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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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                                  Last Updated on May 22, 2019

                                  10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                                  10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                                  There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

                                  One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

                                  In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

                                  Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

                                  1. Cat Camel Stretch

                                  Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

                                  Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

                                  Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

                                  Here’s a video to guide you through:

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                                  2. Go for a Walk or a Run

                                  This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

                                  Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

                                  The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

                                  Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

                                  Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

                                  3. Jumping Jacks

                                  Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

                                  Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

                                  4. Abductor Side Lifts

                                  Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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                                  Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

                                  5. Balancing Table Pose

                                  This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

                                  Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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                                    6. Leg Squats

                                    Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

                                    Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

                                    The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

                                    7. Push Ups

                                    You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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                                    An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

                                    Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

                                    This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

                                    8. Bicycle Crunches

                                    There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

                                    Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

                                    9. Lunges

                                    Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

                                    Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

                                    This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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                                    10. Bicep Curls

                                    You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

                                    Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

                                    Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

                                    Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

                                    Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

                                    These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

                                    You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

                                    Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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