The chill in the air can make it hard to keep moving toward our exercise goals. Don’t let old man winter slow you down! Here are five ideas for staying active in winter weather: Bring the fun inside! You can enjoy a brisk walk at a local shopping center or play some indoor sports. Find… Read More »
Health and Wellness
Holiday Family Fitness
Looking for a family fun activity to get hearts pumping during the holidays? Don’t let the holidays stop you from getting in physical activity. You might find that it’s much easier when you include the entire family! Six ways to get moving! See how many steps you can get on your pedometers while cleaning your home… Read More »
Five Tips to Reducing Holiday Stress
Planning for the holidays can leave us feeling overwhelmed and stressed out. There are some key things you can do to minimize the stress that comes with the holidays. Try these five tips from the American Heart Association: 1. Keep up healthy habits. Make a pact with yourself during the holidays. For example: “For the next… Read More »
Four Ways to Tackle Your Emotions
Negative emotions like fear, sadness and anger are a basic part of life. Sometimes we struggle with how to deal with these emotions effectively, but there are ways to respond and cope with negative feelings in productive way. Try the four steps to tackle negative emotions. 1. Pause. Instead of acting on feelings right away, stop yourself… Read More »
Is Your “Sweet Tooth” Really a “Fat Tooth”?
Think your diet is suffering from your persistent “sweet tooth”? Think again. Our brains are designed to prompt us to seek out natural sources of sweet carbohydrates and foods containing fat. These naturally higher calorie foods were necessary for survival in times when food was scarce. Now we have 24/7 access to foods manufactured to… Read More »
Jazz Up Your Water!
Want a refreshing drink, but still crave something sweet? Cut up fresh fruit or veggies and add to chilled water. Make sure you squeeze the fruit to release the juice. Try these combinations for healthy alternatives to soda and other sugary drinks: Strawberries and blueberries Lemon slices and strawberries Orange slices, lemon slices and lime… Read More »
Black Bean Burrito Bowl
This easy Black Bean Burrito Bowl will hit the spot! It’s packed with protein and fiber. This vegetarian meal can also be the perfect addition to your weekly meal plan. Makes 4 servings. INGREDIENTS 2 cups cooked rice 1/4 cup chopped cilantro Juice of half a lime 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed… Read More »
Need a soothing snack to help you slip away to dreamland? Reach for foods that contain tryptophan, a sleep-promoting substance found in dairy foods, nuts, seeds, honey, eggs and bananas. Ingredients 1 whole ripe banana, cut in chunks 1 1/2 cups ice 1/2 cup skim milk or nonfat plain yogurt Directions Put milk or yogurt… Read More »
Feeling Sluggish? Skip the Energy Drink.
Do you reach for energy drinks when you feel tired thinking they can keep you focused and provide caffeine with vitamins and supplements that are good for your body? You might want to reconsider. According to the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the term energy drink was created by beverage companies… Read More »
Ease Tension with Neck Stretches
Standing for long periods of time or sitting at a desk all day can take a toll on your neck. To prevent or reduce stiffness and pain, try simple neck stretches throughout the day. Neck pain is one of the most common types of pain among Americans, but as with any other part of your body, exercises and… Read More »