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15 Brilliant Websites That Make You Healthier

15 Brilliant Websites That Make You Healthier

When it comes to taking steps to make yourself healthier, it’s incredibly easy to get stuck in the “tomorrow” syndrome and end up doing nothing. To help you avoid that, here’s 15 of the best websites that give practical advice, share experience and knowledge on what it takes to become healthier, and even some that help you stay accountable, motivated and inspired the whole way.

1. Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic is a place for medical and other professionals to share their expertise and help you improve your general health. With information on everything from diets and nutrition, to vaccination, to original research, to reporting the latest clinical trials on new drugs, it is truly a go-to-website for almost any side of health The only downside with mayo clinic is that it can seem a bit overwhelming to navigate. But fear not, using the integrated search bar at the top, or even a search engine, quickly gets you were you want to go.

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    2. Health.com

    Who would have thought this website was related to health?!? Health.com is the website of Health Magazine, with a large focus on diet and nutrition as well as educating people on how to exercise. There is a large focus on practical information, like recipes for healthy eating or information on how to do particular exercises.

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      3. Nerd Fitness

      Steve has received a fair bit of attention because of his quite original approach to fitness. His approach, the way he writes, and what he does can be an inspiration for not only self-identified nerds/geeks, but the casual gamer and even a completely normal person. And there is of course plenty of practical information for people who are just starting to break into fitness.

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        4. Gain Fitness

        Actually it’s not only a website, but also a great app to help you get healthy. The app focuses on bringing you practical “interactive, customizable workout packs that guide you to your goals” as they would say. Basically, they provide you with a variety of different workouts depending on your skill level and what you want to achieve. That way, not only do you get expert advice on what workouts to do for free, but you don’t have to stick to the same ol’, same ol’ until you die of boredom either.

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          5. Born Fitness

          Born Fitness is the website of best-selling fitness author Adam Bornstein. On his blog, he only points out common fitness mistakes and tells you how to deal with them; he also shows you routines and recipes you can use to get in better shape. If you feel like you’re more of an intermediate when it comes to fitness, it just might be the blog for you.

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            6. Athletic Foodie

            In 2008, Olympic gold medalist Garrett Weber-Gale started writing at Athletic Foodie, with a focus on delicious healthy food. These days the site has expanded to a team of doctors, trainers and some truly motivated individuals. If you consider yourself a foodie, and you’re not willing to give up delicious tasty treats for health benefits, then this is right up your alley. Personally I don’t buy into the idea that all the best foods are unhealthy, so this is one of my personal favorites as well.

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              7. The Fitnessista

              If you want to experience and get inspired by a more personal approach, but you would prefer it to be written by a woman rather than a man, this is a great choice for you. Gina herself says she “likes to share some daily happenings, as well as quick, effective workouts and healthy recipes”. And that’s what she does. Not only do you get helpful tips and recipes, you get a look into what her life is like and how she manages to balance fitness with everything else.

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                8. Roman Fitness Systems

                I think his own bio says it best: “John Romaniello runs Roman Fitness Systems with a tongue-in-cheek approach to fitness–and himself–that shows a genuine love/hate relationship with both. Equal parts narcissism and self-loathing, Roman writes with passion and humor, show-casing his belief that training doesn’t need to be the serious, stern, science-laden monotony that is pervasive in the industry.” If the serious, overly scientific, repetitions and using self-discipline to push through kind of approach is not really your cup of tea, this blog is a nice change of pace. It’s also good for a laugh‒actually, many laughs.

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                  9. The Great Fitness Experiment

                  A blog where a mother and fitness enthusiast writes not only about fitness, but also general health concerns, generosity and living life in general. She also helps her readers out from time to time, and guides them through troubles they have with training, information overload or anything else.

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                    10. Mark’s Daily Apple

                    Here, Primal living enthusiast Mark Sisson writes about what it means to be healthy, interesting research about nutrition, practical advice for you who want to turn your life around, along with, you guessed it, primal living. The core idea is that our modern diet is unhealthy because we simply haven’t adapted to it yet. Diet wise this means going back to a much more liberal consumption of fat, and cutting back on the modern carbs.

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                      11. Heart.Org

                      This website is about preventing heart disease and maintaining a healthy heart through diet and exercise. It’s abundant with not only diet tips and recipes, but also suggested exercises, as well as suggested medical practices and advice about when to get check-ups, etc., making it perfect for someone who is worried about, or has an increased genetic risk of heart disease.

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                        12. Psychology Today

                        But all health isn’t physical. Psychology Today deals with many of the psychological troubles and problems that could be causing real physical problems in your life. For example, if you have a mental barrier that prevents you from taking action and changing your life, psychology today would be a good place to start.

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                          13. RunKeeper

                          Run Keeper helps you keep track of your running by using your phone’s GPS. This way you can keep track of how close you are getting to your distance goals, without always having to run the same lap over and over.

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                            14. Fitocracy

                            If you’re not exactly the type that enjoys jogging and lifting on your own, and your friends always ditch you when you try to arrange something fun but physically demanding, fitocracy is for you. It can help you connect with people who are interested in fun, healthy activities, making it possible to meet new people, hang out, have fun and get healthy all at the same time. It also adds a social component to your solo workouts, as you can keep track of and share your progress with friends.

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                              15. Stickk

                              A Mayo Clinic study showed that a monetary incentive made people lose more weight. Stickk is a way to give yourself a monetary incentive, where the money goes to charity if you fail to reach the goal you set for yourself. What makes it a little different is that the money specifically goes to a charity whose views you disagree with. You also get social accountability through the referee, and you can even add friends to keep track of your progress and root for you.

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                                When it comes to the personal fitness and health blogs, I would recommend that you stick with the one, or a few, that you feel inspire you the most, or best speak to your character. Just reading about how to become healthy and looking at healthy people all day won’t make you healthy, And reading about fitness all day won’t make you fit.

                                Instead, go back to these websites when you’re uninspired, need new workouts or need some new healthy recipes. Knowing is only half the battle, if that. You have to follow through to see results.

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                                Ragnar is a passionate writer who blogs about personal development at Lifehack.

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                                Last Updated on September 28, 2020

                                The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                                The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                                At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

                                Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

                                One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

                                When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

                                So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

                                Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

                                This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

                                Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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                                When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

                                Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

                                One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

                                Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

                                An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

                                When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

                                Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

                                Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

                                We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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                                By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

                                Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

                                While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

                                I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

                                You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

                                Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

                                When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

                                Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

                                Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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                                Con #2: Less Human Interaction

                                One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

                                Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

                                Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

                                This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

                                While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

                                Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

                                Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

                                This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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                                For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

                                Con #4: Unique Distractions

                                Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

                                For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

                                To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

                                Final Thoughts

                                Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

                                We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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