Everyday wellness tips

Most of us hear the term wellness and assume that it’s something beyond our reach. Or perhaps we think that wellness is only for advanced yogis, holistic doctors, or wellness practitioners, but not us — not everyday people just working the daily grind and living busy lives. But this is where we make the mistake. Wellness is nothing more than small daily choices that lead up to lifelong, very big changes — that’s it. Anyone can achieve wellness whether that means you’re a stay at home mom or a full-time working adult, maybe even juggling two jobs just to get…

At-home exercise for legs, calves, and shins – Wall Standing Calf Raises

HOW TO DO THE STANDING CALF RAISE The standing calf raise exercise targets your calf muscles, particularly the larger, outermost muscle that is responsible for the shape and size of your calves. PERFORMING THE STANDING CALF RAISES Follow these steps to perform this exercise: Stand on the edge of a step. Or, if you have a step-aerobics platform, place two sets of risers underneath the platform. Stand tall with your abdominals pulled in, the balls of your feet firmly planted on the step, and your heels hanging over the edge. Rest your hands against a wall or a sturdy object…

At-home exercise for arm, chest, and shoulders – Push-up exercise

Ever done a push-up and felt your hips hit the ground and your arms barely bend? We’ve been there. A push-up is a total-body functional movement that is great for increasing strength and has the added benefit of engaging the core and lower body. Being a bodyweight exercise, it can be done just about anywhere—with a ton of variations to liven things up. So whether you’ve been unsuccessful in the past or just want to fine-tune your form, here are the details you’ll need to master a perfect push-up. The Basics 1. Get into a high plank position. Place your…

At-home exercise for abs and back – Superman’s Exercise

Superman’s Exercise The Superman’s Exercise engages your abs and also strengthens your back. Beginners may not have much back strength, making this a good exercise to incorporate into your routine. In order to have a strong core, you need exercises like this that engage your back. This exercise has you lift your arms and legs off the ground, as if you were flying. Hence, the name Superman’s. Celebrity fitness trainer, Harley Pasternack, likes his clients to do the Superman’s Exercise toward the end of their core circuits. This finishing touch works your abs and back at the same time. This…

At-home workouts using your body weight

So you want to get in shape, but you have no gym membership. Ruh roh… That’s fine, you don’t need one to get in great shape! You can work out anywhere, like me in the photo above, doing push-ups on a cliff in South Africa. I usually find that commercial gyms are tough places to work out anyways, as they’re home to pushy salesman, can be intimidating, and other members might not be very welcoming. (If you DO go to a gym, here’s how to successfully navigate a commercial gym). Luckily, you can burn fat, build muscle, and get a great workout using just…

Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Bananas

11 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Bananas By Adda Bjarnadottir, MS Bananas are extremely healthy and delicious. They contain several essential nutrients, and have benefits for digestion, heart health and weight loss. Aside from being very nutritious, they are also a highly convenient snack food. Here are 11 health benefits of bananas that are supported by scientific research. 1. Bananas Contain Many Important Nutrients Bananas are among the most popular fruits on earth. Native to Southeast Asia, they are now grown in many warmer parts of the world. There are many types of bananas available, which vary in color, size and…

7 principles of healthy eating

7 principles of healthy eating By Sally Solo Published February 20, 2013 The remedy for eating better isn’t deprivation, blandness, or a rigid diet―it’s incorporating good habits into your life. The key to eating right and maintaining weight is a plan that fits your life. Consider these points: 1. Know yourself Some people revel in the art of food preparation. For others, the microwave is a lifesaver. What matters is that you find a healthy way to cook and eat that works for you. If you love a large, sit-down dinner, for example, ignore conventional wisdom that says it’s best…