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Staying on top of your health can be tough, especially when life gets busy. But what if there were easy things — or “hacks” — you could do to step up your health and wellness game?
It could be more than just the “winter blues” — be aware of winter-onset SAD. SAD is a type of depression tied to the seasons, with the most common form (winter-onset SAD) occurring during the fall and winter months and thought to be a result of shorter days with reduced natural light. Common symptoms, alongside typical symptoms of depression, include oversleeping, overeating and social withdrawal. Learn more about SAD symptoms and treatment options.
Is the Sunshine Protection Act the answer? What about permanent Standard Time?
Three fun and trending ways to add more exercise to your day.
As the days get darker, it could be time to pay attention to your vitamin D levels. Learn when is the best time to take vitamin D and assess your levels with imaware’s at-home Vitamin D Monitoring Test.
September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month - Learn about some healthy habits for your prostate.
Prevent the spread of STIs/STDs by following safe sex practices.
Get regular screening tests to protect yourself from the rise in sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Make your plate colorful with a variety of nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables.
Want to be more active but need motivation to stay consistent? Or looking for a way to re-energize your regime? Group fitness classes may be your answer.
Smell your way to deeper sleep with lavender.
This at-home test kit assesses key areas of women’s wellness, including heart health, thyroid function, inflammation levels and diabetes risk.
There’s more to it than simply keeping you alive.
Drinking water is the best way to hydrate, but is it possible to get an extra boost from certain fruits and vegetables?
Go beyond basic “to-do” lists — create “maybe-do” and “just-for-you” lists too.
Are there health benefits to moving your yoga practices to a hot room?
Give your mind and body a rest by turning off your notifications.
Time for a mental workout with cognitive puzzles.
Peanut, almond, cashew or sunflower seed: Which butter has superior nutritional value?
Follow the ZZZs
Motivate yourself with SMART fitness goals.
Yes, labeling your emotions can help you manage them.
Looking for ways to improve your gym experience? Create a schedule if you haven’t already.
Set your day up for success by stacking breakfast with protein, fiber and omega-3s.
Love has power, whether it’s loving yourself or others.
Remembering to floss could be the key to a healthy heart.
Help your cardiovascular health by adding HIIT to your workout routine.
Research suggests a powerful connection between gut health and mental health.
Reduce the weight of the world with a weighted blanket.
Get ahead of your meal prepping with these five hacks.
Your eyes need a break from screen time sometimes — the 20-20-20 rule is a great way to give them a rest.
Recording your health metrics throughout the year is a valuable way to care for your health (particularly if you have a health-themed resolution to stick to).
A short review of the nutritional differences between fresh, frozen or canned fruits and vegetables.
Support your headspace going into the holidays with these tips and tricks.
Another hack for your sleep improvement toolkit: the optimal sleeping temperature and how it affects your sleep cycle.
If you want help falling asleep, here are three foods that might help.
This is your reminder to add breaks throughout your day. Step away from your work for a minute and move your body — you will return more awake, focused and productive.
Eat slower to avoid that post-meal bloat and still have room for pie.
There are health benefits to being thankful.
Another year, another end of daylight saving time. Discover the risks of SAD and vitamin D deficiency this season.
The power behind 10,000 steps a day.
The rise of the pumpkin and butternut squash — these winter squashes have benefits beyond autumn-themed decorations, drinks and candles.
Try to boost your four feel-good hormones with 12 easy hacks.
Feeling jet lagged is no fun, and neither is getting sick. So here are some hacks to help you stay healthy and rested before, during and after your journey.
Pushups are a fitness staple — requiring no equipment, they can be done anywhere and easily modified. Undoubtedly, pushups are good for your arm and shoulder muscles but have you considered the possible long term impact on your heart health?
This at-home test kit analyzes a broad range of vital indicators to monitor your overall health and identify potential risks and areas for improvement.
Your health stack is everything involved in your health and wellness journey. Activity trackers, meal prepping kits, exercise routines and meditation apps are all parts of a stack. Have you considered what’s part of yours?
Laughter may not always be the best medicine, but it can help. Laughter can help relieve stress and tension, benefit your immune system, uplift your mood and even relieve physical pain.
Source: Mayo Clinic
There’s a reason universities have de-stress puppy playtime events and major airports have introduced ambassador dog programs — interacting with pets lowers our cortisol (stress hormone) levels and blood pressure while boosting our mood!
Source: News in Health
Learning how to do something new can produce powerful feelings of growth, confidence and accomplishment. Plus, you’ll gain a new skill!
Cold water is a popular solution for cooling down after a workout since it helps muscle recovery by increasing circulation and reducing inflammation. But taking a cold shower can also be a quick way to wake up, calm down and, according to some research, strengthen your immune system.
Sources: NCBI, PubMed, NCBI
Meditation is a popular and proven method of supporting your mental well-being by reducing stress, improving focus and clearing your mind. Meditation comes in many forms and is flexible about fitting into your schedule; start by adding a 10-minute meditation session to your daily routine. For more meditation support, try downloading a guided meditation app.
It’s important to remember the value of spending time outside, whether that means going for a walk in your neighborhood or embarking on an adventure in the mountains. Studies have found that spending time in nature can lower stress, boost your mood and refresh your brain. So find green spaces near you and add visits to your routine.
Having a friend join you at the gym not only makes it more fun but it may boost your motivation through encouragement (and possibly some friendly-competition). You’re also more likely to stick to your fitness routine if someone is expecting you to show up.
Aim for at least eight glasses of water a day. Investing in a nice reusable water bottle to keep with you throughout the day can be a good reminder (and it’s environmentally friendly too). If you still forget to drink enough water, there are apps available that track your water intake and send hydration reminders.
Music can increase your performance when you exercise by boosting your focus, endurance and power.
Sleep is part of everyone’s night or day (at least it should be). So why not make the most of it?
Sources: Cleveland Clinic, CDC, Sleep Foundation, Cleveland Clinic
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