These red flags are your body's way of saying you should schedule a checkup.
These red flags are your body's way of saying you should schedule a checkup.
A few weeks ago, I had an appointment with David Reavy, a Chicago-based physical therapist known for his work with professional athletes in the NFL and NBA.
There's a reason Hollywood loves to make movies about independent women (Eat, Pray Love and Legally Blonde, for example): They're relatable, moving, inspiring, and full of all the things we fantasize about doing on our own.
The concept of finding a soulmate has been thrown around for years. But what is a soulmate, anyway? The idea behind it is simple: There’s someone out there who is perfectly suited for you and only you. While the idea of finding the one is romantic, it's just not realistic.
I first developed eczema in seventh grade. For me, it meant that at 12 years old, the skin around my eyes became red, swollen, dry and peeling — and stayed that way, on and off, for the rest of my life.
When you skimp on the sunscreen (unintentionally, of course) and end up with a monster sunburn, chances are you turn to aloe vera gel to soothe your scorched skin.
Sitting Disease. It sounds like some mysterious condition you’d bring back from an exotic vacation, but it’s actually a modern homegrown ailment caused by going from the breakfast table to the driver’s seat, from your desk to the car to the sofa for the evening, with little movement otherwise.
When you get a high blood pressure reading at the doctor's office, it might be tough for you to understand exactly what impact those numbers can make on your overall health, since high blood pressure has no unusual day-to-day symptoms.
Now and again, everyone faces a big life transition. For me, it was when I lost my father — right around the time I realized my kids were rapidly growing up (funny how that sneaks up on you, huh?). I started to think about how I really wanted to live my day-to-day life.
It isn’t a clinical condition, but doctors know what you mean when you say you have brain fog. “It’s one of the most common complaints I hear,” says Felicia Goldstein, Ph.D., professor in the neurology department at Emory University Brain Health Center in Atlanta.
There's something about a special home scent. You're not always totally aware it's there, but when you walk into a room that has a certain smell, you're immediately hit with a memory of a time or place. (Remember how distinctive your grandma's house used to smell?).
Once you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, the way you approach food completely changes. That’s because dips and peaks in your blood sugar can dictate how you feel throughout the day, and the foods you eat play a major role in that.
Most of us know someone who never seems to get sick. Maybe it’s a pastor who never catches a cold despite shaking hundreds of hands each Sunday. Or, perhaps it’s an elementary school teacher who, despite getting coughed and sneezed on every day, never misses a day of work.
Ujjayi. Alternate nostril breathing. Deep, belly-filling inhalations. If you've ever felt a little silly during all those exercises at the beginning of yoga class, know you haven't wasted your breath—a new study suggests they can help ease depression and anxiety.
"To rinse or not to rinse? That is question," says Carolyn Forte, director of the Cleaning Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute. "And the answer is 'not to rinse.'"
Your egg carton is trying to tell you something. And if you look closely, it'll save you a few failed side dishes and some less-than-tasty desserts this holiday season.
Listen up, new parents: If you're desperate for a good night's sleep (and your little one is, too), this mom's clever hack may be just the trick you need.
When a migraine hits, all you want to do is to get rid of it—ASAP. The painful throbbing on one or both sides of the head, sensitivity to light, nausea, and vomiting are enough to make you want to curl up into a ball and wish the tension would just go away.
It’s easy to say that neck and back pain is due to our slouching, hunching-over culture—too easy, says Eric Robertson, associate professor of clinical physical therapy at the University of Southern California. “Actually, if you hunch a while, that’s fine,” he says.
Take a look at where your shoulders are as you’re reading this article. Odds are, they are shrugged up into your ears, hunching forward, or both.
Earlier this year, an old technique reportedly used by the US army back in the '80s to help troops fall asleep in two minutes or less went viral after being resurrected by UK website Joe. Because, well, who doesn’t want to fall asleep fast?
You'd be forgiven for thinking Lure Hsu is a teenager, or in her early 20s at a push. However, the Taiwanese interior designer recently turned 43 years old. Seriously.
The latest surveys show that about a third of Americans now use natural or complementary medicine, and the number is growing. Fish oil is the most common natural product used for health—nearly 8% of adults take it preventively for heart health.
Long after most people would have retired, Murray Grossan, 94, still works as an otolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat doctor) at the Grossan Institute in Los Angeles, California.
Gordon Gekko from Wall Street, Don Draper from Mad Men, and Frank Underwood from House of Cards are all charming, manipulative people who totally lack a social conscience and exploit other people for their own gain. In other words, they're sociopaths.
How to do it: Follow the directions for each fitness screening. If you can do the move correctly, and without any pain, you pass that test. For each screen that you flunk, add 3 to 5 years to your current age to get your "movement age.
Don't think yoga is for you? If you're feeling stiff or achy, it may be the best medicine—no headstands required. Research shows that doing a gentle yoga workout most days of the week can relieve back and arthritis pain, ramp up energy, and even temper hot flashes.
Every year a whopping 2 million people are treated for the painful heel condition plantar fasciitis, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Make money without ever leaving your house! These easy work-at-home job ideas will have you earning cash in no time.
Wolfing down your meal might ease your hunger pains, but it can actually cause another kind of pain—the agony of an upset stomach.
Love your lower body! The newest way to shape up your belly, butt, and thighs without stressing your joints: Flip your workout upside down! These five moves, designed by fitness expert Ellen Barrett, star of Prevention's Flat Belly Diet Workout DVDs, use one piece of equipment you're sure to
Bloating, abdominal pain, gas, and diarrhea—these are all classic symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), an ultra-common digestive condition that affects the large intestine and impacts between 25 million and 45 million U.S. adults.
We don't need to give you the hard sell on houseplants: They instantly add color, vibrancy, and a breath of fresh air to your space, no matter the size. As it turns out, these greens — ferns, palms, and ivy to name a few — also breath a little life into you, too.
The concept of a plank is pretty simple: You hold yourself up in a pushup position for a set period of time to tone your core, glutes, and hamstrings. But while you probably already know how to do a plank, you might be hazy on how long you should actually hold one to max out results.
Depending on where you begin, you can expect to shed a half-pound to 2 pounds per week with a new walking program, says Erin Palinski-Wade, RD, author of Walking the Weight Off for Dummies. (Good news: The heavier you start, the faster you'll shrink.
When it comes to our dogs, it can be really hard to leave them at home when they look up at us with those big, sad eyes. But, as much as it would be lovely to spend every minute of the day with them, sometimes it's just not practical.
When Allbirds wool sneakers first came out and were marketed as "the world's most comfortable shoes," I took notice. As someone with high-arch feet who's prone to plantar fasciitis, wearing comfortable shoes that provide stability and support is very important.
"My view is that the promise [of RS] is extraordinary," says David Topping, a leading RS researcher and senior nutrition scientist at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, Australia's public applied science agency. "The research is going to drive itself.
What’s your blood type? This question is often followed by a long pause and an eventual, “No clue.” Which leads to even more questions: Do you really need to know your blood type? What can your blood type even tell you? Well, quite a lot, it seems.
If shoulder strength or stability is not your strong suit, or if the pressure of high plank holds hurts your wrists, simply find a bench, stool, or ottoman to use as a prop for an incline plank. Place your forearms parallel to one another on the bench and create a fist with your hands.
It may sound like hype at first: "Melt fat without breaking a sweat!" Even scientists who've done some of the key studies recognize the disconnect.
Maybe your spouse did laundry and put something in the dryer that wasn't supposed to go, or you simply got distracted and didn't hear the timer go off. Accidents happen. If your favorite cashmere ends up looking like it belongs on your 6-year-old niece, remain calm.
Start by doing these moves at least 3 times a week. Once you've gotten rid of the sciatica pain, keep doing the exercises at least once a week to keep sciatca pain from coming back. Lie face-down and bend your knees so your heels are right under your knees.
So what's the cause? Generally, tight or misaligned muscles will pull the knee cap out of alignment, explains David Reavy, director of React Physical Therapy in Chicago.
Keeping your memory crisp well into your old age may be a lot simpler than you think. According to new research, in order to maximize your memory and thinking skills, all you have to do is move — either with daily exercise or even just housework.
Recently, the smart people at Business Insider consulted the U.S.
Mindfulness has infused itself into just about every nook and cranny of the wellness space. You can eat mindfully, breathe mindfully, and exercise mindfully. But did you know that you can also age mindfully?
If You've Got... Achy Feet Fitness photos by J. Miller
When a major storm is on the horizon, sometimes packing your bags and leaving home is the safe thing to do. But, if you're worried about the food in your fridge being safe to consume when you return, you're going to want to remember this brilliantly simple trick.
1. EAT ENOUGH You need to cut calories to lose weight. But going too low delivers a double whammy to your metabolism. When you eat less than you need for basic biological function (about 1,200 calories for most women), your body throws the brakes on your metabolism.
You’ve got your best friend’s wedding coming up, rent, student loans, car payments...who has the money to invest for retirement after all that?
Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: A smart, accomplished woman who knows a thing or two about health decides to kick her habits up a notch in January.
Last year, when Popular Mechanics covered the future of cancer treatment, I said that many of James P. Allison’s contemporaries believed that he would win the Nobel Prize. But to be honest, that was an understatement. People were in awe of him.
Trying to kick a weight loss plateau? Unhand the celery and head for the spice cabinet: New research shows that cumin powder can help jumpstart weight loss, decrease body fat, and improve unhealthy cholesterol levels naturally.
The more I worked with my personal training clients, the more I realized I wasn't the only "fit" person living in a body sounding alarms in the form of pain or illness.
Hands down, one of the best (and cheapest) ways to see America's vast beauty is by train. Don't believe me? Then allow me to introduce you to Amtrak's Coast Starlight, which has been called "one of America's most beautiful train rides" since the 1940s.
Like most of us, Santiago doesn’t yet know that diminishing muscle quality is a large part of the reason she’s been so tired lately and why those few extra pounds have started clinging to her like swirls of frosting to a cake.
You might not know this, but most dietary supplements are not FDA-approved and some could be hazardous to your health.
At some point in life, many of us swap our bikini for a one-piece and a cover up. Not Filomena Warihay. She’s birthed four children, and turns 80 this October. And when she lounges by the pool or hits the beach, she proudly wears a bikini—and, it must be noted, she looks fabulous.
Fact: Everybody poops. For a topic that we typically don’t talk about outside of the bathroom and beyond stalls, people have questions, lots of questions: What is a normal bowel movement? How many bowel movements a day is considered normal?
If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with cancer, chances are you’ve been told that they’re at a certain stage of the disease.
Poor cortisol: It means well but just doesn't know when to quit. Produced by your adrenal glands, this "stress hormone" helps regulate blood pressure and the immune system during a sudden crisis, whether a physical attack or an emotional setback.
Sciatica is leg pain caused by a pinched nerve in the lower back. Although the pangs begin in nerve roots located on either side of the lower spine, they then course through the sciatic nerve, which runs the length of each leg from the buttock down to the foot.
Believe it or not, you can slurp your way to stronger muscles. While many smoothie recipes are devoid of nutrients and sneak in high amounts of sugar, high-protein smoothies can be a healthy eater’s dream if you blend wisely.
If you were taught that you’re born with all the brain cells you’ll ever get and it’s all downhill from there, it’s time for a rethink. Mounting research suggests you can improve your brain no matter what your age, making it stronger now and protecting it for the long term.
We used to move our arms and spines in all kinds of ways—thing foraging, hunting, carrying. Today? Our arms mostly hover in front of us as we drive, tap on a keyboard, and prep food.
Cellulite doesn't discriminate. It can show up on girls in their teens—or younger. That's because, despite what you've heard about cellulite being some mysterious condition linked to "trapped toxins" or poor circulation, cellulite is simply old-fashioned fat.
That's why Matthews suggests doing a simple stretching routine instead of staying camped out on your couch while your favorite show is on. "It's a perfect time to add more movement to your day, which can improve your overall health and wellbeing," she says.
Are you sitting up straight right now? You probably are now that I reminded you. Sitting at a desk or hunching over a computer all day is horrible for your neck, back, and overall posture. If you feel tight in your chest and shoulders, do this series of stretches a few times a week to loosen up.
But choosing a powder doesn't have to be akin to buying a new car. We're here to tell you that while all powders claim to be awesome, they're not all equal.
In the realm of body contouring, planks reign supreme. After all, what other single exercise can challenge your abs, buns, thighs, shoulders, and triceps all at once? Those benefits come from mastering good form with the perfect plank:
"There are a number of roadblocks people in their 50s will face when trying to lose weight," says Brian Durbin, a NSCA-certified strength and conditioning specialist and personal trainer. "But once you know what they are—and how to work around them—it's easy to be successful at dropping pounds.
More divisive than the Oscar nominations, the most hotly contested thing on the internet right now isn't whether or not Bradley Cooper got snubbed for Best Director. It's this important question: How do you draw an X?
2. Eliminate dandruff with a DIY aspirin shampoo. Aspirin is basically salicylic acid, the anti-acne ingredient that sloughs off dead skin. "It does the same thing for your scalp—gets rid of flakes," says Marie Jhin, MD, a board-certified dermatologist based in San Francisco.
In our culture of constant connection, ideas and opinions are hard to escape. Topics once considered taboo are digested over drinks at the pub or added to the wall of social media noise. Yet when it comes to death, conversation turns cold. We receive death completely unprepared.
All throughout her childhood, Dana Anhalt grew sicker and sicker, and at 37, she almost lost the ability to walk or use her hands. Sometimes the artist from Huntington, New York, weighed as little as 70 pounds, according to her GoFundMe page.
Here, we talk to the comedian about his new book and what it takes to save your own life. Prevention: Your book holds nothing back. Did you go into it knowing what you'd share, or did it just evolve as you started writing? Rob Delaney: I had a rough idea of the book's shape.
The thought of leaving a child home alone can unnerve any parent. As mature as your son or daughter might be, a lot could go wrong.
For anyone who has suffered from the pain of plantar fasciitis, you know that it can keep you up at night and make the bottoms of your heels super tender in the morning. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common reasons your feet hurt.
"It's a hard muscle to isolate, so you really don't see aggressive strengthening," says Farah Hameed, MD, assistant professor of rehabilitation and regenerative medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. Plus, it can atrophy because we sit all day, she explains.
Some proponents of lemon water claim that it aids digestion, detoxifies the liver, erases age spots, speeds up your metabolism, helps with depression and anxiety, relieves heartburn, wards off cancer, and reduces inflammation.
Strengthens: core, thighs Lengthens: torso, spine Start in Mountain Pose, legs and feet together, heels slightly apart, and arms at sides with palms facing forward. Keeping spine long and shoulders rolled back and away from ears, spread toes and press all 4 corners of each foot into mat.
The big takeaway from that UNC report: Most of us could stand to cut back on sugar. The American Heart Association suggests women stick to 6 teaspoons or less of added sugar daily. That's roughly 25 grams, or 100 calories' worth, if you're checking food labels.