We wait all year for long summer days filled with BBQs, pool parties, cottage weekends and food festivals. But these endless social events can have you overindulging in food and drink more than any other time of year. So how can you stay healthy over the summer? We asked our experts for their advice.
There's been lots of discussion recently about the gut microbiome, an ecosystem which consists of several hundred different species of bacteria. An imbalance in this ecosystem (an overgrowth or 'bad' bacteria or a lack of diversity), can lead to negative symptoms connected to a range of diseases, including autism, obesity, depression, anxiety, allergies, irritable bowel syndrome, asthma and other digestive and mental health issues.
When it comes to working out, boredom is the kiss of death. It is hard enough to make yourself train at the best of times -- and almost impossible when you feel like yawning! Core workouts can be particularly yawn-worthy. Front planks, crunches, bike kicks... snore. The great news is, your workout doesn't have to put you to sleep!
Barre is hard to describe, but I would say it's a fitness class based on small movements, core strength, using muscles you don't even know you have, and perfecting your form. After just one class, I discovered that barre has much more to do with yourself than the people or even the music around you.
Ditch the "drink as much water as possible when exercising" and "always drink eight to 10 cups of water during daily life" mentality! Fitness professionals used to be told to advise everyone to drink as much as possible when working out, and to always drink a minimum of eight to 10 glasses of water per day. Turns out, neither guideline is ideal.
People actively search for a second opinion or at least do their homework on the guy they're about to hire to do their accounting, their surgery or their drywall. Strangely, in the fitness world, all it takes is a six pack and a grin to make consumers reach for their pocketbooks to buy the new AbCrusher off a TV infomercial.
Instead of understanding health as all the things you have to give up, adopt what I call the "find your kiwi" approach. A "kiwi" represents something healthy that you truly love -- or at least something healthy that you don't despise; one is always more apt to continue a program when it includes foods and activities one likes.
Not only is it important for mothers to talk the talk and help instill these values into their children, but they need to be prepared to walk the walk. Many mothers are so busy taking care of their family they neglect their own well-being. In order to be at your best in every aspect of life, you need to invest in yourself first!
Being under-recovered is just as bad as being under-trained; being under-recovered leads to exhaustion, lethargy, muscle aches, trigger points, and stiffness, and left long enough it will lead to injury. Recovery allows the body to become stronger, leaner, and generally healthier; it puts that extra little energetic pep in one's step. It is not something "extra" you do when time allows.
Although wellness retreats can vary in activities and in ethos, every retreat has a common purpose, which is to help their guests recharge. What I learned on my recent retreat was that in order for every guest to have their best experience, all of the guests have to abide by a few rules of retreat etiquette.
The human body evolved over millions of years, long before cars, escalators, laptops and remote controls. It's built to expend effort. Gas-powered vehicles enabled us to move over long distances or get somewhere quickly, but they're bad medicine when they're used to go two or three blocks. Our lives are easier but not necessarily healthier. It's time we put more thought into keeping our bodies active and well, minimizing sickness.