healthy habits

6 Ways to Keep Moving All Day Long

Lisa Truesdale by Lisa Truesdale | December 28th, 2015 | 1 Comment
topic: Health & Wellness | tags: active, Balance Ball Chair, balance balls, balance-ball, desk slump, desk yoga, desk yoga routine, exercise tips, fitness tips, health, healthy habits, sit at desk, sitting, sitting on a ball, sitting too long, womens health, work life, workout tips

“Working vacation.” “Exact estimate.” “Jumbo shrimp.”

These are all examples of oxymorons: two words that are commonly used together, but that seem to contradict each other. And here’s our favorite: Active sitting.

The Advantage of Being a Food Snob

Bevin Wallace by Bevin Wallace | December 28th, 2015 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: easy recipes, food, food ethics, healthy food, healthy habits, healthy recipes, healthy-eating, holiday, holiday dinner, holiday season, holiday stress, holiday weight gain, holidays, organic foods, recipe, recipes, slow-food

This time of year, people tend to go in one of two directions, eating-wise: Either they double down on their dedication to a healthy diet and forego every sugar cookie, candied pecan, and cheese plate they encounter—or they say some version of “screw it” and dive head first into the buttered mashed potatoes (or cookie platter).

It’s OK to Splurge

Joelle Klein by Joelle Klein | December 22nd, 2015 | No Comments
topic: Healthy Eating | tags: christmas, food, good nutrition, health, healthy food, healthy habits, healthy-eating, holiday, holiday dinner, holiday season, holiday weight, holiday weight gain, holidays, nutrition, nutrition. health, perfect holiday

It’s holiday time. Gifts. Food. Family. More food. Spirits. Studies have shown that, on average, people gain about a pound over the holidays, and overweight people tend to gain more. So while a pound doesn’t sound too bad, the fact is that that pound usually stays put and, over the years, those single pounds add up to five, eight and, eventually, ten-pound weight gains. That translates into a whole new wardrobe.

You Need Yoga Now

Heather Larson by Heather Larson | November 24th, 2015 | 1 Comment
topic: Health & Wellness, Inspirational Media, balance | tags: breathing, breathing-exercises, excercise, health, healthy habits, healthy home, healthy-eating, holiday, holidays, how to sleep better, restorative, restorative yoga poses, restore, sleep, womens health, Yoga, yoga for detox, yoga-for-beginners

The holidays are careening toward us again, whether we’re ready or not. It’s time to take a look at how we plan to take care of ourselves during the chaos. Let’s start with a few of the demands placed upon us. Although the list can be endless—shopping, parties, where will the money come from, baking, cleaning, entertaining, will Uncle Joe get drunk and ruin dinner—you have to carve out extra time for these chores.

3 Mindful Steps to Practice Balance

Nichole Golden by Nichole Golden | August 18th, 2015 | 3 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Personal Growth, balance | tags: balance, balanced life, forgiveness, healthy habits, healthy home, healthy living, healthy-eating, home, how to maintain new healthy habits, inspiration, motivation, Personal Growth, self growth

Life is the living art of balance. Balance is a beautiful concept, rooted in the exquisite imagery of Yin and Yang. For most of us, the attempt at balance is more like a circus act of hither and thither, with multiple moving parts flying about our worlds in an unpredictable and mysterious way. As we all strive for our perfectly expressed version of “just the right amount,” it’s important to remember a few essential things to the practice of balance.

Make Your New Habits Bulletproof

Matt Cooke by Matt Cooke | July 28th, 2015 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Personal Growth, balance | tags: commitment, healthy habits, mindfulness, practicing mindfulness, Yoga

We are always looking to find the magic bullet—the thing that will fix everything for all time. What would be the fun in that? Where is the mastery and challenge in life when we just want to do something once and be done with it? We are always wanting to check things off the list. It’s part of being human. So how do we drop into commitments, and doing something better for ourselves? We must commit, but then recommit by making our new habits bulletproof.

‘Social Media’ Your Way to Health and Fitness

Tamara Grand by Tamara Grand | February 7th, 2013 | 5 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Personal Growth, Relationships | tags: at-home workouts, birds of a feather flock together, circle of friends, clean eating recipes, diet, engage, exercise challenge, exercise classes, exercise habits, exercise schedule, facebook, family, friends, get motivated, healthy habits, healthy living, inspirational photos, instagram, interact, low calorie recipes, meals, old friends, paleo diet, participate, personal support group, pinterest, quinoa, smartphone photos, social, social interactions, social media platforms, social networking, socially, tweet, twitter, twitter chats, urge to eat, visual cookbook, weight loss groups, YouTube

Humans are inherently social creatures. Most of us enjoy the company of others and spend much of our waking time engaging in social interactions with friends and family.

Interestingly, people who spend a lot of time together often adopt one another’s eating and exercise habits, sometimes for the better, but often for the worse. Remember the old saying ‘birds of a feather, flock together’?

But there’s a positive side to our desire to conform socially. Find the right circle of friends — your own personal support group — and sticking to an exercise schedule or diet becomes easier. Hence the popularity of organized weight-loss groups and exercise classes.

Furthermore, research demonstrates that just having a weight-loss or fitness support system in place results in better adherence to diet and exercise and more pounds shed and kept off over the long term.

Don’t have access to a local support group? Make your own via one of the following social media platforms:

Who Knew Emotions Were So “Weighty”?

The FIRM Master Instructor Team by The FIRM Master Instructor Team | July 19th, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Weight Loss | tags: bad habits, binge, binging, calories, cravings, depression, diet, dieting, eat your feelings, emotional, emotions, exercise, Fitness, food, friends, habits, healthy habits, healthy-eating, hobby, hunger, isolation, meditate, meditation, nutrition, overeat, overeating, portion control, self-control, stress, stress eating, support, the firm, weight gain, weight-loss, work out, workout

I did a Google search on what causes stress in people’s lives and I found things like unemployment, divorce, financial problems, health issues, fatigue and so on. In reflecting on how I deal with stress, let’s just say that far, far less than unemployment has caused me to eat a dozen donuts in one sitting!

Yes, I’m talking about stress eating. Most of us have had the unfortunate pleasure of experiencing it at one point or another, and it is not for the faint of heart. I can down a whole can of party peanuts if Auden has a particularly bad day at school! Thankfully I have come to terms with the real me and I am now able to recognize the signs of impending stress and do a fairly good job of not eating us out of house and home when things get rough. Please allow me to share some of my tips, and I welcome any you have to share that have worked for you.

4 Ways to Reduce Stress to Reduce the Pounds

Chris Freytag by Chris Freytag | November 25th, 2009 | 7 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Weight Loss | tags: cortisol, exercise, health, healthy, healthy habits, healthy-eating, how stress relates to weight, lose-weight, lower stress, manage stress, reduce stress, sleep, stress, weight gain, weight-loss

freytagfeatureSo how can reducing stress help you lose weight?

It starts with the hormone cortisol, which has become synonymous with stress. You may have heard or seen an advertisement for yet another magic weight loss pill or potion that reduces cortisol in your body to help lose weight. But how does cortisol really affect our body’s ability to store fat? And how can we reduce the amount of cortisol in our bodies without resorting to weight loss pills?

Your Body’s Talking to You — Are You Listening?

Kate Hanley by Kate Hanley | November 24th, 2009 | 1 Comment
topic: Health & Wellness | tags: body messages, body signals, body signs, body talk, communicate with your body, health, healthy habits, lifestyle habits, listen to your body, meditation, mind-body fitness, mind-body-connection, Yoga

katefeatureI love dark chocolate. Its perfect mix of bitter and sweet scratches an itch down deep in my soul.

And yet, the past two times I’ve consumed it (once in the form of squares from an actual bar and once in the form of hot cocoa made with the highest quality cocoa powder I could find), it has upset my stomach.