When is Water Safe to Drink?

“According to a UN report from 2010, microbial waterborne illnesses kill more people per year than war”. Unfortunately, there’s no wonder why. Proper water filtration systems require a great deal of infrastructure. For those who have to get water locally, many have their sources spoiled by runoffs, leaks, or other contaminants. Watch the video below to learn more about when water is safe to drink.

 

How to do a Burpee

 

Looking to spice up your workout routine? Try out burpees! This multidimensional exercise will challenge your quads, shoulders, triceps, core, and calves. It will keep your heart rate up and increase your strength and stamina over time. Watch the video below to learn how to do a burpee.

 

The Benefits of Hot Yoga

Sweating profusely in a room full of people while holding a downward dog may not seem like the best way to spend an afternoon, but ask a seasoned yogi and they may disagree. Hot yoga is appealing as it promotes deep stretches and an opportunity to flush toxins through sweat; yet it is very important to note that the practice isn’t for everyone. Click here to read more about hot yoga, what to do to prepare for a class and the benefits you can get by stretching in a hyper stuffy room. Namaste!

Hot Yoga

 

Benefits of Martial Arts

Taekwondo, Kung Fu, Karate, Jujutsu, Muay Thai, and Judo. To the uninformed critic, these activities encourage violence and aggression. However, practitioners of these martial arts will tell you that they are much more than self-defense mechanisms. Aside from paying homage to long-standing traditions, martial arts promote both physical and spiritual / ethical health. Children (and adults) who pursue these sports are challenged on their strength, stamina, flexibility, balance and aerobic prowess. So if you’re looking to change up your workout routine, click here to read more about the benefits of martial arts.

 

Martial Arts

The Benefits of Pilates

Pilates is a total body workout that emphasizes muscle strengthening and flexibility. It’s a balanced fitness routine that won’t burn you out as it is low-impact, yet still challenging. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, variations in the routine will constantly push you within your limits. To find out more benefits of doing Pilates, click here. Happy workout!

Pilates

Is it Better to Sleep With or Without a Pillow?

Is it better to sleep with or without a pillow? Since ancient Mesopotamia, people have been using stones, wood and ceramics to raise their heads while they sleep. And while a stone pillow doesn’t seem like the best idea, what do professionals say about using two or even three pillows when you go to sleep? Click here to read Dr. Weil’s take on the pillow vs. no pillow debate.

Pillow

Calf-Strengthening Exercises

Our calves are the muscles we rely on the most when we climb an incline or go down steps. They help propel us forward and keep us from falling on our faces. They also seem to attract a lot of attention from the ladies… or so I hear… Whether you’re improving your fitness or appeasing your vanity, click here for four calf-strengthening exercises. Happy workout!

 

Calf-Strengthening Exercises

How to Stay Calm when You’re Stressed

Prospective Hindsight: the process of looking ahead to anticipate things that could go wrong, and subsequently developing actions ahead of time in order to prevent negative experiences or minimize the damage. Daniel Levitin explains tips and tricks on how to stay calm when you’ll be stressed. Watch the video below to learn more:

 

Veggie Burger Recipe

Feeling hungry, but want to skip out from eating beef? Try this meatless Monday carrot & chickpea veggie burger. Add some zucchini and some extra spices to add an extra kick to the mix. For a full list of ingredients and instructions, click here. Bon appetit!

 

Veggie Burger

10 BOSU Ball workouts

Have you ever gone to the gym and wondered what that half ball, half platform thing was called? They’re called BOSU balls and as it turns out, they are extremely effective when training your balance, control and strength. Watch the video below to learn 10 different BOSU ball workouts that will kick your butt (in a good way). Happy workout!