How a Breathing Routine Can Reset Your Day in Under 5 Minutes

Just take a deep breath! We’ve all heard that saying plenty of times, whether from a friend as a joke when we’re freaking out about something ridiculous, or in a teen movie when one zitty girl is trying to comfort another equally pimply peer about the rejection from her latest crush, or even from our yoga instructor when she’s explaining how to get from upward to downward dog. But what does “take a deep breath” really mean? And is there truly a science to it? Turns out, there is. A deep breath, when done with intention, can act as a refresh to your day. It can boost your energy and lift your spirits. Yep, we’re talking that “in with the good, out with bad” sort of thing. Dr. Sherry Ross, an OB/GYN and women’s health expert at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif., weighs in on how breath can be used as a reset, how it can benefit us and how to do it correctly. Deep breathing benefits Whenever you’re feeling frustrated, …

Better Sore Than Sorry, How to Soothe Sore Muscles

Achy muscles can be a pain, but there are some simple things you can do to make them feel better! You’ve been there: you signed up for a killer class, knocked it out of the park, and find that you can’t walk up (or down) a flight of stairs the next day. What is happening?! Why do you feel so incapacitated?! How can you make it better?! Welcome, friends, to DOMS: Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness. DOMS occurs when you ramp up the intensity and duration of a workout where you also use your muscles in a new way. Contrary to popular belief, this pain is not due to lactic acid build-up (that’s a different thing altogether and happens at a different time during a workout). DOMS is unique in that it’s specific to the sensation that comes significantly after a workout: it’s delayed by usually 1-2 days and can last as long as 3-5 days. Your sore muscles are actually giving you some great information: that tenderness, stiffness, and general soreness means you’ve put them …

The Benefits of Sleeping Naked

You know how amazingly free you feel in your birthday suit—especially when you’re cheek-to-cheek with soft, high-thread count sheets and topped off with a warm, thick comforter. But surprisingly only a mere 8 percent of us are down to clock some z’s in the nude. Sure, some might say it’s gross—you are rubbing your body and all the sweat, oil and dirt its acquired throughout the day—all over a surface you sleep on every night. But…it feels amazing and—even better—it’s surprisingly good for you! Is it healthy to sleep naked? Yes, it is healthy to sleep naked. There is nothing wrong with sleeping downsides, there are virtually no negative side effects. The benefits of sleeping naked include the fact that you will sleep better, it might help you lose weight, you don’t have to think about what outfit to wear, it helps boost your love life, it improves genital health and increases skin elasticity. You’ll actually sleep better You know how crucial a good-working air conditioner is in the hot summer months. But sleeping in …