Tips for Finding the Right Fitness App

Today it seems like there’s an app for everything, from weather apps to music apps to fitness apps and more. And many are free. If you’re ready to tech up your fitness game with apps, you should take these tips into consideration. Just getting back into fitness? Consider an app that nudges you with reminders to get moving. Some fitness apps can be great coaches! Look for an app that allows you to enter your age, height, weight, etc. The more tailored the app is to YOU, the more the app will help you meet your fitness goals. If you’re...

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Emotional Eating: Take Notice of These Triggers and Symptoms

There’s eating, and then there’s emotional eating. Emotional eating means just what the name implies: someone eats when they’re emotional. And many of us have done just that at one time or another. I’ve cried into a big tub of chocolate ice cream while wallowing over the ending of a long-term romantic relationship. And I have a friend who buys bag after bag and bottle after bottle of snacks and sodas when she’s having a stressful week at work. While it’s true that food can be very comforting, like eating a bowl of chicken noodle soup when we’re feeling under...

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Reverse Psychology: From Yuck to Yum

For a lot of people, ‘good nutrition’ = bland food and miniscule bites. In their minds, good nutrition is taste bud torture. But they may not be aware of how much influence the mind has over their turned up noses to good nutrition. Using a little bit of reverse psychology will go a long way if you have or someone you know has a hard time embracing better eating. One way to turn negative thoughts about good nutrition around is to focus on what eating better will offer you. The benefits. The more you graciously accept that nutritious eating will...

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How to Choose a Diet That Works for You

Most people, at some point in their lives, want to go on a diet. Whether it’s the Freshman 15, having a baby, or weight gain from aging, when someone decides they want to lose weight, dieting is generally the first thing they consider? But what diet should one choose? There are so many out there. Before starting a diet, the first thing you should do is consult your doctor so he or she can go over any medical issues you may have that could affect certain diets. If you take medications, you should already be aware if weight gain is...

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Tea and Its Beauty Benefits

Don't you love it when a grocery store staple offers big benefits? Tea is one of them. Tea is high in anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties, and it's high in antioxidants. And in addition to offering great health benefits just by being consumed, tea can also be used for beauty treatments and skin conditions. Here are four instances where you can use tea in your beauty regiments: Dull hair. Add shine to your hair with green tea. Boil water and then steep a couple of green tea bags for 15 minutes. Remove tea from heat and let cool. After washing hair, pour tea...

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Gum Disease and Its Prevention

Good oral hygiene is important for many reasons, including the prevention of gum disease. Gum disease is caused by plaque and has three stages. The first stage is known as gingivitis. If caught early, gingivitis may be reversed with regular and proper brushing and flossing. Symptoms of gingivitis include red and/or tender gums that easily bleed. The second stage is known as periodontitis—inflammation around the teeth. In this stage, bacterial toxins in plaque break down the gum attachment to teeth. Spaces may form from the gums pulling away from teeth, and these spaces, or pockets, may house infected material. The third and final stage is known as...

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Heat Stroke

Do you know the symptoms of heat stroke? If your answer is no, you may want to take note of these symptoms: A lack of sweating Disorientation Flushed skin Headache High body temperature (higher than 104 F) Muscle cramps or weakness Nausea and vomiting Rapid breathing Rapid heart beat Unconsciousness When someone is exposed to high temperatures or engages in physical activity in hot weather, they may be at risk for heatstroke. Other factors that may increase the risk of heatstroke include high humidity, health conditions, and being a young child or older adult. Before someone experiences heatstroke, they may...

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Healthier Hamburgers

We love the flavor of ground beef hamburgers as much as the next person, but sometimes--especially when one is watching their waistline--the extra calories that generally come with burgers make one, begrudgingly, pass on a hamburger and head straight to the salad. Good news! You can slim down your burgers in a variety of ways, and beyond the burger. Here are some tips and tricks for reconstructed hamburgers so you can keep them on your menus. Instead of the traditional white hamburger bun, reach for the whole wheat bun. And better yet, swap the hamburger bun for a lettuce leaf....

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Chicken Soup for the Soul, Literally

If you love to cook and you’re the person everyone comes to for cooking advice, you may want to host a cooking class in your home for your family, friends, or coworkers. While it’s true that “Come and get it!” meals bring people to the table and provide long-lasting memories, cooking together is another way to share your love and bond with people who matter in your life. And cooking together encourages putting down smartphones and actually talking! It IS chicken soup for the soul. What to Cook? Here are three cooking class starting points. 1)   Invite your closest girlfriends...

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In a Slump? Perk Up Your Posture with These Easy Tips

Have you ever caught yourself slouching at your work desk or while talking on the phone? Ugh. It happens to the best of us, and kudos to you if you catch yourself in the act. In addition to aching muscles and moving yourself closer to a rounded spine, poor posture makes you look like you just don’t care. But we know you do. If you’re looking to improve your posture, here are some easy posture tips for better health. Don’t sit for hours on end. Get up every hour, or even better yet every half hour, to stand, stretch, or...

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