The Upper Valley is filled with busy, successful people driven by sometimes-hectic schedules, so yoga studios are necessarily prevalent. Whether you practice it every day as part of your exercise program or once a week to clear your mind and restore balance to your life, yoga provides generous health benefits of all kinds. No one is too old or too young, too fit, flabby, stiff, stretchy, happy, or moody for yoga; everyone can grow in the studio. So choose your antidote from the list below and bid farewell to whatever ails you: back pain, stress, inflexibility, or lack of energy. You will sweat, burn, twist, breathe, and, most importantly, smile. Enjoy your journey and namaste!
Ever wish you could wear a sign throughout your pregnancy that reads, “thanks, but no thanks, for the unsolicited advice.” With advice pouring in around every corner, sometimes it’s hard to know who to listen to. However, advice even experts can agree on is that regular exercise throughout pregnancy has been shown to balance emotions, improve labor and help reduce pregnancy and post-pregnancy back pain. Health and wellness doesn’t go out the door once you put on maternity pants. Laser Spine Institute offers diet and fitness tips that can help you on your journey. Take those tips, and our suggestions (we promise not to give any of our baby name preferences!) to improve spinal health to enjoy your pregnancy.
It’s time to start peeling off our winter and spring layers. It won’t be long before we can hit the beach! This past winter with its polar vortices and fierce winds may be a memory, but some of us will find a reminder or two as we shift into summer clothing too many muffins have left us with muffin tops and other weighty woes. If that sounds like you, too, getting ready for swimsuit season could mean losing a few pounds from here and there. Here are some tips that can help.
Most Americans get about two servings of vegetables per day. That pales in comparison to the five-to-seven servings per day that are recommended. Think about when you eat vegetables—as a side with dinner? Maybe a salad for lunch? Vegetables have many vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients the body needs, as well as fiber for a happy, healthy digestive tract. Dark, leafy greens are particularly good for you and contain substances called phytonutrients that research has shown to have properties that may protect you from heart disease, diabetes, and possibly even cancer. They are also good sources of iron, folate, and vitamins A and C. In addition, managing weight is easier when you consume more vegetables because you can eat more of them to satisfy hunger without adding a lot of fat and calories. So how can you incorporate more greens in your diet? Read on for some tips.
Monitoring your heart rate ensures that your exercise reaches your target heart rate without exceeding it. The purpose of heart rate monitors is to make sure the change in your heart rate is sufficient for you to stay healthy. A heart rate monitor watch is ideal because it is easy to remember as part of a schedule and has multiple purposes. These watches can accurately take your pulse as you go, something that is less reliable on a smartphone or other mobile device.
These days supplements are advertised for everything from keeping your heart healthy to helping your hair and nails grow faster. The amount of information can be overwhelming—and even subject to change! That makes it easy to lose track of which vitamins and minerals are most important to your health. Of course, you should consult your health care provider before adding any supplement or medication to your regimen, as even nutritional supplements can interact with certain drugs and alter their efficacy.
On Sunday, October 20, a population of local heroes amassed at the starting line. Some were dressed in brilliant Wonder Woman costumes; others came as Superman or Batman. Still others sported t-shirts and ribbons displaying the name of a loved one for whom the race was being run. No matter what the costume, everyone was there that day to achieve a common goal: supporting CHaD in its work on behalf of children of the Dartmouth area.
While we want our children’s reach to exceed their grasp, many children have a tendency to be careless—even reckless—at times. They haven’t yet developed the common sense that most adults have, and they may try things that have the potential to cause them injury. Childhood is prime time for cuts and scrapes, but some accidents can leave children seriously injured or worse. That’s why there are safety classes for kids. Sometimes it’s just not enough for parents to tell their kids to be careful and to warn them of all the potential dangers around them. Kids will often try things anyway, in spite of their parents’ warnings. Instructors trained to teach children how to stay safe may have a bigger impact on kids than their parents’ repeated warnings, which are often considered in the category of nagging. Here are two examples of safety classes kids can take to prevent serious accidents.
It’s widely known how important it is to start instilling good eating habits in kids at a young age. Once unhealthy foods are introduced, it can lead to an uphill battle to remove them from kids’ diets. Eventually, they may find their way into your child’s diet—that much is true. But the less exposure children have to sugar, salt, and other poor choices, the less they will want them, which can ensure that your child continues on into adulthood with a healthy diet. Read on for the food and drink choices that your child should avoid or at least limit.