1. Cheer up with a walk Daily exercise makes sedentary women more energetic and happier, according to research presented in March 2008. “Small changes—like walking just 10 minutes a day—lead to big changes because motivation follows action,” says the study’s principal investigator, Timothy Church, director of preventive medicine research at Louisiana State University and … [Read more...] about 10 Simple Habits That Can Make You Feel Your Healthiest
It’s hard to fault someone for exercising when most of us spend too much time on the couch. But when fitness becomes the top priority in a person’s life, it can signal a dependence, says Kathleen Martin Ginis, a professor of health and exercise psychology at McMaster University. “People with an exercise addiction can’t stop even if they are sick or have other obligations.” If … [Read more...] about Are You an Exercise Addict?
Find the funny A good belly laugh can uplift and relax you just as exercise does. Researchers at Osaka University in Japan found that watching a funny movie was more effective at decreasing mental stress than viewing landscape scenes, for instance. So pop a comedy into the DVD player after work, sign up to receive a joke-of-the-day email, or try laughter yoga. Make your own … [Read more...] about 9 No-Fail Stress Busters for When You’re About to Lose It
Most Women Don't Get Enough Sleep Whether you stayed up late watching TV or caring for your child, skimping on sleep leaves you feeling like a zombie the next day. Most of us need between seven and nine hours of sleep, but if you’re like most women, you’re probably not getting enough. The average woman only clocks six hours and 41 minutes of sleep during the work week, … [Read more...] about 6 Tricks to Boost Energy and Fight Fatigue
Unexpected saboteurs You already know that mindless munching and too much time on the couch make weight easy to gain and difficult to lose. But unexpected offenders could also be sabotaging your efforts to maintain a healthy weight or shed those extra pounds. Stay on track with this advice, which is based on the latest research into how and why we lose weight. … [Read more...] about 8 Sneaky, Stubborn Reasons You Can’t Lose Weight
Facebook is an easy way to stay in touch with the old high school gang, share funny photos from your family vacation and wish your wide circle of friends a happy birthday without springing for a stamp. But there’s a downside, too: When you’re sitting behind a computer screen, it’s easy to mishandle conversations on social media and forget that you’re talking to a huge … [Read more...] about 6 Things You Should Never Do on Facebook (and 6 to Always Do)
We’ve come to think of body mass index (BMI) as the gold standard in measuring our fat, but there is now a growing consensus among scientists that it may not be the best tool to do this. According to an editorial in the journal Science, BMI does not accurately measure the amount and location of body fat (belly fat is more hazardous than fat that is evenly distributed because it … [Read more...] about Is BMI Still Relevant for Our Health?