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Yoga is supposed to be all joy and bliss, but it's hard to feel peaceful when being in certain poses can cause dizziness. Holding the head below the heart and quickly coming up commonly results in a head rush; when blood rushes to and from your head too quickly it causes a drop in blood pressure, which can cause disorientation, spotty vision, foggy hearing, and can sometimes impair the ability to control movement. If this sounds familiar, here are ways to stop feeling like your head is spinning while trying to get your Om on.
- Try variations: If you know doing a Wide-Legged Forward Bend (shown above) causes head pain or lightheadedness, only fold halfway. Or do this pose while sitting on the floor to get the same hamstring stretch without your head hanging below your heart. Do what's right for your body even if it means doing a completely different pose.
- Take it slow: Sometimes it's not the actual pose that causes the dizziness, but the way you move in and out of it. Take a few breaths to get into poses that tend to make you dizzy so the blood doesn't rush to your head all at once. And the same goes for coming out of poses — stand up too quickly and you might feel so topsy-turvy that you end up falling to the ground. Take your time, and concentrate on moving slowly as you draw out each breath. When doing poses like Headstands where you're inverted for longer periods of time, don't be shy about resting in Child's Pose afterward until the blood has a chance to circulate back to the rest of your body.
- Check out other styles of yoga: Vinyasa, Ashtanga, and Jivamukti yoga are more fast-paced than other styles like Iyengar. You may experience a head rush when moving too quickly from seated to standing poses such as when doing Sun Salutations. If head rushes are happening every time you practice these types of yoga, try a slower-paced style next time.
- Grab that reusable water bottle: Heading to a yoga class slightly dehydrated can increase your chance for these sort of dizzy spells, so be sure to sip water throughout the day before heading to the studio.
Sometimes a head rush is inevitable, so if you feel a dizzy spell coming on, sit down, tuck your chin into your chest, and breathe deeply until it passes. Then slowly move onto the next pose when you're ready.
You know what it takes to be healthy — a well-balanced diet, regular exercise, and the motivation to stick to both. But reaching these broad-arching goals can be a tougher than just saying them. A better bet is to break up your healthy must dos into smaller choices that you can make every day while you inch yourself closer to your major goals. Are you making the best little choices for a healthier day? Read on to find out what they are!
Sugar has a pretty bad rap, and it's not all unwarranted — studies show it may be as addictive as alcohol or cigarettes. Beyond increased rates of obesity all over the country, overzealous consumption — the average American consumes a whopping 130 pounds of sugar per year — leads to higher risks of type 2 diabetes, liver damage, heart disease, and even cancer. With these staggering statistics, you might be steering clear completely. But it's important to realize that not all sugar is bad.
Generally speaking, naturally occurring sugars, like those from fruit, are less detrimental to your health than added, refined sugars, like those in a powdery doughnut. Added sugars come in the form of granules, powders, and syrups that are cooked into foods or added at the table. According to the American Heart Association, most women should be consuming no more than 100 calories from these added sugars per day, or about 24 grams (six teaspoons of sugar).
Keep reading to learn about the sugary foods you can enjoy freely and those to avoid.
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Sculpt a bikini-worthy butt with this go-to move used by pro surfer Anastasia Ashley! Our friends at Self got the details on the effective lower-body move.
Could there be anything more amazing than lounging on a sunny beach, looking hot in your bikini? Shockingly, yes — and that would be emerging from the surf feeling particularly fit and confident in your bikini because you're a badass surfer chick who just conquered a monster wave.
Say hello to Airwalk pro surfer Anastasia Ashley, and welcome to her life. (Yup, we're all jealous.) The girl's been surfing since she was 5 years old, so have faith that every muscle on her body has been shaped with help from the toughest training buddy ever: the big bad ocean. With surfing, "you're bending your legs for balance and working with the wave," she says. "A bigger wave means you have to exert more energy with the stance."
To build her core strength and tone that fabulous butt of hers, Ashley swears by glute kickbacks: "They're a favorite exercise of mine! I do them to keep my glutes tight and strong for surfing." Well, the rest of us may not be mastering the Hang Ten anytime soon, but if kickbacks can get us even close to her butt-kicking booty, then we're on board — pun totally intended.
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Meat can get a bad rap, and even though it's hard to say no to a juicy burger forever, there are reasons to switch to a plant-based diet that go beyond the normal ethical reasons. If you've been contemplating making the leap, here are three reasons to go veggie for your health, and how you should start.
- You'll eat healthier: While meat contains nutrients that do a body good (like protein, vitamin B, and iron), you could be skipping out on a lot of other essential nutrients in favor of a big juicy steak. Many women don't get enough fiber in their diets, for example, and eating too much meat can be the culprit. Cutting meat from your diet forces you to get creative in the kitchen with nutrient-packed produce instead.
- You may live longer: A recent study found that vegetarians and vegans live longer than meat eaters, and a different study found a link between eating more red or processed meat and dying sooner. Cutting back on meat can help lower your risk of cancer, cardiovascular conditions, and other diseases, so reducing your meat intake is a good idea for your health.
- You may lose weight: When meat's the star, you can count on getting a good deal of saturated fat and cholesterol in many of your meals. Sitting down to a dinner featuring a big hunk of meat can mean that you're eating far more calories than you'd like. While opting for lean meats like fish and chicken can help lower cholesterol and fat amounts, if you want to cut calories while ensuring you're getting the nutrients you need, focusing on filling vegetarian foods can help you get to your ideal weight.
If you're a meat lover, however, don't worry: there's no reason to panic. You don't need to go completely meat-free if you don't want to. Flexitarians enjoy just as many benefits as vegetarians, so if you can't forgo meat for good (you can count me among this group!), try limiting your meat intake to a pound a week. From Meatless Mondays to going vegan before dinner, here are a few of our favorite ways to eat less meat.
Weight loss on your mind? Kick it up a notch with this hour-long treadmill interval workout that will burn around 500 calories. Complete it five times in a week and you are well on your way to burning an extra 3,500 calories — the magic number to lose one pound in a week. Not too difficult, right? Continue reading to see this 500-calorie-burning interval workout
Sweating it out on the rowing machine is a great cardio workout, and unlike the treadmill, it's usually sitting empty so you can hop on and get working at any time. Added bonus: the rowing machine also works the upper back, arms, legs, and, yes, even core. And while it may seem like an obvious movement, there's definitely some technique involved. Watch as endurance athlete Josh Crosby from Equinox teaches us how to master the stroke and shares his tips for maximizing this workout.