Avoid New Year Resolution Failure, Make a Lifestyle Resolution!

New Year's resolutions are notoriously apt to fail. It's been estimated that only eight percent of people who make a New Year's resolution actually keep it. Instead, make a commitment to simply live healthier from here on out! Little changes, across the board, can make a huge overall difference in your health. When you commit to a lifestyle, it's no longer about meeting a particular goal, like losing 10 pounds. It's about making (usually small) alterations in how you live and go about your … [Read more...]

Survival Tips for the Holidays

Healthy eaters can often find the holiday season difficult to navigate. There are parties to attend, extra holiday stress, and an abundance of sweets that make it easy to fall into unhealthy habits. Here are a few tips that will help you make it through the holiday madness.   1. Pay Attention to Breakfast - Filling up on a portion packed, healthy breakfast can help stabilize your metabolism and make it easier to resist sugary treats.   2. Move More - Exercise balances hormones and … [Read more...]

Make Thanksgiving a Healthy Holiday (Part 2)

  Some people might envision Thanksgiving as a swarm of family, one person after another holding a large plate and forking massive piles of meat, vegetables, and gravy over it all, carting it to a table, and inhaling it without much thought. What does the body do with all that food? Well, some foods will wreak havoc on a person's body, but there are good foods to be had at this holiday as well, ones that the body will turn into healthy fuel. Healthy Thanksgiving Food … [Read more...]

The 25 Second Balance Challenge

  Since falls are a major cause of serious injury, especially for older adults, here's a simple way to objectively measure and improve your sense of balance... First, stand in a place where you can catch yourself from falling (like behind a chair or in a corner). Place your feet side by side for ten seconds. Then, place the heel of one foot next to your big toe for ten seconds. Finally, rest the forefoot fully in front of the other (like standing on a tight rope) and wait ten seconds. … [Read more...]

Exercise and Posture Training for Neck Pain

A quick look around any airport, mall, or auditorium/theater will reveal that poor posture is common. There's forward head posture, rolled forward shoulders, and uneven/misaligned heads/shoulders/pelvis-hips. Some people even limp or shuffle while walking. Research shows that when a person adopts an abnormal posture, it can place added strain on various areas of the body, which can elevate the risk for musculoskeletal pain, including neck pain. The good news is that when combined with … [Read more...]