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The Best Workout for You

Posted on: January 16th, 2019 by Elysiann Bishop

personal fitnessYou want to get into better shape, but you just haven’t found a routine that inspires you. Or, given your busy life, finding time to exercise seems impossible. While the hurdles to establishing a beneficial exercise routine are many, the challenge isn’t insurmountable. With the right mindset, you can find a fitness regimen that fits your interests, needs, and schedule.

The perfect exercise regimen is far from being one size fits all. First off, think about what activities interest you – a quick Google search will yield myriad possibilities, from hiking and biking to running or tai chi, just for starters. (more…)

Gray Winter Days and Vitamin D

Posted on: December 26th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

If you’re a 122618b-01skin care fanatic, chances are you avoid the sun. After all, too many rays can lead to premature aging and even skin cancer. There are benefits to limited sun exposure, however, and some of these are critical to human health; for example, we humans overwhelmingly rely on sun exposure for our bodies to produce ample Vitamin D. But did you know that according to a study published in Nutrition Research, as many as 41.6% of Americans are deficient in Vitamin D?

Here’s why that matters: Vitamin D is used by the body to help absorb essential phosphorous and calcium from the food we eat. These are used constantly to replace bone tissue and repair muscles including the heart. So a lack of Vitamin D can result in weak teeth, bones, and muscles. (more…)

Brrr! Workout Motivation Now

Posted on: December 12th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

We’re in thWorkout Motivatione thick of winter storm season, which can make it all the more challenging to muster up workout motivation. However, in the midst of all that weather lies a season of overindulgence – all the more reason exercise is so important right now. If you’re struggling with staying active, take a look at these top five ideas for making that trek to the gym (or wherever your fitness plans take you) a little bit easier:

Make getting out of bed more pleasant. For morning fitness enthusiasts, program your thermostat to kick on before your normal wake time to make crawling out of your cocoon more tolerable. To further this gentle awakening, (more…)

3 Ways to Squeeze in Holiday Exercise

Posted on: December 5th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

120518 b-01It’s tough enough to hit the gym on an ordinary day – throw in the holidays and making time for fitness can seem impossible. While your athletic club may wonder what’s become of you, there are other ways of keeping a baseline of activity during this busy time of year. Our tip? Get a 2-for-1 punch when you combine exercise with another activity you have (or want) to do anyway. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Spruce Up Your Yard. Company’s coming, and you still haven’t shoveled snow, bagged leaves, orpruned back those sad perennials. Bundle up and get outside to make your home’s façade more presentable –and use new muscles in the process. (more…)

Thanksgiving: The Overindulgence Fix

Posted on: November 21st, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

Thanksgiving 2018While we tend to go into Thanksgiving with the best of intentions, most of us succumb to temptation and overindulge. But once the damage of feasting is done, there’s no need to spiral into an abyss of excess. Take a step back and try some of these tips for feeling better and getting back on track.

Take a walk. It’s always a good idea, and doubly so after Thanksgiving dinner. One study showed that those who walked after a high-fat meal reduced their triglyceride (the fat your body stores for future energy) concentration by 70% compared to non-walkers.

Fight bloat with yoga. Cobra, child’s pose, and (more…)

Fight Holiday Fatigue

Posted on: November 7th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

Vladislav MuslakovNovember is here, and that means the ever-extending holiday season has officially begun. It’s a long stretch until New Year’s Eve, and festivities between now and then have the potential to exhaust even the most enthusiastic revelers. Our advice? Be proactive and instill habits now that will renew your energy and serve you well into 2019.

 Rule Out Medical Issues. Is it the hustle and bustle of the season that has you down, or could it be something more? Conditions like thyroid disease, arthritis, anemia, sleep apnea, and many more can cause exhaustion, so if there’s anyconcern, your first stop should be your physician’s office.

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Curb Those Candy Cravings!

Posted on: October 24th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

Candy CravingHalloween…that quintessentially American holiday that’s high on tricks and treats, but low on nutrition. In fact, from now through the New Year is a challenging time to avoid eating empty calories and packing on a few extra pounds. If you’re looking to avoid the perpetual sugar crash this October and beyond, consider these tips for balancing your diet and diminishing those cravings once and for all:

Don’t Buy Your Favorites. If chocolate is your weakness, keep it out of your house. Instead, go for gummy candy or another kid-loved handout.

Out of Sight, Out of Mind. (more…)

How to Better Manage Your Worries

Posted on: October 17th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

worry notAre you a worrier? From the state of the world to our affairs at home, there are seemingly endless reasons to fret. Worry is a natural way to deal with stress, but keeping it at manageable levels is key.

If worry is consuming your life and making it difficult to function, it may be indicative of a more serious disorder such as generalized anxiety or depression – seek guidance from your physician, as cognitive behavioral therapy and other treatments can offer tremendous relief. Even for those with more minor worries, the habit can still have serious consequences to physical and emotional health. Try some of these scientifically-backed principles to manage stress and worry in your life. (more…)

7 Proactive Steps: Mental Health Matters

Posted on: October 10th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

Mental HealthWorld Mental Health Day is observed annually on October 10 – it’s an opportunity to raise awareness about mental health issues around the globe, and for experts to discuss solutions for making access to care a reality for all people.

While challenges like depression and anxiety are best addressed with professional help, there are ways that we can all take charge of improving individual mental health – no matter our baseline. Consider these tips for a better outlook on life:

Get some exercise. Research suggests that exercise does more than keep your body physically fit; it can boost mood-related brain chemicals and hormones and possibly even ease symptoms of depression and anxiety. (more…)

The Amazing Avocado

Posted on: October 3rd, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

AvocadoWhether you’re a long-time fan or a convert thanks to the current avocado craze, this healthy fruit has skyrocketed in popularity in recent years. Once a seasonal specialty that was primarily sold in growing regions like California and Florida, today everyone from Seattle to New York is digging into avocados. In fact, between 2000 and 2015, consumption in the United States quadrupled to around 4.25 billion Hass avocados annually, which account for 95% of the American market.

Why the surge? Experts attribute it largely to the opening of trade markets in the late 1990s, when Mexican avocados, which are grown year-round, were given the US stamp of approval. Combine that with the wants of health-conscious Americans, and you have a perfect meeting of supply and demand. (more…)