This infographic, especially for us baby-boomers, is a great overview on what one can (or cannot) do as he or she ages. It also provides some great tips for staying healthy as we do age. [Read more...]
These guys defy gravity.
It’s an amazing video to watch.
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The healthiest people typically have three things in common: a devotion to fitness that anybody would envy, a knack for whipping up good-for-you & delicious foods, and looking fab in sustainable clothing that doesn’t smell like hemp. These gifts, hand-picked for the Macy’s Holiday Gift Guide, will help anyone live well, without that “what are you implying with this gift?” awkwardness. Shop away!
- Mat Carrier: Everything you need and nothing you don’t (however, the pockets even have pockets, so you’ll definitely be able to fit all the essentials!) It’s a great stocking stuffer for the fitness buff in your family!
- Soy-based, Essential Oil Candles: Soy candles burn cleaner without chemicals and create a bit of warmth for any room. You can even try making your own!
- Bike: Anytime you use a bike instead of a car, you’re saving the environment. But some bikes are “greener” than others. If the city-dweller you know has talked about how she’s determined to turn into a bike commuter, look for a light, but sturdy frame.
- Fitbit: It will count her steps, track calories, and decode her sleep. It might now walk the dog, but for a gal (or guy) who wants health to be their number-one priority, this activity device rules!
- Monogrammed yoga mat: For that yogi with the mostest, why not order a custom yoga mat? Monograms are embroidered, not printed, using rayon thread. The extra-thick mats are latex-free and free of heavy metals.
- Sony W Series Walkman, Meb Keflezighi: More than anyone else, a triathlete or marathon-winner-in-training needs workout headphones that don’t budge. Added bonus, these come pre-loaded with tips and techniques from Olympian Meb, himself!
- Gaiam videos: From the fitness newbie to the seasoned enthusiast, Gaiam yoga and Pilates DVDs are the best because they have a large variety of styles and instructors.
- Patterned Brita pitchers: Rehydrate in style! Featuring a bold geometric pattern in three color ways, you can give the gift of great-tasting, cleaner water, while simultaneously enhancing the decor.
- Xo(eco) by BlueAvocado Lunch Kit With Lunch Case: The unique XO(eco) lunch kit makes greening lunch a no brainer. Made from 50 percent post-consumer recycled bottle fabric, the girl looking for some pizzaz will be the envy of the lunch room.
- Key Ingredient Recipe Reader: Help that hard-core chef build a collection of her favorite recipes in one sleek, splash-proof device. It even converts measurements, suggests recipe substitutions and will help her time the next big dinner party perfectly.
- Sesame Oil or Coconut Oil: Although great for cooking, these also make a great gift for the body! Sesame oil has warming qualities and is great for dry, chapped skin. Coconut oil provides better relief for itchy, hot or rashy skin. You can find either at your local health food store.
- Homemade Organic Goodies: Just make your favorite treats, find a unique mason jar or glass to hold them in and, voila! Pinterest is always brimming with great ideas.
About the Author: Jonathan Needham is a fitness instructor and dedicated yogi from the Midwest.
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I hope you’re sitting down when you read this; it’s quite alarming.
Hmmm, actually, I hope you’re not.
Most of us have sedentary lifestyles.
In many cases, rocks move more than us. I say this neither to induce shame nor guilt, but because – well, that’s just the way it is. Unless you’re an athlete or you have a job that’s got you on your feet all day long, a 2008 report showed that the average American spends about 7.7 hours per day plopped on an ever-expanding tushie. An Australian study says, “The average adult spends 50 to 70 percent of their time sitting;” a majority of his or her life.
It’s not difficult to get there. Consider an office job, relaxing in front of the TV, sitting at the dinner table, reading a book, driving to work, watching DVDs, going to the movies, playing video games; the list goes on. I mean, if we used our feet half as much as we used our behinds, we’d have shapely legs and firm butts; which sure as heck wouldn’t be a bad thing.
With the exception of walking my dog, conducting meetings, or going to Zumba, I spend most of my day in front of a computer screen. For goodness sakes, I’m doing it right now writing this piece. You might not be a computer jockey like me but I bet your life is similar.
What’s alarming is that recent research is showing that type of lifestyle can be as unhealthy as smoking.
Want to know the details? (Actually, you don’t; but I’m going to tell you anyway.) [Read more...]
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The grocery store. The kids’ soccer practice. Work. Places you wish you could ride your bike, but you just can’t.
I mean, how are you supposed to carry three bags of groceries, shin guards, or a briefcase on a bike? Balance them on your handlebars?
No, of course not. But if you buy a quality, supportive backpack, you can toss a change of clothes and anything else you need for work in, and bike safely to the office. And why not get the whole family on a bike, so soccer practice turns into a team effort?
Get the Family Involved
Biking shouldn’t be something you do on Saturday mornings for a workout, it should be something you do every day because it’s your transportation. Invest in good quality bikes for your whole family, and make a point to create a bike culture in your home.
Let the kids pick their own bike out, personalizing colors, bells, stickers and other ways. Create a convenient, safe and dry place in the garage or house for the bikes to be stored, and teach your kids the importance of bike safety.
Helmets are a must; hand signals are important; and reflective clothing and markings keep you safe and drivers aware.
It’s an awesome way to get your family involved in an exciting activity together, and it’s a great step toward overall health.
Plus, it’s Good for YOU!
Let’s face it: you’re no spring chicken. Having kids takes a physical and emotional toll on you, and your mind and body deserve some TLC.
Biking is an excellent source of catharsis for your mind, and an amazing workout for your body. Long day? Take a ten mile ride when you get home from work. Kids driving you wild? Hop on your bike and take a spin around the block to clear your head.
Plus, if you incorporate an all-over diet plan into your family’s lifestyle, biking will complement it beautifully, helping you stay in tip-top shape and getting your kids to see the importance of staying fit and eating right.
Plus, a natural, whole food diet is totally conducive to a biking life. Do them both, and watch the weight pour off!
Eating Well= Biking More
One of the downsides of incorporating a , raw/fresh foods diet which includes and fresh, organic meats and plenty of fruits and veggies into your life is going to the grocery store more frequently. Reviews for Beyond Diet program, one of many healthy eating plans, outweigh the downsides of this type of eating with a plethora of upsides.
And you can outweigh the final downside—extra trips to the store—by using it as an excuse to get your daily bike ride in. Instead of making one trip a week to stock up on everything, bike there three or four times and get only what you need for a day or two’s meals.
Install a basket on the front or back of your bike, and make an effort to only drive to the story every ten days or two weeks to get heavy things, like meats, or big things, like packs of toilet paper.
A lot of folks justify driving instead of biking by maintaining the fallacy that driving a zero- or low-emission vehicle makes little or no footprint on the Earth.
The process of manufacturing a car is damaging to the environment, so owning one altogether is an investment in pollution. While some families live in areas where owning a car is necessary, those of us who live in cities have plenty of options.
Bike whenever it’s possible; the kids can bike to school, you can bike to work, visiting friends and family? Take your bikes.
When biking isn’t an option, there are car share programs that cost very little compared to owning a vehicle, and help cut down on car manufacturing because many families are essentially using just one vehicle.
About The Author: Hannah Tool enjoys speaking, writing, and publishing, sharing her thoughtful advice with articles like the Truth About Six Pack Abs reviews. She loves helping people of all ages and levels of health lose weight and live the extraordinary lives they’ve dreamed of. In her free time, Hannah enjoys reading, exercise, and of course, the occasional bike ride.