12 Ways to Boost Your Metabolism

Kick-start your metabolism to help you lose weight with our easy and effective tips.

View Slideshow
/content/bhg/health-family/weight-loss/12-ways-to-boost-your-metabolism

Your Best Family Reunion

For a stress-free reunion everyone will love, see these smart planning tips and creative ideas. Plus, try our quiz to help you determine what type of reunion will suit your family best.

View Slideshow

Build a Better Breakfast

You'll feel better and more energetic than ever with these perfectly balanced no-recipe meal ideas.

View Slideshow

Tips for Better Sleep

Millions of Americans don't get good sleep at night, but what they may not know is that sleep deprivation can lead to heart disease.

View Slideshow

Osteoporosis Myths

The truth about what it takes to shore up your skeleton.

See More

Family Staycation Ideas

You'll love our sensational ideas for enjoying the last days of summer -- all in the comfort of your own home.

View Slideshow

Perimenopause Explained

Our experts answer your questions about the mood swings, hot flashes, and other symptoms that may hit in the decade before your periods stop.

See More
Popular in Health & Family

DIY Spa Getaway

There's no need to travel hundreds of miles to a high-dollar spa to rejuvenate your body and spirit. Try it in your own home or backyard.

Convert your home into a health spa for a weekend and treat your guests to great food, yoga sessions, poetry readings, or even a pedicure.

To plan your weekend getaway, try these tips:

  • Create spa concoctions. Many books and Web sites offer recipes for facials and other treatments that you can make with ingredients found at any health food store or supermarket.
  • Make a thoughtful gift for your guests: fragranced eye pillows. Sew 8 x 4-inch sacks out of a dark satin fabric. For each pillow, mix 1 cup flax seed with 10 drops lavender essential oil. Fill sacks half-full with the mixture and sew them up. The pillow blocks light and the scent calms the spirit.
  • Lead a class. Let friends who practice yoga, healthful cooking, massage, or some other healing art share with the group. No gurus invited? Pick up a few videos.
  • Light it up. Candles not only smell wonderful, they provide soft, relaxing light -- something we don't get enough of in this fluorescent-bulb society. For a group meditation exercise, set a single candle in the middle of a dark room, sit in a circle around it, and focus on the flame while breathing deeply. Do this for 5 to 10 minutes before other activities such as yoga or tai chi.
  • Partner up. If your friends are comfortable with each other, have them swap back massages, manicures, or pedicures.
  • Tune in your senses. Set up your CD player with a variety of relaxing background music. Try Enya, Yanni, or nature sounds such as the ocean or waterfalls, and keep them playing throughout the whole weekend.
close
close
close
close
close

Loading... Please wait...