According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), only 17 percent of adults in the U.S. are in “optimal mental health.” In fact, it is estimated that one in five people deal with some kind of mental health issue—anxiety, depression, PTSD, etc—that impacts our daily life.
Sunday, August 26th is National Dog Day—the four-legged kind not the one that goes in a bun. In honor of that, and being a dog-lover myself, I thought I’d explore the health benefits of man’s best friend.
It’s summertime baby! You may think it’s officially time to bust out the sunscreen for those days out in the hot sun, but the truth is, protecting your skin is a year-round commitment. Even during the winter, you’re still at risk for getting sunburned and causing skin damage. The temperatures may not be as hot, but the sun—and its harmful rays—are still there. Not protecting your skin can cause temporary pain such as a sunburn, and it can also cause long-term damage that cannot always be seen by the naked eye. Properly protecting your body’s first line of defense—your skin—can drastically decrease your chances of developing skin cancer. There are other negative effects from not wearing sunscreen, such as wrinkles, freckles, premature aging, sunspots, and scarring from severe or multiple sunburns.
Hiking is a great way to exercise without feeling like you're exercising. With beautiful scenery and an endless list of great hikes around the U.S. to choose from, hiking can be a great way to get your heart rate going without even realizing it. If you’ve never hiked before, or you’re not sure where to start, consider that there are 58 national parks and more than 6,000 state parks. You can access trail maps for nearly every park online. The maps generally include how long the hike is, the level of difficulty and where you can take in a view or stop for lunch. Here is a list of some of our favorite hikes.
Perhaps the hardest part of every day is deciding what you or your family are going to eat. We have all heard and asked the age-old question, “What’s for dinner?” Every morning, before you leave for work, you open your fridge or pantry looking for something to grab for lunch later that day. Even breakfast and snacks can be a struggle for some! Wouldn’t it be nice to have one less thing to worry about every day and not have to think about it? Well have no fear! We have a list of food preparation tips to help you put together healthy, balanced meals. And we’ve thrown in some reasons why you should consider food prepping!
Workplace safety is important. Whether you work in an office or on the road, everyone faces situations that compromise safety, whether is it obvious or not. Many workplace injuries and/or bad habits practiced on the job not only affect you now but can also have long term effects as well. Here is a list of obvious—and some not so obvious—safety tips to help you on and off the clock.
Travel—for work or pleasure—is common these days, so it’s important to find ways to stay healthy while you’re on the road. Even if you don’t have access to a gym, there are simple cardio and bodyweight exercises you can do to get your heart rate pumping and your muscles working. Just a 20-minute, no-equipment-needed workout is all you need.