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Spring-Mounted Bike Pedals That Go Easy On Your Joints

Posted by on Dec 13, 2013 in Health & Fitness | 0 comments

Biking to and from work every day can do wonders for your health and physique, but it’s not all a bed of roses. Using pedals that clip to your shoes and hold your feet firmly in place can cause wear and tear on your legs and joints. So a German company called BioConform has created a set of spring-mounted pedals that let riders lock in while still enjoying some freedom of movement in their limbs. Competitive cyclists might decry the design of the BIUS1 pedals as absorbing and wasting some of the energy transferred from their limbs to a bike’s drivetrain. But anyone who’s only racing being late for work should appreciate the pedals’ unique design, … …read more...

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Send Pain Packing, Stat!

Posted by on Dec 9, 2013 in Health & Fitness | 0 comments

Suck it up: The longer you put off pain, the worse it’ll feel, says new research from Imperial College London. In the study, the majority of participants chose to immediately receive tiny electric shocks, rather than wait for a painful dentist appointment at a later date. It’s the waiting that makes your pain sting worse. “When people are waiting for pain, they take into account that they’ll have to anticipate it for as long as they’ll be waiting,” says study author Giles Story, a Ph.D. candidate. “That motivates them to escape the dreaded event altogether–or if that’s not possible, get …read...

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Know Your Numbers

Posted by on Dec 6, 2013 in Health & Fitness | 0 comments

HAVE A GOAL The best way to become more active is to combine tracking with goal setting, says Dena Bravata, M.D., M.S., a Stanford University researcher. Set a target: 10,000 steps is great for a healthy guy, but even modest goals challenge you to move more than you would when tracking alone. MH PICK: Fitbit Force A smart display makes this a sleek watch, with constant monitoring of daily activity. $130, fitbit.com FACTOR IN ERROR Monitors can overestimate calories burned by as much as 40 percent, says Dan Heil, Ph.D., an exercise physiologist at Montana State University. So track …read...

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5 Swaps for a Better Burn

Posted by on Dec 3, 2013 in Health & Fitness | 0 comments

Everybody wants to know how they can get a high-revving metabolism. But even before you jump on a treadmill to crush calories and deplete your visceral fat, there are simple nutrition tricks you can use to get your flab-torched fast. Check out these 5 simple food swaps to speed up your metabolism–and the workout style you need to ignite your fuel-burning furnace. WATER Drink tap or mineral water, not purified water. In a Swiss study, purified water didn’t boost men’s metabolic activity, but water that contained minerals did. OIL Use olive oil, not flaxseed oil. Both are sources of omega-3s, but olive oil triggers …read...

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11 Easy Post-Workout Snacks and the Science of Why They Work

Posted by on Dec 2, 2013 in Health & Fitness | 0 comments

Post-Exercise recovery can be simplified into 3 Rs: rehydrate, refuel and rebuild. Rehydrating replaces lost fluids and electrolytes from sweat, while refueling focuses on carbohydrates to restore muscle glycogen and essential amino acids from high-quality proteins help repair and rebuild muscle tissue and stimulate muscle growth. As a general rule, try to get 15-25 g of quality protein, with .5-.7 g of carbohydrate per pound of body weight immediately post-exercise. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends carbohydrates within the first 30 minutes of stopping exercise to optimize the update of glucose into muscles. Since whole foods provide hundreds of bioactive compounds, such as antioxidants that may provide additional benefits for enhancing your recovery, focus on whole foods first and supplements second. Read...

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