Written on December 21, 2012 at 9:04 am , by Colleen Travers
As we gear up for a week filled with family, food, catching up with old friends and celebrating the season, times will certainly be jolly but more than likely, they’ll get a little tense too. In fact, past studies done by the American Psychological Association have shown that women get more stressed than men during the holidays due to home responsibilities, and because of this are more likely to fall into bad health habits, like comfort eating.
So if your Aunt Ida has one too many and starts spouting off at the mouth about your silverware choices (yet again) or you don’t know how you’ll possibly be able to finish all of your shopping before Santa’s sleigh rolls into town, take this tip from davidji, apprentice to Deepak Chopra and author of Secrets of Meditation: A Practical Guide to Inner Peace and Personal Transformation to SODA. And no, we don’t mean the drink!
- S: Stop whatever you are doing.
- O: Observe the moment and take a deep breath to calm yourself down.
- D: Detach yourself from any drama taking place. Literally, take a step back!
- A: Awaken to your best self. Ask yourself, “How would the best version of me respond to this?”
Feel better yet? Happy holidays from the FITNESS team and here’s to a happy and healthy 2013!
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Written on June 1, 2012 at 2:43 pm , by Karla Walsh
This week’s fit links from around the web:
- Switching up your fitness routine can teach you some important lessons about fitness—and life. — Skinny Runner
- Are the messes in your life adding to your stresses? Check out this infographic for ways to tidy up and chill out. — Greatist
- Lighten up your backyard barbecue with this mayo-free potato salad. — Sweet Tooth Sweet Life
- A sugar by any other name…the USDA says that high fructose corn syrup cannot call itself “corn sugar.“ — The New York Times
- Kick off your summer fitness training with this fun playlist that’s sure to inspire you to hit all of your trouble zones. — Fit Bottomed Girl
- Which menu section is home to the most diet disasters? The answer may surprise you. — Snack Girl
Written on March 16, 2012 at 3:41 pm , by Karla Walsh
This week’s fit links from around the web:
- Yum! Whether you’re craving a sweet treat or a savory mini-meal, these smart snack ideas are wholesome, satisfying and delicious. — Peanut Butter Fingers
- Fess up: What are you really wearing under those workout capris? — Fit Bottomed Girls
- We are intrigued by the idea of avocado pudding (especially if you add chocolate)! — Edible Perspective
- One woman tells you the secret to finding the perfect work/life balance. — MizFit
- Feeling frazzled? These five steps will help you find (nearly) instant bliss. — Diets in Review
- Hey, we’ve all stolen a bite of cookie dough before baking. But if you find yourself continually ruining your dinner appetite by taste-testing, try these tricks. — The Great Fitness Experiment
Written on February 9, 2012 at 10:24 am , by Karla Walsh
You may be tempted to try to ease your pre-date nerves with a glass of wine or a few chocolates from your Valentine before your big date, but Stacy Berman, founder of Stacy’s Bootcamp, has a better idea. “A quick workout will give you a little color on your cheeks and will help you achieve that natural glow ,” Berman says.
She designed this 30-minute total body circuit exclusively for FITNESS to “help you look and feel your best and de-stress.” Try to take little to no rest between each exercise, but feel free to take a one-minute breather after you complete all nine moves. (Click on the name of each to see how to do it!) Complete the circuit three times.
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- 4 Easy Day-to-Night Hairstyles
- Happily Ever Fatter? How to Avoid Post-Wedding Weight Gain
Written on December 13, 2011 at 1:19 pm , by fitsugar
Holidays stressing you out? Spa treatments and therapeutic massages are great ways to relax, but with all the gifts you’re buying for those on your list, you might feel so guilty about spending the money on yourself that you skip the treatments altogether. During the high-stress time of the holiday season, many of us need relief now more than ever. Thankfully there are plenty of cheap and easy ways to relax and relieve the tension.
Bathe in Espsom Salts
These very inexpensive salts can be found at just about any supermarket. Add two cups to your bath water to relax your muscle tension, detox your system, and aid in sleep and relaxation.
Learn to Meditate
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: there’s nothing hippy-dippy about meditation. All it means is sitting comfortably in a quiet place and clearing your mind of all thoughts. Close your eyes and focus on your breathing; if a thought enters your mind, simply acknowledge it but don’t entertain it. Try it for five minutes the first time, then slowly ramp up the length of your sessions.
Let the Tension Out
Try relieving the tension in your body with a method called progressive muscle relaxation. Sit with your back straight, your feet on the floor, and your hands in your lap. Tighten each muscle group (your neck, shoulders, etc.) for 20 seconds, then relax it slowly. Start at the head and work down the body to the feet.
We all know that exercise is one of the best ways to de-stress. If you’ve got a lot on your mind, pick an especially repetitive activity, like walking, running, or rowing. You can lose yourself in your thoughts and focus on the rhythm.