After drinking way too much witch’s brew and not getting enough sleep, you may have fallen for the trick not the treat from this Halloween weekend. With cold season upon us, it’s always an apprehensive feeling to wake up with a sore throat or stuffy nose. While the common cold lasts about 7-10 days, there are natural, creative ways to try and make it as quick as possible. Keep in mind that these remedies will not “cure” your cold (it must be waited out, or if symptoms persist past 10 days, see a doctor), they are proven to lessen your symptoms and speed up the process of ridding your cold.
Raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, and now frequently traveling for jobs in the Arizona market, I guess you could say I’m an expert at surviving the desert heat. If there is one thing I’ve learned, it’s the importance of hydration.
Sure, a glass of water may be the most obvious way to fight your thirst, but what else can you do to stay hydrated? I’ve put together a list of creative ways to increase your water intake, so avoiding dehydration is easier and never gets boring!
Work out smarter after reading the truth about these fitness myths!
MYTH: You won’t get as good of a workout on an empty stomach.
FACT: While water is a necessity before a workout, a meal is not. The British Journal of Nutrition found that your body burns more fat on an empty stomach.
MYTH: Exercise machines are better than free weights.
FACT: While machines are indeed beneficial, they make it difficult for the maximum amount of muscles to be used. Machines isolate specific muscle groups, while free weights burn more calories because no muscle movement is restricted.
MYTH: Running on a treadmill is the same as running outside.
FACT: Running outside adds extra force such as wind or rugged terrain, which in turn forces your body to exert more energy. Studies have found that running outside can burn up to 10% more calories than running on a treadmill.
MYTH: Sweating is a sign that you are out of shape.
FACT: It is actually the opposite! The more fit you are, the sooner you begin to sweat. The more you workout, the more your body learns to sweat, according to Beth Stover, M.S., C.S.C.S., a senior scientist at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute.
MYTH: Crunches are the best moves for your core.
FACT: Crunches are helpful, but you’ll see quicker results with exercises that tap into several regions of your core at once. Opt for V-ups, bicycles, or flutter kicks to kick it up a notch!
*Studies found in Women’s Health Magazine