Share on Pinterest Trekking in national parks or tackling a chunk of the Adirondack Trail is fine and dandy, but these popular spots can be crowded (not to mention expensive!). Get a real break from civilization with a hidden hike - we've got a trek for nearly every state. Do it Today: This summer, explore nature with a hike on a less popular trail.
Greatist Bites examine what's fun, weird, innovative, and downright interesting in health, fitness, and happiness - all in 250 words or less. Check out all recent Bites here. Photo: MapMyFitness Fitness apparel giant Under Armour announced Thursday it has paid $150 million to acquire MapMyFitness, the platform responsible for a suite of apps and sites that allow users to map, log, and share workouts, meals, and other lifestyle data.
Share on Pinterest Travel can expand our minds, promote intercultural understanding, and provide really great content for Instagram. Unfortunately, travel can also do a number on Mother Earth. So we've put together a guide to minimizing the environmental impact of our travel - even without cancelling our plans.
Share on Pinterest Whether you're looking for faster sprints, better sleep, slower eating, better posture, orlower stress, there's tech for that. These awesome gadgets and devices work - either on their own or in conjunction with mobile and desktop apps - to make pursuing wellness smart, fun, and goal-oriented.
Share on Pinterest Dinner and a movie? Yawn. Pick a more interesting outdoor activity to impress your date (and work up a sweat at the same time). Try renting kayaks and challenging your date to a race - winner buys dinner. Prest-o Change-o: Don't be afraid to mix things up to prevent a relationship rut.
Share on Pinterest It's not exactly a surprise that toting around a heavy backpack can result in aches and pains. Instead of filling a pack to the gills, strive to tote around only 15 percent of your body weight. Any heavier and the bag can cause long-term spine and posture problems. Storing heavier objects towards the bottom can reduce neck strain, too.
Share on Pinterest A new study shows that lemon-lime soda (like Sprite), or even just plain seltzer, can boost the production of an enzyme that makes hangovers feel a little less awful. So grab a cold one (by that we mean a can of soda) and get on with your day, sans headaches and nausea. Diet Danger: Combining alcohol with diet soda can get you drunker than using full-sugar mixers.
Share on Pinterest Sometimes all it takes is a change in mindset - no matter how small - to turn a crappy day into a good one. To help you shift into a happier gear, we've rounded up five things from around the web that inspire and delight us, and we hope they'll do the same for you. This week, in honor of Movember (an annual November-long event during which men grow mustaches to raise awareness for prostrate and other male cancers) we've rounded up five photos of stunning mustaches.
Share on Pinterest Sometimes all it takes is a change in mindset - no matter how small - to turn a crappy day into a good one. To help you shift into a happier gear, we've rounded up five things from around the web that inspire and delight us, and we hope they'll do the same for you. This week, we've rounded up five videos of farmers parodying popular songs (Talk about multitalented!
Share on Pinterest Photo: Jawbone When it comes to fitness trackers, consumers already have a ton of options. But audio equipment and tracking company Jawbone is hoping to give them one more - or at least, an improved version of an existing option - with their new UP24. Launched November 12, the UP24 is nearly identical to the existing UP, but Jawbone's new device offers one feature competitors like Nike Fuel and Fitbit have boasted for years: wireless syncing with a user's smartphone.
Share on Pinterest For workouts longer than one hour, chow down on an on-the-go snack to replenish carb stores. Bananas, which are full of simple carbs and sugar, are ideal. Plus, the peel makes a banana the perfect no-mess, packaging-free snack. Nuts for (Coco)nuts: Coconut water rehydrates and replenishes carbs mid-run.
Share on Pinterest While even homemade candies feature sugar and fat, homemade versions contain fewer chemicals (and since they take more effort to make, you might not gobble 'em down in one sitting). Make homemade versions of popular candies (even after Halloween) from Reese's Peanut Butter Cups to Twizzlers.
Missed the six-pack abs in six weeks #absperiment series? Catch up with Week 0 ( why), Week 1 (it takes a village), Week 2 (it's the little things), Week 3 (traveling sucks), Week 4 (early conclusions), Week 5 (the sacrifices), and Week 6 (it's over). One year ago, I had six-pack abs. There's photo evidence too.
Share on Pinterest Ah, childhood meals: Flinging peas at your sister, hiding more peas under the mashed potatoes, and being scolded by an adult for avoiding the consumption of said peas - “Clean your plate! There are starving kids in Africa.” At a young age, we learned to feel guilty for wasting food while other people don't have any.
Share on Pinterest Compound lifts (like lunges, deadlifts, and pushups) work several muscle groups at the same time. On days when you're short on time, incorporate these moves for a full-body workout in just a few minutes. Today at the gym, try time-saving compound lifts. Supersetting - aka doing several exercises in a row without rest - can also shave minutes off a gym session.
Share on Pinterest We know, we know! We should be reducing, reusing, and recycling at all times, but it's just so time-consuming. Looking up plastic codes, sorting through sticky bottles (ick), and finding postage to send recyclables to the right place can be a serious pain in the neck. But going the extra mile is important - in 2010, the average American generated more than 1,500 pounds of waste over the course of the year (and only 551 pounds of that amount was recycled or composted) .
Share on Pinterest Increase happiness and mental health by letting go of painful secrets. There are plenty of reasons keeping some info on the DL might seem like a good idea, but harboring secrets can actually be damaging to health and happiness. Sharing secrets with trusted family members and friends (or a mental health professional) can lead to better relationships and a stronger sense of self.
Happy Sunday! As always, Links We Love brings you our favorite health and fitness information from around the web. This week, we're looking at cool science: from the value of health apps to the reasons why we lie. We want to spread the love and share kickass content in the wellness world, and here are our picks: Mealtime Rituals Might Make a Difference in Obesity Start setting the table.
Happy Sunday! As always, Links We Love brings you our favorite health and fitness information from around the web. This week, we're looking at the kitchen and nutrition: from the scientific case for eating butter to new research on herbal supplements. We want to spread the love and share kickass content in the wellness world, and here are our picks: The 9 Easiest Recipes EVER: 3 Ingredients or Fewer Pantry looking a little bare?
Greatist Bites examine what's fun, weird, innovative, and downright interesting in health, fitness, and happiness - all in 250 words or less. Check out all recent Bites here. Photo: Garry Knight Here's some disturbing news: there's a global wine shortage. A new study from Morgan Stanley reports that last year, the planet's demand for wine exceeded the supply by about 300 million cases (that's 2.
Share on Pinterest Whether you're training for a marathon, a CrossFit competition, or amping up your yoga routine,burpees are an excellent way to build cardiovascular endurance and muscle strength. The tough bodyweight exercise works the upper body, lower body, and core all in one heart-pounding move.