The fall and winter seasons are gorgeous, busy, and tinged with nostalgia. Unfortunately, they also tend to be tinged with germs. If you’re hoping to avoid falling ill with the flu or even the common cold this season, consider drinking more tea. Research has shown that teas are full of things that are good for your health, including anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting antioxidants which may also protect you against things like cancer and heart disease. As a rule, teas contain less caffeine than coffee—that is, if they contain any caffeine at all. Plus, they’re perfect for sipping as is or even dosed with a teaspoon of add-ins like collagen powder, ground turmeric, or coconut oil.
Deadlifts. Despite the ominous name deadlifts shouldn’t kill you. Instead, deadlifts can be a lifesaver when it comes to building foundational strength and boosting athletic performance. The key is learning how to do the popular weightlifting movement with proper form, so you strengthen your muscles without stressing out your joints.
It always seems to happen this way—we’re having fun outdoors, we’re getting a tan, we’re staying active and just loving the sun. Then, all of the sudden—it’s autumn. Sure, we love the fall season, but we want to get as much out of the warm summer months as we can.
What do you do for a living? If you answered construction worker, landscaper, nursing aide, or any other type of work that requires a lot of lifting, walking, standing, and/or operating heavy equipment, then chances are you get a lot of physical activity in during your day job. Of course, even sedentary jobs pose their own challenges to the body (how many have had super sore backs after sitting all day?!). But physically demanding work can really take a toll. If you don’t look after your body, then you may be at risk for an acute or chronic injury that can disrupt your daily life and force you into disability and time off work.
So, make your health a top priority. Clearly, a big part of that includes regular exercise. But for those of us with physically demanding work, we may find ourselves way too exhausted at the end of the day to even think about going to the gym. Plus, with all the moving around we do at work, doesn’t it seem like we get enough exercise while we’re on the clock?
To most people in the health and fitness world, the concept of “fast food” is virtually a four-letter word. But let’s face it. Sometimes when you’re traveling or short on time, grab-and-go food items are almost too convenient to pass up (“fast” being the operative word). Besides, in most cases, eating something is better than eating nothing.
“Wanted: healthy friend who loves working out and is looking for a like-minded workout buddy. Not afraid to get sweaty. Must love dumbbells.”
Okay. So maybe you shouldn’t put out an ad on Craigslist. But if you always workout solo and find yourself struggling to stay consistent or keep up the intensity, then consider finding a gym buddy.
If you love working out and do so regularly, then consider yourself a step ahead of 80% of the American population, who according to the CDC don’t get the recommended amount of daily physical activity. But even for those of who follow some sort of consistent routine, it’s worth asking ourselves whether there are things we may be doing that actually undermine our efforts. Stay on top of your fitness commitment with these pre-workout tricks.
There’s a reason they call it “runner’s high.” After all, how good does it feel to get back after a long run, drink some cold water, stretch, and simply appreciate what you can do with (and what you can do for) your body? Check out these 3 ways you can improve your outdoor running pace and achieve that feel-good feeling.