Category Archives: Health and Fitness

Winter Wellness Rituals

Winter Wellness Rituals

Depending on where you are in the world, chances are you’re cranking up the heat, and seeking refuge under a warm blanket, living on hot soup, and perhaps a Netflix marathon. This time of year is dead of winter at its peak, and New Year resolutions that promised a brisk walk, and lots of salads might be fizzling out as our bodies brave the cold. The good news is that going strong with your wellness resolutions can easily be done in the great indoors with some simple modifications.

During the summer when we crave lighter foods, the opposite is true during winter when the body actually needs warm cooked foods to regulate body temperature, and feel satiated. It’s easy to incorporate vegetables into your diet by way of hot soups, and warm salads made with grains, proteins, and roasted vegetables. Does market produce looking sad? Choose veggies like parsnips, winter squash, rutabaga, or leafy cabbages. Use warming spices to enhance digestion such as turmeric, ginger, and cinnamon.

Recharge by Going Unplugged

Recharge by Going Unplugged

Thought a juice cleanse was the only way to detox? Last summer on a weekend family getaway, we all settled into our hotel room and spent a good while immersed in our cell phones. It could have been an iPhone commercial or an ad for how the modern family does downtime, but it was also an eye-opener to how technology has become such a pivotal part of our lives that we almost feel lost without it. How many times have you witnessed someone’s frustration because they lost reception, or couldn’t get wifi? What began as a convenient way to stay in touch, has become an all-consuming pastime of checking for updates from the moment we wake up. The benefits of a digital fast can be as beneficial as putting healthy fuel into your body, reminding us that technology is there to work for us not the other way around.

Tips For Your Healthiest Holiday Yet

Tips For Your Healthiest Holiday Yet

If the holiday season has thrown a wrench in your daily routine, you’re not alone. Never has the term burning daylight been more fitting as we try and fit wellness in between gift shopping, spending time with family, and attending social engagements. Making your health a priority this time of year sounds easier said than done, but putting your best foot forward means putting yourself first. Nowadays healthy living is associated with fancy tonics, trendy superfoods, and endless spin classes, but creating realistic health goals you’ll WANT to stick with can be simple to do with these everyday tips.

Beating the Winter Blues

Beating the Winter Blues

Transitioning into the winter solstice means even shorter days and chillier weather that makes us want to huddle under a blanket with a plate of cookies instead of making a green smoothie, and tackling a morning workout. Seasonal Affective Disorder is better known as S.A.D is the culprit behind the case of the blues many people experience this time of year and leaves many of us feeling lackluster and unmotivated. The good news is that you’re not alone, and there are some great tips to get you out of hibernation mode, and feeling your best.

Are You Ready For Ski Season?

Are You Ready For Ski Season?

This winter you could do the stationary bike or treadmill thing, but if you’re lucky enough to find some snow this season, hitting the slopes is an exhilarating way to stay fit, and take advantage of the senior discounts offered by many ski resorts across the country. High altitude adventures aren’t just for kids, and boomers are tackling their Olympic freestyle dreams one mountain at a time.

Weight Training For a Healthy Brain

Next time you go to the gym, you might want to skip your treadmill workout in favor of a few bicep curls. Researchers are linking weight training to better brain function, and a lower risk of diseases such as dementia, and Alzheimer’s. It’s a known fact that physical fitness and longevity go hand in hand, but resistance training is proving to be particularly beneficial for older adults. Baby boomers are getting younger by the second, surpassing millennials in many aspects including signing up for gym memberships. Fitness centers across the country are seeing an increase in 55+ members, many becoming personal trainers.

Caretaking When Your Parent Has Cancer

Caretaking When Your Parent Has Cancer

Many of us have either experienced it personally or have known someone battling cancer. When it happens to a parent, it can feel like the world has crumbled around you, and you’re left with this melting pot of emotions that you can’t seem to sort through.  Shock, grief, helplessness, and how can this happen?  As a caregiver. there’s a delicate balance of trying to pull yourself together, and being the pillar of support your parent needs during this difficult time. Coping with my mother’s illness, there were moments I felt like giving up, but I didn’t want her to see me falter. I’ve always been known for my trademark stoicism, but those years took us both on an incredibly emotional journey of laughter, tears, and facing challenges we never thought were possible. Would I do it all again? In a heartbeat.  Do I have any regrets? Not one.

Are Multi-generation Lifestyles Linked to Longevity?

According to a research article by JAMA, feeling young regardless of age may help you live longer, but what does it really mean to be younger than your years? For some that might be an active social calendar, maybe it’s the stamina to chase after grandkids or the passion to pursue a favorite hobby. For nursing homes in Deventer, Netherlands, watching the game with energetic college students is how their seniors are finding a youthful vitality. As a swap for paying apartment rent, a small group from surrounding universities have taken to providing companionship, and an energetic vibe to residents that proves age is all relative.