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Archive for the ‘ Health Challenges ’ Category

27 Feb

3 Ways to Keep Exercise Fun and Rewarding – Variety, Variety, Variety

They say variety is the spice of life, but it’s also pretty darn integral to exercise, both in terms of keeping your mind engaged in the activity at hand and ensuring that your dedication to exercise continues to pay off, be it in gains of physical strength, endurance, or simply just feeling good about your […]

18 Jan

Extreme Exercise: How to Get a Great Workout without Leaving City Limits

Think working out in a city has to mean sucking exhaust while you jog on the side of a busy street? Not with these fun, and at times, extreme-alternative workouts. Parkour: Remember the scene in “Casino Royale” where 007 himself scales a crane and frantically tries to catch what we initially assume is some kind […]

15 Jan

Flame Thrower: Top 10 Natural Ways to Reduce Inflammation

Puffy, bloated, swollen. Sound attractive? Sounds like inflammation. On the most basic level, inflammation is the way in which the body reacts to a disturbance, be it infection, irritation or other injury. More specifically, however, the inflammatory response – which in addition to swelling can also include redness, warmth and pain – occurs when blood, […]

7 Jan

Labor Laws: Exercise Tips for Pregnant Women

When it comes to pregnancy, Heidi Klum is the anti-Christ. Not only has she delivered three children in as many years, but her body has rebounded—to Victoria’s Secret’s expectations no less—each and every time. Her secret? A comprehensive fitness routine during pregnancy (and freaky German supermodel genes.) But even if you don’t plan on strutting […]

2 Jan

Worker Bees’ Daily Bites: Fitting in in 2008

Despite her five-a-day frappuccino habit and penchant for late night Mickey D runs, the tabloids are reporting that Britney Spears has purchased herself a whole slew of skimpy new outfits to wear once she slims down to her former pop princess physique. While the list of things one might have in common with Ms. Spears […]

1 Jan

This Year: Evolve Your Resolve

Ah, the power of New Year’s to swell hopes and ignite ambitions! Perhaps it’s the champagne. Or maybe it’s that sway of public sentimentality at midnight. Whatever the case, New Year’s is synonymous with resolution-making, and surveys show that health related pledges consistently top the list. Of course, we all bring our best intentions to […]

1 Jan

10 Ways to Stay Active in the Cold Winter Months

It’s January, and many of you are looking at two, three, or four more months of winter. (Yes, there you are trudging your sorry, frozen carcass outside to grab another log for the wood stove. Can you hear the violin in the background?) Seriously, there are days so brutal you’d rather eat your running shoes […]

20 Dec

Healthy Tastes Great!

Either raw or cooked (don’t over do it!), red cabbage is a fantastic way to add texture, flavor and a ton of color to your healthy dish tonight!

12 Dec

Sugarholics

Harpoon posted this video of Jack Lalanne last month. I liked it so much I had to repost it here for Mark’s Daily Apple readers. Jack’s challenge is as valid as ever. If you haven’t already, cut all refined sugars out of your diet and “you will be thanking (Jack) for the rest of your […]

14 Nov

Simple, But Not Easy

In a conversation I was having with Mark recently he told me, “Living a healthy lifestyle is simple, but not easy.” So true. The basics of health are few. We can debate and elaborate on the specifics until we are blue in the face, but most aspects of living a healthy lifestyle are pretty straightforward. […]

21 Sep

Stirring the Pot: Most Talked About Posts

If you’re new to Mark’s Daily Apple, be sure to check out some of our most controversial, popular, and hotly-debated posts of the year. It’s a great chance to share your views on some tough topics and get to know other readers, too. From veganism to raw food to Atkins to health care to cardio, […]

10 Aug

Even If the Shoe Fits… Forget It.

When was the last time you left your house without shoes? Hard to say? When was the last time you ran without shoes? Summer, circa 12 years old? If you are to listen to the growing number of barefoot runners out there you are truly missing out.

23 Jul

Disease Inventing Contest!

Restless leg syndrome is “genetic”, researchers tell us. (Technically, the research simply proves that some folks are more susceptible to developing RLS. This is a common thread in genetic research; by no means does that mean the research isn’t inherently valuable. It just means we need to stop blaming our grandparents when we develop diseases […]

9 Jul

New Weekly Health Challenge

And here we were letting you off easy for a spell. Here’s your weekly health challenge, Apples: Find a way to work vegetables into your breakfasts this week. Now we sleep at night because we know none of you are eating layered grease, aka egg sandwiches. But are you getting a serving of vegetables at […]

4 Jun

How to Eat More Fat

Sara here. Alert the press, for I am going to share with you the best ways to eat a lot more fat. That’s right (whew…you can stop stressing now). Your weekly health challenge: eat more fat. I want you to get greasy with it. But this isn’t a license to hit up the candy aisle […]

21 May

Weekly Health Challenge: Stop Tastebud Death

This week, save your waistline and your palate: avoid the take-out and restaurant fare. If you typically go out to lunch, consider brown-bagging it. (Exception: if going out to lunch serves a healthy and important social function for you, just be sure to stick with sensible salads.) If you order pizza for dinner or rely […]

14 May

Your Weekly Health Challenge

This week, take a look at your protein intake. Are you eating the highest quality protein you can afford? If you’re thinking about a burger for lunch, this challenge is definitely for you. Protein is vital to building and supporting tissues, from your cells to your nerves to your bones and muscles. But not all […]

7 May

Ye Ole Weekly Health Challenge

This week’s challenge: Increase your flexibility. You know you should. I’m not a betting man, but I’d be willing to be at least, say, a dollar that you’re not as flexible as you could be. This week, spend five or ten minutes a day stretching and releasing any muscle tension that’s been building up. Stretching […]

23 Apr

Mi Blog Es Su Blog

This week’s challenge is a piece of cake, Apples. (Hmm. We’ve gotta get a better metaphor going than “cake”. What’s with the carb cliches? Cake, toast, bread. I can think of many things that are greater than sliced bread. But I digess.) I challenge you to tell me what you’d like to see more of […]

16 Apr

Are You Up for the Weekly Health Challenge?

Here’s your weekly health challenge: We all have areas of our health where we would like to improve. For some of us, it’s wanting to lose weight or get fit, while for others, it’s feeling the need to manage stress better. Health concerns can accumulate and quickly turn into a snowball of worries. Soon you’re […]

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