February 2013

Monthly Archives

  • Authentic Chinese food is actually quite healthy

    Most of the times when you see Chinese food in a headline, it’s about how horrible it is for you. Chinese takeout is fatty, fried and insanely salty. But when you make it yourself, authentic-Chinese-style food is one of your healthier options. “‘But what about the white rice?’ you might ask. True, the bowls are […]
  • Improve your heart health by volunteering

    You know exercise and a proper diet are key to maintaining heart health. As we wrap up American Heart Month, let’s take a look at other activities or habits  that are good for your heart. Start by volunteering: “Canadian researchers followed 106 volunteering high school students for 10 weeks and discovered cholesterol, BMI and inflammation […]
  • Build muscle without ever leaving your home

    Not being able to afford a gym membership is no longer an excuse for not building muscle. The Greatist explores body building exercising you can do from the comfort of your home, including high knees: “Targets: Quads, glutes, calves, shins (anterior tibialis), hip flexors, ups that heart rate How to: This could cause a riff with that cranky neighbor […]
  • Wake up in the morning feeling refreshed

    If you’re like many people, you dread the sound of alarm clock going off in the morning. Maybe you stayed up too late. Maybe you were restless most of the night. Fortunately there are steps you can take to getting a better night’s rest. First, get to know your body clock: “If you’ve been riding […]
  • Staying safe on the ski slopes

    There’s still some time to squeeze in a weekend ski trip before it gets too warm. Before you hit the slopes check out the Los Angeles Times’ tips to prevent getting hurt: “Make sure your — and your kids’ — equipment fits. Borrowing equipment from well-meaning friends is never a good idea. “Using equipment that […]
  • With tomatoes, go for organic

    Undecided about whether to buy organic produce?   While the jury is still out on the overall benefits, a new study shows organic tomatoes may give you a significant health boost: “Organic tomatoes contain 55 percent more vitamin C and 140 percent more disease-fighting phenols than conventionally-grown tomatoes, according to a new study in PLoS ONE. “The increase […]
  • Dealing with shin splints

    Shin splits account for 13 percent of injuries for runners. There are things you can do to lessen your chance of get them. Start with these tips: “Strengthen the lower leg muscles. Since shin splints can be caused by muscular imbalance, strengthen the muscles in the lower legs by doing variations of walking on your toes […]
  • Skip these foods. Your heart will thank you.

    Salmon and oatmeal are two of the best heart-healthy foods you can eat.  On the other end of the spectrum are processed meat and fried foods.  In honor of American Heart Month, The Huffington Post explores what foods to skip and why: “Processed meat: Hot dogs, bacon, sausage and deli meats — even lean ones like […]
  • Avoid common injuries with these assessments

    Even if you do everything correctly, it’s still possible to injure yourself.  More often than not though, an injury results from common mistakes such as improper form or lifting weights that are too heavy. Men’s Health shows you how to assess your risk of injury for three common problems, such as a torn ACL: “Sudden […]
  • Simple switches for a healthier diet

    You may be overwhelmed with all of the contradictory studies on which foods are best for you. The Huffington Post helps navigate these studies to provide seven simple switches you can make for healthier eating. The first switch may surprise you: Put down that dinner roll and pick up the salt (kosher preferred!) shaker. “We eat way […]