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7 Healthy Ways to Use Your Lunch Hour

Posted on Work/Life Balance | July 29, 2014 |

By guest author Adrienne Erin

Did you know there are more healthy choices to make at lunchtime than whether to eat a salad or McDonald’s? Good health isn’t just about your physical needs, but consists of your mental and emotional needs as well.

Your lunch break is your opportunity to relax and forget about work, and you can do this in many different ways. Try the following ideas to relieve that work-related tension in the span of an hour.

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How To Create The Perfect Retreat For Your Mind, Body & Soul

Posted on Balanced Lifestyle, Balanced Mind and Soul | July 15, 2014 |

By guest contributor Nicole Robins

Regardless of your age and religious beliefs, everyone has to understand that keeping your mind, body and soul in check is the best way to live a stress-free lifestyle. Nobody wants to feel worked up all the time, and so it’s important that we all try to create the perfect retreat within our own homes. Of course, there are many different ways of achieving this. We’re going to concentrate on your bedroom more than anything else today, but you can take the advice and apply it to another area if you feel the need.

Firstly, you’ll need to take the size of your room into consideration. It needs to be large enough for both you and your partner to spread out and relax. If it’s not, perhaps it might be a good idea to take your relaxation times on a rota. That way, you’ll never begin to feel claustrophobic. After that, all you need to do is follow the advice listed below.

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7 Unhealthy Habits You Didn’t Know You Had

Posted on Balanced Body, Balanced Nutrition | July 1, 2014 |

By guest author Adrienne Erin

So you’ve been doing all the right things: you’ve been exercising regularly, steering clear of fatty foods and you have a good skincare regime. But somehow when you look in the mirror, you still see more of a “before” than an “after” picture.

Your first inclination might be to boost your diet and exercise plan, but before you start slashing calories and signing up for boot camp classes, you might want to make sure some seemingly harmless habits aren’t holding you back. After all, staying healthy is hard enough even when you aren’t sabotaging yourself. Here are seven subtly unhealthy habits that might be holding you back.

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Pilates for Abs Video – Strengthen Your Core, Flatten Your Tummy in Just 20 Minutes

Posted on Balanced Body | June 7, 2014 |

By Anastasiya Goers

Summer for most of us means beach trips, pool parties and picnics. I love all of them but there was time in my life when I tried to find every possible excuse to skip a trip to the beach or pool.
I was extremely self-conscious about the way I looked and didn’t feel comfortable wearing a bathing suit or any tight top. I’ve never been extremely heavy but my midline has always been my problem spot. Any time that I gain even a pound this weight settles right around my waist like a mushy fluffy doughnut.

Trying to find a “cure” for my muffintop I tried every possible form of exercise including doing obscene numbers of crunches (200 sit-ups every day was my norm for a while.) Considering the time and effort that I put into flattening my stomach my results were really unimpressive (in fact, I ended up with chronic lower back pain and had to stop any form of physical activity for a while.)

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7 Ways to Get Your Stress Levels in Check

Posted on Balanced Lifestyle | May 28, 2014 |

By guest author Adrienne Erin

If you find yourself pulling out your hair or breaking your pencil in half, you might have a problem. High stress levels can cause a multitude of problems from drug and alcohol abuse to health problems like heart disease and high blood pressure. You hear about exercise and meditation as means to manage stress, but who has time for that? Going to the gym and meditating require time investments that you can’t always fit into your schedule.

There is hope, however! There are many ways to handle stress that doesn’t involve large time commitments, but helps to keep your stress levels manageable, anyway. Here are seven things to think about that might help you avoid that overwhelmed, out-of-control feeling that high stress levels bring.

1. Acknowledge the Pressure

Most of the time, when we feel stressed, it comes from someone or something that is putting a lot of pressure on us either to complete a task or to succeed at something. Acknowledging where that pressure is coming from can be a big help in getting your stress levels to a manageable point. Is it your boss, your colleagues, friends or family?

It could be your spouse or even society as a whole. The next time you feel stressed, take a moment to evaluate where the expectations are coming from and if they are expectations that you actually need to meet. If not, let it go!

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