The Vegetarian Runner

Regardless of the reason, many people choose to cut meat or all animal products out of their diet; I myself am a vegetarian, and have been so for five years now. And More »

Your Portion Size Guide

Even when making the right food choices, it’s important to have a good picture in your mind of basic portion sizes. Whether you’re making dinner at home or go out for date More »

Getting More From Your Gym Session

Going to the gym is a great way to stay on track and motivated with your regular sweat session. However, it’s easy to keep it at an easy pace or get distracted More »

Getting Started With Whole Foods

Whenever I tell friends or family about eating a whole food diet, they’re perplexed. Most people are confused by the term, and for good reason. Whole food? You would hope that you’re More »

5 Easy Ways to Step Up Your Workout

Whether you’re a fitness addict or a part-time gym member, you can get stuck in a usual routine; using the same equipment, running the same routes and getting the same results. Though More »

 

5 Healthy Tips from Around the World

Ready to try something new?

Ready to try something new?

While you may feel alone in your struggle to stay on the healthy train, you are far from it; women all over the world have to make conscious decisions about staying healthy; from eating breakfast to drinking tea.

And just like you have a few good tips up your sleeve, so do they.

Appetizers: Keeping Them Healthy

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Healthy app, anyone?

Everyone loves to start off a meal with appetizers, but they haven’t always been just a fatty addition to an oversized meal – which is a common occurrence at most any restaurant you frequent.

Appetizers have evolved through the centuries, and can be traced all the way back to ancient Greece. While still a small portion of food served prior to the main meal, they are usually filling, fried, and full of fat and calories. Let’s see where appetizers started, and bring it back there for healthier, fulfilling additions to your meal. 

Taking Advantage of Your Strong Days

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Feeling strong?

Whether you hit the pavement in the morning or run to the gym after work, you’re not always at the top of your game; admit it, some days you get into the gym and can’t wait until you see the outside of those four walls again. However, there are always stronger days that you’re ready to push harder and faster throughout your whole routine.

Whether you walk in feeling great or hit that stride a few minutes into the workout, you shouldn’t take it for granted. Instead of cutting out short, or rushing off to your next obligation early, consider some ways you can take advantage of the day’s strength.

Maximizing Your Treadmill Workout

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Maximize your tread time

No one likes treadmills, but with Winter fast approaching, you may have no choice but to take your workout inside. With treadmill technology advancing at a rapid pace, you are able to get a better workout than if you were just running on a regular treadmill. However, many think of a treadmill workout as a long slow torturous process that only ends in sore muscles and a stiff back.

But, with modern technology, you can get the workout you want, even on a treadmill. Here are 5 of the best modern treadmill features that assist in pushing it to the next level.

Swimming: A Healthy Workout for Everyone

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Is swimming for you?

In an increasingly health-conscious and body-image-dominated society, the pressure to get in shape can be overwhelming. And exercising, just as with healthy eating, is a routine you have to ease into.

As many can attest to the litany of abandoned New Year’s fitness resolutions, forgotten within weeks of having been declared, you have to find what is do-able for your body and your everyday life. And, if the thought of running around in the hot sun or lifting weights in a sweaty gym makes you cringe, try swimming.

Tell Tale Signs of Protein Deficiency

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Are you getting enough?

While all vitamins and nutrients work together to keep your body healthy, protein is an important part of every person’s diet, especially the active ones. Protein helps build muscle tissue, makes bones and muscles stronger, gives people energy, and helps muscles retain elasticity.

However, many people still struggle with getting enough in their daily diet; both meat eater and vegetarians, alike. Thus, i’ts important that you stay alert to these tell tale signs of protein deficiency even if you’re not concerned you may be lacking.

Ayurvedic Wellness: A Diet Built for You

Ayurveda

Keep your body in balance

Ayurveda is what modern medicine calls, “alternative medicine.” It’s been practiced for over 5,000 years in Southern Asia, and is a path to wellness catered to your unique body type. At its core, Ayurveda is the study of energy that controls the body, and the ways in which we can keep it in balance for optimal, whole health.

“Ayurveda is the ancient medical system of India. It offers one of the fastest paths to health. Instead of having to guess which foods, supplements, and behaviors are appropriate for you, there is a simple, direct prescriptive path that is developed for your unique body type, or dosha.”- DoctorOz.com

Are You Getting Enough Iron?

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Are you getting enough?

As an active, healthy person, you may assume your body is getting all that it needs to be efficient and productive. However, many active people lack a variety of necessary nutrients, one of the most important being iron; studies found that 56% of runners and joggers are iron deficient.

Not only do you sweat out iron during your intense workouts, but you might be missing out on valuable sources of iron eating a high carb, low fat diet.  Whether you  need to invest in supplements or simply improve your already healthy diet, it’s important that your body is getting all that it needs.

Quick Tip: Don’t Forget the Cool Down

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Post-workout cool down

While post-workout stretching is important, the right cool down may be even more vital; getting your body back to its normal state is integral.

When you push yourself to the limit you’re left with a fatigued heart, lungs, muscles, and more, and thus your body needs to return to its relaxed state in a slow, gradual process.

Boxercise: The Benefits of Boxing for Your Fitness

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Boxercise: Is it for you?

The ‘sweet science’ of boxing is one of the most physically challenging sports in the world, requiring exceptional fitness and courage. Participating seriously is beyond most people. There are, however, significant benefits to be gained from using some of the training methods associated with the sport.

With some careful planning, many of these methods can be incorporated into a work-out with relative ease, adding dynamism and speed to your fitness regime.

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