Not just child’s play, hula hooping is a workout worth considering—according to researchers and hoopers
Anyone who thinks that exercise has to be drudgery hasn’t tried hula hooping. When a brightly colored hoop is swiveling around your hips to the rhythms of upbeat music, it’s easy to forget that you’re doing something that’s good for your body.
February is Heart Health month. It’s a great time to make a pledge to yourself to keep your heart healthy and start good habits that will last throughout the year. Here are some tips on how you can lower your risk of heart disease:
A healthy diet can help lower your risk of heart disease. Eating foods with the right nutrients will keep your heart strong and healthy.
1 medium head cauliflower (3 lbs / 1.3 Kg) trimmed and cut into florets
3 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
For garnish: chopped fresh thyme, extra virgin olive oil, homemade flavored salt, freshly ground black pepper
Here’s some info on choosing, brewing and storing this ever-popular bean
Coffee may be part of your everyday routine, but you may still be in search of that perfect cup. For help, check the following Q&A with Byard Duncan, a former barista and retail manager and now a spokesman for the Oakland-based Blue Bottle Coffee Company.
Take this quiz—no matter your gender—to test your knowledge about common medical issues facing today’s men and health-promoting strategies
1. True or False: Most men fail to see their physician annually for preventive checkups.
True. According to a survey by the CDC, 22.6 percent of men have not seen their physician in the past year. And men are half as likely as women to go to the doctor over a 2-year period, despite the fact that prompt, pre-emptive care can be a major contributor toward good health and long life.
Quality olive oil isn’t just delicious—it’s healthy too. To find out more about this flavorful oil, we talked to San Franciscan Fran Gage—author of The New American Olive Oil, a member of the tasting panel for the California Olive Oil Council and an olive oil competition judge.
Slow and dancelike, tai chi is a graceful way to relax, exercise and improve physical balance. To find out more about this Chinese martial art, we spoke to Jan Diepersloot, Bay Area tai chi teacher and author of Masters of Perception (www.warriorsofstillness.com), for a firsthand account of his development as a serious tai chi practitioner.
These local training groups, which are open to runners of all levels, will help you get ready this spring or summer — and introduce you to new friends.
- 1 lb fresh green beans, trimmed
- 2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon finely minced red onion
- 4 cloves garlic, finely minced
- 2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, minced
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 5 tablespoons olive oil
- ¼ cup toasted sliced almonds
- 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, optional
The most wonderful time of year is here again. Make your holiday season merry and bright by keeping your mind and body healthy. Here are our favorite tips for doing just that!
1. Get enough sleep - The extra family, friend and social time during the holidays can take a toll on sleep. Make sure you get enough by scheduling a couple of relaxing days in-between late-night parties where you go to bed early and can sleep in a bit longer.