It's hard to change habits, especially unhealthy ones. Shifting your behavior and integrating healthier habits into your daily life often feels like a one-step-forward, two-steps-back spiral. So why is it so hard? We know what to do. Experts tell us we should sleep more, find ways to mitigate our stress, cut out tobacco, reduce or eliminate alcohol, eat healthier foods, and exercise … [Read more...] about Ready, Set, NO! Why It’s Hard to Change Our Habits
When I started going to a gym regularly and lifting weights, I remember thinking: I don't want to bulk up. I simply want to be a little bit stronger. Would I bulk up, like the Incredible Hulk? What benefits would weight training, or resistance training, give me? Why should I do this? And how did this fit into my health goals? As I wondered about all these questions about women and weight … [Read more...] about Women and Weight Training: Will I Bulk Up?
The health benefits of walking are numerous. Many doctors cite moderate physical activity, including walking, as a "magic pill" for better health. It burns calories, improves cardiovascular health, strengthens muscles, enhances mood, boosts energy, and improves cognition. But most Americans don't get enough regular exercise, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. … [Read more...] about Health Benefits of Walking: Is it the Magic Pill?
We all flop from time to time, but how can we bounce back and use our failure as fuel? From the time we start school, we're taught that failure is something bad. But failure can be the wake-up call that takes us to the next level - if we approach it with the right mindset. Even recent research bears this out, but I didn't know that this spring when I created my own failure and then an … [Read more...] about Messed Up? Using Failure as Fuel
Though it looks and feels like spring around here this week, before launching fully into that season, I'm reflecting on what I learned in winter 2018 - December, January, and February. So, here are 7 things I learned - in no particular order. 1. A multi-cooker can change your kitchen life. I received one of these one-pot wonders for Christmas, and it is so fun and easy to whip up a healthy … [Read more...] about What I Learned in Winter
Stress is a normal reaction that people feel as they encounter changes and difficulties in life. And anxiety can be a reaction to the stress. But chronic stress can lead to anxiety disorders, the most common mental-health illness affecting people in the U.S. And it can lead to other serious health conditions, too. So how can we manage stress and anxiety in proven ways? Approaches to Manage … [Read more...] about How to Reduce Stress and Anxiety