From melting ice caps and rising sea levels to record-breaking temps and bigger and more destructive storms, we can see the impact of climate change all around us. One place you might not realize climate change's consequences, though, is your sleep.
Had a good cry recently? Crying is a natural reaction to experiencing intense emotion. It’s often associated with feelings of sadness, but you may also shed tears when you’re overwhelmed with joy or gratitude, experiencing pain, or having a hearty laugh.
Whatever the reason, can crying burn calories?
If your online grocery carts contained extra bottles of booze in 2020, you’re not alone.
In September 2020, a study conducted by the RAND Corporation found that overall drinking was up an average of 14 percent for Americans in the last year, in large part due to pandemic-related stress.
Especially concerning was the increase of “heavy drinking” — consuming five or more drinks within a couple of hours for men, or four or more drinks within a couple of hours for women.
Women, in particular, saw...
No matter how dedicated you are, it can happen: Your sweat sessions get sidelined by an illness, an injury, a vacation, a hectic week at work, or, you know, a worldwide pandemic.
If your fitness goals have been put on pause, you may be wondering how to start working out again. It depends on how long your exercise hiatus has been, explains Michael Julom, an ACE-certified personal trainer, CrossFit athlete, and founder of This Is Why I’m Fit.
If it’s only been a few weeks off, don’t stress.
A good night’s sleep can often be hard to come by, but in 2020, it seemed extra challenging, right? As we start to see a light at the end of this pandemic tunnel, though, there may be added motivation to get more shuteye.
Studies show that getting regular, quality sleep can have an impact on not only your immune system’s ability to fight off sickness but also help your body mount a better response to getting a vaccine. Here’s why you should make getting a good night’s sleep a top priority bef...
Here’s the thing about motivation: It requires constant renewing to be effective.
It’s not enough to just get motivated for one workout, one well-balanced meal, or one meditation session. Pushing past plateaus and accomplishing goals require that we get motivated every single day — to lace up those shoes again, to grab an apple instead of chips again, to refill your water bottle again.
Finding that day-to-day motivation isn’t always easy. Maybe you recently started a new workout but you’re fi...
2020 has been anything but restful. There’s been national disasters and economic hardship, racial unrest, a global pandemic, and a turbulent election—and that was on top of all of your regular life issues like kids, relationships, money, health issues, and work!
It’s safe to say all of that stress has probably wreaked havoc on your sleep. In fact, research out of the journal Sleep Medicine finds the pandemic specifically has caused an increase in insomnia.
As you head into 2021, it’s time to ...
Depending where you live, your kids may be doing virtual school (and PE) online. Your gym may be closed. Your kid's sports team may not be practicing. In some areas, even parks are closed. All this - and months of this! - can make an active family get pretty stir-crazy. Luckily winter offers a way to get outside and active while still prioritizing safety: hitting the slopes.
Of course venturing outside with others right now does have inherent risks. However, skiing or snowboarding both have s...
Chances are, you’ve heard someone complaining about their “muffin top”
Alas, they’re not talking about perfectly-crusty top of a blueberry muffin or pumpkin muffin.More likely, the “muffin top” in question is a common problem area around the midsection and includes what many people refer to as love handles.
Here’s what causes this stubborn belly fat and what you can do to prevent it.
Winter brings chilly mornings, cozy evenings by the fire, and — for many of us — dry skin.
Dry skin can lead to cracking, chapping, itchiness, irritation, and even infection. So if your skin isn’t as dewy as it was in the warmer months, you may be looking for the best body lotion for dry skin.“Maintaining the skin barrier is essential to the functioning of healthy skin,” explains Susan Van Dyk, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist and founder of Van Dyke Aesthetics in Scottsdale, Arizona. “...
Still looking for the perfect gift for the beauty lover in your life? Or maybe looking to treat yourself? (You have been very good this year.) These three skincare devices may look pretty scary, but these gadgets have the promise of helping you towards some very nice skin for 2021.
If you’re an avid runner, you’re probably aware of the healthy benefits of running: You can do it just about anywhere, go at your own pace, and get a great fat-burning cardio workout.
But you’re probably also aware that pounding the pavement can do a number on your feet. Proper foot care — like stretching, recovery, and choosing the best running shoes — can help ensure your feet are ready for your next run.
Here’s how to take care of your feet so blisters, aches, and pains won’t get in the wa...
Whether it’s a warm piece of sourdough bread, grandma’s flavorful beef stew, or a fresh-out-of-the-oven pastry, some foods just give you a warm and fuzzy feeling.
These so-called comfort foods fill our stomachs and our souls — even if they’re not always the healthiest choices.
There’s no denying that comfort food makes us feel good. But is there a scientific reason for that satisfaction, or is it all in our heads?
And are there healthier ways to satisfy those comfort food cravings? Here’s wha...
The pandemic has brought lots of changes to our house and our family’s screen time. Perhaps at your house as well? Where tech time was once saved for weekends in our house, suddenly school was online. With the libraries closed, reading was online. With limited access to activities and social gatherings, seeing friends was online. Suddenly, it seems like my three kids were spending the WHOLE day on screens. With all this time on screens – and much of it without supervision since I was working ...
If you cringe a little bit when a Zoom invite pops up in your inbox, you’re not the only one. Around 40 percent of people in the U.S. are working from home right now, and that means we’re spending a lot of time on Zoom conference calls.
Add in Zoom birthday parties, Zoom workouts, Zoom happy hours, and Zoom weddings, and it’s no wonder many of us are experiencing “Zoom fatigue.”Zoom fatigue, or zoom exhaustion, is the physical and mental fatigue associated with attending virtual meetings.