The Fitness Edge is not just about fitness and nutrition. It’s about performing better and more efficiently in every aspect of life. That’s why I want to discuss a part of your body you might be neglecting: your brain. Beyond a solid nutrition program and exercising regularly, there are a few natural ways you can support brain power. If you want to nourish your brain with nutrients that promote healthy memory, better mood and more, here are some supplements you should know about.
Remember the days when bending down to touch your toes was as easy as…that? Now that you’re older, moving your body in certain ways may be trickier, especially if you’re not active or haven’t spent much time stretching over the years. I grew up involved in cheerleading and gymnastics, so bending and stretching was a part of my normal routine. But today, flexibility is something I work on maintaining—not because I’m still cheering sports teams from the sidelines, but because staying flexible is good for my health.
Just because we’re active women who spend a lot of time with our hair pulled into a pony tail doesn’t mean we’re willing to sacrifice thick and shiny tresses. However, getting sweaty on a regular basis does mean we have to take extra-good care of our hair to ensure it’s as strong and healthy as the rest of our body. Make the right healthy-hair picks so you’re always looking fit AND fabulous! Read more →
Interest in omega-3s continues to grow, and for good reason. Omega-3 – an essential fatty acid found in algae and certain fatty fish, such as salmon, sardines and cod – has been scientifically associated with impressive benefits. These include the ability to support cardiovascular health, maintain healthy cognitive function, support healthy moods and even influence joint comfort and flexibility.*
As the temperatures cool, those pretty amber-and-gold leaves aren’t the only things whirling in the air. All of that sneezing and coughing is sending all kinds of germs airborne as well. And if you’ve got kids in school or daycare, you know how quickly the bug du jour spreads—and how long it can take for everyone in the family to feel good again!
What’s the best way to recover from that tough workout in the gym, long run or strenuous cardio session? If you’re a woman, your recovery needs are a little different than a man’s. The most beneficial thing you can do for your body is to plan and consume an optimal post-workout meal. It may just be the most important meal you eat all day.
Q: What are the real benefits of getting more shut eye, and how can I naturally fall asleep faster after an evening workout when my endorphins are running high?
Brandon Marsh answers:
A: It’s no secret that most people don’t get enough sleep. Let’s face it. Eight hours each night is no easy feat for any athlete’s hectic schedule. The good news is not everyone needs eight hours. The ideal test to determine just how much your body needs would be to go to bed at the same time each night and wake up without an alarm clock. Unfortunately, that’s a luxury most of us will only see in our dreams. So, what’s the answer? Read more →
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