January 2013

Monthly Archives

  • A better combo for your post-workout snack

    The combination of soy and dairy for a post-workout snack may be  better at repairing and building muscle than simple whey protein, according to a study in the Journal of Nutrition. “In the study, 19 people worked out and then refueled one hour later with a protein drink. Some drinks only contained whey protein, while […]
  • Pitfalls to avoid so you can gain strength

    Hitting the gym every day and still not getting any stronger — or worse getting weaker? You might be overlooking the little things that can sabotage your goals.  For example, not giving yourself enough time to rest: “The desire for more strength and muscle can leave you working tirelessly in the gym. All of this training […]
  • Tips on how to avoid consuming excess calories

    It’s easy to get distracted when you’re eating or drinking, but this mindless consumption of calories could be doing a number on your waistline. There are some simple changes you can make to combat this. Start by taking smaller sips: “It certainly sounds like a tall tale, but research consistently shows that taking in a smaller […]
  • Yoga may help with psychiatric disorders

    Yoga can be used to help calm your mind and keep you limber, but it may also aid in reducing symptoms from a host of mental-health disorders, according to a study published in the journal Frontiers in Psychiatry. “The researchers focused on 16 studies that recorded the effects of practicing yoga on mental-health issues ranging from […]
  • Don’t load up on sugar with your energy bar.

    Sure,energy bars are full of protein and fiber, but many of your favorites have more sugar in them than candy bars. “The American Heart Association recommends that women should not eat or drink more than 20 grams of sugar a day, and men no more than 36 grams. A man can get half that sugar from a […]
  • Perfecting your pushup

    The push up is likely one of the first exercises you learned in school, so it’s surprising how many people do them improperly. Trainer Eric Von Frohlich walks you through what a perfect push is: “First, your fingers should be facing forward while your arms are externally rotated, shoulder blades back. “Next, ‘we’re looking for […]
  • Training for your first half marathon

    Not ready for a full marathon, but looking to challenge yourself in the coming year?  Health.com has your guide to running your first half marathon. Remember to take it one mile at a time: “Thinking about running 13.1 miles can be really overwhelming, especially if it’s your first time running that distance. I used to […]
  • Reduce your risk of injury by changing up your workout

    Young athletes who spend more than 75 percent of their time training for one sport are 1.5 times more likely to get injured, according to a new study from Loyola University Chicago.  The study focused on tennis players. “In a series of experiments, Neeru Jayanthi, M.D., an associate professor at Loyola Chicago, and his team […]
  • Lighten up your favorite comfort foods

    As a cold snap hits New York, many of us will reach for our favorite comfort foods to warm up.  You don’t have to sabotage your diet, though. The Huffington Post offers ways to make comfort food healthier, including  mac and cheese: “Nothing quite warms you from the inside out like a warm bowl of […]
  • The Girl Scouts introduce a new “healthy” cookie

    Mango Cremes are the newest cookie added to the Girl Scouts’ lineup. With a vitamin additive  called NutriFusion, they are touting this as a healthy cookie. Not so fast. “While these cookies tout zero grams of trans fat, no hydrogenated oils, and no preservatives, they’re still cookies. And though they have small percentages of vitamins […]