Posted Jun 24, 2015
Bright summer days call for hours spent lounging at the pool, with a drink in one hand and a stack of entertainment magazines at your side. Whether you want to preview summer movies and season premieres or plan to catch up on the latest celebrity gossip, Entertainment Weekly and People magazines are your go-to guides for everything Hollywood. And this month, EBSCO Reception Room Subscription Services is offering an exclusive combo deal on these subscriptions (offer expires July 4, 2015). So pack a beach towel and a bottle of sunscreen, and enjoy the best of summer entertainment with your favorite celebrity magazines.
Must-See Summer Movies
From big-budget blockbusters to superhero sagas, this summer is sure to delight moviegoers of all ages. And Entertainment Weekly’s annual Must List Issue provides a comprehensive calendar of every release date. Return to the theme park that captivated us more than two decades ago with the long awaited Jurassic World, or follow the hilariously adorable escapades of the Minions in the prequel to 2010’s Despicable Me. For fans of Marvel Comics, the superhero team Fantastic Four reunites to save Earth in the recent reboot of the famed franchise, and the smallest of Avengers, Ant-Man, stars in his first feature film.
Top-Rated TV Shows Return
Binge-watchers rejoice! Netflix’s Emmy Award-winning dramedy Orange is the New Black returns for a third season on June 12. Catch up with Piper, Crazy Eyes, and the rest of the women at Litchfield Penitentiary as they form alliances and navigate the social oddities of prison life. HBO’s acclaimed crime drama, True Detective, premieres June 21, with Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch, and Rachel McAdams as this season’s ensemble cast.
Highly Anticipated Tours
From 80s heartthrobs New Kids on the Block to the unexpected duo of Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, this summer boasts the hottest tours for music lovers of every taste. Pop darling Taylor Swift performs songs from her recent album, 1984, in style, with a stunning lights show and multiple costume changes. For alternative rock fans, U2 and front man Bono will bring a pared-down set to several cities with their Innocence + Experience tour, which includes six sold-out nights at New York City’s Madison Square Gardens.
Summer’s Best Celebrity Gossip
Find a sunny spot, grab a cocktail, and indulge in the juiciest celebrity gossip with People magazine. Keep up with the Kardashians as Bruce Jenner transitions to Caitlyn and Kim and Kayne announce their second pregnancy. Can’t get enough of The Bachelorette? Go behind the scenes with this season’s lucky lady Kaitlyn Bristowe and learn why certain guys just didn’t make the cut. Discover the latest trends, and find out who’s dating who inside every issue.
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Posted Jun 15, 2015
Grilling season is right around the corner. Look for your July grilling issues coming in the mail very soon. Bon Appetit magazine usually has a great grilling issue, but this time around I was lured in by the cover of Food & Wine. The burgers looked amazing, but what I really wanted was the secret to grilling ribs.
I’ve avoided ribs for years thinking it takes forever to prep them. Plus I felt that since I have a gas grill and don’t have a smoker that it was probably a futile adventure. It appears that my fears were unwarranted. Since my gas grill is on it’s last leg, maybe just this once I would invest in an old school kettle grill like my dad used back in the 70’s.
The June 2015 Food & Wine issue has the secret tips from a pit master on how to get that incredible smoky caramelized bark that Guy Fieri is always covets on his Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives show. My mission this season is to replicate this food unicorn.
You’ll find the article which starts on page 75…it has a recipe for the rub on a full rack of St. Louis-style ribs that sounds delicious. It has cinnamon and coffee grounds to give it a richer taste when blended with the sweet notes of brown sugar and savory flavor of the chili powder.
The pit master also shows you how to set up the charcoal for indirect heat, topped with oak wood chips for just the right amount of smoke. It looks similar to the snake method found here…which is probably what I will try. Thank you YouTube! If you really wanted to make them with a gas grill, you could also try it this way.
Now when it comes to the holidays, we usually have a party with more than just the family. This means you better have something refreshing to drink. I found a Thai Basil-ginger spritzer in the June 2015 issue of Cooking Light that sounds pretty good, but Thai basil has a hint of licorice taste which I am not real fond of…however, this drink reminded me of a drink I had at Craft Street Kitchen in Trinity, FL. It was a sweet basil-mint infused lemonade, that was extremely refreshing.
For those of you that want a little more zip in the drink department, Craft Street also served an unbelievable Smokey Old Fashioned. Mix a cedar plank, fire, smoke, a twist of orange peel, bourbon, little simple syrup and you’ve got yourself one heck of a drink. The take the cedar plank, burn it, then flip the glass over the flame so that it goes out and “smokes” the inside of the glass. Then they mix the recipe for an Old Fashioned in that smoke infused glass.
Get your grill on this summer with these great food and cooking magazines. And if you have a great recipe for meat or spirits don’t be afraid to add it in the comments for others to enjoy. Have a great 4th of July!
Posted Jun 12, 2015
Written by Natalie Laseter
Doctor’s offices, auto shops, and salons face a common quandary—how to keep male customers happy while they wait. Luckily, the answer is simple. This Father’s Day, make them feel at home with the gift of entertainment. From the latest sports coverage to investment advice, men’s magazines (available through EBSCO Reception Room Subscription Services) offer insightful articles for guys of every interest. Sample recent issues below and discover the best men’s magazines for your waiting room today!
Want to join the talk surrounding this month’s NBA finals? Sports Illustrated analysts make their picks and discuss which players face the most pressure going into the postseason. Can LeBron James deliver a victory for the Cavaliers? Or will the Warrior’s Stephen Curry prove his MVP status with a championship win? Before placing your bet, make an informed decision with the latest stats and standings.
Select the perfect accompaniment to your summer barbeque with Men’s Journal’s list of the 101 Best Beers in America. This state-by-state synopsis includes the two best beers from every state, plus one from Washington, D.C. If ales and porters aren’t your thing, a savory cocktail, like the Jamaican Jerk Sangrita or Citronnade, might hit the spot.
Road & Track
Make his Steve McQueen dreams come true with Road & Track. From vintage automobiles to sleek sports cars, this magazine showcases every make and model. Get a first look at the 2016 Ford Mustang before it hits dealerships later this year. Or rediscover the legendary 1993 Toyota Supra Turbo—a compact “road rocket” that made a splash in its heyday.
Can’t find time for a workout? Feel overwhelmed at work? Men’s Health understands the importance of mental and physical health. Get 5-minute cardio and strength drills for those busy, nonstop days with the recent article The Workout You Should Do When You Don’t Have Time to Exercise. And in The Exact Number of Emails You Should Check to Avoid a Stress Meltdown, discover strategies for managing inbox overload.
James Bond, Christian Grey, Don Draper—these characters share an amazing sense of style. And GQ’s Rules for Building Your Business Wardrobe can help you replicate it. The article provides instructions for measuring shoulders, chest, and arm span, plus a guide for selecting buttons, vents, and lapels. They also recommend five essential suits for ever man’s closet: gray, navy, solid black, pin-striped navy, and khaki cotton.
Worried about retirement? Invest in your 401(k). According to Money magazine, workers forgo thousands of dollars every year because they don’t contribute enough to receive their employer’s full matching contribution. Financial planners recommend saving up to 15 percent of your income. But if this complicates your budget, start by increasing your contribution by one percent each year.
In time for Father’s Day, Bloomberg Businessweek identifies 10 U.S. Companies With the Best Paternity Leave Benefits. Google, Facebook, and Patagonia top the list with paid paternity leave, on-site daycare options, and family planning benefits among their offerings. And international law firm Arnold & Porter provides $10,000 worth of financial assistance for families that are trying to adopt.
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Posted May 15, 2015
Americans often celebrate Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer, with a backyard or beachside barbeque. The holiday gives us a chance to spend time with friends and family, and it offers us all an opportunity to honor the military servicemen and women who protect our country. The following publications—available for less than $20 from EBSCO Reception Room Services (ERRSS)—feature fun, creative menu ideas for this year’s Memorial Day festivities.
1. 9 Make-Ahead Memorial Day Sides
People want to relax outdoors on Memorial Day, not labor away in a hot kitchen. This selection of recipes from Good Housekeeping shows you how to get the majority of the cooking work done the day before. Dishes include orzo salad with grape tomatoes, feta, and mint; Caesar pasta salad; pea and herb pilaf; and smoky corn salad. They are all easy to make ahead and transport.
2. Grilling Menu for Memorial Day
This menu comes from Elizabeth Karmel, born and bred in North Carolina barbecue country, Executive chef of Hill Country Barbecue and Hill Country Chicken restaurants and author of three grilling cookbooks, Elizabeth hosts a website called girlsatthegrill that features everything you want to know about grilling. In this article, she extolls the flavors of beer can chicken and gives great tips for grilling veggies.
3. Easy Memorial Day Desserts
This round-up includes a few favorite desserts for the first big cookout of the season. Pies are especially nice for summer cookouts. You want to make fruit pies like strawberry-rhubarb way ahead of time so that the filling can set. And don’t wait until July Fourth to make flag desserts. Honor those who have served our country with a patriotic cupcake flag. Check out the step-by-step instructions to see how simple and sweet it is.
4. Meatless Memorial Day Menu
Do you have friends attending your barbecue that don’t eat meat? Memorial Day is usually associated with burgers and hot dogs, but there are plenty of other options to satisfy hungry vegetarians. Try these recipes for turkey burgers, zucchini pizza, and glazed salmon.
5. Your Memorial Day BBQ Game Plan
Southern Living has the secret for smoked chicken so good you’ll want to kiss it. This chicken is guaranteed to satisfy any die-hard BBQ fan. The menu also includes fast, fresh, five-ingredient sides that celebrate summer ingredients, including hot bacon caprese salad, grilled Mexican corn salad, zucchini-potato casserole, and more.
6. Memorial Day Menu
Inspired by a party on the dock of a Chesapeake Bay yacht club, this menu offers recipes for jerk chicken, cornbread- and crab-stuffed fish, and seafarers’ cherries jubilee. Crab-stuffed seafood is a menu tradition on the Chesapeake; in season you may substitute rockfish for the bass or snapper called for in the recipe.
7. Summer Drinks and Cocktails
Keep cool on a hot Memorial Day with refreshing, delicious beverages. Marionberry mojitos, kiwi coladas, and Jamaica margaritas are sure to get the party started. And the whole family will enjoy kid-friendly options such peach lemonade and watermelon lime soda.
8. What We’re Cooking for Memorial Day
From ribs to potato salad to dishes that are decidedly more epicurean, this article features 12 cookout recipes Bon Appetit staffers are making for Memorial Day. Try the seafood dishes, including steamed fish with lime and chili, linguine and clams, and butter-basted halibut with capers.
9. 30 Memorial Day Side Dishes That Eclipse the Mains
Here are 30 dishes for Memorial Day that might even outshine your burgers, from slaws to salads to pickles. This menu includes lots of tasty appetizers such as crunchy sake pickles, party mix, and caramelized onion and shallot dip.
10. What to Do with Memorial Day Leftovers
From grilled chicken to pan-fried sausage, Bon Appetit tells you how to use up your Memorial Day leftovers. This field guide for reusing cookout leftovers includes a heavy emphasis on “tacofication.” Leftover chicken is especially versatile; just be sure to keep it moist with fats such as cheese for tacos or mayo for chicken salad.
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Posted May 8, 2015
Women account for 85% of all consumer purchases, including everything from autos to health care. Women decide where to shop, what to buy, and who deserves their families’ hard-earned dollars. Making female customers feel at home in your waiting room is a smart marketing move--and good for business. This Mother’s Day, give a little something back to the ladies. The following publications--available at greatly discounted rates from EBSCO Reception Room Services (ERRSS)--offer the best in lifestyle, fashion, food, home, and entertainment.
People magazine reaches 44 million readers including 1 in 4 mothers, according to its media statistics. The magazine’s popularity is well deserved for its coverage of who’s hot in the arts, business, politics, television, movies, books, music, and sports. Check out People's Most Beautiful Women: Then & Now for tips from the stars on how to age gracefully. Style editors also give readers the inside scoop on The Best Face Washes Ever, Summer’s Must-Have Sneakers, 6 Hair Trends Worth Trying, and much more.
Women of all ages and backgrounds look to Oprah magazine for self-improvement, health, and relationship advice. A recent issue revealed What the Happiest People Do at Work. Did you know that taking five minutes to recap the Walking Dead or Downton Abbey finale with your colleagues could significantly boost your mood? Socializing at work is the only thing proven to make us almost as happy as we are when we're not at work, reports a study at the London School of Economics. Your office environment can also affect your wellbeing. Employees given freedom to personalize their surroundings are more upbeat, motivated, and 32% more productive than when working in the typical gray or beige box.
With 77% of readers raising kids in their household, FamilyFun has established itself as the trusted expert on family vacations, cooking, celebrations, play, creative projects, and learning--the full spectrum of fun times shared by loved ones. Start with step-by-step directions for easy-to-make crafts, such as outdoor art, string art, and thank you cards. Then learn How To Raise Happy Kids by teaching children to commit random acts of kindness, celebrate sunny thinking, and get serious about getting goofy. FamilyFun provides valuable information and entertainment for the whole family.
More magazine is written for sophisticated women in their 40s and beyond. With a 95% female readership, More appeals to those who like to be ahead of the curve on beauty, fashion, money, career, health, and relationships. In its Ultimate Anti-Aging Meal Plan, More teaches you how much of a given food must you eat, and how often, to get the most benefit. Try the two-week, maximize-your-health eating plan that conforms to the guidelines of the Mediterranean diet--heavy on olive oil, whole grains, nuts, produce, and fish--which has been shown to increase your life span.
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Posted Apr 23, 2015
Written by Sarah Brueggemann
Have you ever mistaken a trowel for a spade? Can you kill even the hardiest cactus? If your green thumb is more akin to the color of compost, EBSCO Reception Room Subscription Services (ERRSS) is here to help. ERRSS offers the best combo deals on home and lifestyle magazines that reveal how to keep your garden growing all season long.
If you intend to harvest blossoms from your backyard or gather a bunch from your local farmer’s market, be sure to check out 10 Things to Do with a Bucket of Flowers from Good Housekeeping. For late spring and early summer, stylist Paul Lowe recommends pairing dahlias, clematis, viburnum, chamomile, and eucalyptus berries with vintage containers for a look he calls “rustic elegance.” The article showcases the simplest, prettiest ways to use flowers in bouquets, place cards, edible treats, and creative wrapping.
Martha Stewart Living provides a gardening guide for beginners and pros alike with All About Easy-To-Grow Vegetables. Martha helps readers select hardy varieties and teaches how to nurture plants with her Vegetable Growing Guide. The guide teaches you exactly how to create the right conditions for vegetables with rich soil, plant diversity, and regular watering, weeding, and mulching. Use Martha’s expertise to ensure perfect produce throughout the season.
Herbs are more than medicinal aids and culinary delights,” says HGTV Magazine’s guide to How to Use Herbs in the Landscape. “Using herbs in the landscape is a way to add color, texture, and aroma while attracting bees and butterflies.” Herbs with bold color patterns or prolific blooms, such as purple sage, lavender, or golden oregano, mix well with traditional perennials. The article suggests growing herbs in containers to give you the option of moving them around on patios and balconies. HGTV also offers step-by-step directions for starting an herb garden and explains how to grow herbs from cuttings.
Garden Work Out
Family Circle knows that growing flowers can be a fun—and effective—way to exercise. “By weeding and digging in the dirt, a 140-lb. person will burn 300 calories per hour,” reports the article, How to Be a Fit Gardener. It’s important to take measures to prevent injury when gardening. David H. Baras, M.D., of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of South Florida School of Medicine, gives great advice on how to prevent and alleviate soreness. He cautions gardeners to hydrate frequently and not push themselves past their limits.
Better Homes and Gardens shows readers how to enhance their curb appeal with the addition of colorful plants and practical furniture. The magazine’s smart landscaping tips can help you transform a nondescript bungalow into the best-looking house on the block. Better Homes and Gardens offers helpful garden planning tools, including a garden plan finder to determine the best plants for your sun, shade, and climate needs. The magazine also provides a plant encyclopedia, searchable by plant type and characteristic, with information on caring for annuals, shrubs, vines, and more.
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Posted Apr 13, 2015
Just as snow thaws to reveal new buds, spring uncovers the desire in us all to make our lives better. It’s time to shake out the cobwebs, both real and figurative, and give the season a fresh start. Whether you are looking to update your home décor or organize overstuffed closets, EBSCO Reception Room Subscription Services (ERRSS) offers the most helpful, inspirational home and garden magazines at dramatically discounted rates.
Better Homes and Gardens magazine makes it easy for readers to clean house. The April issue features expert tips that will help you breeze through your tasks. “Create a schedule and commit to it,” says Melissa Maker, founder of Clean My Space housekeeping services. “Don’t overwhelm yourself and think you have to do every spring cleaning task ever done in history. Focus on what I call the ‘MIAs,’ the most important areas in your home. If the basement is a big issue then focus on that.” The article explains why you should gather all your supplies before you start and how to reduce cleaning time. It also provides the ultimate spring cleaning checklist.
Good Housekeeping presents 16 Ways to Get Your House Ready for Spring. The simplest step is to swap out your pillows: Velvet, silk, and tweed feel too heavy for spring, so replace with light fabrics like linen or printed cotton. Also think about adding bold accessories, a brighter wall color, or a new statement piece to your house. “My grandmother used to swap her damask curtains to a floral pattern in the spring,” said designer Jen Going. “It's an old-school trick that transforms a home from winter to spring.
Always a source of elegant interiors, Elle Décor offers 21 Spring-Inspired Rooms. You’ll want to redecorate after you see all of the great ideas for cheerful, floral wall coverings. The magazine also features vibrant color combinations, such as bright yellow painted hardwood floors and blue-and-white patterned wallpaper.
With the return of warm weather, friends and family spend more and more time outdoors together. For your next gathering, why not host the prettiest spring brunch? Southern Living shares recipes for Peach-Basil Iced Tea, Chilled Carrot Soup, Creamy Egg Strata, and Lemon-Rosemary Coffee Cake.
Or check out Martha Stewart Living for Martha’s spring favorites, her personal picks out of the thousands of recipes she has prepared over the years. This season she suggests such decadent deserts as Rhubarb Upside-Down Cake, Strawberry Shortcake, Coconut Layer Cake, and Carrot Ginger Layer Cake.
Welcome the Season
Greet your guests with charming spring wreaths featuring fresh flowers and other seasonal accents from Real Simple. The magazine features tips to create a floral monogram wreath, a thin spring wreath, a cupcake liner wreath, a fabric scrap wreath, and an Easter candy wreath. Get the full tutorials to craft these attractive garlands for yourself.
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Posted Mar 23, 2015
It only makes sense to buy magazines that appeal specifically to your waiting room audience. For example, no pediatrician’s office is complete without a well-thumbed stack of Highlights magazines for children. Hair and nail salons look to publications such as Marie Claire to offer their clients the latest in beauty and fashion. And body shops know that Car & Driver resonates with road warriors needing a tune up.
But which magazines do you select when your business caters to men and women of all ages and interests? What will best serve your customers—and your budget?
EBSCO Reception Room Subscription Services (ERRSS) has the purchasing power to offer the top titles at drastically reduced rates. The following magazines, now available for $1 or less per issue, engage a wide audience with useful articles and dramatic photography. Make your reception room a space that’s both welcoming and entertaining with these general interest publications.
From politics and scientific breakthroughs to the latest events in art and business, Time covers national and international news that impacts the entire family. A recent article, How to Tell Which iPhone Apps Are Killing Your Battery, gives practical solutions to a common problem.
What’s happening in movies, videos, books, and more? Entertainment Weekly has the answers. Read what expert reviewers have to say before you buy pricy tickets at the box office. Also, get top stories on Hollywood stars and enjoy recaps of your favorite TV shows.
Conde Nast Traveler
Each page of Conde Nast Traveler transports readers to faraway destinations where the fragrance of exotic spices lingers in the air. Start planning your dream vacation with articles such as 10 Iconic New Orleans Dishes, 2015 Music Festivals Worth Traveling For, and Top 10 Island Beaches for Swimming and Snorkeling.
Keep up to date on the latest research on health, nutrition, fitness, and psychology. Prevention magazine offers ideas to make your life lighter and brighter, including 7 Ways To Boost Your Metabolism and Simple Ways To Boost Your Self-Confidence Fast.
Take the whole family out to the ballgame with Sports Illustrated. The magazine’s action photography and in-depth coverage of baseball, football, basketball, hockey, soccer, tennis, golf, and more are unrivaled. Follow basketball? Check out the NBA Power Rankings and March Madness TV Guide.
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Posted Mar 18, 2015
Written by Natalie Laseter
Want to avoid the crowds and skip the spring break clichés? Take a detour from the tourist hotspots and discover unique and enchanting locales with numerous entertaining diversions and opportunities for relaxation. Travel magazines (available through EBSCO Reception Room Subscription Services) pinpoint tucked away retreats that will leave you both refreshed and mesmerized. Come explore the world with five alternative destinations for your dream spring break vacation.
Island Luxury: Paia-Makawao, Hawaii
Escape it all at the Lumeria Maui resort in Paia-Makawao, Hawaii. Eight beautiful acres of gardens and meditative yoga classes make this island retreat one of Outside magazine’s favorite vacations. Take in views of the ocean and the West Maui Mountains from the hotel’s saltwater pool, or surf the world-famous Honolua Bay with an experienced instructor. Complete your restorative journey at one of the island’s farm-to-table restaurants, which offer delicious, good-for-you dishes that are sure to delight.
European Allure: Florence, Italy
Discover the many marvels of Florentine culture with Travel + Leisure magazine. Begin your travels at the Mercato Centrale and sample delectable gourmet ricottas, savory pine-nut gelato, and handmade tortellini from area chefs. Experience the old world charm of the Italian opera at Opera di Firenze, which welcomes visitors to its 2,000 seat open air theater on warm summer nights. Peruse magnificent modern artwork at the Museo Novecento before retiring in one of the city’s many chic hotels.
Family-friendly City: Toronto, Canada
National Geographic Traveler invites you to explore the culturally diverse city of Toronto, Canada, in its latest issue. Visit the car-free streets around Kensington Market and watch as performers sing and dance to a wide variety of musical styles. Go ice skating in Nathan Phillips Square, and grab a plate of fish-and-chips at Chippy’s restaurant to appreciate the province’s British connection. As the most populous city in Ontario, this unique getaway offers lots of eclectic fun for both families and nightlife-seeking students. Everyone will love visiting lively Mirvish Village and Queen Street West.
Caribbean Haven: Port Antonio, Jamaica
Nicknamed “The Peaceful Parish,” Port Antonio, Jamaica, is an oasis for travelers who want to bypass the busy beaches of Montego Bay, Ochos Rios, and Negril. Quiet shores, crystal clear waters, and nearby Blue Mountains are among the attractions featured in the recent Condé Nast Traveler. Rent the whitewashed, eight-room Trident Castle and feel like royalty for the duration for your stay. The scenic castle overlooks the Caribbean, giving guests romantic starlit ocean views each evening. Even if you choose more cost-conscious lodgings, anyone can feel like a star here. Walk the pristine sands of Frenchman’s Cove Beach and discover why celebrities including Elizabeth Taylor and Errol Flynn loved this secluded spot.
Can’t Pick One? Globe Trot!
Our final location isn’t really is place—it’s an adventure. AFAR magazine highlights 25 spectacular cities in its latest issue. From Copenhagen, Denmark, to Cape Town, South Africa, there’s something here for every excursionist. Pedal the bike-friendly streets of Copenhagen to the trendy Meatpacking District, alive with talked-about restaurants and boutique shops. Relish sumptuous truffles from chocolatier Honest in Cape Town, South Africa, and purchase inventive South African artwork from Old Biscuit Mill—a quirky vendor that erects masterpieces from recycled materials.
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Posted Mar 4, 2015
Written by Natalie Laseter
Swimsuits, spring break, and the approaching summer vacation—with the weather warming up, it’s time to get healthy. If invigorating exercises, health-conscious recipes, and advice for ridding your home of springtime allergens are what you need, then health and fitness magazines (available through EBSCO Reception Room Subscription Services) are here to help. So get ready for fun in the sun with our five favorite spring-inspired health tips.
1. Don’t let allergies dampen your spring excitement. Combat them with Health magazine’s tips for allergy proofing your home. Plug-in air fresheners smell great, but actually emit volatile organic compounds that aggravate respiratory issues—so toss these in the trash. If redecorating your living room is an option, purchase a leather couch, which is less likely to trap allergens than a fabric one. Dust mites thrive in warm climates, so keep your thermostat below 68 degrees to ward off those troublesome, sneeze-provoking bugs.
2. Interval training is the best way to flatten your tummy, boost your metabolism, and lose weight, says Prevention and Dr. Oz, The Good Life magazines. If making time for a workout seems impossible, the good news is that short, high-intensity exercises actually burn more fat than longer ones. Want to tighten those abs? Get into plank position and make your abdominal muscles work twice as hard as when doing crunches. Incorporate strength training, such as push-ups, wall sits, and reverse lunges, into your routine to burn extra calories.
3. Remake your body with the Anarchy Workout, the latest fitness fad featured in this month’s issue of Men’s Health. The 30-minutes workout combines cardio, weights, and calisthenics to tone muscles and reduce fat. Begin with compound sets (i.e., lunges and squats), which target your muscles from different angles. And remember to switch directions (side-to-side, rotational, front, and back) when doing strength training to get a full range of motion.
4. Hours spent sitting at work could hurt you, says Weight Watcher’s magazine. Prolonged sitting actually increases your risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, back pain, and depression. And hitting the gym after work isn’t enough to reverse these effects. Counteract “sitting disease” by taking walk breaks, using a standing desk, and sneaking in activity whenever possible. Purchase a pedometer to remind yourself to get up and move, and kick your sedentary lifestyle to the curb.
5.Think again before banishing fat from your diet. This month’s issue of Shape magazine dissolves myths about this commonly misunderstood food group. Red meat lovers will rejoice over the Annals of Internal Medicine’s recent discovery—there’s no link between saturated fat and heart disease. However, nutritionists and doctors still agree that unsaturated fats are better for you than saturated. In fact, the linoleic acid found in unsaturated fats reduces cholesterol levels and may improve insulin sensitivity. So make vegetable oils, nuts, and fish part of your regular diet.
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