Discarded mineral water bottles after the London Marathon. Photograph: Tracy Gunn/Alamy

Discarded mineral water bottles after the London Marathon. Photograph: Tracy Gunn/Alamy

Via Cool Hunting: If predictions prove to be correct, global bottled water intake will surpass the world’s consumption of carbonated beverages by the end of this year. To some, that may seem like a good thing—given the negative health effects of sugary soft drinks—but, to environmentalists, this is a major concern. In countries where fresh water is abundant and the tap is safe to drink, it just doesn’t make sense to sail-in packaged water from halfway around the world. Aside from the environmental cost of producing the plastic bottles themselves, the carbon footprint caused by transportation alone is enough to warrant change. Read more about our unhealthy obsession with bottled water on The Guardian.

Image from Well + Good 

Image from Well + Good 

Via Well and Good: Inhale. Exhale. Repeat....... Simple?  In theory yes, but in reality, most of us have picked up some really bad habits over the years. If, when you inhale, your breath feels like it travels from the bottom of your lungs to the top and your chest and shoulders move upward, you’re a “vertical breather,” like 95 percent of adults says Dr. Vranich (a psychologist turned breathing educator who’s worked with elite athletes to expecting moms on how to revamp their most basic function.) That means you only use a fraction of your lungs to take in air, and lift READ: strain—your shoulders and neck.

Your body also associates shallow breaths with stress (think the way you breathe when you feel panicky), sending messages to your brain that raise hormones related to weight gain, poor sleep, and more. So you’re essentially stressing out your body.  Read on for tips on how to reduce stress, strengthen your core and reduce pain.

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Explore stateside or go international—Outside Magazine's favorite destinations span the globe.    Photo: Anders Overgaard/Trunk Archive

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