We’ve all been told to eat our veggies, drink our milk and stop eating so much sugar and other junk food. While there has been a much-renewed focus on health and nutrition even in the last few years, there’s still the problem of obesity and lack of exercise. For some a healthy lifestyle is a must. Others may find it a little harder to get on board with proper nutrition, and with an astounding 34.9% of adults and approximately 17% of children (Source) in America suffering from obesity, it has never been more important to emphasize proper nutrition and good health.
While we all know how easy it is to put personal health on the backburner for more immediate matters like work demands and family dinners, paying poor attention to your health will eventually catch up to you. Thankfully, getting back in shape does not have to be overwhelming or too time-consuming. Rather than reinventing the wheel in your attempts to go from flab to fit, make sure that you are educated on tried-and-true tips that will get you on the path to looking great and feeling better! Do you know about three of the best fitness magazines for your health?
As the name implies, Shape Magazine is an ideal magazine for women who want to get – and stay – in shape. Their articles are full of advice on everything from quick exercises that will help you get the body that you have always wanted to motivational stories about women who successfully made their health a priority. If you want advice on how to look and feel fantastic, then Shape Magazine might become your new best fitness friend!
First For Women Magazine focuses on living a well-rounded life – a goal that is easier said than done. How often do you sacrifice exercise for the sake of running errands? While errands are an unavoidable part of life, skipping activities that promote your health will compromise your well-being over time and can leave you feeling too tired to finish everything on your to-do list. This read is for those of us who often put our health and exercise needs behind life’s other demands. First For Women Magazine will help you balance your life between family time and “me” time and even leave some room for relaxation.
Health Magazine takes a holistic approach toward fitness. By addressing topics like food, relationships, and fashion in additional to tidbits about exercise, Health Magazine is perfect for the woman who wants to make her life healthier in every aspect. From recipes that promote well-being to tips on how to look younger, Health Magazine is the title of choice for many women.
Summer is the season of bathing suits, warm weather that allows for more outside workouts, and fresh fruits and vegetables. Keep your health on your mind during the rest of the summer!
According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the day was created to remind people of the importance of “making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.” This year’s theme is “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right.” The goal is to combine taste and nutrition to create healthy meals that individuals will enjoy. “It is important that we find the balance between choosing the foods we like with those that provide the nutrients we need,” said registered dietitian nutritionist and Academy President Dr. Glenna McCollum. “This year’s ‘Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right’ theme reinforces that the two choices are not mutually exclusive.”
Here are a few things to keep in mind:
1.) Strive for Balance
Rather than trying to go cold turkey on day one, aim for proper balance. Instead of completely cutting out all sugary sodas and desserts, begin by reducing the amount that you consume. Instead of swearing off pizza forever, start by serving pizza with a healthy vegetable salad and fruit. Remember that it’s okay to enjoy portions of your favorite foods in moderation, as long as you’re also eating proper amounts of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. (The Academy recommends making sure that half of each meal consists of fruits and vegetables.) Try to reduce the amount of calories you eat each day by cooking with reduced fat ingredients. Remember that healthy habits are achieved over time, not in the course of a day.
How we can help: We sell subscriptions to Cooking Light, a magazine with reduced-fat and low-fat recipes. It’s a great asset for anyone wanting to enjoy healthy renditions of their favorite foods.
2.) Prepare Your Own Food
Bringing lunch to work or cooking dinner at home is often much healthier than dining out. Try a new fruit or vegetable each week so that you can find healthy new foods that you enjoy eating. You can also consider preparing old favorites in new ways. For example, rather than making French fries, you can roast potatoes. Rather than boiling vegetables, you can saute them. Experiment so that you can find new ways to make old foods.
How We Can Help: We sell subscriptions to several magazines such as Vegetarian Times and Eating Well, which are packed with healthy and delicious recipe options. If you’re dedicated to eating better but aren’t sure what to cook for each meal, these magazines will be perfect for you.
3.) Exercise Regularly
In order to achieve a healthy and balanced lifestyle, eating properly and exercising regularly must go hand-in-hand. Mayo Clinic recommends aiming for at least 30 minutes of exercise per day. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, “When it comes to physical activity, some is better than none, and more is better.” If you don’t currently exercise, then any increase in physical activity will be beneficial for you. It’s important to remember that you don’t have to work out for 30 consecutive minutes. You can also exercise for shorter intervals throughout the day. The most important thing is just to make sure that you are beginning a lifestyle of regular exercise.
How we can help: We sell subscriptions to several health magazines that give important information and helpful tips about exercise and workouts. Women would enjoy a subscription to Health, a women’s fitness magazine that features informative articles on how to stay fit and feel great. Men would benefit from a subscription to Men’s Fitness, a magazine filled with workout routines and suggestions for healthy food.
It’s hot. You’re thirsty. But another glass of boring water is the last thing that sounds appetizing right now. What’s a girl—or a boy—to do?
Some experts say we need eight, 8-ounce glasses of water every day. Some say that we need half our body weight. Meaning, if you weigh 150 pounds, you need 75 ounces each day. Either way, you’re probably not drinking enough. If you workout on a regular basis, you need even more than that. But let’s admit it: Water is boring.
If you’re looking for ways to jazz up your water or even get that all-important hydration into your body in other ways, consider the following:
1. Dress up your ice cubes. When you next freeze a tray of ice cubes, drop a raspberry in each little square with the water. Maybe a mint leaf or a slice of lemon. As the ice cubes melt in your water, you’ll get a faint new flavor with each sip.
2. Grab a piece of fruit. Did you know that an aptly named watermelon is 92 percent water by weight? The rest is natural sugar, fiber and vitamin C. A slice of watermelon after a workout or as an afternoon snack will add some much needed hydration—and crunch—to your day.
3. Nosh on some vegetables. If the sweet taste of fruit isn’t appealing to you, there are many vegetables with high water content as well. Celery, cucumber, iceberg lettuce and even tomatoes provide a drink of water with each bite.
4. Try a water enhancer. Look on the juice aisle of your grocery store for water enhancers. Companies like Ocean Spray, Mio and Crystal Light all make them now. Open a packet and add it to 16 ounces of water. Most come in at only around 5 calories. The lemonade flavor always takes me back to childhood in my grandparents’ backyard. Delicious.
Now you have no excuses. And neither do I. Proper hydration—especially during the heat of summer or when we’re working out—is vital to our health. So drink up!
I’ve been so good about going to the gym and eating healthy during the last eight weeks. I don’t mind telling you: I’ve even lost 10 pounds!
But I recently traveled to Cleveland for a conference, and the closer conference got on my calendar, the more nervous I found myself feeling as I worried about getting away from my new healthy routine. Anyone who has ever traveled for work knows that conferences aren’t known for their healthy fare. Think boxed lunches with lots of cookies and carbs.
I’m happy to report that this conference was different from others — not only in the content they presented, but also when it came to the food they fed us. I’m happy to report that I didn’t gain a single one of my lost pounds back while I was away, and I even discovered four tips for keeping up with my new healthy habits that I plan to take with me the next time I travel:
- Stay hydrated. On the plane, in the conference sessions and in my hotel room, I always had a bottle of water with me. I also steered clear of caffeine and alcohol, both of which can dehydrate your body.
- Find the fitness center. Yep, I packed my gym shoes for my trip and made use of the fitness center at my hotel. It was so nice! There were brand new earphones for guests and a TV at every piece of cardio equipment. There was even a basket of apples in the fitness center for a healthy post-workout snack.
- Fruit is your friend. Breakfast each morning did consist of a lovely buffet of carbs in the form of bagels and pastries, but I’m glad that it also included lots of beautiful fresh fruit. I kept an emergency protein bar and a bag of almonds in my computer bag, so I was able to make a delicious and healthy meal out of nuts, protein and colorful fresh fruit. No bagels touched these lips!
- Walk the city. When I realized that I hadn’t left the hotel in two-and-a-half days, a new friend and I decided to hit the sidewalk and explore the downtown area a bit. It was a great way to get some fresh air, get some movement in and learn about the city at the same time. I was so glad I had packed comfortable shoes!
I’m traveling again next month, and I hope I can remember these four tips and take them with me then, too. How do you keep up with your healthy habits when you travel?
Feeling the pressure from your job? You’re not alone, as a recent study cited by Real Simple magazine deemed it the No. 1 stressor.
Of course, money is closely tied to said job—or lack thereof—and took a close second the survey conducted by UK nonprofit Mind. In it, the numbers showed work at 34 percent edging out money at 30 percent as the top source of anxiety among the 2,000 surveyed.
With work being deemed the biggest cause of stress and with April being National Stress Awareness Month, the article titled “How Yoga Can Help You Love Your Job” in the May issue of Yoga Journal magazine arrived right on time.
Much like the foundation of the practice of yoga, the advice on how to love your job is largely mental and involves a healthy dose of attitude change or re-focus.
By adopting these five shifts in thinking or approach, the Yoga Journal article suggests a new level of job satisfaction—regardless of the importance of the position you hold—can be reached.
1. Do work that suits you. Sure it sounds simplistic, but this is probably the most fundamental step to job satisfaction. Just think, an introvert is likely not going to enjoy anything involving sales or public speaking, and a creative type won’t care for crunching numbers all day.
2. Practice skill in action. That means dedicating yourself fully and completely to the task at hand. By paying such close attention to your work, you overcome distraction and are able to do the absolute best that you can.
3. Don’t worry about the results. It may seem ironic, but if you approach work as doing it for its own sake rather than placing too much on the outcome, you remove your ego from the situation. In that way, if or when something fails, you will feel less like a victim.
4. Approach your work as a service. Even if you aren’t on the front line providing a service to others, you can take on the responsibility of helping to improve your company, your department or even your co-workers in whatever large or small ways you can.
5. Make your work an offering. That is to say you should release your best work with the hope that it takes on a larger collective significance in making the world a better place. By contributing to something bigger, it makes you and your tasks feel more meaningful.