Illustration by Julien Tromeur Nothing puts a kink in a good workout like a bad muscle cramp. Muscles shorten and lengthen when they contract (read: work). But sometimes, a few rogue spots stay tight, leading to that familiar - and pretty awful - pain known as a cramp. Muscles can cramp for up to six hours after exercise, so this potential pain isn't a gym-only problem!
Share on Pinterest Greatist News examines and explains the trends and studies making headlines in fitness, health, and happiness. Check out all the news here . A new study spearheaded by Nike estimates today's 10-year-olds can expect to live roughly five years less than their parents - a phenomenon that hasn't been seen in two centuries.
This is Week 3 of 5 in Shana Lebowitz's #zensperiment series. Catch up on Week 0 (why she's learning to meditate), Week 1 (meditating in real life), and Week 2 (challenges of meditation) or skip ahead to Week 4 (finding a community). Last weekend the Greatist Team headed to Garrison, NY, for our very first company retreat.
The news we know: Working out is good for us. The news we didn't: Buying gear for those workouts might also be good for the world. A number of sports equipment companies - like Adidas, Rawlings, and REI - are hopping on the Corporate Social Responsibility bandwagon (CSR, for short) by developing projects and partnerships that build communities and sustain the environment.
Share on Pinterest A happy office is a good office. That's not rocket science. But sometimes adding a little productive fun to our day jobs is easier said than done. This story is designed to add a shot of happiness to any workspace thanks to 11 seriously cool pieces of technology. Each gadget is meant to make us smile, but they also target specific ways for us to ease stress, feel happier, and ultimately get more stuff done.
Photo by Jess Ivy Physical activity releases endorphins, the brain's chemical happiness boosters. When we're pissed, the best antidote may be to go for a walk, hit the weight room, or take it out on the stairmaster. Stepping away from a source of frustration can also help us gain a different perspective, simply by clearing our minds.
Share on Pinterest We don't need to reiterate that the job market isn't so hot right now. (Oops, we just did.) Employment seekers may not find it easy to keep a positive outlook in the face of rejection. But one study suggests employers are more likely to hire optimistic candidates over negative Nancies.
The amount of dietary do's and don'ts bombarding us on a daily basis may make sifting through bogus nutritional claims seem impossible. But have no fear - the Greatist sleuths are here to decode the latest, greatest, (and not so great) diets in our Debunking Diets Series. This week, we're digging deeper into the raw food diet.
Photo by Mykalee McGowan Dashing into a group exercise class at the last minute not only keeps you in set-up mode while others are already jumping into movement. Your body may also be ill prepared for the workout to come. To avoid injury and make sure your joints are ready to go, try a five minute jog or elliptical session before going gung-ho in a fitness class.
Happy Sunday! As always, Links We Love brings you our favorite health and fitness inspiration from around the web. This week, we have cool suggestions for what to do with old coffee grounds, advice on how to give negative feedback, and more. We want to show some love and share kick-ass content in the wellness world, so here are our picks: Share on Pinterest Marathoner Sets Course Record, Realizes He Ran Half-Marathon Route - Deadspin Want to know the worst way to cross the finish line?
Share on Pinterest Cabbage cuts down the absorption of cholesterol by preventing our body's bile supply from breaking fat down to help us absorb less of it. Not all cholesterol is bad, but cutting back on both good and bad types has been shown to boost health. Cabbage is also packed full of antioxidants.
Photo by Ben Draper A.M. meals on the go need not consist of a pre-packaged muffin. For a protein-filled morning pick-me-up, spray cooking oil in a mug or to-go container, crack one or two eggs, beat with a fork, season with salt and pepper, and microwave for about 90 seconds. Bam! Breakfast accomplished.
Share on Pinterest What do the voices at Greatist sound like? We're introducing the Greatist Podcast, where staffers, experts, and influencers in fitness, health, and happiness talk about the headlines, trends, and important questions of the day. In today's show, you'll learn the answer to that question from Greatist founder Derek Flanzraich.
Share on Pinterest Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile. - Vince Lombardi , legendary hall-of-famer football coach, best known for leading the Green Bay Packers to two Superbowls in the 60s.
Photo by Lisa Goulet The mere sight of food in abundance makes our mouths water for more - regardless of whether we're hungry. Keeping a nearby buffet out of sight can help prevent us from shoveling seconds, thirds, and fourths down our throats. Next time you're around an endless supply of food, face away from it.
This is Week 1 of 5 in Shana Lebowitz's #zensperiment series. Catch up on Week 0 (why she's learning to meditate) or skip ahead to Week 1 (meditating in real life), Week 2 (meditation and the self), Week 3 (meditating with friends), or Week 4 (finding a community). It was a dark and stormy morning. I was headed to a beginner's lesson in Zen meditation at the Brooklyn Zen Center and arrived downstairs promptly at 7 am.
Photo by Colin Gould We get more out of our weightlifting sessions by lifting and lowering. Slowly bringing lighter weights down to starting position - whether we're talking bicep curls, chest presses, or tricep kickbacks - works muscles in a different way, while they are lengthening (rather than contracting, like when pulling the weight up).
Hit the bar for a new workout routine (no, not that kind of bar). Barre (pronounced “ bär” ) classes promise an added fitness challenge including a heavy focus on the legs, glutes, and core (hello six-pack abs). Read on to find out what every guy or girl needs to know before hopping on this latest fitness trend (bonus: no tights or rhythm necessary!
Share on Pinterest The Opportunity: We're looking for the person most bent on monetizing the heck out of Greatist, someone who can't wait to create an innovative sales program from (mostly) scratch plus build lasting friendships with aligned clients, brands, & agencies. We're looking for someone who is enthusiastic and genuine, but willing to run through walls to get things done.
Ever watched a Bollywood film? Those who have know the movies are punctuated with hip-shaking, shoulder-shimmying, foot-tapping group dance routines and killer music. Last week, The Greatist Team headed to a NYC dance studio to try out Doonya, a fitness class based on high-energy Bollywood dance moves.
Share on Pinterest There's a trick to retaining as much knowledge as possible. It's all in the timing. Reviewing material learned through the day before bedtime helps you keep it in mind the next day - especially if you take a peek back at those notes one more time upon waking. Takeaway: Remember more by studying before bed and first thing in the morning.