Mini Mountain Climber + Squat Swing Workout

I love this exercise combination. Mountain climbers target your chest, shoulders and abs as well as your cardiopulmonary system. Squat swings, meanwhile, work your back, shoulders, abs and glutes. You’ll need a medicine ball for this mini workout (I use a 9lb ball). You can do both these exercises without a medicine ball, but it will be less challenging. In the Mini Mountain Climber + Squat Swing Workout, you will perform mountain climbers for 1 minute, followed by 15 squat […]

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Boost Your Metabolism in 3 Minutes

Boost Your Metabolism in 3 Minutes

Exercising regularly has many benefits, including lowering the risk of developing chronic diseases such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes, but many people feel they don’t have the time to follow the guidelines for physical activity. But new research shows you can cut your risk of diabetes by doing an intense 3-minute exercise session every couple of days. A team of researchers from Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh in Scotland investigating the effect of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) on metabolism found […]

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Mercury in Your Yogurt?

Mercury in Your Yogurt?

We all know there’s nothing sweet about high-fructose corn syrup, despite ads by the Corn Refiners Association calling the sweetener natural. But two new studies reveal that products sweetened with HFCS may also contain mercury. The main component of HFCS is fructose, a simple sugar naturally found in high levels in fruit. HFCS is used as a sweetener in many beverages and foods such as breads, cereals, breakfast bars, deli meats, soups, condiments and yogurts. In the first study, researchers […]

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Why You Should Eat Kimchi Today

Why You Should Eat Kimchi Today

Kimchi is a Korean fermented cabbage dish made with a mix of garlic, salt, vinegar, chili peppers, and other spices. Loaded with healthy bacteria and vitamins A, B, and C, kimchi is a nutritional powerhouse. “All three ingredients in kimchi—cabbage, onions and garlic—have both significant anticancer properties and significant heart benefits,” Jonny Bowden, author of 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth, says. To make kimchi, cabbage is salted, seasoned, and stored in sealed containers to undergo lactic acid fermentation. “Almost all […]

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Mini Jump Squat + Plyometric Push-Up Workout

You’ve probably heard pf plyometric exercises. Plyometric is a type of exercise that suddenly preloads and forces the stretching of a muscle an instant prior to its concentric action. Think of stepping down from a step and then immediately springing back up. Trainers and coaches often use plyometric training to increase speed, strength, and build power in athletes. But plyometric exercises, which involve jumps, hops, and bounding movements, aren’t just for athletes. Adding plyometric drills to your regular strength-training regimen […]

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Eat Better, Save the Planet and Yourself

Save the Planet and Yourself

Today on NPR, Morning Edition’s Steve Inskeep interviewed The New York Times food columnist Mark Bittman . In his new book Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating,Bittman claims we could reduce the environmental impact of industrial farming by eating less animal products. According to Bittman, Americans raise and slaughter 10 billion animals each year for consumption. “All industrial farming–from fish farming to chicken farming to egg and dairy farming–has an environmental impact,” Bittman says. Bittman claims reducing our consumption […]

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Best Strategy to Shed Post-Baby Weight

Shed Post-Baby Weight

Are you struggling to shed extra pounds following a pregnancy? If so, a combination of diet and exercise is a more effective than dieting or exercising alone. According to a Cochrane Systematic Review, women who combined diet and exercise lost more post-baby weight than women with a standard post-natal lifestyle. Meanwhile, women who exercised without dieting–or dieted without exercising–did not lose more weight than women with normal care. “As well as helping reduce body weight, exercise has the added advantage […]

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Why You Should Eat Pumpkin Seeds Today

Why You Should Eat Pumpkin Seeds Today

While pumpkin seeds are freshest in the fall, when pumpkins are in season, you don’t have to wait until Halloween to enjoy this nutty treat—they’re available all year round. Here’s why you should include pumpkin seeds in your diet. Pumpkin seeds are an excellent source of the minerals phosphorus, magnesium and manganese, and a good source of iron, copper and zinc. In fact, zinc may contribute to pumpkin seeds’ role in maintaining prostate health—making it a wonderful addition to men’s […]

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Mini Swiss Ball Bridge + Push-up Workout

If you work out at home, I recommend investing is a Swiss ball, or a balance ball. They’re not expensive and you’ll get a great return on your investment because they are so versatile. The Swiss ball is also a great way to increase the difficulty level on basic exercises, which is helpful if you’re working out at home without any equipment. If you’re unfamiliar with them, Swiss balls are exercise balls made of elastic soft PVC. They range in […]

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Taste Test: Justin’s Nut Butter Squeeze Packs

Nut butters, such as peanut and almond butter, make great energy snacks. One of my favorite mid-afternoon treats includes baby carrots dipped in a side of whole natural almond butter. But if you’ve ever tried to pack nut butters to eat on the go, you know what a challenging mess it can be. Justin Gold, the CEO and Founder of Justin’s Nut Butter, fixed all that when his company started selling nut butters in convenient squeeze packs. Starbucks introduced the […]

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