Skip the Fast Weight Loss Diets and Go for Long-Term Health

With a wide array of diets on the market, it can be tough to weed out all the fad diets and find a nutritionally well-balanced diet that is rooted in sound science and also simple to follow over the long haul. “It’s easy to be overwhelmed, but don’t get sucked in by all the fad diets,” says Katherine Beals, associate clinical professor of nutrition and integrative physiology at the University of Utah. “Sticking to the Read More

Why Exercising Outdoors Makes You Much Healthier and Happier

With the arrival of spring, you’ll have more reason to get out and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. Here are a few health benefits of taking your workout or yoga practice outdoors and enjoying the healing power of nature. Improve Sleep – Daily exposure to sunlight naturally regulates circadian rhythms – your body’s internal clock – for a better night’s sleep. Regular exercise can further improve sleep quality by helping you get to sleep Read More

The Hidden Risks of Multitasking

Multitasking is way overrated. We have the illusion of getting more stuff done, but the quality of our work usually suffers and we rarely do anything to completion. When I try to juggle several tasks at once – like answering texts, email and phone calls while working on a writing assignment – my attention is pulled in so many different directions that I rarely get past the first sentence of my story. The constant interruptions Read More

Why Meditating Can Change Your Life Forever

Now that 2016 is in full swing, many people are adding meditation to their New Year’s resolutions. The reasons for meditating are as varied as the people who do it – CEOs looking to boost productivity and get an edge on the competition, athletes trying to improve their game, patients coping with a cancer diagnosis or depression, or those who are in a rut and looking to find their purpose in life. Meditation requires no Read More

Hydro Power: Train Hard and Stretch Deeply in the Water

Running 40 miles a week started to take a toll on Karen Rooff’s body. She suffered from chronic joint soreness and nagging foot pain from plantar fasciitis. If she wanted to continue running marathons, she had to make a change. “I felt like I couldn’t run on land six days a week anymore like I used to. It took me longer to recover,” says Rooff. As a personal trainer and aqua yoga instructor, she knew Read More

As Stereotypes Fall, More Men Are Falling for Yoga

When Mike Lee first started training as a professional fighter, he had no interest in doing yoga. In a sport like boxing – known for its brute force, speed and explosive power – yoga didn’t seem to fit. “I never thought that yoga would be a part of my training. I knew my little sister was into it and it seemed like something that was just for girls,” says Lee, describing his initial reaction to Read More

Mood Food: What You Eat Affects Your Emotions and Energy Level

Need to be mentally sharp for a big job interview or energized to teach your yoga class? What you eat can have a profound impact on your mood. Some foods create more sustained energy and improve mental focus, while others can give you a surge of ready energy followed by a slump. “Everything you eat can be fuel to support your body functions and a positive mood or a compound that can cause disruption,” says Read More

NFL Players Build Flexibility and Focus on the Field

When you think of yoga, 300-pound linebackers balancing in dancer’s pose is probably not the first image that comes to mind. But today you will find a number of NFL football players, along with many other pro athletes, rolling out their yoga mats with the goal of increasing their flexibility, power and mental toughness on the field. Yoga isn’t just for the dainty and double-jointed. The benefits of yoga are so powerful that rookies with Read More

Beating Winter Blues

As winter approaches, the dwindling sunlight and cold, dreary weather can give you the “winter blues.” If your feelings of sadness and fatigue follow a predictable seasonal pattern, you may have a type of depression called Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. “We start seeing it at the end of fall when the days get shorter, usually in the North and Northeast parts of the Unites states or areas that are cold, rainy and dark for Read More

Riding the Wave of Emotions

You might feel it in a long, deep hip opener like Pigeon pose or in an energizing backbend like Upward-Facing Bow or in a soothing Child’s pose; unexpected emotions start to percolate to the surface as you open up blocked energy in your body. Sometimes the feelings flow through you like a gently rolling stream. Other times, the emotions hit you hard like wild, raging ocean waves. Your body and mind are intimately connected, so Read More