It’s Ladies’ Day

5bestsupplementswomenThere’s a special celebration that always falls on the last Wednesday in September,  and that means today is the day—National Women’s Health and Fitness Day.

A public/private health partnership organized by the Health Information Resource Center (HIRC), this day is meant to support women across the United States as they take charge of their health.

And so is this blog post.

We’re reviewing our picks for the five best supplements for women. But remember: we suggest being selective with what you put in your body, and you should always talk to your doc before starting a supplement regimen or new fitness routine.

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5 Skiing Exercises to Get You Ready for the Mountain

By Karin Krisher

downhill ski workout

Because this workout has gotten us such excellent ski mountain results in the past, we’ve decided to share it again just in time for your winter prep. Have you started a mountain-ready fitness routine yet?

If you’ve ever been to a mountain in Vermont, you know that ski-bum isn’t the appropriate term for the hardcore athletes you see streaking down the slopes. Skiing’s a serious sport. That’s why it’s incredibly important to prepare your body for its wrath with pre-ski training workouts and our top five skiing exercises.

 

We’ve come up with a great workout to try at least a few times before you make your first cut through powder (or, more often in our case, sheer ice). Next week, we’ll feature a snowboarding workout (skiing’s younger brother)—also a serious athletic endeavor. Be sure to always consult your healthcare practitioner before beginning any exercise program.

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Cold Weather Foot Care – at Home!

 

winter foot care tips As temperatures drop and skin complaints rise, we develop all sorts of tricks to keep our bodies up to summer standards.

While we probably can’t naturally achieve the type of tan we’d like with only seven hours of sunlight, we can keep our skin glowing, moisturized and happy all year round with a few simple solutions.

Before we dive into solving hair and nail brittleness or itchy patches, let’s focus on one part of the body that so often experiences winter neglect: our feet!

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Turning the autumn leaf

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While we often view spring as the time for renewal, autumn can also be beneficial to our psyches. Think of it as a time for reflection, for understanding the past year and how you have grown. Think of it as a time for planning, for considering the year ahead and what you will learn. However you think of this moment, do so with light in your heart. Autumn is fleeting, but when loved, it can help us carry our summer suns through our winter moons.

Photo: Manon Ringuette

 

Is a Boot Camp Class for Me?

boot-camp-The standard boot camp class has been sprinting around the fitness scene for a while. If you’re like me, though, you might have slipped through the trend cracks on this one.

Maybe you have your reasons. Maybe your reasons involve your personality, your disdain for – ugh - classes, or your lack of desire to spend money on a good ol’ turn-red-and-vomit session. Mine did.

But when I finally bit the boot camp bullet this summer (I was able to get a few free classes) I learned that I was wrong about something. It wasn’t boot camp. Boot camp was exactly what I expected.

It was definitely me.

Here’s what I learned.

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International Food Nights: Turmeric, Lycopene and More!

international foodHow do you spice up your dinner routine?

We’re fans of healthy meals, but sometimes eating healthy gets a little boring. If you, like us, are looking for a way to spice up your meals, we highly suggest adopting an international theme for at least one night of the week.

Whether you opt for Indian, Italian, Mexican , Thai, Vietnamese, or any other ethnic palate,  international cuisine can be exquisitely healthy, given the right ingredients.

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4 Favorite Quinoa Recipes for Fall

quinoa saladQuinoa is no longer the latest healthy recipe fad. (That distinction goes to locally-sourced ingredients.) But that doesn’t mean it’s not still at the top of our list for high protein meal options. As we head into autumn and switch up our pallets, we’re excited for quinoa dishes that ooze warmth, comfort, and of course, wholesome nutrition.

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