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Feb
18

The Coolest, Most Comfortable Workout Clothes for Your Shape

Posted by in Fitness, Tips

Outfits arranged by body type

Try these workout clothes based on your shape!
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Bodies come in all shapes and sizes—but that doesn’t mean that only some people get to look good while exercising! Here are some tips for looking great and feeling comfortable in your workout fashion.

  • Pear shapes: You’ll want to stick with lighter colors higher up on your body, so they draw attention away from your thighs. Flared pants can help balance and lengthen your overall shape. And avoid those pants with stripes down the side—they’ll make your hips look fuller!
  • Rectangle shapes: Create some curves with tops that cinch or have ruching at the right places—generally along the side of the garment.   Also, dare to use that lower-cut tank with a slightly padded sports bra—it will accentuate the best parts of your body! You should avoid wearing all one color, though.
  • Apple shapes: You want loose tops that cinch toward the bottom and help define your middle and conceal any unwanted tummy. Fitted capris are a great way to show off your toned legs. Unlike pear shapes, you want to avoid flared pants, since they’ll throw off your body proportions.
  • Hourglass shapes: Try V or scoop neck shirts with detailing near the middle to help accentuate the waist. Instead of shorts, try the ever-versatile skort. Stay away from loose-fitting clothes; you want to show off what you’ve got!

At the end of the day, an old t-shirt and sweats are just fine, too. Exercise is the important thing! (We promise the folks from What Not to Wear will not pop out from behind a treadmill to complain that your sweats have holes in them!).

However, sometimes a workout is just that much better, or we feel inspired to push a little longer or a little harder, when we feel confident about our bodies and the way we look. The right clothing can provide that boost.

What workout fashion has worked out best for you? Join the conversation on Facebook or Twitter—or show us your most flattering and comfortable exercise duds on Instagram!

Feb
11

Period Mood Swings and You

Posted by in Health, PMS

Angry woman surrounding by chalk designs

What causes period mood swings, and what can you do about them?
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We all get a little moody sometimes, but period mood swings are definitely one of the major reasons why PMS gets such a bad rap. Crying spells, angry outbursts, anxiety attacks—how do you make them stop? And how do you know if it’s PMS…or something else?

“You’ll know these emotional ups and downs are due to PMS if they start consistently a week to two weeks before your period and stop a day or two after menstruation starts,” says gynecologist Carol Livoti, MD. These mood swings generally happen during the last (luteal) phase of the menstrual cycle, usually days 14-28. And they’ll probably stop as soon as menstruation starts. (If they don’t, you may be suffering from depression or a different problem that you should talk to your doctor about right away!)

Scientists suspect period mood swings happen because of the shift in hormones, in particular the rise and fall of estrogen levels. Add a dash of life stress to that—divorce, job loss, or a tough presentation at school—and the mood swings can be even worse.

So what can you do to minimize the pain and suffering caused by period mood swings? Try a few of these options:

 

Exercise. No surprise here! Physical activity is great for your body, and it’s been shown to help with bad moods, too, thanks to the feel-good chemicals released from your brain when you get moving.

Eat small, frequent meals. Eating six small meals a day instead of the usual, bigger three can keep your blood sugar level and help with hormonal mood shifts. Work on keeping your carbohydrate intake down, too.

Try calcium supplements. One study showed that supplementing your diet with 500 milligrams of calcium twice a day can lead to significantly less depression and fatigue during your menstrual cycle. Be sure to check with your doctor before trying new supplements!

Manage the stress. While stress doesn’t cause mood swings, it can certainly contribute to them! Take time out to try some relaxation techniques like meditation, deep breathing, or yoga. You may also benefit from doing some group therapy—or just having a quiet chat with a supportive friend.

Remember the good things! Shifting hormones can actually make some things easier for you. One study suggested that when you have less progesterone in your system (generally around day five or six of your cycle), you’re able to be more thoughtful and empathetic. And when estrogen spikes between days five and thirteen, you’re likely to feel more confident, feminine, and attractive. Embrace it!

 

Period mood swings don’t have to be debilitating PMS side effects. Be kind to yourself, make a few simple lifestyle changes, and you’ll feel better in no time!

Feb
4

Fight PMS with These 3 Smoothies!

Posted by in Health, Nutrition, PMS

Smoothies are a great way to get the nutrition you need quickly and easily. But sometimes they can taste a bit…blah.

Not these smoothies!

Specially concocted to help soothe common PMS symptoms, these three PMS smoothie recipes will get you feeling better in no time. Check them out and let us know what you think in the comments!

 

Smoothie for headaches

Who has a Headache?…Not Me! (vitamin and mineral blend)

The vitamin riboflavin is great for treating headaches, and it just so happens spinach provides 32% of your recommended daily dose! Almond milk, mangoes, and kale also contain riboflavin.

 

1 cup of vanilla almond milk

1/2 cup of mango juice

Handful of organic baby kale

Handful of organic spinach

 

 

Superwoman Immunity (lots of B vitamin blend)Superwoman smoothie

A recent study showed that diets rich in vitamin B can prevent or alleviate PMS symptoms. And we’re talking diets here, not supplements. So try this smoothie to get your vitamin B game on!

 

1/2 cup of Kefir, plain

1/2 cup of water

1 whole orange; cut in pieces

1 apple, cut in pieces

1 banana

 

 

PMS smoothiePMS Be Gone! (all foods high in natural l-tryptophan)

Keep those chocolate cravings in check with this yummy—and healthy—alternative! This smoothie also contains sources of natural l-tyrptophan, a mood enhancer.

 

1 serving of chocolate protein (use real chocolate)

1.5 cups of soy milk

2-3 dates (cut in pieces first)

handful of slivered almonds

Jan
28

5 Tips for Dealing with Period Headaches

Posted by in Health, PMS

woman with headache holding head

Period headaches are common and can be extremely painful. Here are some tips to help you deal!
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Getting a headache is bad enough, but if you get one in the time leading up to your period—or during menstruation—you know it can be especially killer. The truth is, headaches can be a very common side effect of all the hormonal shifts going on in your body—60-70% of women who have migraines report that their headaches have some relationship with their period. What’s a girl to do?

Actually, there are plenty of ways to fight back against that period headache! Here are five to get you started:

  1. Figure out why. Even something as simple as keeping a journal of when your headaches occur and how they affect you can help you find patterns and figure out what sorts of behavior are triggering the period headaches. Other side effects like acne, fatigue, soreness, decreased urination, and lack of coordination set period headaches apart from the usual kind, so keep an eye on those symptoms.
  1. Lower your stress level. Obviously being stressed out is a bad thing, but at certain times of the month, stress can actually increase your chances of getting a period headache. Be sure to have a few go-to tricks in your bag for dealing with stress, such as yoga, deep breathing, meditation, and aerobic exercise.
  1. Get enough sleep. Drastic chances in your sleep patterns—or just not getting enough sleep, full stop—can lead to period headaches. Do yourself a favor and get those zzz’s to help your body handle hormone fluctuations.
  1. Eat regular meals. Do you usually skip breakfast? Sometimes miss out on lunch? Load up on treats like red wine, coffee, and chocolate? All of these things can cause period headaches, so do your best to keep your food intake regular and healthy, especially during menstruation.
  1. Talk to your doctor. Maybe it’s time to reevaluate the type of birth control you take or to consider an herbal supplement. If you’ve made general lifestyle changes and still have trouble with period headaches, you should definitely talk to a professional!

Don’t let period headaches interrupt your life! You can do small, simple things to feel better and prevent those symptoms from bringing you down next time!

 

Jan
21

How Menstruation Keeps Girls Out of School

Posted by in Health, International

Three young Nepalese girls

For many women and girls in Nepal, menstruation can make education–and personal safety–difficult.
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For many of us, getting our periods may be a little annoying, but it’s also considered a normal part of life. For millions around the world, though, getting a period every month can have serious consequences for school, jobs, and even health and personal safety.

In Nepal, for example, about 30% of girls miss school every month due to their periods, according to Her Turn. And UNICEF reports that 95% of girls surveyed in mid- and far western Nepal have to deal with some sort of restriction when they’re menstruating, due in large part to a tradition called chaupadi, which, depending on the culture, can mean women aren’t allowed to touch men, read books, or even sleep or eat in the same place as the rest of the family. In fact, many women are forced to stay in a shed during their periods, which means no heating during the winter, potential animal attacks, and even asphyxiation and burns due to trying to build fires in small spaces. Nepal’s Supreme Court ruled chaupadi illegal in 2005, but it’s still practiced in many places.

Even in places where chaupadi isn’t a tradition, girls still face challenges with menstruation because the facilities in their schools aren’t private or sanitary. Girls use newspaper, leaves, or even sand and ash instead of sanitary pads or tampons, simply because they don’t have access to or education about anything better!

And sure, skipping school might sound great, but it can have negative results in the future. The Girl Effect found that an additional year of primary school education can boost girls’ income from 10-20%. And an additional year of secondary school can raise it another 15-25%!

Taking all of this into account, several organizations got together last November to lead a discussion on menstruation and its effects on menstruation. Using the hashtag #PointPeriod, Her Turn and the Day of the Girl Summit asked and answered questions about the issue, hoping to raise awareness. It’s definitely worth checking out!

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