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The Best 16 Must-Read Health, Fitness and Happiness Blogs for 2014

The Best 16 Must-Read Health, Fitness and Happiness Blogs for 2014

Millions of people all over the world write blogs, and millions more people read these blogs. With so many blogs about every topic imaginable, it can be hard to tell which ones have accurate information and which ones do not. For instance, when it comes to health and fitness blogs, it is important to get accurate information. That is why we have compiled this list of some of the best health and fitness blogs on the Internet.

1. Precision Nutrition

This blog talks about healthy eating and helps people make the best dietary choices for their lifestyles. Blog posts are geared towards average people and are loaded with great information.

Precious Nutrition

    2. Ask Lauren Fleshman

    Get all the information you ever wanted about running from professional runner Lauren Fleshman, five-time NCAA champion middle-distance runner and 15-time All-American middle distance runner.

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    Lauren

      3. Time to Cleanse

      Learn about cleansing diets, as well as many other health-related topics for the entire family, including furry family members. Don’t forget to take the quiz to discover your body toxicity.

      TimeToCleanse

        4. Fit-Bottomed Girls

        This blog promotes healthy activity, sensible eating, and having positive views about life, as well as about health and fitness. Find recipes, exercise routines, reviews on new fitness gear and books, and more.

        FitBottomed

          5. Sprouted Kitchen

          Learn about whole foods, seasonal vegetables, and how to create meals with these foods that are as delicious as they are healthy.

          Sprouted

            6. James Hamblin (at The Atlantic)

            Senior Editor at The Atlantic, Hamblin writes about many health topics, including caffeine, anxiety, autism, sex and more. Readers can expect new columns daily.

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            Atlantic

              7. Mile Posts

              Most runners have had moments when they have no get up and go. This blog tackles overcoming obstacles for runners. Writer Dorothy Beal has overcome three chronic illnesses to become a runner, and offers fitness tips, as well as words of motivation.

              Mileposts

                8. Q by Equinox

                The Equinox chain of gyms provides fashion magazine quality photos, as well as videos and endorsements from celebrities. Topics include fitness, lifestyle topics and even vacation tips.

                Q

                  9. fANNEtastic Food

                  Creator Anne Mauney is a Registered Dietician and online nutritionist who offers loads of healthy recipes, as well as tips for preparing and eating healthy foods. She also provides information about running, working out and general health tips.

                  Fannestic

                    10. Strength Running

                    Jason Fitzgerald writes about the benefits of strength training for runners. He teaches people about preventing injuries, recovering from injuries, and exercises to improve strength. This is a great blog for anyone who loves to run but who has had past injuries and wants to avoid more in the future.

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                    Strengthrunning

                      11. Oiselle

                      The apparel company provides a blog with information about stretching, strengthening, race information, and more.

                      Oissle

                        12. iRunnerBlog

                        Marathon runner Scott Miles offers resources for runners, including information from athletes, trainers, physical therapists, and nutritionists. Other topics include workouts, racing, and apparel.

                        IRunner

                          13. Dean’s Blog

                          Dean Karnazes, runner and writer for Runner’s World, writes about all things related to running.

                          RunnerWorld
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                            14. MindBodyGreen

                            This is a blog that is about a lot more than just physical health. It is also about relationships, finances, stress, spirituality, and many other things that affect overall mental and physical health.

                            MBG

                              15. Black Girls Run

                              Founded by Toni Carey and Ashley Hicks, this is a blog devoted to African American women who want to get in and stay in shape. Topics include fitness, healthy living, beauty, and fashion. Carey and Hicks have started almost 70 female African American running groups.

                              Black Girls Run

                                16. Om Gal

                                Yogi Rebecca Pacheco writes about the benefits of yoga and stretching, and also posts videos. This is her online diary, and one that is popular with many yoga enthusiasts.

                                Omgal

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                                  5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                                  5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                                  Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

                                  Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

                                  Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

                                  1. Get Rationally Optimistic

                                  Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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                                  This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

                                  In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

                                  The result: no more mental stress.

                                  2. Unplug

                                  Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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                                  How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

                                  It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

                                  Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

                                  3. Easy on the Caffeine

                                  Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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                                  Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

                                  4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

                                  That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

                                  How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

                                  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
                                  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
                                  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

                                  While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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                                  5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

                                  This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

                                  The result: mental stress will be gone!

                                  So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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