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Tag - Health

Let’s Get Physical: How Music Therapy Can Benefit Your Health

Almost everyone has experienced the emotional effects of music from time to time. Whether it’s chilling out to your favorite tunes or blasting the pump-up tracks before a workout, there’s no denying that music can change how we think and feel. But did you know that music can be utilized by allied health professionals to improve their clients’ physical health? Enter music therapy, defined by the American Musical Therapy Association as “an established health profession in which music is used…

Workplace Wellness: Adding Daily Burn to the Daily Grind

We don’t need to tell you that work can be rough, but what you might not know is that your job can have a huge impact on your health -- good or bad. We’ve written about how sitting can make a mess of your posture, and with obesity affecting almost one quarter of the working population, it’s easy to say that too much time on the job is bad news. But with a little effort and know-how, a workplace wellness…

Stay Safe During National Running Safety Month

November is National Running Safety Month, and it also happens to be the first of many challenging, wintry months for runners. Now more than ever, it’s important to stay safe on the roads and trails. Take a look at some the best running safety tips for a worry-free November! Get The Right Gear The dwindling sunlight in late fall means that it’s getting colder and darker outside each week. Before winter hits, take the time to pick up a weatherproof…

Straighten Out Your Spinal Health

Between the Halloween candy and pumpkin-spiced-everything, October can be a tough month to stay fit. But not everything this month has to be out to spoil your healthy fall -- in fact, October is National Spinal Health Month! So put down your latte and caramel apple, and check out some of our favorite spinal health tips. Maintain a Healthy Bodyweight It’s no secret that your weight has health implications, but did you know that shedding a few pounds could help…

Timing (Your Meals) Is Everything

Image Courtesy of Flickr Carbohydrates, proteins, and fats are the building blocks of any diet. What you eat, and how much, has a massive impact on your energy levels and body composition. But have you considered the impact of when you eat? Metabolism is extremely complicated. It is constantly changing due to the time of day and the body’s level of activity. Health-minded people like yourself probably already know the basics of dieting, but read on to learn about meal…

Fit Body, Fit Mind: A Little Goes A Long Way

Let’s take a look at some numbers: there are 168 hours in a week, and even if you’re one of the few athletes who exercises one hour a day, you’re still spending less than five percent of your time improving your fitness. When you look at it this way, it’s easy to see exercise as a waste of time. But did you know that just a few minutes of activity a day can pay dividends throughout every other hour of…

Ditch the Excuses and Get the Facts About Yoga

Yoga: some hate it, others are obsessed with it. With such polarized opinions about the activity, it can be hard to know the truth and even harder to reap the benefits. You’ve probably heard all the common complaints, but worry not! We’ve separated fact from fiction to respond to some of the most popular excuses. “It Doesn’t Do Anything” Yoga provides substantial benefits: it can improve strength, flexibility, cardiovascular health, and much more. The American Osteopathic Association has outlined these…

Maintaining Proper Posture As You Age

It is safe to say that good posture can keep you looking youthful as the years go by, but the benefits of maintaining your bone health are much more than skin deep. As we’ve discussed in the past, proper posture can do wonderful things for your body. When you maintain correct posture, your bones, joints, and muscles are at their most efficient. It can boost your confidence, mood and appearance, all of which are closely linked with good mental and…

Avoid Crash Diets on the Road to Health

It’s hard to peel your eyes away from ‘miraculous’ celebrity weight loss stories, but whether they attempt to sate cravings, skip meals, or omit solid food entirely, all of these plans share one characteristic: they aren’t sustainable. Luckily for them, celebrities have entire teams willing to help them lose weight quickly and safely. You and I, on the other hand, could be taking serious health risks by resorting to crash diets. With some diets stripping out vital nutrients and others…

Flip-Flop Your Footwear for Better Posture

First, let’s just get it out there: We love flip-flops. They’re stylish, casual, and when it’s nice out, it feels great to let your feet enjoy the weather too! Now, the hard truth: Flip-flops and posture just aren’t friends. Those 2-for-$5 specials you might find at variety and convenience stores can be especially hard on your feet and back. Unlike sneakers, flip-flops offer poor support for your arches and heels, and do a pretty bad job absorbing impact as well.…

Don’t Take a Vacation from Your Diet

Everyone loves going on vacations. They let us get away from our regular routine and can be beneficial to our mental wellness. Vacations are the perfect way to experience new scenery and rejuvenate ourselves, but they can also take us away from the healthy eating habits that we have worked to form at home. But traveling doesn’t have to result in unhealthy eating. The key to staying healthy on vacation is making smart dining choices throughout your trip. By filling…