Healthy Habits

Why You Need a Digital Detox, 5 Tips on How to Detox and Detox Day Guidelines

Why You Need a Digital Detox, 5 Tips on How to Detox and Detox Day Guidelines

 Have you ever felt mentally exhausted? In other words, you cannot deal with one more thing? Or, do you find yourself being unable to pay attention, making simple mistakes or forgetting things? These can be signs of digital overload.

Goal Setting For Success: How to Use Visualization to Set Goals

Goal Setting For Success: How to Use Visualization to Set Goals

Goal setting is an important component of living your most happy life.  Goals allow us to grow, to improve, to step into new versions of ourselves.   Following a systemized process can drastically improve your chances not only achieving what you set out to do, but also of ensuring that your goals are truly in alignment with what YOU want.  

What Are Telomeres and How Do They Impact Aging and Beauty?

What Are Telomeres and How Do They Impact Aging and Beauty?

Telomeres are protective barriers at ends of chromosomes in our cells that include our DNA sequences.  As we age, DNA at the ends of chromosomes erodes.  More visible signs of this include aging skin and greying hair.  Certain lifestyle tips can enhance youthfulness.  Telomere length is affected not only by genetics, but seems also to be influenced by lifestyle factors including those related to the mind-body connection.

 

Lack of Sleep and Weight Gain: Get Your ZZZ's to Manage Weight

Lack of Sleep and Weight Gain: Get Your ZZZ's to Manage Weight

Do you push yourself to do more and sacrifice that extra hour of sleep? You may be undermining your efforts to keep a healthy weight.  While it's good to have discipline and be active, it's also important to give your body and mind the sleep it needs.

Go Outside for Natural Stress Relief: Scientific Benefits of Green Exercise

Go Outside for Natural Stress Relief: Scientific Benefits of Green Exercise

Green exercise refers to intentionally exercising outdoors to enjoy both physical benefits and a huge number of other health benefits that we don't gain from the same amount of indoor movement. Scientists have been comparing identical activities done indoors and outdoors. The research results are fascinating.

Sitting (or Standing) At Your Desk All Day Harms Your Health: Why Fitness 9 to 5 Matters

Sitting (or Standing) At Your Desk All Day Harms Your Health: Why Fitness 9 to 5 Matters

Numerous studies show that prolonged sitting (and now standing) is bad for your health.  Many of us, myself included, earn our livelihoods by work done when sitting. The key to overcoming the negative effects of sitting or standing without moving seems to be to move more and to move more often. 

Physical Exercise Boosts Your Brain Power: 2 More Good Reasons to Train

Physical Exercise Boosts Your Brain Power: 2 More Good Reasons to Train

Let’s be totally real: I love exercising to look and feel great, but apart from developing leaner muscles and toning up, one of my biggest motivations is brain training. Seriously. As a writer, I appreciate that maintaining mental sharpness and improving my memory let me enjoy a better quality of life, especially as I get older (Yes, we can say it. It’s happening to all of us every day and we can do it better).

Mindfulness: Be Less Reactive for Better Health

Mindfulness: Be Less Reactive for Better Health

A benefit of practicing mindfulness is that you learn to be less reactive to stressful and emotional situations. This is good for your health. We all have 'buttons' that, when pressed, can cause us to lose control. It does not have to be that way.

When you watch over time the issues that press your buttons—for example, I hate it when people tell me, "You're wrong," because I pride myself on being very careful to get things right—you can learn, rather than react according to old patterns you may have had since childhood.

Quick Tips on How to Increase Your Fitness Motivation

Quick Tips on How to Increase Your Fitness Motivation

The first step? Find your WHY. Figure out why you want to exercise. Connect with your heart. How will your life improve? Will you have more energy, be slimmer, more attractive, or more successful? How will you be different from who you are today? Identify the specific reasons why you want to exercise and visualize yourself as that person.

Mindfulness Retreats: Here's What I Learned

Mindfulness Retreats: Here's What I Learned

This summer, I had the pleasure to meet with new and old friends at the Midsummer Mindfulness Conference in Rome, Italy. My meditation experience began with my Japanese mom in childhood. My formal training is from yoga instructor trainings and the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program from the Center for Mindfulness at University of Massachusetts. Midsummer Mindfulness was a fantastic opportunity to renew myself at the source.

The Real Cost... of Fitness

The Real Cost... of Fitness

When exercise drops off your to-do list, it can be a costly omission. In addition to helping beat stress, “regular exercise strengthens your immune system and boosts your mood, both of which can reduce your risk for colds, flu and more,” says Richard Kratche, MD, medical director for the Cleveland Clinic’s Twinsburg Family Health and Surgery Center. Even bigger, it can prevent, delay or improve conditions and diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and arthritis. So those treadmill sessions can trim your thighs and your budget—of prescription co-pays, doctor bills and hospital visits. And workouts can help you be a healthier, calmer parent: priceless. Here’s what you can expect to invest in some common fitness options.

Weekly Iyengar Yoga Helps Distressed Women

Weekly Iyengar Yoga Helps Distressed Women

Encouraging Iyengar yoga students to continue attending class at least once weekly may make a significant difference in their stress levels and in their quality of life, according to study findings published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (2012; doi: 10.1155/2012/408727).

Wedding Shape Up

Wedding Shape Up

Planning a wedding is one of the most exciting ventures in a person’s life. You know that you are preparing for an incredible moment that you will want to cherish forever, cameras will be flashing and the day will pass much too quickly. Wanting to look and feel your best is natural. You will be creating memories that will last for generations to come. Starting your new life together is also a deeply spiritual and transformational event. You are on the verge of beginning a new life and new partnership. To honor this occasion, I recommend a mind-body-spirit approach.