whether you experience occasional back strain or sciatica or are living with spinal arthritis or scoliosis, here are a few tips for getting better sleep with various types of back pain.
We tend to use the word “fat” as a catch-all term for the excess pounds we want to lose, but there are two main types of fat that collect throughout our bodies: visceral fat and subcutaneous fat. Knowing how to lose visceral fat is important for overall health and wellness.
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Visceral Fat, what is it?
So what exactly is visceral fat? When we think of fat, we often thi...
Java. Joe. Cuppa. Jitter Juice. Whatever you call it, there’s a good chance you may be one of the 63% of Americans who drink coffee. With most coffee drinkers averaging about three cups a day, that adds up to more than 500 million cups of coffee every single day!
However, if you also happen to be one of the many individuals looking to limit your carbohydrates intake to help you meet your weight loss goals, you may be wondering if you can still keep your precious cuppa joe when you’re trying t...
Vaping has become big business—and along with it has come a growing concern for its impact on health. According to a 2017 survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly seven million Americans, 18 or older, use e-cigarettes. Even though it’s illegal to sell e-cigarettes to anyone under 21, research by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found that an estimated 3.6 million middle school and high school students reported using e-cigarettes in 2018—a whopping 78% increase in ...
Let’s start with the long-held belief that you have to consume fewer calories than you are expending in order to lose weight. These days, that thinking has evolved — the quality of calories matters too, though watching your numbers is a good place to start.
Stretching is vital for improving flexibility and range of motion — and, let’s be honest, it just feel good. But while the hamstrings, hips, and back tend to get most of the stretching attention, it’s just as important to spend time on knee stretches.
“When your knee gets tight from working out, you can lose flexibility and range of motion,” says Allen Conrad, BS, DC, CSCS of Montgomery County Chiropractic Center. “This can cause additional stress on the knee, which can lead to biomechanical ...
Skim the ingredient list of many beverages, jams, canned vegetables, or frozen foods and you’re likely to come across one that you can actually pronounce — citric acid. But despite its prevalence, few consumers know what it is or where it comes from. (Though that first word should give you a clue…)
Here’s what you should know about citric acid, including its origins, uses, and benefits.
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What Is Citric Acid?
Citric acid is an edibl...
Lion, Bear, Wolf, or Dolphin—do you know your chronotype?
It turns out I’m a Lion, and knowing that can help me figure out when I should exercise, ask for a raise, do my taxes, even have sex.
“A chronotype is a specific circadian rhythm,” explains Michael Breus, PhD, a clinical psychologist, fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and author of The Power of When: Discover Your Chronotype. While circadian rhythms are a collection of processes in the body that follow a 24-hour schedul...
Always get drowsy right as 10 p.m. rolls around? Never seem to be able to sleep past 6:45 a.m., even on a Saturday? It’s all likely due to your circadian rhythm. Here, a top sleep doctor explains how circadian rhythm works, how it affects your health, and what you can do to keep your circadian rhythm in tip-top shape.
There are lots of diets that promise to help you lose weight, feel better, and get healthier. But there are only a few cultures whose diet is believed to extend their longevity — the Blue Zones diet.
Based on the eating habits and lifestyles of peoples living in classified “blue zones,” the Blue Zones diet — encompassing nine behavioral factors of which consumption is only three — boasts the means to add years to your lifespan. Unlike many other diets, however, this approach to eating isn’t a...