Balance

  • 31 Ways to Save Money and Stay Healthy

    When the economy heads south, we all start wondering how we can cut back on spending. Sadly, it’s often the things we do to stay healthy that are the first to go: the gym, massage, organic broccoli.

    Just because finances are tight doesn't mean your good habits have to slide. Here's how to scrimpwithout sacrificing your health.
    By Meghan Rabbitt
  • Roses For Afghanistan

    For the past few decades, everything has not been coming up roses for war-ravaged Afghanistan, but that may be changing for some Afghan farmers. Thanks to a project sponsored by German NGO Agro Action and WALA—the company behind beauty mogul Dr. Hauschka—nearly 300 Afghan farmers have signed on to grow organic roses instead of illegal opium poppies.

    By Lindsay Wilson
  • Dance Your Way to Better Health

    When it comes to getting your groove on, you may consider yourself among the rhythm-challenged, with two left feet and a repertoire confined to wedding-induced displays of the funky chicken. The words fun and dance have never gone together in your mind. But lock the door, close the blinds, and give it a try with no one else around because dancing truly is an easy way to get into shape.

    From ballet to Bollywood, find your fitness groove.
    By Karen Asp
  • Global Girl Power

    One out of every three women worldwide will suffer physical or sexual abuse this year. Violence against women is a major cause of poverty; it keeps women from getting an education, working, and earning an income.

    By Nicole Duncan
  • Stop Stressing Yourself Sick

    Convinced it will rain on the party you’re planning this weekend—and it’s only Monday? Turns out, those six days of unnecessary, perceived stress quite literally can make you “worried sick,” according to a new study.

    By Nicole Duncan
  • Killing Yourself With Kindness

    Miss Manners may favor a nod and a smile over angry tirades, but it turns out that pretending everything’s OK may not be so good for your health. A recent study published in Psychosom measured tightness in the lower back muscles of disgruntled participants. Those who swallowed their anger and faked a smile had the worst tightening and took the longest to recover.

    By Danielle Braff
  • Yoga for Hip Flexors

    Your hip flexors can tighten as a result of an abnormal tilt of the pelvis and from too much sitting. Also, “biking, running, and activities where you are in a hunched-over position lead to tight hip flexors because the muscle is being shortened,” says De West, yoga therapist at the Yoga Workshop in Boulder, Colorado.

    Elizabeth Gregg
  • Reclaiming Calm

    Once a bright student in his Gaza City classroom, 16-year-old Ahmed (name changed to protect identity) could no longer concentrate. His school performance took a nosedive after he watched Israeli soldiers kill his best friend. Images from that day haunted him: his friend’s body in pieces, his face ghostly white, and blood everywhere.

    Nightmares. Anxiety. Flashbacks. A traumatic event can trap you in a cycle of pain. Get your life back with these mind-body techniques.
    By Kristin Bjornsen
  • Is Clutter Affecting Your Health?

    Two summers ago, I couldn’t see the floor in my living room (or elsewhere in my apartment, for that matter). My one-bedroom apartment in New York City was littered with months-old newspapers, half-empty purses, photos, office supplies, unopened mail, coffee mugs, blankets—even pizza crusts.

    Odds are it is. Here’s how to organize your stuff and simplify your life—for good.
    By Penny Wrenn
  • Embrace Your Curves

    Leaning against the wall, I bend forward and raise one leg 90 degrees into Half Moon, a balance pose. When I’m steady, I unfurl my arms: one to a block on the floor, the other skyward. Supported by my standing leg, I feel like I could fly—all 175 curvy pounds of me.

    Yoga helps you love the body you have—now
    By Laurel Kallenbach