Share on Pinterest Photo by Jess Ivy This Sunday in Links We Love, Greatist brings you health and fitness inspiration and innovation from around the web. This week we have an infographic about what Americans actually spend their money on at the grocery store, and a list of awesome songs to listen to for Father's Day.
You might like 20 Low-Carb Substitutes That Don't Suck Choosing pasta is no longer just about the size and shape. Whether it's fettuccini, rotini or good ol' macaroni, white vs. wheat is the latest supermarket quandary (right along with paper vs. plastic). So is choosing whole worth it? Nothing But the Wheat-Why It Matters The main difference between white and whole wheat pasta lies in the processing.
Ever spent more than two consecutive hours looking at a computer screen? Us too. Computers can make us more productive, but the bad news is they could also lead to something called Computer Vision Syndrome. More recognizable as that tired, strained feeling those eyes get after a day in front of a screen, the condition packs a punch: 64 to 90 percent of office workers suffer from CVSA comparison of symptoms after viewing text on a computer screen and hardcopy.
Share on Pinterest Tennis is scoring some major points these days thanks to the U.S. Open (currently in full swing). But you don't have to be a pro to enjoy a friendly match of racket-swinging. Tennis can be played year-round, indoors or out. That's a good thing, because regular bouts can improve strength, cardiovascular fitness, agility, and balance.
Illustration by Bob Al-Greene Medicine balls, that is. Add a core challenge to any workout with this tool, from upper body shoulder presses to lunges with a twist, or balancing on your butt while twisting side to side. These weighted spheres also make for a great base to do push-ups off of. What's your favorite ball move?
Greatist Journeys explore amazing stories from extraordinary people. This post was written by Becca Borawski, Managing Editor of Breaking Muscle. The views expressed herein are hers. For more on Becca, follow her on Twitter. For the first month I trained in Brazilian jiu jitsu, none of the men in class would speak to me.
Share on Pinterest Photo by Mykalee McGowan Yes, they're a weird color. And some find the sweet, chewy taste off-putting. But Goji berries' history as a natural remedy for liver, eyesight, libido, and circulation problems makes 'em at least worth a try. Studies show these bright red, raisin-like snacks boost sleep quality, mental acuity, and lowered stress.
Context is everything. Especially when it comes to how quickly - and how much - we eat. Researchers have found that dimming the lights and turning down the music at a fast food restaurant made diners eat an average of 175 fewer calories than those who ate under normal (fluorescent) lighting with loud, fast-paced music.
My Greatist Routine asks fitness, health, and happiness all-stars how they stay on top of their game. Find the complete series here. Since turning pro in 2000, Mardy Fish has earned six career titles in singles, eight in doubles, an Olympic silver medal from Athens, and, upon his arrival to the 2012 U.
Sick of boring cardio workouts? Get back to basics with a fitness boot camp class. These group sessions, which focus on military-style exercises and functional movements like push-ups, squats, sprints, and sit-ups, provide a killer workout and a chance to sweat outside the gym. Here's what to expect for every civilian left-right-left-ing to a class.
Assassin's Creed, the action-adventure video game series, gets a real life reenactment. A fearless dude takes on parkour - running, jumping, climbing, swinging, and a whole lot of somersaulting - all over, under, in, and around stuff. Filmographer Devin Graham and free runner Ronnie Shalvis take to the streets to imitate the video game beforeAssassin's Creed 3 launches at the end of October.
Share on Pinterest Happy Sunday! As always, Links We Love brings you our favorite health and fitness inspiration from around the web. This week, we have a dad who completes triathlons with his daughter in his arms, a phone-throwing competition, and a vending machine that talks back. We want to show some love and share kick-ass content in the wellness world, so here are our picks: Fitness Devoted Dad Runs Triathlon Carrying His Daughter With Cerebral Palsy Because She Loves the Outdoors - Daily Mail This Michigan man's devotion to his daughter has some calling him “The Father of the Century” - we're impressed by both his heart and his legs.
Share on Pinterest Coffee as spice? Heck yeah, caffeine lovers. Coffee's dark, acidic tones pair awesomely with meats like duck, beef, and lamb. Don't plan on finishing that morning coffee? Marinate a hunk of steak in it for a tastier dinner later on, or rub dry coffee grounds on the meat before grilling.
Share on Pinterest Greatist's #WTFis series looks at new trends in health and fitness to explain what the heck they are, why people care, and if they live up to the hype. Walking past any Starbucks this summer, something green has caught our eye. It's been impossible to avoid ads for Starbucks' new “Green Coffee Extract” energy drinks.
Greatist News examines and explains the trends and studies making headlines in fitness, health, and happiness. Check out all the news here . Share on Pinterest When we eat less, our bodies compensate for the lost calories by increasing appetite and lowering metabolic rate. (Annoying, we know.) Researchers set out to discover whether or not exercise produces similar reactions, which may also make it harder to lose weight.
Photo by Jess Ivy Squeeze 'em into an itch-relieving salve! The compounds in lemon juice (fresh, not bottled!) can have anti-inflammatory and anesthetic effects on swollen patches of skin. Should you be short on store-bought solutions, soak up leftover lemon juice with a cotton ball and swipe over your face or other problem areas for relief from itch and inflammation.
Fancy monitors and gadgets claim they can make a happier, healthier person. The emWave2 intends to do just that by wiping out feelings of anger, anxiety, or frustration, and swapping them for a more peaceful state . Can a gadget that is part heart-rate monitor, part game platform, and part analytics engine really calm our beating hearts?
Every morning I settle into my chair, sit up nice and straight, place my fingers piano-player-perfectly on the keyboard, and start working. By about 3:00 pm my graceful posture has deflated into a slight slouch; by 4:30 pm I'm lucky if my rear end hasn't fallen off the seat cushion. Mid-afternoon contortions are pretty common among today's employees.
Much to my parents' chagrin I'm known for telling people I do not have good genetics. Intellectual genetics, sure. I'm the product of a super-smart women and a quite brainy male. I come from a family that values brains over brawn. Books over BOSUs. Music over muscles. Share on Pinterest I coasted happily on my intellect and thought not much about physical appearance or exercise-until college.
Using skim milk (or soy or almond, if that's your thing), cocoa powder, frozen blueberries, and a touch of maple syrup, this drink is almost as creamy and rich tasting as your classic diner milkshake, but with far less sugar and fat, and an added antioxidant boost from the cocoa powder and blueberries.
Meet the chefs behind Lean Cuisine: (from left to right) Paul Kahan, Elizabeth Karmel, Lucien Vendôme, Brad Farmerie, Michelle Bernstein, and Lior Lev Sercarz. Photo Courtesy of Lean Cuisine Here at Greatist, we're passionate about making healthier choices easier. That's why we go above and beyond to find you the best tips for healthier eating and living - and how to put those tips into action.