Now more than ever, the backbone of America — small businesses just like us — need the support of one another and the community. In our effort to do what we can to help our fellow entrepreneurs and business owners not only survive but thrive, we decided to start the Support Small Business Initiative. Check out some of our favorite small businesses and how you can show them some love.
BENEFITS OF THE ROWING MACHINE (PLUS A KILLER 12-MINUTE WORKOUT ROUTINE) The rowing machine always seems to be the last kid picked in the cardio machine game. Maybe that’s because not everyone has experienced the rowing machine’s true potential? We’re going to take you through not only the benefits of the rowing machine, but also proper technique and a 12-minute interval workout, in hopes it becomes your go-to cardio choice just as it has ours.
8 REASONS WHY A WORKOUT PARTNER IS BETTER FOR YOUR HEALTH If you could only do two things to improve your health, we suggest exercising and spending quality time with friends. The former is self-explanatory, but the latter may be even more important than you think. Loneliness is as harmful to your well-being as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, according to a study in Perspectives on Psychological Science. Why not combine the two? Grab a workout buddy and sweat together.
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HEALTHY TAKE-OUT OPTIONS IN CHARLESTON Being quarantined under stay-at-home orders can make it difficult to stick to a healthy eating plan. Many of us are finding ourselves mindlessly snacking throughout the day and — with grocery delivery times prolonged and wanting to stock up on food we know won’t go to waste — eating more packaged shelf-stable goods. To help you maintain and perhaps even enhance your health, we searched the Charleston area for quick, healthy, fresh meals to-go that are sure to satisfy your cravings and hunger. And best of all, when you order from any of these businesses, you are supporting local!
VEGAN, PALEO, GLUTEN-FREE NO-BAKE APPLE PIE We don’t have to tell you how talented our trainers and staff at Longevity Fitness Charleston are. But did you know that Pilates instructor/marketing gal Marie Delcioppo is also a certified raw foods chef?! In 2014, Marie’s apple pie recipe was featured in The New York Times as THE go-to dessert for your Thanksgiving table. In honor of Pi Day (March 14), we’re sharing Marie’s famous apple pie recipe. Enjoy!
RAW, VEGAN CHOCOLATE ALMOND FUDGE Think chocolate is good for the heart? Not so fast… It depends on the type of chocolate. The less processed the chocolate, the better it is for you. It’s important to look for raw, organic cacao, which you can find in most groceries and health food stores in powder and nibs. This unprocessed, pure form of chocolate is rich in a class of plant nutrients called flavonoids, which can aid in cardiovascular health.
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HOW TO SLEEP BETTER: 37 HACKS FOR A GOOD NIGHT’S REST & REFRESHING MORNING We know we are supposed to get enough sleep, and we really try. But we also know it is often easier said than done. In honor of Sleep Awareness Week (March 1-7), we’ve pulled together the best of the best tips and tricks experts swear by to combat sleep problems, both big and small. Whether you need to get into bed more relaxed or get out of bed more rested, this list is sure to help. 7 WAYS RELATIONSHIPS KEEP US HEALTHY Who is the first person you call to share good news, to relax, to belly laugh, to vent, to cry? On any given day, you turn to different people for different reasons. Whether it’s the silly conversation with the kids on the car ride to school, sharing a romantic moment with your spouse, collaborating with coworkers, or grabbing a drink with a friend, loving relationships sustain us, define us, and keep us healthy. “People involved in loving relationships have [fewer] doctor visits, shorter hospital visits, have less pain, and have more positive emotions,” said Kirtly Parker Jones, MD, of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of Utah Healthcare. She added that loving friendships make us more resilient when hard times come.