Despite the temptation to down chili dogs and potato salad this July 4 th , there is a healthier option…and it comes in the form of an icy cold cocktail. What better way to celebrate Independence Day than with some booze, along with a heaping serving of Greatist superfoods? Frozen strawberries pack a punch of vitamin C, manganese, and fiber, while watermelon provides lycopene, which helps protect skin from the sun's rays (who wants a sunburn that resembles an American flag?
This week, just like every other, the Greatist Team spent a whole lot of time staring at our computer screens. Thankfully, we learned how to avoid computer eye strain by positioning our computer screens just right, and brightening or dimming the lights (good for your eyes and romantic). Our happiness editor Shana took on her first week of the #Zensperiment after encountering some less than zen-filled situations.
After watching this year's Tour de France and Olympic track cycling, it's hard not to be inspired to hop on a bike and ride. Whether the goal is to ride down a mountain faster than a car, beat friends in a race, lose weight, get fit, or have an excuse to buy a new toy - road cycling has it all. Here are the need-to-know facts every aspiring road cyclist should grasp before hitting the open road.
Happy Sunday! As always, Links We Love brings you our favorite health and fitness inspiration from around the web. This week, we have a video on the science of procrastination (that's also a perfect way to procrastinate…) and a cool infographic on what our blood tells us about our health. We want to show some love and share kick-ass content in the wellness world, so here are our picks: Fitness Nasa Astronaut Completes 1st Triathlon in Space - Space.
Salmon is a great staple to add to your weeknight dinner rotation, and for good reason-it's low in calories and fat, high in protein, and off the charts with omega-3s. Top your fish with a heaping spoonful of slightly tangy avocado-dill “crema” (that's just a fancy word for sauce), and dinner's ready in 20 minutes or less.
Share on Pinterest One recent study suggests that addressing ourselves in second person (out loud or in your head) could help curb cravings and power us through tough workouts. Whether you're running a mantra through your mind while, well, running, or telling yourself “you can say no to that second slice,” second-person self-talk may just be your new secret weapon to succeed.
Share on Pinterest Time to invest in a planner with room for notes. Listing our daily duties (from assignments and deadlines to social obligations and health goals) can dial down the freak-out factor by making us feel more in control of our time - and our lives in general. Takeaway: Map out your daily goals and deadlines to avoid feeling overwhelmed.
Share on Pinterest Happy Sunday! As always, Links We Love brings you our favorite health and fitness inspiration from around the web. This week, we have a video of a crazy bike-meets-run contraption, and an interesting way to set goals. We want to show some love and share kick-ass content in the wellness world, so here are our picks: http://youtu.
This week the Greatist team explored stress - if we can be addicted to it or not, and a device that may reduce it. We were also introduced to the #Zensperiment - to watch our happiness editor, Shana, forge ahead through 40 days of meditation. In other news, we learned some soft music and dim lights may help us practice portion control.
There are thousands of new recipes posted online every day. We love trolling sites like Pinterest, Gojee, and Tastespotting as much as the next person, but we realize that can be a huge time drain. To make your life easier, we've selected some of our favorites in our new series, The Greatist Table. Here are five recipes we love this week, and we hope you will, too!
Cabbage isn't the most glamorous offering in the produce aisle, but this humble vegetable hides a wealth of important nutrients and disease-fighting superpowers . Studies show cabbage can help prevent cancer, reduce cholesterol, and heal ulcers. Cabbage Patch - Why It's Super Share on Pinterest Brassica vegetables (the plant family that includes cabbage, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, kale, and broccoli, to name a few) are healthy eating power players!
Share on Pinterest ADD this Infographic to your Website/Blog: Simply copy the code below and paste it into the HTML of your blog or website: More Health and Fitness News & Tips at Greatist. The Complete Guide to Interval Training Targeting Maximum Fat Loss Through High-Intensity Interval Training High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is a popular form of exercise that combines two of the most effective fat-burning methods.
Share on Pinterest I shouldn't. No, I really shouldn't. Actually, you should! (In moderation, of course.) If you're really feelin' that chocolate cake, it's not gonna to kill you to have one or two bites. In fact, taking a few nibbles of dessert can stave off overloading on seconds of dinner. Takeaway: Let yourself eat cake (occasionally).
Love it or hate it, making regular exercise a habit is known to promote optimal healthMinimum amount of physical activity for reduced mortality and extended life expectancy: a prospective cohort study. Wen CP, Wai JP, Tsai MK, Yang YC, Cheng TY, Lee MC, Chan HT, Tsao CK, Tsai SP, Wu X. Institute of Population Science, National Health Research Institutes, Zhunan, Taiwan.
Greatist Journeys explore amazing stories from extraordinary people. This guest post was written by Joel Runyon, author of Impossible HQ . He recently dropped 34 pounds in 8 weeks and got six-pack abs with Impossible Abs. For more from Joel, follow him on Twitter. From magazines to movies, great abs are everywhere, and like most other males on the planet I've wanted to know exactly how to get a six-pack for as long as I could remember.
Illustration by Shannon Orcutt Not everyone has a schedule that allows for an extended trip to the gym. But those of us who can't take the extra hour (or more) to hit the treadmill and weight racks needn't fear: Our bedrooms may just be the best place to get that exercise on. Hop out of bed and into some mountain climbers, jump-squats, push-ups, and supermans before your morning coffee is ready.
My Greatist Routine asks fitness, health, and happiness all-stars how they stay on top of their game. Find the complete series here. Kelvin Gary, former engineer and finance professional turned personal trainer, kicks clients' butts with battleropes, sandbags, and kettlebells. Though he's no longer crunching numbers daily, Kelvin uses his analytical mindset to tackle the human body, with his favorite tool: the kettlebell.
Share on Pinterest “At the end of the day, I know that people view it as a career…of some hard knocks. But I got to play. I got to play in a crowd, play in [the] Wimbledon finals, be the guy on a Davis Cup team for a while. Those are opportunities not a lot of people get.” -U.S. tennis player Andy Roddick reflecting on his semi-charmed career at his retirement press conference Want more inspiration?
This week, Greatist was graced with two guest posts - Carla Birnberg and Becca Borawski. First we learned how a pizza and beer loving college girl first set eyes (and palms) on a pair of dumbbells and transformed her life. We then got a glimpse into the life of a female mixed martial artist, kicking ass in a mostly male sport.
Though the legal age to pump gas in Connecticut is 16, filling my Mom's Ford Explorer was my second favorite activity growing up (after coloring). I was extra excited when I could fill up my grandpa's dual tank pick-up. There's no hiding it…I like the smell of gas. In fact, a lot of people enjoy the potentially noxious aroma, but why does the stink from the local station smell so pleasant to some of us and so nasty to others?
We know sitting at a desk all day can be pretty bad for us. But not everyone has a company gym membership or a work schedule that allows for morning and afternoon fitness classes. So here are six stretches that loosen the muscles made most stiff by sitting. No gym equipment or extended lunch hours required!