Weekly Health Roundup: April 28 – May 2

Stay on the track to healthy this weekend with our Weekly Health Roundup!

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Photo: Nick / Macheesmo – Greatist.com

Cooking for one can be an exciting adventure and provide a delicious sense of accomplishment. “Not only can cooking for yourself provide some much-needed alone time, but a healthy home-cooked meal can help you feel energized for whatever life throws your way,” says Kissairis Munos of Greatist. And any headline with the words EASY, HEALTHY and IN MINUTES has to be good. Munos has gathered recipes for every meal including some recipe-free meals that let you bring out your creative cookie side.

“Few things drive an emergency room staff quite as nuts as a patient who has, yes, carefully considered her preferences, designated a health care decision-maker should she become incapacitated, and documented all that information in an advance directive — which is sitting in a locked safe deposit box or stashed in a bureau drawer at home.” Paula Span’s article for the New York Times The New Old Age blog introduces audiences to a series of apps that allow you to digitally store medical information and other documents that can be accessed by email or bluetooth in case of an emergency.

Total wellness is more than just eating right and exercising regularly. Keeping your mind healthy is just as important as loading up on veggies and perfecting your plank form. To retrain her brain, Health.com’s Jancee Dunn tried “an array of research-backed brain-sharpening techniques over one six-week period.” From playing brain games to mastering new skills to getting enough sleep, you can jump start your memory and keep your mind sharp with her techniques.

Life is demanding between work, family, and attempting to keep up a social life of some sort. In the midst of all that, where does fitness fit in? “Only by taking care of ourselves do we stand a chance of being the kind of person we strive to be on the job, at home with our loved ones, and in our communities. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy,” says Greatist’s Martin Bjergegaard. There are simple ways you can increase your activity and make it part of your daily routine.

  1. Work Out Efficiently.
  2. Cater to Your Own Likes and Dislikes.
  3. Use Competitions as Motivation.
  4. Make a Schedule and Commit to It.
  5. Track Your Activity Levels.
  6. Choose Something Over Nothing.

Set yourself up for success with this article.

What drives athletes to run 250 miles across a desert? To bike 3,000 miles across the USA? To compete in extreme triathlons through ocean, sand and hills? Mental toughness. As Sally Tamarkin says, “In fact, mental toughness (or ‘grit’) may be the defining factor between finishing at the front of the pack and not finishing at all.” Get inspired by five extreme athletes and their stories of training, competition and extreme grit.