People who eat most of their meals at home are typically healthier and are better able to maintain a healthy weight compared to people who eat out frequently. If you're eating most of your meals at home, you're already one step ahead of the rest, but there are still things you can do to improve your diet even more. Use the tips below to refine your cooking habits.
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You would assume that signing up for workplace health programs can only lead to benefits, but unfortunately, negatives always have a way of popping up. According to a new Mayo Clinic study in the American Journal of Health Promotion, those who join office-based wellness programs—which usually revolve around weight loss and fitness—and then fail to utilize the services can actually suffer a decline in their mental health.
With cycling events, like other endurance races, it’s important to have a pre-race checklist to get the most of your training and prepare your body for peak performance. At this point, the bike will be properly fitted and is mechanically sound. You’ve selected clothing based on race-day temperatures and possible changes. You’ve arrived at the venue in plenty of time to perform your pre-race ritual. Showing up with little time to spare will add stress, possibly causing you to skip or forget important pre-race items, and derail your performance.
Here are three key components of your pre-race checklist:
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Forget medication and opt for a yoga mat to help ease your neck pain. A new study in the Journal of Pain concluded that practicing yoga is an effective treatment for neck pain while also improving psychological well-being.
Ever think of eating your Chia Pet? It might not be a bad idea. The ancient Aztecs consumed chia seeds for energy and conquered their corner of the world. These days, many people still enjoy the nutritional benefits of chia seeds.
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Having friends in high places could help you land a promotion, but even being pals with your cubemate can offer huge benefits. Here’s why.
Cycling, like any endurance event, presents a challenge when it comes to tapering. The idea is to train adequately while getting sufficient rest before the big event. There’s a natural tendency among endurance athletes to overtrain, racking up too much mileage and high-intensity training in the weeks and days leading up to a race or longer distance event. As a result, they underperform at a time when they’re looking to peak.
The key, says performance specialist Darcy Norman of Athletes’ Performance, is to strike a balance between necessary training and rest. “You want to keep your car revved up, spinning the tires to keep things working well,” Norman says. “But not so much that you’re going to need a new set of tires.”
Here are four things to consider when plotting your taper prior to your big next cycling event:
Eating at your table without a book, TV, or a smartphone within your reach can help you eat fewer calories, according to study from the University of Liverpool [ChicagoTribune.com].
When it comes to how well an athlete performs on the bike, conditioning and the quality of the equipment play major roles. But a professional bike fitting—or lack thereof—also is a determining factor. “You need to position your body to transfer energy efficiently and that’s what the bike fit is all about,” says Park Alsop, a fitting specialist at Outspokin Bicycles in Clearwater, Fla. “You’re basically aligning your body with the bike.”
Many athletes assume that fitting is mostly a function of the rider’s height and the size of the frame. That’s important, but just a starting point. A professional bike fitting takes many other factors into account, including flexibility, mobility, and muscle imbalances. Recent technological developments have made the process more precise and individualized than ever before.
Here are several factors to consider when undergoing a bike fitting:
While smartphones can help you succeed in business, they can also be a real pain in the neck. Literally.
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Train an often overlooked area with this mini-workout from Core Performance’s founder.
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Here's what you need to know about using obstacle races to build teamwork at work.