Health and Fitness

SUCCESSFUL HEALTHY HABITS

  Healthy habits are hard to come by let alone know exactly what habits will help us with long term success.  We’ve heard before that good genetics, working out, eat healthy, reduce stress, get 7-8 hours of sleep a night.  Well maybe you have most those things and your still not where you think your body should be.  Below are some of those healthy tips explained in more detail as well as new tips that you might want to try to help you with a new health routine. Healthy Habits Take care of yourself in your 20’s- the habits you form over the course of your 20’s will help formulate your healthy habits for years to come.  Out of your 20’s? No worries the sooner you start taking time for you the better. For example, if your in the sun without sunscreen you will develop sun spot...

REPAIRING MY RELATIONSHIP WITH FOOD

  Like most women, I have dealt with a wide spectrum of experiences in the realm of food and body image.  Since I was a teenager, I’ve struggled with emotional eating – food was one of the best ways I could “deal” with my issues, and finding (temporary) comfort in a pint of ice cream, a bag of candy, or a McDonald’s meal is something that I’ve done more times than I can count. When I was in my early twenties (I’m now 27), I started to educate myself about nutrition and exercise, and realized I was very sensitive to gluten, refined sugar, and dairy.  Removing these foods from my diet, paired with an active gym routine which consisted of resistance and high intensity interval training, helped me feel healthier, stronger, and more balanced and happy than I had ever felt in my life.  Duri...

10 TIPS TO RUNNING FIT

  You feel as though you have been running for at least 15 minutes. You go to look at your watch to see just how long it’s been and…. it’s not even been 10. You have walked five of those minutes and realize it’s not even nearly over. Running is a great way to keep fit, gain cardio ability and lose weight but it can also be a long hard road. So here are my 10 tips to try and get to the runner you want to be: 1. Start small – Don’t go out and expect to be able to run miles in one go. It’s not realistic and you will find it completely puts you off if you try and fail at the first hurdle. 2. Break it up – Also known as interval training – Pick a lamppost or bin, even a person walking away from you. Run from one to the next and the next, and soon you will find you can run more ...

ALANA ATHLETICA: EMPOWERING ABUSE SURVIVORS THROUGH ETHICAL FASHION

  Today we chose to partner with Alana Athletica, a new start-up that designs and develops luxurious yoga-inspired active-wear made with a cause – to empower women abuse survivors. It all started with an idea, a desire to give back to deserving communities in underprivileged areas. Just a year ago, the team at Alana Athletica was traveling the world (with jobs in management consulting and fashion design) collecting new friends and experiences, but first-class travel, elite hotels, and expensive meals weren’t going to cut it for Chen, Az, Amanda, and Juan. Coming from different countries and very humble roots, the Alana team was convinced that their future efforts (both personal and professional) needed to serve a greater purpose – to give back, support, and empower o...

THE MOST IMPORTANT RELATIONSHIP IN YOUR LIFE: FOOD

  “Excuse me, what?” my mother confusedly responds to my kindergarten teacher who had just asked her (out of concern) whether I had been given breakfast that morning as I’d devoured an excessive amount of pizza at lunch and she was worried I wasn’t being fed at home. My mom replied that I had in fact eaten a breakfast large enough for a grown 200 lb man. My appetite has always been large yet when I was younger my body was quite small. I was always around the 16th percentile for height and even lower for weight so I didn’t put much thought into the food I ate. Like most kids in America I was living mainly off a diet of various forms of cheese: powder, canned, or sliced, without questioning anything other than the flavor. Like any other girl in 7th grade, things started happening. I was...

DITCH DIETS: 7 TIPS TO GAIN MORE CONTROL OVER YOUR HEALTH AND HAPPINESS

  Let’s face it, diets are fads and often yield short term results! So, why are we so obsessed with them? Most people will point to external things. Like the gorgeous models on the cover of magazines or the flawless actresses on the movie screens! But what if we looked inward instead and decided to take control of our own life? This is what happened to me. I began reflecting on my choices and consumption habits. What I saw prompted me to make immediate changes to my nutrition and lifestyle! Before I did this, I actually considered myself to be “healthy”. I worked out 5 days a week, ate healthy 75% of the time, and was a size 4. So, I should be happy, right? Wrong! I was relying on numbers to determine my level of health and happiness. And ultimately, I wasn’t h...

A LITERARY CRITIC’S TAKE ON ANOREXIA

  Six months ago exactly, I was 74.7 lbs, 6.6 lbs above my ultimate goal weight. My ribs popped out like little crescent moons; I couldn’t help but smile every time I saw them. Of course, I had to lose that last little bit of flab from my upper arms, but aside from that atrocity, I was actually–for the first time in my life–starting to like the way I looked. Each puffy, protruding vein, every visible spinal vertebra was a badge of honour; I was proud of my perfectly rectangular shoulder-blades, the gap between my thighs, the way my collar-bone stuck out, how it swooped across my chest like a seagull or a scythe. I was just a couple pounds away from being really, genuinely, truly happy… wasn’t I? ‘I’ is probably the wrong word here. In fact, from a literary-critical p...

HOW TO PREPARE FOR SPRING – WITH THE HELP OF AYURVEDA

I am definitely not one of those people who can naturally enjoy cold weather. Actually winter used to be the season of depression for me. Instead of enjoying the time with friends and family at and around Christmas I fell into depression – although I was still kind of functioning as I forced myself to – which was often accompanied by panic attacks. I always thought of winter as a period to survive and kept planning to move to a country with warm climate instead of trying to focus on the positive sides of the season and balance out the qualities I do not like about it. It is not a very positive way to look at life, is it? 🙂 The encounter with Ayurveda has completely changed my life and the way I think of my own likings and preferences. Finding out that I have a certain body cons...

DEPRESSION AND THAT SLIPPERY SLOPE

Maybe you need to go to a therapist, No, that’s for crazy people Well your friend goes But he’s depressed Maybe you are. That was the lasting conversation that will never escape my mind as I fought with my parents over my mental health and what I thought —at the time— was good for me. Many people would say that they live pretty well, average, happy lives. I mean I did, and I still do. But hey, I did go to therapy and considered crashing my car into a pole so who knows. The dark cloud over my head was small, and it didn’t seem noticeable until it engulfed me. I was a senior in high school who worked as the editor of the yearbook, worked for the school’s paper,  had a job as an instructor at a swim school, and managed swim team practice. This busy schedule had me going to school at 8:00 am, ...

NINE WAYS TO CUT CANCER RISK BY A THIRD!

If you took every piece of advice on ways to reduce cancer risk you would probably never eat anything and die of starvation. It seems everyone has a theory on what causes cancer and ways to cut the risk. So, who should we actually listen to and what advice should we take on board? The best advice can be sourced from the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) and currently they give 9 pieces of advice to reduce the risk 1/3 of all cancers! Here they are: 1. Keep your body weight within the healthy weight range. Based on your BMI (body mass index) this is calculated by weight and height. The healthy weight range is from 18.5-24.9kg/m². Although the BMI has limitations, like it doesn’t take into consideration muscle mass, it is still a valuable way to measure a healthy weight range in the general ...

SCALES ARE FOR FISH

How many times have you stepped on the scale and been devastated by the number you see? You wallow in sorrow, rethinking every food choice you’ve made for the past week. You begin to justify: well I’m bloated from my period, well it’s the end of the day and I’ve already eaten everything for today, maybe I need to poop, that you have no control. You decide that this number dictates your mood, your worth. Have you ever had the exact opposite experience? You step on the scale and become overjoyed by the number you see. You become excited, feeling that because of this number you are awesome, you are beautiful, you are more valuable, more desirable, in control of your life. The truth is you don’t have control in either of these situations: you are letting a NUMBER dictate your value. YOU decide...

DECIDING FOR MYSELF: HOW APPLYING TO YOGA TEACHER TRAINING CHANGED ME

I realize that at 20 years of age, I am by no one’s definition old. However, I often find it difficult to even consider that by societal standards I am an adult. There are probably multiple reasons for this, but I’m sure one of the largest is that I’ve made very few major decisions for myself. That’s not to say that my life is completed dictated by the will of others, but it could be said that I’ve never truly made a choice without first consulting someone else. That trend probably would have continued until I decided I wanted to become a certified yoga teacher. Yoga grew to be a passion for me at a slow pace. I had dabbled with the practice slightly throughout my high school years, but I never practiced regularly until my freshman year of college. I was alone at a huge school, I had very ...

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