Eight minutes. That’s the time it takes to: crawl one mile on L.A.’s jam-packed 405 in peak hour; stand in line at Starbucks with an inefficient barista at the helm; navigate the telephonic maze of customer service prompts before speaking with an actual human being; or listen to a blow-by-blow description of your mother’s day before being able to alert her to the fact that your kitchen is on fire.
Looking for a better way to spend eight minutes? According to fitness trainer Jorge Cruise, author of “8 Minutes in the Morning: A Simple Way to Start Your Day That Burns Fat and Sheds the Pounds”, eight minutes is all it takes to get a fitter, slimmer you. So, while the widely advocated 30 minutes of daily cardio isn’t a complete waste of time, it seems just 8 minutes of strength training is the key to weight management.
Hindus do it. So do Buddhists. Sikhs, Muslims, Taoist and Jains all practice it too. No, I’m not reciting lyrics from a Cole Porter song, I’m referring to meditation, “a discipline in which the mind is focused on an object of thought or awareness”. Although meditation has been practiced by all of the world’s great religions since time immemorial, here in the West, meditation is often dismissed as a New Age activity, something to do for a few minutes before breaking into an ashtanga sweat.
Spring has arrived. The season of new life in the plant and animal kingdom. In the human kingdom, spring symbolizes growth, renewal and possibly a new handbag. And with pie season officially over, it’s the perfect time to detox. Now, without getting all master-cleansy or juice-fasty on you, here’s a simple way you can benefit from a wonderful seasonal detoxifier — dandelion.
The word dandelion comes from the French for “lion’s tooth”, a reference to its coarsely shaped leaves. In modern day French, the plant is called “pissenlit” which means “urinate in bed” because of it’s diuretic properties. But more on that later…
This is going to sound really harsh, but if you’re depressed – take a hike. Or a ten-minute walk. Or a swim. Or a dance class. Anything that gets your body moving.
For the millions of Americans who experience debilitating depression, feelings of extreme lethargy often compound the psychological effects. But studies are showing that moving the circulation through some form of physical activity – however brief – may not only have immediate positive effects, but lasting ones.
While the specific reasons for this are not known, one thought is that exercise helps produce serotonin (which plays an active role in regulating one’s moods). Another thought is that exercise provides a feeling of accomplishment, which can boost self-esteem and help battle those feelings of helplessness that often accompany depression.
We live in a stressful society – there’s no getting around that. Chronic stress from things beyond your control — like work, relationships, over finances, etc. — can lead to all sorts of nasties, such as headaches, stomach aches, insomnia, depression – the list goes on and on. And from there it’s all downhill. Extreme stress can lead to panic disorders and even physical deterioration Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
The infamous Garlic and Shots restaurant in Soho, London offers more garlic-laden dishes than you could shake at a coven of vampires. During my time as a resident of London, the restaurant was dismissed as tourist trap by us locals. But with the benefit of hindsight, I’ve got to concede that G and S is onto something.
If you wanna be stronger, faster and fitter, not to mention richer, smarter and more good looking (okay, I made up those last three), I have some good news and bad news. The good news? It’ll only take you 10 seconds. The bad news? It involves one of my personal top three un-fun things to do: running uphill. But according to former world championship competitor Brad Hudson, “there’s nothing better for developing speed and muscle power”.
When Hudson starting coaching a few years ago, he noticed that “hill work” was the common denominator in successful training programs. And hill work works; resulting in “a jump in leg strength, running economy (how efficiently your body uses oxygen) and aerobic capacity”. After reading about the science, Hudson saw the results in the athletes he trained: James Carney improved his 10K personal, which put him in contention for the U.S. Olympic team; while Dathan Ritzenhein, who ran “2:14:01 last year in his debut marathon, believes hills have made him less injury-prone.”
Here’s an interesting tip I just discovered, thanks to Chris Sparling at that’sfit: upping your intake of vitamin C may help relieve the soreness that invariably comes from a grueling workout.
While laziness and my tendency to get bored during exercise generally keeps me from feeling any soreness that borders discomfort or even pain, I’m always a little disappointed if I don’t feel any tightness in my legs after an intense bike ride or in my arms after pushups. Because soreness conveys progress, right? Isn’t that why “No Pain, No Gain” was drilled into our heads by PE teachers and coaches from elementary school on?
I’m always leery of substitutes. “Try this – it’s almost as good as sugar.” And twenty years (and many packets of this stuff) later, you find out it’s bad for you. Which shouldn’t be much of a surprise. Since when has the easy fix been good for you? But having learned the considerable perils of diet soda, I’ve been on constant prowl for a tasty, fizzy substitute. With immense trepidation, of course Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
G Living’s Brendan Brazier is one the world’s few professional athletes whose diet is 100 percent plant based. He’s a professional Ironman triathlete, bestselling author on performance nutrition, and the creator of an award-winning line of whole food nutritional products called Vega.
The following is our second excerpt from Brendan’s new book “The Thrive Diet”, on sale now in Canada and and in the U.S. in January.
Ever have difficulty waking up in the morning or find that you have low energy all day long? Are you unable to concentrate at work? Do you feel sluggish and depressed? If so, you could be a good candidate for a cleanse. Cleansing your body of accumulated toxins can help you gain energy and improve overall health. Many people report more clarity, greater alertness, overwhelming joy and even incredible insight after a cleanse.
A simple test you can do to determine whether or not you’re in need is to eat a few leaves of a dark leafy green vegetable, such as kale, or down a couple of shots of fresh wheat grass juice. If you can get it down without cringing — chances are, your system is already alkaline. However, if these foods taste horribly bitter and nearly cause a gag reflex, you will certainly benefit from a cleanse.
In this episode of the Running Raw Project: In an attempt to qualify for the National Snowshoe Championships, Tim enters a showshoe race that turns out to be more of a challenge than he bargained for. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos