Wellness

Whether it means shaping up mentally or physically you can stay informed on the latest exercise fads, stress relievers or tips on general wellness. Healthy Life Magazine covers an array of topics surrounding fitness and well being.

Am I too old to run?

Am I too old to run?

By Chris Strub Am I too old to run? If the tale of Fauja Singh is any indication, the answer is a resounding ‘no.'In October 2011, Singh, also known as the ‘Turbaned Tornado,' became the first 100-year-old to finish a marathon, completing the Toronto Waterfront...

Straight talk about skin cancer

Straight talk about skin cancer

By Chris Strub & Chris Coyne These days, a sunny weekend trip to the lake, the beach or the park wouldn't be complete without a bottle of sunscreen. Twenty years ago, that wasn't necessarily the case - and your skin may still be paying the...

The benefits of a good sweat

The benefits of a good sweat

"My mind's on fire / my soul's on fire / feeling hot, hot, hot ..." Summertime has arrived, and if your forehead is dripping just reading those Arrow lyrics, don't worry: scientists agree that sweating is very healthy for you. Sweating helps you breathe faster,...

Sunshine protection

Sunshine protection

Dermatologists have been telling us for years to use sunscreens daily to prevent skin damage. Now we finally have proof! A study was recently published in the Annals of Internal Medicine which examined the ability of sunscreens to prevent damage and aging from the sun....

Laser Slimming

Laser Slimming

Smooth skin, fast recovery and immediate improvement - all crucial to what most would consider a successful fat-removal procedure.Decades ago, body contouring procedures automatically implied bruising, visible incisions, deformities and significant blood loss.But the side effects associated with these procedures are a thing of the...

Benefits of a great sweat

Benefits of a great sweat

"My mind's on fire / my soul's on fire / feeling hot, hot, hot ..."Summertime has arrived, and if your forehead is dripping just reading those Arrow lyrics, don't worry: scientists agree that sweating is very healthy for you.Sweating helps you breathe faster, helps your...

Maximizing your indoor cardio workout

Maximizing your indoor cardio workout

By Chris Strub It feels like just yesterday that you were soaking in the sunshine, enjoying a relaxing afternoon jog. But as winter settles in, black ice shrouding the few shoveled sections of your neighborhood sidewalk, the cardio machines at the gym look more and...

Avocado: A true superfood

Avocado: A true superfood

By Chris Strub Five million results. That's Google's response to a query for "avocado health benefits" - 5,040,000, to be exact. Simply mention the word ‘avocado' to a dietician, and they'll point to a seemingly endless list of reasons why this super fruit should be...

Tracking your Fitness

Tracking your Fitness

By Chris Strub Gone are the days of carrying a pen and paper in your sweatsuit pocket to keep track of your daily workouts. Personal fitness tracking devices are becoming ubiquitous amongst runners, yoga lovers and gym rats alike. The idea of knowing how much...

Sinus Problems? How about a Neti Pot?

Sinus Problems? How about a Neti Pot?

If you have chronic sinus issues, pain and congestion that nothing seems to relieve, you should consider using a neti pot. A neti pot is a small reservoir with a spout or nozzle used to irrigate the sinuses. It's based on an old yogic practice...

The facts about the flu

The facts about the flu

Its official, the Centers for Disease Control announced in January that this year's flu season had reached epidemic status. It may not come as a surprise to some of our readers who may have already struggled with though a bout of influenza already this year,...

Heart health

Heart health

By Chris Strub Heart disease takes the lives of approximately 600,000 Americans each year - a staggering figure representing about 25% of all U.S. deaths. Fortunately, advances in early detection are helping to educate our community about cardiac disease and turn those daunting statistics around. ...

How much salt is too much?

How much salt is too much?

More and more people are making a conscious effort to improve their diet, and that's a good thing. Checking calories and fat on food labels is more common than ever; you may even do it yourself--but do you read the WHOLE label? Do you know...

Don't fall out of shape

Don't fall out of shape

By Christopher Coyne The leaves are changing, and unfortunately for a lot of us, so are our exercise habits. The softball glove gets put away and the volleyball shorts are tucked in a drawer, not to be seen until next Spring. Then there's the double-whammy...

The return of whooping cough

The return of whooping cough

By Christopher Coyne You may have heard your parents or older relatives talk about it, someone in the family had a horrific case, and it's become part of the family lore. But you probably haven't heard a lot of people talk about whooping cough in...

The truth about Crohn's Disease

The truth about Crohn's Disease

By Chris Coyne As recently as ten years ago, most people had never heard of a condition called Crohn's Disease. Today, we'd venture to guess that most people have not only heard of it, but know someone that has it. But what do we really...

Stressed? Why you're feeling it in your gut

Stressed? Why you're feeling it in your gut

We are living in very stressful times, it's enough to give anyone heartburn! But, is there a link between the two? There is...but it's a tricky one. Did you ever notice that you get "butterflies" in your stomach before having to deliver a big speech...

A clear solution for cataracts

A clear solution for cataracts

Many of us are familiar with the term cataract...but do you really know what it is? "A cataract is the clouding of the crystalline lens of the eye that occurs frequently in patients over the age of 60," says Dr. Daniel Sambursky of The Laser...

Surviving cancer: You're not alone

Surviving cancer: You're not alone

By Lisa M. Mayers Tremendous progress has been made over the past two decades in diagnosing, treating, and even curing many cancers. While it remains a very serious and life-threatening disease, many of those who are diagnosed with cancer now go on to live a...

Spinal surgery redefined

Spinal surgery redefined

With the advent of new medical technologies, surgical techniques and treatment philosophies; surgery on the spine has entered into a new realm of what's possible. More patients than ever can benefit from these advances, as the balance of ‘downside' and ‘reward' for many spine surgeries...

Keep Kids Moving During the Summer

Keep Kids Moving During the Summer

We all know how good it feels to put your feet up, relax and sit in front of the television with the air conditioning cranked up... But, you should always remember just how important it is for everyone to stay active, especially kids! This summer,...

Are you Running Into Problems?

Are you Running Into Problems?

The beautiful weather encourages people to get out and run, and be active after a somewhat-sedentary winter. Runners--as much as you want to increase your mileage, limit yourself to 10% per week. Here's an example: if you run three times a week at three miles...

Back in the Garden

Back in the Garden

My husband doesn't care for rhododendrons. At this point he will probably tell you he hates them.... let me explain. Several years ago we were doing, as most of you are either currently doing or will be doing soon, and that is readying the yard...

Shape Up-'Tis the Season to Stay Fit!

Shape Up-'Tis the Season to Stay Fit!

  It's that time of year... the extended winter season, which means overindulgence, lethargy and unhealthy eating! Exercise is certainly the most easily avoided part of our fitness routine during this time of the year because people. But there ARE ways that you can avoid...

Shape Up! Fall Fitness

Shape Up! Fall Fitness

  If you have made a decision to finally take the big step forward and get yourself back into shape by dropping 15 pounds so you can fit back into that favorite pair of jeans or look good for your high school reunion next summer....

Shape Up-Fall Into A New Routine!

Shape Up-Fall Into A New Routine!

           The leaves are changing, the sun is setting earlier, and it's getting a little brisk outside. But just because it isn't shorts-and tank top weather, doesn't mean you can't keep your workouts fresh! A new season is a great time to give your...

Don't Overheat! Summer Workout Tips

Don't Overheat! Summer Workout Tips

  The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that nearly 320 Americans die each year from heat related illnesses, primarily due to dehydration.  During severe dehydration, the blood stream loses a significant amount of fluid. A decrease in blood volume causes the heart to work...

Summer Skin Safety

Summer Skin Safety

    Nothing can brighten your spirits more than a relaxing afternoon out in the sunshine. Just be sure you respect the power of the sun, and what it can do to your skin.    Most people know that they should wear sunscreen, but you...

Shape Up and Feel Great!

Shape Up and Feel Great!

  We look at the models in the magazines and on television, and think, "wow", wouldn't it be great to look like that and how do they have the time to keep in that kind of shape? You have to remember that being physically fit...