5 Apps Every Woman Needs on Her Phone

5 Apps Every Woman Needs on Her PhoneAccording to a ton of studies, women spend around 8-10 hours on their phone a day. With that much time spent, why not spend it on something productive? Here are a few apps that could benefit women whether it be through organization, safety, or just plain fun.

 

  1. Period Tracker

There are thousands of apps to track your period but Period Tracker by GP International LCC is my personal favorite. It is so simple to use. You have a calendar and the app allows you to enter the dates you start and end your period. It shows you your light and heavy days so you know how many pads or tampons to keep in your purse that day. It also shows when you are ovulating and fertile – whether you’re trying to get pregnant or avoid it completely.

 

  1. 10 Daily Yoga Poses

What better way to start off your day than with yoga? The app 10 Daily Yoga Poses by Play Simple gives you 10 yoga poses that you hold for 30 seconds each. It starts off with easier poses and gets a little more difficult the more you use the app. It is definitely the best way to get the sleep out of your eyes and your blood pumping. And it only takes 5 minutes!

 

  1. SafeTrek

There are quite a few safety apps out there for women but the one that makes me feel the safest is SafeTrek by SafeTrek, Inc. The app is a lot more user friendly than most safety apps. After you enter your name and number, the app asks you to put in a 4 digit pin code. Then it displays a button that you hold when you’re in an area you don’t feel totally safe in. If you remove your finger from the button, the app asks you to put in your 4 digit code. If the code isn’t entered within 10 seconds, the app alerts the authorities of your location and help will be on the way.

 

  1. Our Groceries Shopping List

Whether you’re shopping for yourself, your roommates, or your family, Our Groceries Shopping List buy HeadCode is a lifesaver. You just enter everything you need to buy at the store and the app breaks it up for you into categories such as produce, bakery, or dairy. That way you are able to get everything you need from one section of the store without forgetting something and have to go back. This app is beyond necessary for keeping you organized in your busy life.

 

  1. Snapchat

After a list of totally useful apps, you may ask, “What the heck is Snapchat doing on this list?” Well, I asked around 50 girls what the app they use the most is and Snapchat was the number one answer. What is the huge appeal of Snapchat, though? Well, instead of posting on Facebook or Instagram, you can share a picture of yourself or something you’re doing without the expectation of someone commenting or liking it. Snapchat is fun and more flexible than other social media and according to most girls, absolutely necessary to have on their phone.

 

So what are you waiting for? I know you’re reading this on your phone! Go download these apps and make those 10 hours on your phone more fun and productive.

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Why You Should Stop Checking Your Scale

Unless you participate in a sport that requires you to fall within a certain weight range, there is really no reason you should be overly concerned with how much you weigh. If you’re rapidly gaining or losing weight, then of course you need to address it with your physician, but basing your health and fitness off of a number isn’t always the best way to operate. Here’s a few reasons why you should quit checking your scale.

Weight fluctuates

If I weigh myself at three different times in a day, I can almost guarantee you that all three measurements will reflect different weights. This is for a few reasons. First, your weight will fluctuate during the day depending on what goes into (and what comes out of) your body, and second, you can’t guarantee that all scales are the same. If I eat and drink nothing between my house and the gym and get on the scales at both locations, I can never get one, guaranteed-accurate number.

 

It’s frustrating

Because weight does have this tendency to change on us every minute, tracking your health and weight loss progress through a scale can be a trying process. Nobody wants to see that they’ve gained a pound the day after a hard workout, but it happens often. This can be very discouraging; if you’re doing everything right but don’t seem to see any results via the scale, what motivation is there to keep pushing yourself?

 

Weight is just a number

I’m well aware that this is probably the most cliche thing I could tell you, but it’s true! Weight is nothing more than a number on a scale. It has little to do with how you look and is definitely not a reflection of how you feel. Many people who decide to dedicate themselves to a healthier lifestyle will find that their weight doesn’t change, or that they actually gain weight. However, this doesn’t mean that you don’t look way more toned and feel like a totally new person.

 

What you see in the mirror isn’t defined by the number on your scale. Learn to keep your focus on how you’re feeling, both mentally and physically, and you’ll start to notice much more consistent progress!

7 Easy Ways to Help Prevent the Cold and Flu

Winter is officially upon us.  The temperature is cooling, leaves are falling, and people everywhere are… sneezing?  That’s right– It may be one of the most beautiful times of the year, but with that also comes the threat of the dreaded, less anticipated, cold and flu season.  Now, there may be no stopping it when the flu comes knocking on your door, but we can certainly take a few preventative steps to keep her away for as long as possible.

Here is a list of 7 easy and natural ways to boost your immune system and help keep those cold and flu germs away:

Stay Hydrated

Drinking lots of fluid is key to keeping healthy.  Every single cell, tissue and organ needs water to survive.  Staying hydrated will keep your body running the way it’s supposed to, in turn, keeping your immune system up and running.

Garlic

Garlic is packed with antioxidants that help boost your immune system.  Throwing some chopped or whole garlic cloves into that chicken soup could benefit your body.

Lemon

Lemon is great for the body for a multitude of reasons.  Not only does it aid in digestion and help prevent kidney stones, lemon soothes sore throats, helps balance your body’s pH levels, and is a great source of Vitamin C! Try drinking water with lemon or adding lemon to your tea.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a natural immune booster.  Drinking OJ or taking a Vitamin C supplement this flu season could certainly help.

Washing your hands/Disinfecting

Germs are so easily spread that they are even airborne in some instances.  Our hands are the most susceptible to germ transfer; with all the touching of doorknobs, phones, railings, and the like, followed by touching our own belongings (like a cell phone) and then proceeding to put that against our face.  Yuck.  Keep those hands clean and disinfect areas of public exposure to help increase your odds in the germ catching relay game.

Gargle

When you feel that dreaded tickle in your throat or that slight dry soreness, it feels like the calm before the storm.  Keep your throat moistened by drinking a lot of water and by gargling.  Add a little salt to warm water, gargle, spit, and repeat until your throat feels soothed.

Rest Up

We all know that sleep is crucial for our energy levels, and our energy is depleted when the body is using so much of it to aid our immune system.  Rest up and give your body that extra energy it needs to fight the immune battle.

 

These tips are not cures and may not work to prevent the cold and flu for everyone, but they certainly help our body function at its best.  I wish you all the best of luck at ducking the cold and flu this season!

Real Women Have Curves: Not

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(Image Credit: Iordani)

Sure, “real women have curves.” But some real women don’t have curves. And that’s okay, but saying that women are only “real” if they fit one body stereotype or another is completely not okay. In fact, it’s entirely hypocritical and it isn’t helping improve the situation on either side of the spectrum whatsoever. Continue reading

Social Media, Anxiety and YOU

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(Image Credit: ViewApart)

“Did someone like my status? Or see my newest picture on Instagram?” “I know I didn’t get a notification, but it won’t hurt to check just to be absolutely completely sure that nothing new happened on Facebook.” Yes, I’m one of those people. Someone who checks his social media accounts periodically, even when he knows decently well that nothing has happened. Rationally, I know it seems like borderline insane behavior – or at least the behavior of someone who is very anxious. But, at the same time, I know plenty of people just like me… Is social media making us crazy? Continue reading

The Importance of Drinking Enough Water

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(Image Credit: Eugenio Marongiu)

In My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Toula’s dad swears that Windex is the answer to all life’s skin ails from zits to neck tumors. The way Gus Portokalos feels about Windex is how I feel about water. The only difference is I have facts on my side. Water really is the cure for everything! Continue reading

The Health Benefits of Cuddling

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(Image Credit: Warren Goldswain)

Most of us really enjoy a good cuddle every now and then. Whether that’s with your significant other, your dog or cat, or that stuffed animal you’ve had since you were little, there’s just something about cuddling that makes us feel good. In fact, there’s this girl who is allowing people to buy cuddle time with her, a completely innocent way for her to help others feel better. But does it actually really help us? Well, as it turns out there are some really great health benefits of cuddling. Continue reading

Why a Good Cry Can Be a Good Thing

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(Image Credit: nuzza11)

I am a big fan of crying; fat tears racing for the bottom of your face kind of crying. Plenty of studies by fancy psychologists will back me up in saying that it is absolutely cathartic. I believe in crying, because I believe in dealing with emotions and processing them. Continue reading

Five Ways To Fight Puffy Eyes

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(Image Credit: Tinx)

There are many reasons why people’s eyes get puffy. A lack of sleep, excessive crying or even allergies can be to blame. For me, it is most often attributed to binge watching Netflix and crying when I get too invested in a plot line. No one wants to deal with the incessant questions by well-meaning onlookers when it comes to going out in public. Next time you find yourself feeling poofy, check out these home remedies. Continue reading

Would You… Pay To Cuddle With A Stranger?

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(Image Credit: Nikita Buida)

In the past, lonely hearts had to spend their weekends by themselves with only their body pillows, a bottle of wine and a good rom-com to curl up to at night. Now, that doesn’t need to be the case. Continue reading

Four Ways to Tell if You’re a Cyberchondriac

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(Image Credit: Ana Blazic Pavlovic)

When I was a kid, I was sick all the time: tonsillitis, flu, pink eye. I probably had everything but chicken pox, although I had a rash once that I was convinced was chicken pox. Now that I’ve grown up, I’m actually pretty lucky and don’t get seriously sick often, but when you’ve been as sick as I have and you also have a biology degree, it gets easy to watch the symptoms add up. Continue reading

Just One Bite: Satisfying Your Food Cravings

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(Image Credit: Masson)

One look at that red velvet cake and your stomach is on the floor and at its mercy. But before you start giving birth to that food baby, what about starting with just a bite? Continue reading

Would You… Try a Paid Online Health Service?

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(Image Credit: Tinatin)

With the advent of the Internet, it’s no wonder that we rely more and more on the services offered to us online. But should our healthcare be treated the same way? My personal answer? The quality of professional, in-person health advice or assessment will always trump an online health advice service, at least given the state of health information and communication technology right now. Continue reading

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5 Home Workout Programs That Will Whip You Into Shape

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(Image Credit: Gromovataya)

It would be easy to fit in a workout if we all had a free 24 Hour Fitness next door, but unfortunately gym memberships aren’t feasible for everyone. Memberships aren’t cheap, and there are only so many hours in the day – you don’t always want to spend your precious free time en route to the gym. Continue reading