Switch Up Your Workout:Try Indoor Rock Climbing

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

5 Tips for Keeping Off Extra Pounds This Holiday Season

5 Tips for Keeping Off Extra Pounds This Holiday Season

The holidays are all about family, friends, and festivities. All the get-togethers and parties come with a familiar struggle: you resolve not to gain weight during the holidays only to be faced with tasty hors d’oeuvres, traditional treats, and banquet-size potlucks and buffets at every turn. The focus is definitely on feasting. Starting with Halloween and ending with New Year’s (or for some of us, the Super Bowl), the calories add up quickly and the result is weight gain that we resolve to lose, with or without success, before swimsuit season. Putting on the holiday pounds is preventable, and you can still enjoy the festivities. Just follow our five tips below!

5 Ways to Stimulate Your Mind and Ward Off Alzheimers

5 Ways to Stimulate Your Mind and Ward Off Alzheimers

Prior studies have suggested that people who stay mentally active build up brain reserves that help them stay sharp. Developing brain-stimulating habits early enough in life may even prevent harmful plaques from forming. Incorporate these five healthy habits into your life to ward off Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of cognitive decline.

Picking the Right Running Shoe: 5 Suggestions for a Comfortable Run

Pick the Right Running Shoes

The most important thing for a runner is taking good care of his or her legs and feet. Preventing foot and leg pain and injury begins with the right pair of running shoes. No shoe is perfect for every runner because each runner is biomechanically different. Shopping for the right running shoes takes time and patience. Visit a local running store and let them analyze your gait. Their experts will then be able to recommend a shoe that will work best for you. Here is a sampling of some of the top running shoes on the market now, but remember, it is important to “test drive” a shoe before buying because my top pick may not necessarily be the same as yours. Take a quick run around the store to test the fit, function, and comfort before you make your purchase.

Praise for Foreign Tastes: 6 Ways to Better Enjoy Your Food

Praise for Foriegn Tastes

As a whole, Europeans invest more thought and preparation in their meals than we do in the United States, with our ubiquitous fast food and microwaveable meals. Europeans enjoy meals, viewing them as pleasurable, relaxing respites from their busy days. They dine. We Americans, by contrast, eat, often speeding through meals of prepackaged to-go food because it’s quick and easy. No wonder many Americans have become desensitized to bland, plastic-wrapped meals. That includes me. However, I am lucky enough to live in the Upper Valley, a region that celebrates healthy, local eating, not unlike they do in Europe. From my experiences abroad, I’ve realized that Europeans eat for the pure pleasure of the act. Here are six ways to incorporate the fine art of dining, European style, into your life.

Child Concussions: How to Identify the Symptoms

Concussions

Children who sustain concussions generally recover within a week or two with no lasting problems when certain precautions are taken following the injury. If a concussion goes unrecognized, however, it can cause lasting brain damage and possible disability. Be aware of these signs and symptoms that can help you determine if your child is experiencing a concussion following a head injury.