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Unexpected Ways to Track Your Progress

You’re committed to a healthy lifestyle. You started exercising, ditched the soda for water and brought healthy fruits and vegetables back to the center of your plate. Then you step on the scale, only to find that you haven’t lost a single pound after all your hard work. And now you’re asking yourself, “Is it even worth it?” Of course the answer is YES! Although weight …

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Where Do the Days Go?

How often do you ask yourself, "Where did the day go?" Is this a common question in your life? Many of us pack so much into our daily routines, there's no time to relax-let alone exercise. Lack of time is one of the most common excuses for not having a decent fitness regimen. But do you realize that in the time it might take you …

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Healthy habits – Healthy Living: Science-backed Tips to Help You Stay Healthy and Feel Great!

Choose power-house veggies: Those are the ones that are the most nutrient-dense, pack lots of vitamins and minerals into every calorie, and are strongly associated with reduced risk of chronic disease. According to a recent study that analyzed 47 fruits and vegetables the top 10 power-house veggies are: watercress, cabbage, chard, beet greens, spinach, parsley, romaine lettuce and collard greens. The fruits and vegetables that …

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Get Moving Today!

If there's one magic bullet to being healthy, and wise, it's exercise. So the next time you think that you'll just work out tomorrow, check this list of research-proven facts to remind yourself to get moving today! Physical activity helps you lose weight by burning calories, boosting resting metabolism, and buffering you from bone and muscle loss that can result if you diet alone. High levels of …

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It’s Not About BMI Anymore

All the research now shows that the biggest health risk is belly fat. To keep risk low, experts say a measurement of under 35 inches for women and 40 inches for men is best. Research has found that women who have waists over 37 inches have an 80% higher risk of various conditions, including heart disease and cancer. Scary, right? The best way to keep your …

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Sodium

Sodium gets a bad rap-and deservedly so. Our bodies do need this mineral, but in much smaller amounts than we normally eat. To prevent high blood pressure and heart disease, a healthy sodium goal to strive for is no more than 1,500 milligrams per day. Keep in mind that sodium doesn’t just come from the salt shaker; processed foods, frozen entrees, common condiments (like ketchup), …

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Resist the “Magic Monday” Syndrome

How tempting it is to say, "I'll start over on Monday." It's the first day of the week and it seems ideal, right? Wrong! Any day is a good day to start (or recommit to) eating well and exercising. Don't let one junk-food-laden party or skipped workout derail you for days. Think of it this way. If your car suddenly started skidding, you wouldn't wait …

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Eat Mindfully… Every Bite Appreciated

All food is good. Remove the "good" and "bad" from your food vocabulary. You can't completely enjoy that piece of cake if you're telling yourself it is bad for you. There is no such thing as a bad or wrong food. If you get rid of the judgmental language around food, it becomes less stressful. When making food decisions, try replacing "I should" or "I …

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The Why List… 10 Reasons to Exercise

1. You want to fight disease. Exercise reduces your risk of a number of conditions, such as cancer, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. 2. You want to lose weight and keep it off. This is a given, but it means that people who maintain weight loss work out regularly. They don't just exercise until the weight comes off, then go back to being a couch potato. …

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Quit Smoking

You probably know the effects of smoking, but do you know the wonderful effects of quitting? In 20 minutes, your heart rate and blood pressure drop In 12 hours, your blood's carbon monoxide level returns to normal In 2-12 weeks, your circulation improves and lung function increases In 1-9 months, coughing and shortness of breath decrease, and your lungs regain the ability to clean themselves and reduce the risk …

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