I could have sworn that I had mentioned my magazine habits before, but my trusty search function is not leading me to that post, so let me explain. I love reading magazines, and I subscribe to many, but I am almost always behind (same with blog reading … oops). Anyway, I am super-Type A about reading my magazines in order, so even if I’m 10 months behind, they’re all placed in order in a basket in my office and I grab the least recent one first. As I’m reading magazines (usually on the elliptical or on Thursday plane rides home from work), I fold up the bottom left corner of the page if there’s something interesting that I want to save. I come home, tear out the page, and put it in a jam-packed file folder. I have good intentions to share them all with you, but I always forget! So for today’s 7 Tips post, here are 7 magazine tidbits that you may find interesting!
- Tweeting can keep you on track: Self Magazine (May 2013) reported on this study, which showed that overweight or obese individuals who Tweeted their progress (including workouts, weight loss, health information, etc.) ended up losing more weight than those who didn’t. I’m not currently trying to lose weight, and I certainly don’t post every meal or workout on social media, but I love the motivation and inspiration that I get from posting my photos on Instagram and viewing others’ posts as well. Does social media help you stay on track?
- Dirty Dozen and Clean 15: This is one I’ve been using for quite a long time, and I’ll eventually dedicate a post to how I make decisions on whether to buy organic produce. But for now, if you’re ever wavering between organic or conventional, you can use this as a guide. If the item falls under the “Dirty Dozen,” buy organic. If it falls under the “Clean 15,” organic is not necessary and may be a waste of money. Of course, there are several things that are not on either list, but this is a good start! I also have an iPhone app to help me remember this. (Original magazine clip from Today’s Dietitian July 2013)
- Exercise can reduce risk of dementia: We’ve talked a lot about the benefits of exercise (here’s one post in particular that lists many), but I haven’t mentioned dementia. This study showed that you can reduce your future risk of developing dementia by 36% if you get fit now! (Original magazine clip from Health Magazine June 2013)
- Exercises to build an injury-proof body: According to this article, the knee accounts for half of all running injuries, and these four exercises can help strengthen and stabilize your knees. When I had IT band issues several years ago, my physical therapist loved having me do clam shells – they really work! Here’s a link to the full article from Runner’s World so you don’t have to try to see it from my picture!
- Another reason not to skip meals: A Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center study (again done on overweight and obese individuals) showed that those who did NOT skip meals lost 8 MORE pounds than those who did occasionally skip meals. I told you in this post (one of my first ever!) how important breakfast was, but consider this another reminder that skipping meals won’t help you in your journey to become healthier – because you’ll likely end up bingeing or over-eating later. (Unfortunately, I forgot to save the source for this magazine clipping).
- Did I mention that you shouldn’t skip breakfast? Bear with me for one more reminder! This University of Minnesota study showed that those who ate breakfast were 40% less likely to develop abdominal obesity than those who did not. Wow! Eat up! Here are some breakfast recipes that I’ve posted previously. (Original clip from Fitness Magazine October 2012)
- Reduce stress by lending a hand: This clip quotes Michael Poulin, PhD, who says that “Anytime you experience compassionate feelings for others, it can decrease your stress hormones.” How can you help someone out or comfort a friend today? (Original clip from Health Magazine June 2013)
Spill It Sunday
Because it’s Sunday and I had fun linking up last week, I’ll give you a little tidbit about myself for Arman’s “Spill It Sundays.” This week’s theme is travel, and asks about the best or worst place bloggers have ever visited. I have to say that my very favorite place to visit has been St. Lucia. Kevin and I got engaged there (at the absolutely breathtaking Ladera resort), and we also returned there as the first stop on our honeymoon. Speaking of our honeymoon, that was probably my favorite vacation overall. Did you know I kept mini-blogs during our honeymoon AND during our trip to Asia and Australia last summer? Both of those times, I knew I wanted to start a health and wellness blog, so I was just experimenting a little bit! If you think I’m wordy now … whew! Let’s just say my family are all troopers for reading all of that! Head on over to Arman’s blog if you’d like to hear of other bloggers’ travel experiences! And here’s a picture from our hike in St. Lucia, the day after we got engaged!
**Today is the last day to enter my ENERGYbits giveaway, and there aren’t many entries, so you have a great chance! Giveaway ends tonight at 11:59pm CT and I’ll announce the winner by Wednesday.**
So tell me in the comments … which magazine clipping was your favorite? What was your favorite vacation?