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6 Ways To Beat The Winter Blues

As the days continue to be short and cold, it can often be a struggle to stay motivated and positive during the winter months. With Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D) affecting 1 in 5 Americans and 18% of Canadians at some stage in their life, it is important to be aware of the symptoms and how to combat them. S.A.D is often categorized by symptoms of fatigue, lack of focus, sadness, anxiety, depression, weight gain, headaches, irritability, social withdrawal and a change in appetite. Symptoms typically occur between October and April, and scientists believe that they are linked to a decrease in exposure to sunlight and ones internal clock, which affects hormones and one’s internal temperature. S.A.D symptoms vary greatly in severity, yet even if they are only mildly affecting you, there are ways to improve your overall feelings of well-being with a few changes. If this winter has got you feeling down, try these 6 ways to beat the winter blues.

7 Tips For A Speedy Recovery From A Cold Or Flu

As we all know, during the colder months, it’s quite common to see everyone and their mother coming down with a flu and/or cold. Unfortunately, as you see one person after another succumbing to the dreaded symptoms and try to avoid them at all costs, it may only be a matter of time before it hits you.  So if you find yourself becoming victim to the telltale signs of a bacterial or viral infection, then you may want to keep reading because we’ll have you back on your feet in no time. Although plenty of rest and lots of water, are a pretty standard way to speed up your recovery, here are 7 other tips you should try the next time you come down with a cold or flu.

5 New Fitness Gadgets To Help You Achieve Your Goals

Wearable technology and fitness gadgets are projected to be the number one trend among health conscious consumers in 2016 and with all of the great devices on the market it’s no surprise why. From watches that double up as activity trackers to smart bras and smart pants, which offer you improvement tips, there are all sorts of fascinating and helpful gadgets on the market. Yet, where do you start? As with everything else that gains popularity among consumers, the market can quickly become over-saturated leaving you wondering what you should be purchasing. In order to give you a head start, here are 5 new gadgets that you need to know about today, to help with your fitness journey.

Top 5 Natural Health Trends For 2016

The Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA) has revealed the top five natural health trends that you need to know about in 2016. As anyone who browses the Internet in search of the healthiest tidbits knows, trends are constantly evolving, making it increasingly difficult to keep up. So in order to keep you in the loop on what you can benefit from this year, the CHFA has done the research for you and comprised a list. Here are the top five natural health trends that could put you on the path to optimal health in 2016.

5 Ways To Cleanse Your Liver Naturally Post-Holiday Season

Most people can relate to the feelings of overindulgence and guilt post-holiday season. With the number of parties, family gatherings and celebrations over Christmas and New Years, it’s no wonder that you may feel like your body needs a reboot or a detox come January 1st. Yet, knowing that you need a cleanse is one thing, while figuring out exactly what your body needs is something entirely different that can often leave you feeling overwhelmed. That’s why this year we’ve done the research for you and suggest that you start with your liver. Although your holiday habits may take a toll on your whole body, your liver particularly suffers during the holidays, from one too many drinks, and calorie-laden foods. The liver is one of the main ways our body eliminates toxins, detoxifies, improves energy levels and prevents disease. So start this year on the right foot by following these 5 natural tips to cleanse your liver for a healthier you in 2016.

The 5 S.M.A.R.T Ways To Keep Your New Years Resolutions In 2016

After a month filled with feasts and festivities in December, people are often far more inclined to make some healthy changes once the New Year arrives. New Years resolutions can come in all shapes and sizes but more often than not, there is a heavy focus on health and wellness goals. So why is it that the gym’s are always so full at the beginning of January but then attendance steadily declines as the year progresses? The truth is, when you vocalize a goal without creating an action-plan behind it, things can frequently go awry. This year if you want to make a fitness and health resolution that you stick to, you just have to do it the S.M.A.R.T way. Here are the 5 S.M.A.R.T elements your resolution needs to have, in order to be a success.

Top Five Fitness Trends For 2016

With 2016 just around the corner, The American College of Sports Medicine has released its list of predicted fitness trends for the upcoming year. The annual survey polls fitness experts worldwide to garner an accurate prediction of what’s to come. Although some old favorites top the list like personal training, there are also some new additions to the list, which incorporate the ever-expanding technology sector. Here are the top 5 fitness trends that you should know about for 2016.

6 Ways To Prevent Weight Gain During This Holiday Season

With December upon us, this often means a slew of holiday parties are coming our way filled with unhealthy temptations. From office get-togethers to friend’s Christmas parties, these events normally all lead us to one thing- a lot of food and a lot of alcohol. Sure, New Year’s is fast approaching and you can always get started on your healthy resolutions then. But what if this year, you gave yourself an advantage by putting a stop to the holiday weight gain before it even had the chance to creep up on you? Here are 6 ways to prevent weight gain during this holiday season- because prevention is almost always easier than resolution.

Fitness Tips For Travelling

Whether you’re on a vacation or on a business trip, it can often be hard to find the time to exercise when you’re away from home and your daily routine. Yet with the wide range of transportable fitness equipment available on the market and with the help of a little improvisation, you can now transform virtually any space into a gym. Of course that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have the equipment you’re accustomed to, but you can still get a pretty great workout in no matter where you are by using what you do have at your disposal. So the next time you’re away from home, don’t let the excuse of a lack of a proper gym stop you from squeezing in a workout. At the end of the day when it comes to health, consistency is key. Here are five tips to help you exercise while you’re on the road.

The 5 Factors Of Fitness

Everyone has a different idea of what it means to be fit and yet scientifically there are five factors that come into play when determining how fit you really are. So whether you think a slender frame, muscles, a perfect hourglass figure or a number of other body types are fit, when it comes down to it, physical appearance doesn’t necessarily dictate how fit a person is. Despite what you may look like externally, here are the 5 factors that you need to take into consideration on your path to becoming fit. Ideally a well-rounded, effective fitness program should target and improve all of these areas.