Benefits of Small Group Exercising

Physical fitness is undoubtedly one of the most important concerns for many, especially considering the rampant and overt obesity problem in the United States. People of all ages should be working to improve their physical and mental health by staying as active as possible. Exercising in small groups can be very beneficial to anyone for a number of different reasons.  Read more

The Power of the Walk

Last year, one of my college roommates told me that her parents started walking the neighborhood regularly and that they both ended up losing 10-20 lbs. Everyone’s body is different and will react differently to different amounts of exercise and other life changes, and who knows, maybe they were seriously dieting as well. However, I love walking anyway, so it doesn’t really matter to me exactly how much weight they lost. Read more

Beating Jet Lag with Essential Oils

When you travel through different time zones, your internal body clock can become out of sync, causing jet lag. It’s been proven that using a combination of natural essential oils in the bath or shower twice a day will assist you in adapting to a new time zone. Essential oils come in very small bottles that can be carried in your purse or briefcase. Read more

5 Natural Ways to Reduce Jet Lag

Travel can be exciting, exhilarating and eye opening. But often with international travel comes jet lag and you don’t want that sneaking in on your trip. With my own travel plans looming on the horizon I’ve been searching for ways to reduce the effects of international exhaustion while keeping health conscious and without succumbing to harmful endeavours. So here are five ways to help save yourself from the exhaustion of jet lag.  Read more

Staying Cool While You Stay in Shape

Cool Girl exercise on a ball

With summer temperatures heating up, many people are happy to be able to shed their winter clothes – and their winter weight – and get outside for some exercise. It’s certainly true that exercising outdoors is more fun in the warmer months, and that all that extra exercise is great for your body and your mind. However, there’s one thing to be careful about when you’re working up a sweat: the heat itself. When you work out in scorching heat, your body temperature can rise significantly, even if you’re in the shade. Never fear – you can enjoy the fresh air and sunshine and still stay safe with these tips for summertime workouts.

Get the Timing Right

If at all possible, avoid scheduling your exercise in the middle of the day, when the sun is high and the temperatures skyrocket. For example, you could practice yoga in the early morning as the sun rises – a beautiful way to start your day. Or, go for a jog after dinner, when the sun has begun to sink. If you can, try to choose a shady spot to exercise. Whatever you do, avoid prolonged workouts in the blazing sun, which will dramatically increase your risk of heat exhaustion.

Stay Hydrated…

Most of the time, you can drink when you’re thirsty, and you’ll be fine. When you’re working out in the heat, though, you need to be a little more proactive about hydration. Don’t wait for your body to display signs of needing more water. Drink some water before you start your workout, and continue to drink water throughout (a good rule of thumb is eight ounces for every 20 minutes of activity). Keep an eye on your urine, too – it should be pale yellow to nearly clear. If it’s darker than normal, you need more fluids.

…and Stay Wet

Keeping yourself wet is a highly effective way to avoid becoming overheated. There are lots of ways to enjoy a wet workout. The sunny season is the perfect time to take advantage of the wide variety of water workouts available, including swimming, paddle boarding, canoeing, surfing, water aerobics, and more. All of these activities keep your body temperature down while giving you a great workout in the sunshine. You can also carry a little extra water with you on your walk or run to pour over the back of your neck for a refreshing cool-down when you need it. And, of course, you can always run in the rain for a fun and social-media-worthy workout.

Listen to Your Body

The symptoms of heat exhaustion include feeling dizzy, cold, clammy, or nauseous, as well as having a headache or vomiting while you exercise or after you’re done. If you start to notice even a hint of these symptoms, it’s time to take a break in the shade. In fact, when you’re exercising in the sun, any unusual or uncomfortable feelings you have in your body should alert you to the fact that you need to cool off. Get out of the sun, sit down, drink some water, and catch your breath. Pay attention to your body at all times – it’s usually pretty good at telling you what it needs.

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Breathe Easier with Houseplants!

You may have heard before that plants produce oxygen and that indoor plants will improve the oxygen in your home. While this is partly true, it can be misleading to assume that house plants will fill your home with oxygen. Read more

The All-Day Benefits of Yoga

Yoga and Meditation

An ancient practice, yoga has become increasingly popular in our busy modern world. For a lot of people, yoga offers a kind of escape from their chaotic and stressful lives. This is true whether you’re in an ashram in India or on a secondhand mat in your own bedroom. There are endless reasons that people love yoga; many of them are about the way you feel during your practice. A good yoga session is quite cathartic; you’ll relax, stretch, meditate, challenge yourself, and enjoy the improvements you make from day to day. However, many of the benefits of yoga carry over beyond the mat into your everyday life. Here are a few of these benefits. Read more

Preventing Environmental Allergies

The rates of allergies are increasing throughout the world these days, and the reasons are not fully known, although there are various theories.  Many of these allergies are environmental ones, so it is important to have some preventative strategies. Read more

Vitamin C for Colds

“Drink your orange juice!”

“Take vitamin C as soon as you feel a cold coming on.”

These are just a few of the things people tell you to do when you start to sniffle and sneeze. But does vitamin C for colds really work? Read more