What single change could boost your mood, make you look thinner and feel more confident, and help you get a promotion? The answer is surprisingly attainable: improving your posture.
Ever leave the office after a long day of sitting in front of the computer and feel like you’ve just run a marathon? Your body sore and stiff, feeling a couple decades more than its age? Think back—how many times during the day did you stand up? Two times? Three if you drank enough coffee to fuel your labor?
There is nothing quite like waking up after a great night’s sleep. You revel in a refreshed, bright, energized feeling that catapults you into the possibilities of a brand new day. Consider that gratifying initial stretch, arms overhead. Hear the birds chirping and see the sun shining against the backdrop of a blue sky. Those deeply rejuvenating eight hours of downtime have become a powerful springboard into what might just be the best day of your life.
The human back is a highly evolved, precisely engineered structure that allows us Homo sapiens to walk upright and get things done. And like other highly engineered, complex mechanisms, our backs are prone to aches, pains, and injuries that come with use, misuse, and overuse.
For decades, two messages have been battling for your attention: “Late-night snacking is bad for you” and “Go to Taco Bell.” Which one is correct?
Stress steals our productivity. The more we fret and worry about how much work we have to do, the less work we actually get done, making the work pile up even more and creating a stress-fueled, self-perpetuating loop of doom.
Are you in the exercise doldrums? Maybe your old, reliable Zumba class has grown stale or doing miles on the treadmill has lost its luster. Frankly, you’re having a hard time drumming up any enthusiasm at all about hitting the gym. What to do?
Perhaps the cure is some good old-fashioned teamwork and the thrill of competition. Joining a recreational sports team can enhance your leisure time in a number of ways, from raising your level of fitness to providing a new outlet for socializing.
Stretching helps create fitness and ensure a healthy body through better posture, balance, and flexibility. When your muscles are stretched, your joints have a greater range of motion, be it at the hip, the shoulder, the knee, or the spine. But recent research has found that stretching before versus after exercise has markedly different effects, as does the type of stretching.
The average American may gain only a pound or so every holiday season according to researchers from the National Institutes of Health, but most don’t take it off after New Year’s Day, making those indulgent ounces a primary cause of adult expansion and possible obesity later in life.
Annie Neely, an active single mom, is in top physical form. She runs almost every day, bikes to work, and eats a balanced diet jam-packed with fruits and vegetables. Despite her active lifestyle, Annie often feels tired and anxious. She stews over little things and sleeps poorly. In short, Annie may be great at taking care of her body, but her lack of attention to her stress level and emotional wellness drags her down. Her unmanaged stress keeps her from enjoying the full benefits of eating well and exercising.