By now, the U.S. has thoroughly shaken off her winter chill. The snow line has crept up mountaintops and the ocean waters are warm. This phenomenon, known as the “lag of seasons” is what makes August and September the hottest months of the year.
Staying fit is all about keeping ourselves healthy, but knowing we look good while exercising gives us an extra emotional boost that makes our workouts more fun. Just as you dress for success on the job, wearing great-fitting and stylish workout wear will help you feel more confident.
Most effective beauty treatments are based on things found in nature. Did you know you can give yourself beauty treatments at home using food you have on hand?
We are what we eat and that applies to our hair, too. Hair products help, of course, but nutritionists and beauty experts tell us that healthy hair begins from the inside out.
With Thanksgiving behind us, Christmas and New Year’s are the next calorie spiked minefields. Whether it’s avoiding a “small piece” of every dessert, or celebrating with a little too much bubbly, you can enjoy yourself without adding extra calories.
Holiday meals are times of delight for those of us who enjoy family, friends and great food, but they can also be challenging while watching our weight. With a simple game plan for eating healthfully at gatherings, we can partake in all our favorite fare and still keep our figures in shape.
The warm days of June are punctuated by sweet flavors of fresh fruit that ripen during summer months. But did you know that in addition to tasting delicious, summer fruits are remarkably good for you?
Medical experts tell us that all oils are not created equal, and although all of them contain fat, some fats are better for us than others. Doctors and other health professionals recommend using oils that are low in saturated and trans fats, such as olive oil, canola or other vegetable oils, in place of butter, margarine or shortening.
As Easter approaches, our thoughts turn to eggs – for decorating, hunting and eating in a chocolate form.
Would you like a quick and tasty way to get your daily dose of fruits and vegetables in one convenient glass? Try making fresh juice at home. When juicing, the pulp is extracted, leaving you with a smooth, delicious, preservative-free beverage teeming with nutrients.
When you need a physical boost, especially after an intense round of exercise, try eating some protein. As a building block for our muscles, eyes, teeth, skin, blood, nerves, lungs, brain, hair and nails, protein is a crucial element for strong, healthy bodies. Jazzercise Founder and CEO Judi Sheppard Missett reminds us that eating protein after a workout helps your muscles re-energize faster, too.
(CARLSBAD, CA) – Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue, dreams come true, and phytochemicals bring about good health. That’s right! A rainbow doesn’t just lead to a pot of gold. If you eat foods according to the colors of the rainbow, it may lead to better health.
Why do most of us feel happy when the sun is shining? While it’s warming our bodies and allowing flowers to bloom, the sun’s rays are also providing healthy doses of Vitamin D, a nutrient that studies have shown helps elevate our mood.
Parties, food and more parties: The holiday season is filled with family, friends, fun and high-calorie delectable delights that we can’t wait to sink our teeth into. At this time of year it is more important than ever to stay true to our fitness goals so we continue to feel great and look fabulous into the new year.
May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, designated in 1983 by the President’s Council on Fitness to promote healthy lifestyles among all Americans and improve our quality of life.
Now that spring has sprung, it’s time to get serious about toning our torsos so we can feel carefree all summer long. Strengthening our abdominal muscles is important for our overall health and well-being. Abs support our entire body by giving us core strength, supporting our backs and helping us keep our balance, especially as we get older.
You’ve just concluded your work day and want to exercise before dinner. But you’re a little hungry. Should you eat before exercising or wait until afterward?
Wouldn’t it be nice to know how effective your workouts are and how to get more out of them? With a heart rate monitor – a small device worn like wristwatches – you can learn if you can safely step up your program a notch or if you are working out too intensely to achieve the results you want. It’s all about working out smarter, not harder.
Your entire body changes when you’re pregnant. But one thing that doesn’t have to change is your commitment to staying fit.
Getting in shape with a friend is fun and makes it easier to achieve your goals. So how about exercising with your significant other? In February, in honor of Valentine’s Day, give it a try.
(CARLSBAD, CA) – Happy New Year! Now that the holiday season’s parties and delightful treats are behind us, let’s refocus on our health and fitness programs. The quartet of eating well, getting enough sleep, moving our bodies daily and having a positive attitude is a winning combination.
Our lives are busy, and when you add decorating the house, holiday shopping and making delicious food, our lives get even busier. A hectic lifestyle is a gold-plated invitation for stress, and stress weakens your immune system.
We all know the statistics. But what is our best chance to prevent breast cancer from affecting ourselves and the people we love? Awareness is the key. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Jazzercise Founder and CEO Judi Sheppard Missett would like to remind you of ways to reduce your risk of breast cancer, and also methods of early detection.
How do you feel on Sunday night after working all weekend in your yard, or doing a marathon of home repair or house cleaning? Like you’d rather not move for hours, right?
When President Obama declared September Childhood Obesity Awareness Month last year, he stated that nearly one in every three children in America is overweight or obese.
Our bodies rely on good circulation to distribute oxygen and blood through our systems in order to keep us healthy and feeling lively. Circulation brings blood to our muscles, color to our skin, focus to our brains, and removes toxins and lactic acid. In short, having good circulation fills us with vitality.
We often joke that drinking a diet soda cancels out our French fries. But are diet drinks really the best choice for us? As with most things in life, health professionals remind us that moderation is key.
Just like any other muscle in your body, your heart becomes stronger with use. The more you exercise within your target heart rate, the more easily your heart will pump blood, helping you stay healthy for life.
Summer allergies can drive us crazy while pollen from grass, weeds and trees fly through the air. These tiny spores can challenge our immune systems, causing our bodies to release histamines that trigger itchy eyes, runny noses and lots of sneezing.
Have you ever noticed that when you are flexible with your plans, life feels easier? Our bodies are like that, too. When we have physical flexibility, we move fluidly and easily in everything we do.
It’s summertime and it feels great to be outdoors, soaking up the warmth of the sun that provides us with a healthy dose of Vitamin D. But it’s important to take precautions when outside for extended periods of time.
Ahh, summer vacation is a time to travel and let it all hang loose. But if you plan ahead, you can stay healthy and fit while enjoying time off.
When you want a quick snapshot of your health, calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI), a fairly reliable indicator of body fat based on your height and weight.
If it’s true we are what we eat, then we are also what we think.
When you finish a great workout and reach for something to refresh yourself, it’s important to know that the bottleholding your beverage of choice is safe. Studies have indicated that drinking out of certain types of plastic beverage bottles containing BPA (bisphenol A) are less safe than available alternatives.
(CARLSBAD, CA.) Since 1963, the President of the United States has proclaimed February “American Heart Month.” Go Red for Women is the American Heart Association's nationwide movement that celebrates the energy, passion, and power women have to band together and wipe out heart disease. Thanks to the participation of millions of people across the U.S., the color red and the red dress have become linked with the ability all women have to improve their heart health and live stronger, longer lives. Don’t be surprised if you see people wearing red on Friday, February 4 – it is National Wear Red Day!
(CARLSBAD, CA) – Diabetes. It’s the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. It’s the main cause of kidney failure, limb amputations, adult onset blindness, and a major cause of heart disease and stroke. You know it’s serious. But, do you know how many people it affects and how you can take immediate steps to fight it?