A strong social support network can see you through the toughest of times, helping you better manage stress and boosting your physical health. So who do you have in your corner? Create a healthy lifestyle team with intention, and you can improve your health outcomes. Studies show that social isolation and loneliness are associated with a greater risk of health problems, including poor mental … [Read more...] about Create Your Healthy Lifestyle Team
How can you find the best health coach for you, if you're seeking a partner to help you create lasting changes? Health coaching is a relatively new profession. Training, credentials, and expectations slowly have been established during the past decade. And as awareness grows about what coaching offers, so will the interest in working with a coach. Adopting healthier eating habits? Beginning … [Read more...] about How to Find the Best Health Coach for You
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
Whether you're in the early stages of changing some habits to improve your health or trying to keep a new year's resolution on track, it's always a good time to ask yourself if you're setting SMART goals. Our best intentions to create new habits sometimes fall short of success simply because our plans lack thoroughness. They may be too vague or unrealistic. So what can help? SMART goals, … [Read more...] about Setting SMART Goals for Success
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?
With small habit shifts, we can reset our brain's circadian clock operating in the background and affect our sleep cycles and energy levels. In fact, you've reset your internal clock unconsciously if you've traveled across time zones or stayed up late a few times to watch an important sporting game or attend an event. But that circadian clock is sensitive to other internal and external … [Read more...] about Can I Reset My Circadian Clock for Better Sleep?