Why have we made exercising -- at least the way we do it in the places that have come to be known as "health clubs" -- such an awful experience? It's a question I had time to mull recently on my 14-hour plane ride back from Seoul, where I was for the launch of HuffPost Korea. While I was there I was amazed at their practice of Kouksundo -- a practice that combines meditation, breathing and martial arts and has been shown to boost productivity and reduce anxiety and stress -- which is so different from how we approach fitness in America's temples of physical well-being, populated by people who often seem miserable, joylessly going through the strenuous motions so they can check off the exercise box on that day's to-do list and get the heck out of there. If we're going to redefine success to include well-being, we also need to redefine getting in shape to include mental and soul fitness.
While we can't turn off our brain's natural tendency to lump people and things together, we can understand and help influence the meaning we assign to those categories and to push ourselves to think beyond the stereotype. But it takes effort.
I have surrounded myself with the most amazing individuals and they inspire me to dream my biggest dreams while they also go after dreams of their own. We are all like a delicious pot of gumbo and each individual in our life add a little flavor to our journey.
Regardless of your background or circumstances, your desire for change will allow you to move in the direction you want to go. You can be the most risk-averse person on the planet, but you don't have to remain stuck. Stop fighting your fear.
While you can't always control what happens to you, you can control how you respond to it. Seek to create a positive environment for yourself and you'll begin to become more motivated to achieve your dreams and goals. Here are 10 ways to stay motivated through hard times.
Rome is just the result; the bricks are the system. The system is greater than the goal. Focusing on your habits is more important than worrying about your outcomes.
What is it about fattening foods that lures us in like moths to a flame?
Suddenly, like revelation at Sinai, Shabbat started to make perfect sense. Those 25 hours became a respite from my mounting schoolwork, a forced hiatus from the endless black hole of the Internet, the only time I could turn off a screen long enough to, say, play a game with my family.
Every consider owning just how "weird" you may be? Look around the bar, the coffee shop and the airport waiting area. NOBODY is normal. These groups are filled with quirkiness. Maybe that's it. They aren't trying to hide themselves. You are.
When we're vulnerable, honest and letting the "real us" show, we stand a much greater chance of actually getting closer to the other person. We don't bond over our perfection. We create intimacy through our imperfections.
Just believing hope exists can increase it! Hope gives us courage, persistence, willpower, resilience, strength and joy. Hopelessness takes them away. How you choose to think makes all the difference.
Recent instances of gastrointestinal illnesses at sea have been making headlines and leaving some travelers wary of setting sail. But thankfully, you're not as likely to contract norovirus -- marked by symptoms like vomiting, nausea, diarrhea and stomach pain -- as you may think.
It comes down to a pretty basic choice. We can either have a whole lot fewer of us meat-eating Homo sapiens, or we need Homo sapiens to eat a whole lot less meat. The funny thing is, the rate-limiting issue makes the plant vs. animal nutrition debate irrelevant. It's all about water.
I know there are countless women out there who have gone through postpartum depression or who will go through it. I hope they speak up about how important mental health coverage is.
Everyone in recovery has a story -- what we used to be like, what happened, and what we are like now. You are at the beginning of the end of what YOU used to be like.
Overdose prevention advocates and drug policy reformers are feeling some wind beneath their wings as a result of a statement by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder encouraging expanded access to the overdose reversal medicine naloxone.
I love mixing it up with body weight circuits like this one. Lifting is my first fitness love, but sometimes quick and dirty workouts like this are just what I need to recharge my exercising batteries. I am super sore today, which is an awesome feeling.
The FDA often recalls these products after users experience life-threatening side effects.
Mindfulness promises to reduce both anxiety and depression, mental health problems that LGBT disproportionately suffer from. Bullying, family rejection, and the everyday stress and stigma of living as sexual and gender minorities take an emotional toll on many LGBT people's lives.