How many times have you said to yourself, “I could be happy if only ___”? Whether it’s a new job, more money, or even just a little more alone time, it’s easy to build a barrier between our current situation and the ever-elusive state of “happy.” Now for some good news: There is another way.
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Can we go ahead and call it? Thanksgiving is the most epic of holidays. It’s one of the only times when eating as much as possible is not only acceptable behavior but downright celebrated. The only downside is that all that stuffing tends to leave us, well, stuffed. Before you bid a tearful goodbye to your skinny jeans forever or opt for more drastic measures, turn to this roundup for a little wellness inspiration. Our detox menu will blast away bloat and ensure you kick off the approaching New Year (yeah, remember resolutions?) as the picture of good health.
1. Take 10
Think staying healthy requires a hefty time commitment? Think again. Each of these wellness breaks only takes ten minutes or less to complete. Make them a part of your daily routine, and we guarantee you’ll see a difference, inside and out.
2. Take it to the Streets
And by streets, we of course mean taking your fitness quest to the great outdoors. When temperatures plummet, runners fall in one of two categories: those who resign themselves to the treadmill, and those who layer up and tough it out. Planning to brave the elements? Here’s a checklist of the apparel, equipment, and grooming goods you’ll need.
3. Hunker Down
Often, it’s not a lack of will power but a lack of free time that keeps us from our daily sweat sesh. The solution? Maintain a small, well-curated collection of tools and weapons for your touch screen that will actually serve you well. Here are seven of our favorite apps to help you streamline your routine and simplify your life.
4. Workout, Anywhere
There’s no need to abandon your exercise while traveling. These easy poses by yoga rebel Tara Stiles, founder of New York studio Strala Yoga, will help you de-stress, beat jet lag, recover from plane-induced tummy troubles, and more. Best of all, you can do them anywhere—even a tiny hotel room.
5. Get Your Chocolate Fix
Who says healthy foods can’t taste good? Created by Dr. Lipman and goop, this rich smoothie combines raw cacao (yes, chocolate), honey, and a couple secret ingredients. Find out how to make this creamy treat and why it’s so good for you.
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How to: Stay Fit When You’re On The Go
Summer break is officially over—which means busy season is starting to kick into high gear. Classes are in full swing, work is piling up, and some days it’s hard to even eat three meals let alone fit in a good workout.
Whether you’re traveling or just dashing around in a frenzy, Men’s Health expert BJ Gaddour has a few suggestions for how to squeeze in some exercise. His simple tips include stretches like flexing your hips (especially if you spend most of the day in a chair), breaking a sweat with squats and pushups, and a killer 10-minute workout you can do in a small space with just your body weight.
Kick your excuses to the curb with BJ’s full list of tips here!
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After the relative calm of August, September marks the beginning of the always-bananas fall. It’s no wonder that this is also National Yoga Month—we can all use a reminder to take a few deep breaths. And, while the Birchbox eds are big yogis (at home and on the road) we know there are plenty of you who are yet to be sold. That’s why we asked the experts Pure Yoga in New York for tips on finding your yoga groove. Managing teacher Terrence Monte already told us how to find our yoga match, now he’s dispelling five rampant myths.
Myth #1: You can’t do yoga if you’re not flexible
I don’t go to the dentist because my teeth are terrible. But that’s not a reason not to do it. Going to the dentist will markedly improve your teeth. Going to yoga will markedly improve your flexibility NOW and in the future. Stop waking up with soreness, tightness, and back pain. Come do yoga.
Myth #2: You have to be crunchy granola to love yoga
It’s true. Some yogis are vegans, wear burlap, and apply patchouli instead of deodorant. But, on the flip side, there are also plenty of yogis who were once in finance or engineering (present company included) or owned a business. These yogis are relatable and down to earth, and won’t force you to go vegan. They might ask you to “Om,” but they also won’t make you feel stupid for faking it. If you don’t want to chant, don’t; if you don’t want to meditate, don’t. But this is two minutes of a 60-minute class that might actually change the way you feel about your body and your life. Find a teacher who resonates with you.
After the relative calm of August, September marks the beginning of the always-bananas fall. It’s no wonder that this is also National Yoga Month—we could all use a reminder right about now to take a few deep breaths. And, while the Birchbox eds are big yogis (at home and on the road) we know there are plenty of you who are yet to be sold. That’s why we asked the experts Pure Yoga in New York for tips on finding your yoga groove. Here, managing teacher Terrence Monte diagnoses the right type of yoga for every need.
In general, beginners should try several different styles with several different teachers. Neophytes come into yoga with very specific, often misconceived, ideas of what yoga is. If you take classes with three different teachers, you’ll see a huge spectrum of what yoga can be. Once you have the moves down, find a teacher that quickens your blood. It is the teacher, not the style, that matters most in yoga practice. Align yourself with one who speaks to you (literally and metaphorically), and you will come back for more.
If you need rebalancing: Go for Slow Flow. New York City is fast-paced, in your face, and aggressive. This can put you off kilter and leaving you feeling abused. A Slow Flow class can put things in perspective. You will still have an athletic challenge—people actually say holding these poses is more challenging—and you will get in touch with a slow, steady, cyclic, meditative breath.