Personal Story: National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

As National Eating Disorders Awareness Week draws to a close, I wanted to write a brief post to spotlight this important topic. In case you’re a new reader, eating disorders are very close to my heart! I’m not shy about the fact that I struggled for a few years with anorexia back in my late high school/early college years. Thanks to amazing family support, a great psychologist and some determination (believe me, it was not ...continue reading

Terrific Arm Tighteners

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDSJKAvI45M I’ve been noticing lately that my shoulders and arms are getting a pretty good workout lugging around the big bags that I amass from a day of work, errands and exercise. But I still squeeze in a regular upper body strength workout a couple times each week because I don’t mind the “good burn” that comes from challenging my chest, back, shoulders and arms. Plus, giving your ...continue reading

Your Healthful Hints (February 13)

1. Push yourself for a longer lasting calorie burn.  In a small study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, scientists found that an individual’s calorie burn level remains elevated for more than 14 hours after a vigorous exercise session! The participants burned, on average, 520 calories during an intense 45-minute biking workout. Then, in the following 14 hours, their burn rate continued to chug along even ...continue reading

Blogroll (Recommended Reading Part 2)

Ready for a sampling of my favorite blogs—round two? (In case you missed the first, check it out here!) Since I can’t list all of my picks here in these two blogs, I’ll try to continue highlighting my current reads more in the future. Be sure to list your suggestions in the comments! Eating Bird Food Synopsis: Brittany altered her lifestyle in high school to live more healthfully, and has been sharing what she learned ...continue reading

Envy-Worthy Thighs and Butt

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzvwG0K4dMg Whether you’re an apple or a pear (or neither) these three exercises for your hips and thighs will be a great addition to your routine. Simply grab a mat if you’re on a hard surface and a stability ball, and get ready to feel the burn! If you’re looking for an even greater challenge, strap on a set of ankle weights—as long as you can keep good form. Did you know that ...continue reading