Greatist Op-Eds analyze what's making headlines in fitness, health, and happiness. The thoughts expressed here are the author's and don't necessarily reflect Greatist's outlook. Share on Pinterest My first semester at college was also my first introduction to weight training. To fulfill my school's three-class physical education requirement, I signed up for a free weights class taught by the head football coach.
Share on Pinterest The holidays are the season of giving - supposedly. But when we're neck-deep in a sea of people violently elbowing each other for the last video game console on a set of formerly overstocked shelves, it can start to feel like 'tis the season to “get mine” at the expense of all others.
Share on Pinterest Kettlebells are great for building full-body strength, mobility, and even cardio endurance. The 'bells are a super-efficient way to work out, since each move works multiple muscle groups. Start off with a two-handed kettlebell swing to learn the ropes before tackling more advanced moves.
Share on Pinterest Thanksgiving isn't the healthiest of holidays. Just think about classic traditions - eating an extra large and heavy meal, sitting in front of the football game on TV, and knocking back plenty of holiday libations. This year, enjoy a more wholesome day (and week leading up to it) with this handy side-by-side guide illustrating how to plan a great meal - and maintain health and fitness while doing it.
Share on Pinterest Sometimes, we can all use a little nudge to get moving. When you're feeling sluggish, head over to Instamotivation.com for a little Greatist-approved inspiration. With each click, you'll get a new, funny, goofy, creative inspirational quote to energize your workout. Get Up and Go: Bookmark these motivational mantras for one-stop fitness inspiration.
Share on Pinterest Roasting a turkey doesn't sound like an extreme sport, but prepping this Thanksgiving mainstay can pose some unexpected dangers. Take care when basting (hot liquid and skin is a bad combination) and use a meat thermometer to make sure the bird has reached the appropriate temperature - 165 degrees Fahrenheit - to prevent food-related illness.
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. The unfortunate reality of urban living is a diminishing amount of personal space. Among the more minor frustrations is commuting on public transportation, where breathing is often a luxury, or snagging a spot to work at a café without someone peering into our inbox.
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 bodies and culture: from the science behind silent farts to toxic sushi. We want to spread the love and share kickass content in the wellness world, and here are our picks: Stop Juicing.
Share on Pinterest Yes, classic latkes - or fried potato pancakes - are made from, well, potatoes. This year, mix things up a bit by using butternut squash, apples, and beets instead of regular old potatoes. The combo of fall flavors makes this latke variation irresistible. They'd even make a great substitute for mashed potatoes on the Thanksgiving table!
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 Thanksgiving, we've rounded up five photos of animals dressed as pilgrims (clearly, we Americans have too much time on our hands).
Share on Pinterest With all the booze, pies, and Christmas cookies, eating healthy during the holidays can seem downright impossible! Give guests a more sensible option with healthy, home made chips. For instance, slice up a few sweet potatoes and top them with chopped garlic, rosemary, and sea salt.
Share on Pinterest In my family, the day after Thanksgiving is almost better than the big event itself. Pie for breakfast, turkey sandwiches, and plenty of stuffing for afternoon snacks. But a day or so after the big event, even the most ardent Thanksgiving fan can get sick of leftovers. Here's where we come in.
In honor of the holidays, Greatist picked 33 gifts we'd love to unwrap this festive season from fun kitchen gadgets to help create healthy meals to cookbooks with rave reviews and good-for-us snacks, all under $65. Share on Pinterest Gadgets Share on Pinterest Nibble Baking Pan Because there's nothing worse than serving sub-par cake, this nifty invention takes the guesswork out of baking.
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 animals rocking it at human sports.
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. Getting a full night's rest may be a thing of the past, but napping has never been more fashionable. In Tokyo, Japan, a women-only “nap café” opened this week as a haven for ladies who want some peace and quiet in the middle of the bustling city.
Share on Pinterest Is sweat really fat crying? Yeah, we didn't think so either. When you need a bit of motivation that actually works, mosey on over to Instamotivation.com for some hilarious, creative, goofy, heart-warming, and - above all - inspirational quotations brought to you by the Greatist team.
Sparkly snowflakes, cozy blankets, rich hot chocolate…Winter has a lot going for it, but fresh produce is usually not on that list. In colder climates, eating locally through the winter can be downright challenging. But we're here with some good news: Every meal doesn't have to revolve around potatoes and onions until April.
Share on Pinterest Lasagna, mac and cheese, and fettuccini alfredo are classic comfort foods for a reason: These cheesy, warm pasta dishes are delicious…but also not exactly healthy. Lighten 'em up by cutting down on cheese and cream and subbing in whole-wheat (or other whole-grain) noodles. Wheat Winner: Why choosing whole-wheat pasta can be better for health.
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 Reality TV personality (and my personal girl crush) Bethenny Frankel recently added four new wines to her SkinnyGirl line of low-calorie alcoholic drinks.
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 healthy habits: from brewing coffee in a French press to professional laughing competitions. We want to spread the love and share kickass content in the wellness world, and here are our picks: Why We Overeat at Holidays And How to Stop Dr.
Share on Pinterest Deep (aka past-parallel) squats sound downright scary - won't the pressure hurt knees? What about backs? But with the right preparation and flexibility, past-90-degree squats can burn more calories, use more muscles, and build a better booty than squatting parallel. Take time to chat with a trainer or physical therapist before getting started (especially if you have a history of joint problems), since this exercise can do more harm than good if done improperly.