Growing up, summer vacation meant freedom from the confines of the classroom and the ability hang out with our friends and enjoy all the things we loved to do. As we got older and finished school, the idea of a summer vacation disappeared altogether, with work continuing straight through the warmest months. But as we’ve gotten older still and had little ones who are now enjoying their own summer vacations, these months now come with their own unique set of responsibilities and stresses that can threaten the healthy lifestyles we’ve cultivated over the school year. To the rescue: These strategies will help you avoid the stress of the kids being home and help you stick to your healthy habits.
No matter how old we get, June will always bring with it a feeling of release, of finally having the time to get outside and enjoy the glorious early summer weather. And with National Trails Day falling on June 1, what better way to do so than by lacing up your sneakers and heading out on a hike? Actively enjoying nature delivers countless health perks, both physical and mental, and many areas offer beautiful opportunities to do so. Read on to discover the benefits of hiking and some of the best trails within striking distance of your apartment building.
Warmer weather means many things. Sleeping with the windows open, evening strolls after work, lounging by the pool…and cold, refreshing cocktails. We suffer through long days at the office with the promise of an icy sip the only thing helping us survive until the end of the day. But many cocktails we order in bars—especially those that are blended or frozen—are often loaded with sugars and syrups that can threaten to derail our healthy habits. To the rescue: These healthier twists on our favorite spring and summer cocktails are sure to have you raising a glass.
Did you know that the first full week of May is National Pet Week? Started by the American Veterinary Medical Association, the week is meant to celebrate the more than 200 million pets living in homes across America and the contributions they make to the lives of their owners. Indeed, pets are more than just a furry (or scaly) friend to cuddle and play with—they enrich the lives of their families in countless ways, including many that can actually improve their health. Read on to discover the health benefits of having a pet!
Spring can inspire many things, like spending more time outdoors, getting rid of clutter, and eating fresher foods. And while for most people that means adding more fruits and vegetables to their plates, it can and should also mean cooking with fresh, antioxidant-rich herbs. But herbs can be hard to shop for at the grocery store—bushels might be too large to use before the herbs go bad or confusion over how best to store them may dissuade someone from buying them at all. The solution: Grow your own fresh herbs at home in your very own apartment herb garden! Read on for the easy how-to, plus tips on ensuring yours grow heartily throughout the season.
Most people view spring cleaning as a necessary yet tedious chore. It’s time-consuming, boring, and often requires making a mess before cleaning it up. But spring cleaning actually has perks that go beyond having a clean and tidy home. Read on for the ways spring cleaning can improve your fitness, strengthen your immunity and even boost your mood for a healthier, happier season.