Weekly Health Roundup: April 21 – 25

For a boost of healthy energy for your weekend, here is your Weekly Health Roundup!

When you start a new fitness routine, it’s tempting to push yourself too hard, looking for immediate results. You can be impatient with your body, but in the long run, that impatience can lead to injury, exhaustion and a lack of motivation. Experts recently told Reuters Health, take it slow as you get out there this season. Make sure your running form is safe and comfortable (check out the above video for beginner’s tips). Also, try these tips for transitioning from treadmill to pavement from FitSugar to keep you on the path to success. If you’re looking to set a goal, check out fatatthefinish.com for races of all distances in Central Illinois.

The budding trees, the warm sunshine, the beautiful flowers…the sneezing, the tissues, the allergy meds. It is officially allergy season and almost everyone is feeling it. Don’t let the pollen and dust get you down. Treat your symptoms early to prevent a full-blown infection and try these tips to fight the itchy eyes and runny nose. As always, talk to your doctor to find the plan that best works for you. Now, get out there and bask in the Illinois Springtime!

Love it or leave it, quinoa is one of the trendiest kitchen essentials. But what exactly is it? Until last year, you’d be hard pressed to find an average consumer who could give you a straight answer. Since then, it’s been embraced by health nuts and made fun of by the likes of Bud Light. So the New York Times Well Blog took to the experts to give you 5 Things to Know About Quinoa. Some of the facts may surprise you. If you want to try it out, check out New York Times’s Recipes for Health: Great Grain Salads for inspiration.

Old, young, honeymoon phase, or Golden Anniversary, optimism may lead to happiness and health in relationships. A recent study published in the Journal of Psychosomatic Research indicates that your spouse’s optimistic outlook may be a key secret to a long-lasting relationship. “The results showed that people with an optimistic spouse had better physical mobility and fewer chronic illnesses…higher levels of relationship satisfaction and better team problem solving,” the author noted.

Weight loss efforts do not have to be confined to a 50-minute gut-busting exercise routine or skipping out on French toast for a breakfast smoothie. The writers at FitSugar have put together an outline of simple things you can do throughout your day to help you reach your goal weight. Try a little tip every hour to cultivate successful, healthy habits.