Pick the Right Produce: Your Shopping Cheat Sheet You don't need to buy everything organic to stay pesticide-free. Print out this handy-dandy guide for your next shopping trip. Surprise: Some conventionally grown fruits and veggies are relatively pesticide-free, according to the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit organization that strives to protect public health. When you're buying any of the "Dirty Dozen," which are more likely to be contaminated with chemicals, it's worth spending a little extra on organically grown varieties. Carry this shopping cheat sheet in your purse. The Clean 15 (from Best to Worst)Onions Avocados Sweet Corn Pineapple Mangoes Sweet Peas Asparagus Kiwi Cabbage Eggplant Cantaloupe Watermelon Grapefruit Sweet Potato Honeydew Melon The Dirty Dozen (from Worst to Best)Celery Peaches Strawberries Apples Blueberries Nectarines Bell Peppers Spinach Kale Cherries Potatoes Grapes (imported)
Better Posture: 6 Ways to Straighten Up Wavebreak Media/Thinkstock Slumping your shoulders doesn't just make you resemble one of our long-extinct ancestors—if you don't stand up straight, no amount of exercise will give you the hot bod you're after. Here's why: Over time, poor posture takes a serious toll on your spine, shoulders, hips, and knees. 1 FORWARD HEADThe problem Stiff muscles in the back of your neck The fix Moving only your head, drop your chin down and in toward your sternum while stretching the back of your neck. 2 ROUNDED SHOULDERSThe problem Weakness in the middle and lower parts of your trapezius (the large muscle that spans your shoulders and back)The fix Lie facedown on the floor, with each arm at a 90-degree angle in the high-five position. 3 ANTERIOR PELVIC TILTThe problem Tight hip flexorsThe fix Kneel on your left knee, with your right foot on the floor in front of you, knee bent. Assess your posture Wear something form-fitting and take two full-body photos—one from the front, one from the side.
iYogaLife Slideshows - Bedtime Yoga Yoga For Bedtime Whether you are a night owl who would rather be a morning bird, have trouble falling asleep at night, or just need a little extra help relaxing before going to sleep, doing a little yoga before bedtime can help. This routine—which you can do in bed—will put your body and mind to rest, helping you to sleep soundly through the night so you can wake up rested and fresh for the morning. First things first. Short Meditation Sit up in bed comfortably, either with your legs folded or straight in front of you; whatever you can do with the most ease. Seated Twists Stay in your seated position and twist around to the back of your bed. Easy Forward Bend Keep your seated position and gently bend forward at your hips and let your hands stretch out straight in front of you on the bed. Legs Extended Forward Bend Flat Back Slowly start to straighten your legs in front of you. Legs Extended Forward Bend Round Back Lying Down Knee to Chest Hamstring Stretch Half Happy Baby Star Shape Twist Sleep
Preparing for the Long Run Definition and Purposes of the Long Run For the purposes of this discussion, the distance of a long run is considered to be 10 miles or longer as well as runs that last over 90 minutes. It should be run approximately one minute slower than the pace you plan to run during the marathon or stated another way, one to 1-1/2 minutes per mile slower than your present 10K race pace. If your training schedule calls for a long run of 16 miles, the distance must be run at one time rather than splitting the distance into an 8-mile morning session and an 8-mile evening run. The long run is the most important component of marathon training because it teaches the body to both mentally and physically tackle the challenges presented in completing the 26.2-mile event. Physiologically, the body must learn to tap into and utilize energy reserves from fat storage sites after the glycogen (fuel stores in the muscles, converted over from carbohydrate food sources) have been depleted. Benefits of the Long Run
Yoga & other useful stuff with Tara Stiles - Download free podcast episodes by blip.tv on iTunes. 9 Essential Free Programs Every College Student Must Have One of the largest computer-related expenses is that of software. Owners of new computers often spend hundreds of dollars on their computer’s operating system, office suite, email program, calendar, and other programs. This does not need to be. Here are nine programs that you can use to outfit your computer – for free! OpenOffice.org OpenOffice.org is a basic office suite. Download Open Office here. Or, you could buy Microsoft Office here. PDF Creator PDF Creator is a user-friendly program with a simple purpose – create PDFs! Download PDF Creator here. Tellico This program is a bibliography/collection manager. Download Tellico here. Paint.NET Paint.NET is the premier free graphics program. Download Paint.NET here. Sunbird Sunbird is a free calendar program created by the Mozilla, the same company that makes Firefox. Download Sunbird here. Download Lightning here. XMind XMind is a free brainstorming and mind mapping program. Download XMind here. Avast: Home Edition Download Avast: Home Edition here.
You Know You Want Sexy Abs! | healthkicker The next month or two of work on Xanga 2.0 is going to be busy, so I wanted to share with everyone a roadmap of how we’re thinking about things! We’re dividing the work on this project into four basic phases. Phase 1. As described here, we’ve imported over every account that we have on Xanga over to the new system so that anyone who could sign into Xanga can still sign into Xanga 2.0. Finally and most important of all, we’ve imported over 2 million blogs from the old system. * We’ve archived the blogs of the hundreds of thousands of blogs where the user has logged in in the past 5 years and has at least two subscribers. * We did an additional set of archives for 200k users who had logged in the past year and had at least 10 blogs. * We’ve also archived the blogs of every single user that’s ever been premium at any point in the past… And of course, a lot of you guys archived your own blogs using the old Xanga archive generator. Phase 2. Phase 3. Phase 4.
The Many Health Benefits of Pranyama Yoga Breathing Flickr – Robert Beijil Photography Carolanne Wright, GuestWaking Times Forget the detox pills, fasts and other painful cleansing techniques – instead, take a cue from the yogis of India and look to the breath. The Time-Honored Art of Breathing Yogis of long ago recognized the merit in calming, cleansing and balancing the body and mind with the breath. Simple breath – Before each meal, take three deep breathes. Relaxing breath – Lie flat on your back with knees bent together, bringing the feet close into the buttocks. Bhastrika (Breath of Fire) – This technique helps to slim and tone the belly, boost metabolism and detoxify the body. Ujjayi (Victorious Breath) – Sitting in a comfortable position, inhale through the nose and lift the chest. A note of caution: Pranayama is not recommended for those with high blood pressure. Sources for this article include: About the Author Carolanne believes if we want to see change in the world, we need to be the change.
Running Warehouse: Run Like a Kenyan Simple strategies to train like the world's best runners by Scott Douglas Wouldn't it be great to run like a Kenyan? Okay, so you're probably not going to move to 8,000 feet of altitude and devote yourself entirely to your athletics. One hundred twenty-mile weeks might not be on next week's agenda. I spent December 2004 in Iten, Kenya, the country's unofficial running capital, where Olympic medalists, world champions and international marathon winners train. Start Slow, Finish Fast Every run I did with Kenyans started at a stumble, and most finished substantially faster. Think of a pot of water coming to a boil-there's no one instant where you can pinpoint when it started to get hot, but the end result is undeniable. Vary Very Much One day I joined 12:52 5K man Isaac Songok and world junior cross country champ Augustine Choge for their morning run. This great disparity in intensity level from run to run is common. Get With a Group Tread Softly Hit the Hills Not at all. Run Diagonally Do Drills
7 Day Detox - Weight Loss Diet Plan - Detox Diets - The Daily Green In my quest to strike a middle ground between eating out and eating sprouts, I’ve done GOOP’s liquid harvest (yay!) and I’ve gone gluten free (boo!). GOOP’s veggie-heavy eating made me a ball of energy who came thisclose to grabbing people on the L train and telling them, “TRY THIS! IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE!” Conversely, for someone who’s spent 30+ years pretending Yellow #7 is an ingredient, a gluten-free diet proved too extreme against bad, but solid, habits. But I ain’t no quitter – and thankfully, I’ve got help. For those without a lot of kitchen savoir-faire, Juliette outlines an easy plan with options. DAY 1 The reliance on produce – especially fruit – in this plan is front and center, so I decide to start my days with smoothies. It’s undressed salad for lunch (zzzz), and by dinner, the creativity starts to slide – as does the will to come home from a long day and start cooking. Oh, and I’ve solved the potato issue: Stewed tomatoes and diced onions. About Jenny
50 Free And Useful Websites To Be Thankful For Do you ever wonder where we got our information before the Internet? Did we actually use calculators to convert a liter to a gallon or a dollar to a pound? If we wanted to view a map of Europe, did we really have to visit a library? If we wanted to know what time it was in Melbourne right now — did we have to call a relative in Australia to find out? I could go on and on — but the point is that today, the Internet is an amazing free resource for the information we seek. Below are 50 free and useful websites that are available to all of us in the blink of an eye: Personal Resource Instructables.com - For do-it-yourself projects, this site offers step by step instructions for a tremendous variety of tasks. Picnik.com - An easy to use online image editing site. Yelp.com - Find local businesses for whatever you are seeking. OpenTable.com - The easiest way to make a restaurant reservation online. BabyDogNames.com* - A place to go for help when naming your new puppy. Travel Education
4 Great Core Exercises To Help Flatten Your Abs « Don't Eat Dirt Everyone wants flatter abs, and a lot of people try to “spot reduce” by doing ab exercises to try to get them. The problem is, you aren’t going to lose fat from your midsection by doing 1,000 crunches. It’s just not going to happen. What I like to do instead is Core Exercises. 7 Reasons Core Exercises are good for your personal training routine: Core exercises improve your balance and stabilityCore exercises don’t require specialized bulky equipmentCore exercises can help tone your absStronger core muscles make it easier to do almost all other physical activitiesCore exercises can be done at your own paceCore exercises can be done from the comfort of your own homeCore exercises can help you reach plenty of your other fitness goals Now it’s time for the workout. Breathe freely and deeply during each exercise. Click on the exercise name to see a video demonstration of the exercise. Key points – Exhale while raising your body. Place all your focus on the lower abdominal area contracting.