Posted by: myHealthyOC Team on December 11, 2013
We’re already starting to miss our signature 80 degree weather over here at myHealthyOC.com and we’re getting a little chilly.
Sure, digging out a few extra blankets from the garage burns calories and turning on the heater exercises your fingers, but we decided to take a look at a healthier way to increase your circulation as the weather cools down.
Helpful fruits like blueberries and grapes help improve the body’s metabolism, as well as save us from attacks from free radicals that might damage healthy cells. Plus, grapes are in season during the fall so it’s the perfect time to grab (more…)
Posted by: rachel king, editorial assistant on December 10, 2013
Temperatures are dropping and sweaters are layering up! Keeping yourself warm and cozy is simple, but what about the plants in your yard? Shorter days may still be full of sunshine, but the chill in the air can drop nighttime temperatures by 15 degrees, sending some small trees and plants into shock. We may live in Southern California but that doesn’t mean your plants are safe! Be prepared for the cold weather and follow these steps to make sure your leafy friends stay (more…)
Posted by: myHealthyOC Team on December 6, 2013
Choosing activewear for your young adult can be difficult, especially with an eye for quality and durability for everything she loves to do. lululemon athletica, a popular brand among Orange County residents, has opened its third young adult clothing store ivivva at South Coast Plaza.
From dancing, to ice skating, to running, to yoga, to gymnastics and everything inbetween, ivivva’s cross-functional athletic apparel has everything you need for your tween.
While great athletic gear can be an everyday must for your active young adult, ivivva’s new location will feature the brand’s “Giving it Back” program. For every “Stretch it out” yoga mat purchased (more…)
Posted by: myHealthyOC Team on December 5, 2013
Every few months Southern California is overtaken by McRib fever. The fall McRib season is already here, but have you heeded McDonald’s calls that the “McRib is back?”
If you ask us, you probably should probably ignore that call. Let’s start with the basics: Eating an entire McRib sandwich, complete with bun, sauce, slivered onions and pickle slices earns you 500 calories for the day. In these 500 calories, you also can account for 48 percent of your daily saturated fat intake, plus 41 percent of your sodium intake.
Why are these numbers so terrible? Saturated fat is (more…)
Posted by: myHealthyOC Team on December 4, 2013
Yes, we’re right in the middle of flu season and as the weather runs the spectrum of 80 degrees to tempestuous, you’re sure to be sniffling.
Although we wish magical pills can solve our inconvenient sickness, antibiotics are not always the answer. Before our sniffles get worse, we decided to take a look at some of the common flu symptoms:
- Sore throat
- Ear pain
- Runny nose
- Sinus pain or pressure
Check, check and check, time to hand over the pills, right? (more…)
Posted by: rachel king, editorial assistant on December 2, 2013
Lucky for us, the weather in Orange County is nowhere near blinding blizzards or freezing temperatures. With this in mind, we also have no excuse to sit around in cozy slippers and sweaters after work or school. Don’t let the shorter days and chilly weather stop you from enjoying your normal workout and try a few of these exercises to liven up your December workout schedule.
This exercise is a mix of cardio and strength training. Between each round of 60 second sprints, step off the treadmill and (more…)
Posted by: myHealthyOC Team on November 27, 2013
Editor’s note: The Goodwill Fitness Center is doing amazing things for OC residents with disabilities and chronic diseases. Through our partnership with the center, this month we are featuring their physical therapist: Stephanie Djang
Stephanie Djang is the Physical Therapist at the Goodwill Fitness Center and works daily with a variety of members who have different disabilities. Of the members that work with her, some are trying to gain new function or mobility while others are hoping to maintain the function that they already have.
Because Stephanie specializes in hand therapy, many members with contractures of their hands (for example those who have suffered a stroke or traumatic brain injury) seek her help in regaining (more…)