Handstand push-ups, muscle-ups, deadlifts? No problem. But downward dog, penguin pose, warrior? No way. I'll admit it: I never practiced yoga, dismissing it as a luxury for people with lots of time on their hands.
But, just as we need to recover from a solid sweat session, we need to recovery from planes, trains, and automobiles. Travel can put a real wrench in our training plans, recovery routine, and overall health, explains Alena Luciani, M.S., C.S.C.S., Pn1, founder of Training2xl.
I’ve always been somewhat of a bag lady. During college summers I lived in the outskirts of Portland and commuted downtown for a day of writing, working, and weight lifting. Which meant I needed work clothes, workout clothes, and coffee-shop clothes all jammed into a single bag that I’d be able to schlep with me through the streets of hipsters, cold-crew, and cyclists. Issue is, the pack would usually give out after six to eight weeks in from being overstuffed so consistently.
I consider myself a fit, healthy, wannabe wellness goddess. I do CrossFit® five times a week, attend yoga class regularly, frequent local health food joints, and fire up a meditation app during my morning subway commute.My morning ritual, though, is as far from @yoga_girl’s or Gabby Bernstein’s as it can be. It usually starts with me hitting ‘snooze’ five times followed by 10 minutes spent mindlessly scrolling through Instagram before I finally trudge over to the fridge.
There's a diet filling your social media feeds with images of chocolate doughnuts with sprinkles, entire pints of HaloTop, and massive mounds of Chipotle, accompanied by the hashtag #IIFYM. It stands for "if it fits your macros" and it has become the buzzword of flexible dieting.
At some point in their lives, as many as 80 percent of people will experience back pain, according to Aixa Goodrich D.C., a chiropractor at South Florida Chiropractic Center. She notes that back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work in the U.S. About 31 million Americans experience lower-back pain at any given time, according to the American Chiropractic Association. Any given year, 30 percent of people struggle with neck pain, per research from Johns Hopkins.
If you’re wondering what all the low-carb fuss is about, here’s the deal: A study published in The New England Journal Of Medicine showed that over the course of six months, a low-carb diet produced greater weight loss than a conventional diet. Cutting carbs can be effective because if you’re eater fewer carbs you’re probably eating fewer refined carbs such as white bread, cookies, and crackers, says registered dietitian Wesley Delbridge, R.D., a spokesman for the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics. Those are the ones that hit your bloodstream like straight sugar.
Steer clear, needle-phobes: This eight-week diet, which originally hit the weight-loss scene back in the 1970s, combines injections of human chorionic gonadotropin—along with a very low 500-calorie daily diet for shockingly rapid weight loss, explains Bethany Doerfler, M.S., R.D., clinical dietitian at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Human chorionic gonadotropin, also called HCG for short, is a hormone that women naturally produce while pregnant and is FDA-approved for use in treating infertility.
Your best weight-loss tool for 2018 is probably in your pocket. Think about it: Your phone is always (we mean, always) with you. It blasts tunes during every sweat sesh, keeps you company during your mid-workout bathroom break, and lets you take flex, food, and transformation pics up the wazoo.
We’re used to worrying about about E. coli in our spinach or salmonella in our pistachio nuts. But hep A? Nah. Well, recently headlines are changing that. Recently, an outbreak occurred at a New York state country club after an employee with the illness prepared food at the club’s restaurant, according to the Westchester County Department of Health. Plus, five more people were diagnosed with hepatitis A after being exposed to the virus by a sick employee at the restaurant Bartaco, in Port Chester, New York.
CrossFitters aren’t the only ones noshing like cavemen, thanks to all the buzz the paleo diet's been getting.
Attention all tongue-biters, the latest diet fad require that you ditch all solid foods in favor of your blender. The newest interwebs craze, The Smoothie Diet, has been pegged as the go-to easy way to lose weight, and fast.
If you think all gym-goers are health nuts who only drink the occasional glass of red wine or vodka with a squeeze of lime, you'd be sorely mistaken. As a group, gym-goers drink more than non-gym-goers, according to a study from the University of Miami.
This time of year, the weather outside is frightful. Unless you live in the sunny south and winter is a prime-time for showing off your beach runs and outdoor WODs on Instagram. Seriously, it’s starting to get polar-vortex freezing out there and well, your bed is just not. If you just bundle a bunch of layers on, you’re bound to get sweaty and comfortable, plus who moves well with tight layers of fleece all up in their business? What you need is workout gear made to help you face the elements.