Working with the right personal trainer can really help you reach your goals. Our fitness experts recommend you consider these important criteria when hiring a personal trainer: Is he or she certified by a reputable organization such as the American College of Sports Medicine, American Council on Exercise or National Strength and Conditioning Association? Do they have an academic background in health or exercise science? Have you heard positive comments from other clients? Are their fees reasonable? Can they meet your schedule?
Does their personality click with yours?
Experts recommend that everyone, including children, protect their eyes from the sun. Sunglasses with ultraviolet (UV) protection can help filter out damaging rays. Sunglasses that don't block UV rays may actually be more harmful to wear. Shop for glasses that block 99 percent to 100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B rays and that fit children's active lifestyles. Think function instead of fashion when buying sunglasses. Look at the amount of UV protection, lens quality and durability to guarantee that you buy the right sunglasses for your child.
You can significantly reduce your risk for foodborne illness by handling foods properly when cooking at home. According to the American Dietetic Association, four simple tips can help you keep food
safe: 1. Wash hands often when preparing food. 2. Keep raw meats and ready-to-eat foods separate. 3. Cook foods to proper temperatures. 4.Refrigerate foods promptly below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
Good balance is important, especially as we get older. It can help improve coordination and athletic skill, as well as reduce the risk of injuries from falls by increasing stability. Any of the following exercises can build strength and improve balance: stand on one foot (practice with eyes open and then eyes closed), walk across a low beam or stand still on a mini-trampoline. If your legs or core muscles are weak or your balance is very poor, ask a fitness professional for help in getting started.
Sweating the small stuff may not be good advice when dealing with daily stresses, but experts say it may be the most effective approach when it comes to behaviors like weight control. Try setting small specific goals such as substituting every other soda with a glass of water or committing to a 10-minute walk three times per week after dinner. Procrastination also gets in the way of forming healthier habits, so start today!
When done properly, working with a partner can be a great way to stretch your muscles. A partner can often help you get a more complete stretch than you can get on your own. A disadvantage is that the partner does not feel what you feel. To reduce the risk of injury, make sure that your partner stretches your muscles at a slow, steady pace and that you communicate with him or her. Stop immediately if you feel significant strain or pain.
Struggling with exercise adherence? Try these four tips. 1) Make it CONVENIENT. Choose an activity, time of day, and location that you can fit into your current schedule. 2) ESTABLISH A ROUTINE. Block out the time on your calendar for exercise and make it a habit. 3) MAKE EXERCISE A PRIORITY. Don't leave your workout time to chance. Find a way to fit it in first. 4) COMBINE FAMILY TIME WITH EXERCISE. Go for a walk, hike, or take a bike ride together.
Omega-3 or omega-6 fats—what’s the difference? Omega-6 fats are found in safflower, corn and soybean oils, while fatty fish tend to be an especially rich source for omega-3 fats. Most Americans get plenty of
omega-6 fats but tend to fall short in their omega-3 fats. Eating more
omega-3 rich foods can have a number of health benefits, including protection against heart disease. Omega 3-rich foods include salmon, mackerel, rainbow trout, tuna, and herring. Other good sources include walnuts, flax seeds, as well as canola and flax seed oils.
Sitting for lengthy periods, such as when traveling for more than four hours, can increase the risk of developing a dangerous blood clot. To reduce your risk, get up and walk around every two to three hours when making long trips by plane, car, bus or train. Exercise your legs while sitting: Raise and lower your heels while keeping your toes on the floor. Then, raise and lower your toes while keeping your heels on the floor. Also, tighten and release your leg muscles periodically when sitting.
Did you know that just a few serious sunburns can increase your child's risk of skin cancer later in life? Kids don't have to be at the pool, beach or on vacation to get too much sun. Their skin needs protection from the sun's harmful UV rays whenever they're outdoors.
Most of us know how important it is to rub on sunscreen with UVA/UVB protection. But, there are additional ways to protect your child's
skin: keep them in the shade when the UV rays are strongest (10 a.m.
to 4 p.m.), cover them up with protective clothing and have them wear a hat.