Around 5-6 years ago, I smoked, I was overweight, and only exercised occasionally. Being a fan of radical turns in my life, I decided one day to go on a week-long liquid diet, I stopped smoking, and I took up running, with the only goal in my mind to some time run the half marathon in my home town.
As a three‐time marathoner, I've logged a lot of miles. While I can't say every mile was enjoyable, I love running because it has so many rewards. Of course some benefits are more obvious than others. I love to run because it helps me sleep better.
Today, nearly 70% of American adults are either overweight or obese. For decades, Washington has been focusing on fighting the obesity epidemic without properly picking the right battles.
It would be wise for those with jobs that have few options for movement to develop scheduled programs of walking and more vigorous exercise during slow periods, before and after shifts, and on any days off.
Thanks to investments in infrastructure such as protected bike lanes and networks of bike paths, several cities saw big increases in their Bike Scores since the 2013 ranking. On average, cities that ranked in the top 20 saw an increase of more than two Bike Score points.
Ultimately, fitness has less to do with how you look and more about how you feel, and what your body can do. It's all about working toward being the healthiest you can be. If aspiring toward a "beach body" helps you get there, that's fine. But don't get discouraged if you don't achieve it; being "ripped" is not the end-all, be-all of health.
You can pack almonds and celery sticks to eat on the plane and stick to water when the beverage cart passes. But when it comes to staying healthy while traveling, you can't avoid a whole lot of sitting around. That is, unless you're lucky enough to pass through one of these airports.
Looking back, it's hard to believe what we did on those boards as kids. What was exhilarating then now looks downright scary to me. We didn't realize at the time that we were being pioneers. We just loved skateboarding, and the more difficult the challenge, the more we liked it!
Katie Shattuck Markov is co-founder and CEO of MoveMeFit, which aims to transform your fitness experience by optimizing workouts for you. Prior to starting MoveMeFit, Katie worked in product management at SCIenergy, an energy efficiency Software-as-a-Service solution for building systems.
In a society unrestrained and a future unknown, perhaps exercise regimes, healthy eating and mindfulness offered a return to the illusion or at least a way to cope with the stress therein.
There are tons of great tips, hacks, and strategies for exercising more, exercising better, and becoming more fit. For the sake of common decency, I'm going to try keeping this answer to 2,000 words or less.
Aerial yoga might seem like an intimidating exercise at first but it can be incredibly rewarding and exciting. Many fitness clubs offer aerial classes for people of all fitness and skill levels. Check into the aerial options in your area, and you just might discover your favorite form of exercise yet.
Everyone wants great posture, but it's one of most difficult goals to achieve -- especially if you sit a lot. Despite the best ergonomic chair or other tools, prolonged sitting can negatively impact our muscles and joints.
If you're one of the many who have vowed to hit the gym and get bikini-ready by Memorial Day, I've got the perfect motivation for you to uphold your resolution: investing in stylish workout clothes you'll actually want to work up a sweat in. After all, the outfit is half the battle.
When someone says they want to "boost their metabolism," what they usually mean is that they want to burn more calories as part of an effort to lose weight. That line of thinking isn't entirely wrong, but your metabolism actually does a lot more than just burn calories.
Just as a remix can breathe new life into a familiar favorite, a few new songs can liven up an entire playlist. So, take a listen to some this month's highlights, see what moves you, and put the winners to work.
It's that time of year when a new class of college graduates eagerly enters the workforce. Ambitious young professionals, just starting out it in their careers want to go above and beyond the job description, stand out to their employers, and establish themselves as superstars. Wellness is essential to sustainable career success and it's important that graduates entering the workforce make it a priority. Here's how:
Next time you realize that you're comparing yourself to another woman, smile at her instead. Acknowledge her beauty and her health. And then, compliment yourself on being a badass in so many ways, and continue on your confident way as if the sidewalk is a catwalk.
The matching black straps around our wrists -- his large, mine small -- would no doubt bring us better health and make us closer than ever. Little did I know, it would also make us kind of crazy. (Especially me.) Here are 10 ways I can tell my habits have already changed!
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