If losing weight were easy, then virtually everyone would be successful at it, and a $64-billion weight loss industry wouldnâ€™t exist in the United States. The reality is that losing weight is challenging, because it requires breaking old habits and committing to new ones, which constitutes major lifestyle change. » Read Full Story
While most of us know that exercise is good for our health, it can be difficult to begin a regular workout regimen. For those newbies, it may be unclear as to where to start, given the plethora of information available today about workouts. The good news is that it is never too late to exercise, and you can always start again if you have quit a former routine. » Read Full Story
Weâ€™re hearing more about clean eating, but what is it? What does it mean when Panera says â€ś100% of our food is 100% clean?â€ť Although a lack of understanding exists, clean eating is growing in popularity as people seek to improve their health. Different resources may provide slightly varying definitions and rules of clean eating, but the following represents a compilation from several sources, such as the Mayo Clinic, Eating Well, Fitness and The Complete Idiotâ€™s Guide to Eating Clean. » Read Full Story
Weight loss commands a lot of attention and the efforts of millions of people. With the immense amount of information available about how to lose weight â€“ some of it gimmicky, contradictory or unhealthy â€“ it can be unclear how to identify the best plan. Although many people lose weight, they are unable to keep it off long-term. » Read Full Story
Affecting approximately 3 million Americans annually â€“ or about five percent of the U.S. population â€“ seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a cyclical depression related to the shorter daylight hours and reduced sunshine in the fall and winter seasons, but it can also occur in the spring and summer. Going beyond just a general malaise or the winter blues, it is an enduring sense of feeling down, discouraged, fatigued, moody or unmotivated. While many of us periodically experience some low days or lack of energy â€“ and perhaps more frequently in the grey, cold, gloomy days of winter â€“ SAD is more severe and persistent over months. » Read Full Story
For many of us in the United States, winter weather tends to relegate workouts indoors, or becomes an excuse to skip regular exercise sessions altogether while awaiting springâ€™s warmer temps. While sweat sessions at the gym or at home are great, they can instill a bit of cabin fever over time among those who enjoy being outside.
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Of course, exercise routines should be habitual and year-round for the best results. But, with its cold temperatures, gray days and shorter daylight hours, winter sometimes derails our best intentions to exercise, instead leading us to hibernate indoors. While there is nothing wrong with some couch time, it should be in moderation, and not replace regular workouts for days, weeks or months at a time.
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Although everyone knows that regular exercise is critical to good health and fitness, many people struggle to adhere to a consistent regimen. They may start and quit, periodically exercise or never workout at all. In fact, very few Americans meet expert recommendations for exercise each week.
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Runners who live in parts of the country where winter means cold temps, biting winds, limited daylight, snow and ice have to be highly dedicated (and sometimes a little crazy!) during this challenging season. Depending on conditions in your area, with proper precautions, you can run outside most of the winter. For those diehards who thrive on logging miles outdoors, consider the following: » Read Full Story
Exercise addicts typically donâ€™t let sickness slow them down, still hitting the gym with Kleenex and a steely resolve. That unwavering dedication can be admirable, and these workouts can empower and clear oneâ€™s head, but sometimes exercising when you are sick can be detrimental. Recommendations regarding exercising when sick vary a bit, but some general guidelines exist. The bottom line is to carefully consider how you feel. How will this workout be valuable? Are you looking simply to loosen up and combat sluggishness? Can you limit yourself to an easy/light workout? » Read Full Story