Everyone needs to stretch every day. You don’t need to stretch everything but you do need to target key areas and move your joints through full ranges of motion regularly to keep your body healthy. Joint heath is vital to leading an independent life. You want to be able to tie you shoes and reach the top shelf in your 80s and maybe even 90s.

This may not happen if you don’t take care of your joints when you’re young, especially if your work is primarily sedentary and/or you spend a lot of time on the computer, phone, or tablet. Stretching your muscles will help your joints function. Stretching also keeps your muscles from getting tight and short, which can alter the way you move in daily life–walking, climbing stairs– and in exercise–running, lifting. And tight muscles can increase your risk for injury.

Here are five of my favorite stretches that can be done without bands or other gadgets. Try integrating them into your day; some can even be done by your desk at work. Read More

A friend posted a food hack video on Facebook. It said you could make ice cream bread–which makes sense when you think about it. But, I wondered, can you make it using protein ice cream and lower carb flour? I tried. You can! Here’s how. Read More

The Nutrition Facts Label can be confusing: There’s a lot of information on that thing! Reading it is one challenge, understanding it and applying it to your specific needs is another. Some look only at the number of calories before deciding whether to consume a food or beverage. If that’s you, your missing a few important steps that could help you reach your health goals.

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