Archive for January, 2013

The Best Super Bowl Commercials of All Time

It’s that time of year again—the Super Bowl is nearly upon us. That means friends will get together to eat and drink too and watch great football. Of course, for most people the game is the main draw. But for many viewers, the new commercials that air throughout the game are entertainment enough. Advertisers pay top dollar for a tiny slice of airtime, and they pull out all the stops to produce a memorable ad. Here are the top 5 Super Bowl commercials of all time.

Switch Up Your Workout:Try Indoor Rock Climbing

As the temperature plummets the further we get into winter, those who are active seek refuge in the gym for their workouts. Even those with new resolutions to be more active are spending significant amounts of time in the gym. The problem is that gyms can get boring. Treadmills, ellipticals, stair climbers, and stationary bikes . . . how many days in a row can you spend on these machines before you need a change of scenery that the weather might not allow? Even the weight room can get old after awhile. So why not switch it up and try an indoor activity that offers both the cardio and strength training you’re looking for? It will even throw in a little mental exercise. Give rock climbing a try!

10 Instant Mood Boosters

Sometimes, quick fixes really do work best. When the winter blues hit, it’s hard to stay cheerful. Luckily, there are endless ways to boost your mood and feel no-cost, instant joy. Once you have tested these, make your own personalized list for when you need an extra pick-me-up.

Sleep: The Best Defense for a Healthy Life

We all know a good night’s sleep is important. Some of us can get by on fewer hours of shut-eye than others, but no matter how much sleep we need, quality is as important as quantity. Here are some important facts you will need to pick the perfect mattress.

The Top 5 Fitness DVDs You Have to Try

Enter the beauty of workouts you can do at home—no travel time, tailored high-intensity workouts that are shorter in duration, no excuses. Check out our top five picks for fitness DVDs for workouts at home that will give you the results you want.

A Wild Ride: The History of Dogsledding

Perhaps you’ve seen Hollywood’s depictions of epic dogsledding rides across snowy terrain in Eight Below or Snow Buddies. But do you know the true history of this ancient human activity? Beyond the thrill of bouncing across snow-covered slopes on a fur-lined sled is the original function of dogsledding: the sole means of transportation, and sometimes survival, in the coldest places on Earth.

Winter Cats

Even for cats who normally savor the adventure of being outdoors, icy ground and single-digit temperatures generally dissuade all but the most-avid feline hunters. Inside, it’s warm and cozy. Cats adapt to indoor life by creating pastimes. A popular one is puppeteering you, the owner (who owns whom?) to present the “right” food. “Hmm. Tuna, chicken, salmon, rabbit, or liver?” “Shredded paté on dry kibble, please.” Cats in winter work up their appetites climbing screens, mauling pillows, cruising the kitchen counter for crumbs, and launching sneak attacks on your heels as you search for a midnight glass of water. It’s all in the hunt.

East Coast vs. West Coast Skiing: Which Is Right for You?

Ski season is finally here, and whether you’re new to the sport or a seasoned skier, the East and West Coasts boast some very different conditions and terrains for your skiing fun. With forecasts for a snowier winter compared to last year’s, we’ve put together a comparison of what each coast has to offer skiers or boarders so you can decide which is right for you.

The Top Three New Year’s Resolutions and How to Keep Them

It’s New Year’s Eve, and you’re ready to toast the coming year with friends and family. Champagne glasses are raised and clinked together when the ball drops. A cheer goes up! Then comes the question—what’s your New Year’s resolution? People all across the country take time to reflect on the past year and decide what aspects of themselves and their lives they hope to change and improve upon in the year to come. Year after year we answer this question, and year after year many people share common resolutions. Here are three resolutions that just about every adult in the US has made at some time and tips on how you can make 2013 the year that you keep them.