Break up the Grind and Deskercise

Whether you’re on the grind in the library or at work, chances are that you spend quite a bit of time sitting at a desk. Our bodies aren't naturally structured to sit for prolonged periods of time, so it’s important to break up that feeling of being chained to the desk every so often. Take quick mini-breaks throughout the day with these quick fixes to work those “good posture muscles” while you work:

  • Make “desk angels”: Bring your arms up 90 degrees as if you’re lying down to make a snow angel. Move your arms up and down, squeezing the spot between your shoulder blades. Reactivate your upper body, bring your shoulders back from a slouchy position, and channel your inner kid with this move!

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  • Grab elbows behind back: Just as it sounds. Squeeze your shoulders down and back for a natural posture lift.  If you can’t reach your elbows, grab your forearms - now you have a flexibility goal to work for!

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  • Push your chin back: Fight upper cross syndrome (characterized by slouchy, rounded shoulders and an obvious curve to the neck and upper back) with this fix. The chin tends to jut forward when sitting at a desk, and the added pressure can cause back and shoulder aches. We don’t notice because we’re usually looking at a computer screen, not a mirror! Push your chin back every 30 minutes or so to maintain good posture.

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An UNinterrupted Independence Day

Happy Independence Day Eve, everyone!  While you’re busy with prep work (or simply figuring out what to wear to the barbecue tomorrow), it’ll be useful to keep in mind the sorts of dishes you’ll be eating tomorrow and what sort of effects they might have, especially if you’re going through PMS right now.  Though these tips are aimed at alleviating symptoms, they’re also generally useful health tips as well!

Here is a list of some popular foods you’ll most likely be enjoying this Fourth of July:

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  • Ribs: Studies have shown that a diet rich in iron actually prevents PMS symptoms especially in comparison to those with potassium-rich diets. This isn’t to say load up on iron-rich foods but a call for a more well-rounded diet to alleviate PMS discomfort. Meat is a great source of iron, so work in a couple of ribs into your diet this Independence Day. There’s no better excuse to eat some yummy barbecue! But also keep in mind that too much red meat (and dairy!), chockful of saturated fats, can aggravate mood swings. They tend to cause estrogen levels to rise and an imbalance to hormone levels, so everything in moderation!
  • pieimagecopyrighted4 Pie… sweets… desserts in general: It’s going to be hard, but refrain from eating too much cake or sweets! Refined sugar causes an immediate rise in blood sugar levels since it makes it hard for the body to process estrogen. You’ll also tend to feel bloated from sodium retention, so don’t forget to cut back on using the salt shaker. Highly refined sugars also rid the body of natural vitamins so it’s best to limit sugar intake (and also alcohol) 2 weeks before your period starts to keep PMS in check.
  • spinach-arugula-cranberry-walnut-saladSide dishes of beans, leafy greens and such: To put it simply, these are good. They’re  packed with riboflavin (B2) and thiamine (B1) which lower PMS symptoms. Ironically, vitamin B supplements have been known to make PMS symptoms worse, so get your source of B-vitamins from their natural source: food.

There you have it—if you happen to be lucky enough to not have PMS during Independence Day, more power to you! But for those that do, hope this list of popular foods this holiday will help you make better choices so that you can enjoy your day UNinterrupted.

Wishing you a safe and fun Fourth of July,

Girl U