Healthy Lifestyle

Tools for Packing a Lunch that Packs a Punch  

  • Cute,Bear,Toast,With,Apples Bento

With school starting next week, lots of parents will be shopping for lunch foods this coming weekend. They will be looking for foods that are healthy, relatively inexpensive and easy to prepare. They also hope their children will like their lunch food enough to eat it instead of trading it away for a pile of Little Debbie cakes. None […]

“Water Pills” Can Have Serious Side Effects  

  • Close up of white diuretic pills on a a table

“Water pills”, or diuretics, are often used to treat high blood pressure. While they are very effective in managing blood pressure, however, they can also have serious side effects.  These side effects are directly linked to how diuretics work.   As anyone who has taken them knows, diuretics increase the amount […]

Why Men Need More Calories

Our weight isn’t the only thing that matters when calculating how many calories we need in a day. Body composition also matters. Muscle burns more calories than fat, even when we’re not moving. Someone with a higher percentage of muscle is going to need more calories than someone of equal […]

Primary Care Providers Help Patients Maintain Wellness 

  • Doctor taking patients blood pressure

While it’s easy to get tired of the “same old” advice to eat well, exercise, and get enough sleep, these wellness basics are much easier to live with than a series of escalating healthcare issues resulting from years of neglect. Obesity, inactivity and a lack of sleep put the body under continual stress, leading to pain, decreased function and, in many […]

8 Tips for Winter Workouts 

  • Woman stopped after running in the cold

Working out in cold weather isn’t for everyone, but if treadmill boredom is getting to you, here are eight tips for winter workouts:   1) Stay visible. Many of us work out either before or after work when winter visibility is low. Be sure to wear reflective clothing, and a headlamp if […]

Tips for Organizing Medications

  • Medication organizer

Organizing medications for a loved one can be exhausting.  To make things easier, it helps to have a medication list and a pillbox.   The MEDICATION LIST should contain the following information:   Medication Name  Name and phone number of prescribing healthcare provider  What is it for?   How much should be taken?  […]

Strength Training with YouTube 

  • Woman exercising with a video on TV

Since we posted about Online Yoga Resources in October, and How to Buy a Treadmill in November, we’re rounding December out with suggestions for Strength Training with YouTube.   YouTube is full of exercise channels that will get you motivated for doing “at home” strength training workouts. Only a minimum of equipment is required. Here are just a few:   POPSUGAR Fitness, which […]

How to Choose a Treadmill

Before you start reading treadmill reviews, there are a few questions you need to ask yourself.   Where will I Put it?   Do you have enough dedicated floorspace for a 7 by 3’ machine? If not, consider looking at folding treadmills that can fold down when in use and then fold up against a […]

5 Hobbies that Relieve Stress 

Fishing  Whether holding a pole or tossing an elegant cast into a trout stream, fishing is truly a “zen” hobby. Water is a calming element, relaxing to sit beside and calming to touch, as long as it’s not too cold. Instead of causing stress, the very uncertainty of fishing gives […]

Adjusting to the Time Change

  • Clock photo

Next Sunday morning at 2 am, Daylight Savings Time will end and the clock will move forward an hour. While an extra hour of sleep on Sunday morning sounds great, the time change isn’t all good news. Fortunately, using this next week to prepare can help minimize the downside.   Loss of sleep is common with both the spring […]