How Not To Get Sick at the Gym

The Emmy Award-winning daytime talk show The Doctors headed to three different gyms – budget, mid-range and luxury – to investigate what germs and bacteria are lurking on your treadmill.

What did they find? Bacteria on several pieces of cardio equipment, and multiple strains of bacteria on yoga mats, even at the expensive gyms. The dirtiest place they found, however, was the water fountain, which was hosting e coli and feces bacteria. Continue reading

Top 10 Tips for Better Posture

William Smith, MS, author of Exercises for Perfect Posture, has provided his top tips for better overall general posture.

1. Morning Wake-up

Breathe deeply into your belly five times, expanding your chest, ribs, belly and lower back. Stretch your arms and legs in all directions, elongating all the tissues at the neck, shoulders and hips. Squeeze your shoulder blades five times for 3 seconds each. Continue reading

Natural Baby and Childcare

For more than a decade, Natural Baby and Childcare remains the essential parents’ reference guide to the best conventional and natural health and wellness options for their child. Now it has been updated in a new edition with the latest information on such topics as homeopathic medicines, blood tests, vaccines, nutrition, neonatal screenings, natural baby care products, and more.

Natural Baby and Childcare combines the medical with the holistic, making it the book that’s perfect for all audiences. The newly revised and updated edition contains the latest available information on natural childcare techniques, including nutrition and behavioral studies to ensure parents have everything they need to raise their child in an all-natural, healthy way. Continue reading

Workout Secrets for Your Best Body Ever

Want the best results from your workouts? Follow these powerful suggestions from legendary fitness trainer Hollis Liebman, author of Complete Physique.

Have a plan. If you go into a store not knowing what you came for, you may leave with more than your budget allows. You want to increase your bench press. You want to decrease the circumference of your waist. These are definitive goals—and are keys to being programmed for success. Continue reading

The Parkinson's Survival Guide

What should you do when you’re diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease? Author and Parkinson’s patient Robert W. Smith has prepared an enlightening and engaging guide in his new book The Parkinson’s Playbook to help answer this question.

He has also prepared The Parkinson’s Survival Guide, 10 key actions to take following a diagnosis. Continue reading

Gym Etiquette for Beginners

Let’s face it—the gym can be an intimidating place for the neophyte lifter. But it needn’t be. The gym is the great equalizer: whether you are a corporate CEO or entry level service worker, all of us are made equal in the gym. We can’t buy our physiques; we have to earn them.

Yet that first day can often be the start of a pattern and a lifetime of good. My first introduction to the gym came by way of nautilus (remember them?) machines. A maze of machines with predetermined pathways of motion and a pin to change resistance was my first foray into a world in which we have the power to change our bodies. I didn’t know where to begin, but I did know that the gym was an absolute good place. A place of improvement. A place to work on oneself. And I felt as a then-beginner than I had as much right to be there as anyone else. Continue reading

Exercises for Perfect Posture

Exercises for Perfect Posture is the complete guide to achieving healthy posture, providing everything from fitness programs and exercises designed to realign the spine and strengthen shoulders, neck and back as well as guidance on how to redesign one’s work space to be more ergonomic.

Good posture is foundational to good health. Poor posture can lead to shoulder discomfort, neck pain, and even chronic conditions such as carpel tunnel syndrome if left uncorrected. Yet the modern lifestyle and the modern workplace together make it very difficult to maintain healthy, natural posture throughout the day. Humans were not meant to spend all their time sitting down, and the “disease of inactivity” has reached near-epidemic proportions. Continue reading

8 Simple Steps to Feeling Great After the Holidays

The holidays are a time when a lot of us show our love through food. From grandma’s loaded mashed potatoes, to dad’s delicious desserts, these comfort foods evoke nostalgic feelings. Unfortunately, many of these traditional holiday favorites are packed with processed ingredients no one can pronounce and can do more harm than good.

Olivia Wagner MS, RDN, LDN partnered together with Simple Mills to provide 8 simple steps to feeling great after the holiday season… Continue reading

5 Tips for Improving Your Fertility

Remember the saying, “Food is medicine?”

Well, pull out your apples because we’re here to tell you there is merit in that saying, especially when it comes to your fertility!

Did you know that 1 in every 8 couples struggles with getting pregnant or carrying a baby to term?

Sobering statistics.

As two women who are both within that 1 in 8, we decided to utilize our passion for food and nutrition to help others struggling with their fertility recognize that, while everything else may seem out of their control on the ride to pregnancy, there is one thing that you can control: what you put in your body. Continue reading