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Sitting in the same position for prolonged periods of time could be setting you up for serious health issues. Research is starting to show that prolonged sitting can raise your risk of obesity, cardiovascular disease, deep-vein thrombosis, diabetes and metabolic syndrome. This should send a clear message to sedentary desk workers that you need to find ways to move more often during the work day. Read on to find out about five ways you can sit less at work and avoid these negative health consequences. [Read more]

Many studies have found that a high-fiber diet helps with weight loss or control. One of the main reasons is that fiber-rich foods take longer to digest, meaning your meals keep you fuller for longer. You’re much less likely to reach for a sugary snack after a sudden hunger pang, undoing all your good calorie-counting work in a moment of weakness. [Read more]

You are probably familiar with gym workouts that include cardio machines and some weight lifting. Those fitness sessions can produce results, but they sometimes get boring. Shake things up by trying an exercise trend that doesn’t require time spent in a gym, or even indoors. Here are 8 trends in exercise that you can try with no gym membership required. [Read more]

You could be resentful when plans go awry or people don’t behave as you think they should. If your computer updates at an untimely moment, you might feel exasperated. Or, if you’re kept waiting for an appointment, you may think life’s unfair. You get angry because reality doesn’t match your expectations. Frustration often follows anxiety too. If you’re tense, new stressors increase your unease. You want everything to run smoothly so you feel better. When your mindset is positive, though, you deal with setbacks well; they don’t seem so significant. [Read more]

We hear stories of young athletes collapsing on the game field. Men and women experience cardiac events while on the job. Sometimes the signs of heart attack are subtle and not immediately recognized by the victim. Can a watch make you more aware of your health, and can it potentially save lives? The new Apple Watch 3 has features that are making serious changes in the way people can monitor their health. [Read more]

Sit in your chair comfortably, your back pressed against the back of the chair with a straight spine, feet flat on the floor. Put your hands on your waistline. Make sure your shoulders are down so the tension is relieved in that area. Gently turn your torso to the right, also looking to the right. Hold for a few seconds, and then return to the forward facing position. Do the same exercise to the left. Repeat 10-20 times on each side. [Read more]

It’s often been said that the right diet plan is the one you will actually follow. All the low-calorie foods and healthy snacks in the world won’t help you if you enjoy splurging on a loaded pizza for dinner and a dish of ice cream for a late-night treat. Still, if you feel you can’t monitor your eating habits well enough on your own to make a difference, you are probably looking through the baffling maze of diet plan options and wondering which plan holds the winning ticket for you. [Read more]

The goal is to find out what your food triggers are, but you may not know what they are right away. One of the main reasons to start recording your food triggers, and emotional eating moments, is to find what is triggering the response that leads you to the food to begin with. You do this by journaling and reviewing what you record. Keep in mind, you don’t have to write in a journal to do this or to track what you are recording. You can use an app that simply lets you record how you are feeling along with the food. Go back and review this and you will start to see a pattern. Maybe it’s someone you see at work, a sign you see, or a certain emotion you keep feeling. Once you see the repetition, you can begin working it out of your routine and cutting down on the triggers. [Read more]

Avocados are extremely high in monounsaturated fat, with the average avocado containing over 75 percent fat. Monounsaturated fats, particularly the oleic acid found in avocado, help to protect the heart and cardiovascular system. Oleic acid also has an anti-inflammatory effect and has even been linked to a reduced risk of developing some types of cancer. [Read more]

Yoga is a female-dominated fitness activity. When men think of yoga, they likely picture twenty women at a yoga studio donned in sweatpants. Each performs impossible bends and twists, discussing abstract ideas of “energy” and “prana.” It is not something men are particularly drawn to, especially since many of the necessary skills are weak or even absent in males. [Read more]