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8 Ways To Burn Serious Calories That Don’t Feel Like Working Out

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By Sarah Klein

 8 Ways To Burn Serious Calories That Dont Feel Like Working Out

A recent late-winter skiing trip reminded us here at Healthy Living that there are lots of ways to get in shape that have nothing to do with the gym.

And we don’t mean in the way that doing a few calf raises while you brush your teeth is technically adding more activity to your day. Below, you’ll find seven ways to move more that burn serious calories — and don’t feel at all like what you think of as “working out”. What’s your favorite?

Note: All calorie counts are approximate and based on a 150-pound person.

Source: Health and Fitness

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Let’s Take It Outside

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By Judi Sheppard Missett

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The flowers are blooming and the sun is shining. Spring is finally emerging. After being confined to four walls all winter long, I’ll bet you can’t wait to rid yourself of cabin fever and get outdoors.

Did you know that nature is not only our greatest playground but also our greatest gym? Nature-based exercise can reap even greater physical and mental benefits than working out in a gym. Between the fresh air and the rugged terrain, studies show that taking our fitness regimens into the great outdoors keeps us perpetually on our toes while also constantly reinvigorating our minds — rewards you can’t always obtain from the elliptical.

Still not convinced you should head outside with your workout? Here are a few additional reasons why you should consider occasionally swapping the treadmill for the trails:

  • You can work out whenever you want: Mother Nature doesn’t have hours of operation or lines for the weight machines. She adapts to our plans and is ready to go whenever we are.
  • You’ll ward off sickness: Gyms aren’t necessarily the pinnacles of health that we imagine them to be. Aside from acting as breeding grounds for germs and bacteria, indoor air is two to five times more polluted than outdoor air.
  • You’ll feel calmer and happier: Closeness to nature that is generated through feeling the warmth of the sun and inhaling clean air creates greater feelings of revitalization, energy, and positivity than being indoors does.
  • You’ll increase your endurance: It’s incredible how a simple change of environment can help the time fly by. Being distracted by the scenery makes you less aware of your efforts and can help you lengthen your workout time!
  • You’ll burn a lot more calories: I knew I could get you with this one! Diverse terrain and fluctuating weather conditions cause you to challenge your body in new ways, helping you torch 5 to 7 percent more calories than you do at the gym.

If you do decide to take your exercise routine outdoors from time to time, a few helpful hints can help you get the most out of your nature-based workout:

  • Be an early bird: Temperatures are milder, air is cleaner, and energy levels are higher in the morning. Getting your workout out of the way early also helps you feel invigorated all day long.
  • Get your fill of H2O: You can lose a significant amount of water through sweat even in cooler weather, so it’s important to stay hydrated by drinking 8-10oz of water before exercising.
  • Be sun safe: While some amount of sun is good and provides us with vitamin D, too much can be harmful. Always wear sunscreen, sunglasses and a brimmed hat for ultimate protection.

Now is the perfect time to start taking advantage of the warmer weather. Whether you opt for the stationary bike or your mountain bike this spring, I commend you for continuing to exercise and encourage you to get outdoors once in a while to enjoy nature while getting a stellar workout!

What’s your favorite way to take your workout outside? Share it with us by leaving a comment.

Judi Sheppard Missett, who turned her love of jazz dance into a worldwide dance exercise phenomenon, founded the Jazzercise dance fitness program in 1969. The workout program, which offers a fusion of jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, and cardio box movements, has positively affected millions of people worldwide. The international franchise business hosts a network of 7,800 instructors teaching more than 32,000 classes weekly in 32 countries. For more information, visit jazzercise.com.

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How do you decide what to purchase from your wish list?

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By Christine

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How do you decide what to purchase from your wish list? Share your method to the madness!

temptaliaasksyou small2 How do you decide what to purchase from your wish list?First, I like to prioritize – usually in regards to what will sell out if I wait too long. From there, I would look at how similar it was to other shades I have and weigh how often I wear that type of shade – the less frequently I wear it now, the less likely I need another one.

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Spring Cleaning: Healthy Lifestyle Tips

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By Anita Mirchandani

 Spring Cleaning: Healthy Lifestyle Tips

With summer approaching fast, the mindset to get “bikini ready” becomes obsessive.

But hey — here’s an idea.

How about making a few small changes all year long so that your lifestyle is more healthful, rather than just focusing on summer as the goal? While some of these suggestions may be reminders, they are easy and they work. Trust me — it will go a lot further to make small changes over time than to try for quick makeovers!

1. Measuring is precise:
Knowing exactly what you are adding to your recipes or what a portion of your food item consists of is necessary! When you see how much you are putting in, it makes you more aware.

2. Keep the sweets away:
It’s better to not have anything “on hand” because you’ll likely exceed portion sizes unless you practice tip #1. I suggest buying when craving, i.e., if you feel like a cookie today, get one today and try to eat half today and save the other half for another time.

3. Sleep:
Yes, you heard me. When your body is tired, it craves more calories. It needs energy to operate. So that means you eat more. Focus on getting the rest your body needs.

4. Be natural:
Try to avoid the processed items. Instead of fruit juice, have a piece of fruit. How about brown rice over white rice?

5. Eat regular balanced meals:
Planning to eat every few hours is a great way to regulate intake and avoid binging. On most days, try to practice this.

6. Incorporate less sugar:
Try to consume items with less sugars per tablespoon or per serving. For example, if you like jam on toast, try apple butter or make your own jam.

7. Grocery shop when full:
You’ve heard this one before. If you shop when hungry, maybe you’ll want everything?! Temptation is trouble, my friend. Make a list before hand and shop when you aren’t famished.

8. Pile up on good fat:
The good fats are good for you. You’ve heard about the recent mashed avocado on toast? Adding avocado to sandwiches or a salad is a great way to achieve satiety. (Avocado is just one example of a good fat. Here are others!)

9. Salad dressing is not your friend:
Read the labels! There could be hidden ingredients. How about making your own? Oil and herbed vinegar is tasty and healthy.

Make your own herb vinegar:
– Taking a glass bottle or jar
– Fill it with your desired variety of fresh herbs
– Add 1 quart of cider vinegar, red-wine vinegar or white vinegar
– Cap it and keeping it aside in a cool, dark place for about three weeks

10. Plan ahead:
If you grill chicken on Monday, set aside some for Tuesday or Wednesday and make a salad with it or add it to a whole wheat wrap. Many times with just one or two ingredients you can make the staple for a few meals.

Do you have a tip that I haven’t mentioned? If so, drop a line! I’d love to hear what works for you.

Source: Health and Fitness

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