Unlike other vacations, exercise breaks generally last longer than you'd like--and the mementos they come with are ones you'd rather not hang on to. You know how it goes: Two missed workouts snowball into two months of zero fitness motivation, and suddenly you can't button your jeans or do a pushup to save your life. In fact, research shows that body fat, weight, and waist size can rise--and fitness levels can dip--after just a five-week hiatus.
We know it's not just physical roadblocks; there are psychological and logistical challenges, as well. That's why we asked experts how to tackle tricky setbacks. No matter where you are now, this plan will help you shape up to a hotter, healthier body.
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Intense exercise is usually off-limits for six weeks postpartum. After that, sheer exhaustion can keep moms couched.
Training Tip: Even if you're wiped, pop in a DVD or slip your baby in the stroller for a brisk
Unlike other vacations, exercise breaks generally last longer than you'd like--and the mementos they come with are ones you'd rather not hang on to. You know how it goes: Two missed workouts snowball into two months of zero fitness motivation, and suddenly you can't button your jeans or do a pushup to save your life. In fact, research shows that body fat, weight, and waist size can rise--and fitness levels can dip--after just a five-week hiatus.Read More »from How to Overcome 5 Common Fitness Slumps
It's been confirmed…sadly, sugar is the devil say recent, incontrovertible findings. Clear out these sneaky, every day sources in favor of the occasional really-worth-it splurge, says Dr. Robert Lustig, author of Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease. By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.Read More »from 9 Sneaky Places Sugar is Hidden
When you eat an entire bag of gummy bears, or down a large soda the movies, you're aware of what you're getting yourself into. But more than half of the sugar in our diets is strewn across the entire range of what we eat, put there by the food industry to make things taste, well, sweeter. And even if you're a careful reader of nutrition labels, you might never know it. "There are 56 names for sugar," says Dr. Lustig. "If you can figure out a way to have five or six different kinds of sugar in one product, then you can make some type of sugar fall further down the list. When you add them up, they add up to number one."
Tomatoes are full of citric acid,
Camping 101Do you want to have a family of happy campers on your next outdoor adventure? Danielle Fernandes, REI expert, joins Easy Does It host Ereka Vetrini to share her advice for making a campsite feel a bit more comfortable and homey.Read More »from Camping 101
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Fernandes says that one of the main things to focus on when camping is sleeping, especially when you're camping with young children. She recommends a thick sleeping pad that's supported, even when on the ground. In addition, she suggests a fluffy sleeping bag that will make you feel "like you're at home in your comforter." Finally, bring a comfortable tent that is the right size and shape for your family.
Related: 14 super smart camping food tips
When it comes to food, you can keep it simple with a small stove or you can bring equipment that can help you feed a larger group. According to Fernandes, another easy option is pre-made food that is both easy and filling. It comes in a variety of options and you
by SHAPE Diet Doctor Mike Roussell, phDRead More »from How Much Protein Do You Need?
How much protein do you really need?Is it true your body can only process so much protein at once?
No, it is not true. I have always found the idea that your body can only "use" a certain amount of protein funny, as what happens when you go over that number? Does it pass through your system undigested?
Protein and how much you need is a very misunderstood topic, most likely because we have traditionally looked at how much protein we need in our diets based on preventing a deficiency and not the optimal amount. If you are looking to ensure you get adequate levels of the essential amino acids, then you will need somewhere between 50 to 60 grams of protein each day. I know many nutrition professionals who believe taking in more than that is a waste.
But I'm going to bet that you are not reading SHAPE to help prevent nutritional deficiencies-you likely want to slim down, train harder, perform better, or all of the above. For this we need to look beyond deficiencies and look at what
ByKeep your yard looking great for less.Woman's Day Staff
A manicured front lawn makes a good first impression on guests and can keep you in your neighbors' good graces. And thanks to these savvy tips, keeping your grounds green doesn't have to cost much green. Keep reading to discover how to start saving now. Photo by GettyImages.
Keep a lidded container on a kitchen counter to collect food scraps (fruit cores, veggie trimmings, coffee grounds, rinsed eggshells; anything but meat). Toss them into an out-of-sight pile or a compost bin (recommended in areas with foraging wildlife) on your property along with leafy prunings, excluding weeds. Turn the pile every couple of weeks to encourage decomposition, and within a season or two, you'll have a continual supply of nutrient-rich fertilizer.Read More »from 5 Easy Ways to Have a Stunning Lawn for Less
COST Free; $100 and up for an enclosed composter
SAVINGS $15 per bag of fertilizer
Lose the Grass (By Choice)
Give over part of your lawn to ground cover, such as vinca, carex or ferns. These
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Source: You Can't Eat Anything You Want: Nutrition Tips For Marathon TrainingRead More »from You Can't Eat Anything You Want: Nutrition Tips for Marathon Training
Deciding whether to run a marathon can be a journey in itself, but it's when you actually sign up for a race that the real planning starts. And while your training plan should be at the front of your mind, don't forget that what you eat during those months is equally as important, says running coach and nutritionist Matt Fitzgerald. While you may think that you can eat anything you want since you are burning so many calories during training, not paying attention to diet can cause you to feel more sluggish, have cramps, or show up at the start line above your ideal racing weight, Matt warns.
Matt's book The New Rules of Marathon and Half-Marathon Nutrition: A Cutting-Edge Plan to Fuel Your Body Beyond the Wall ($18) as well as his training and nutrition plans he developed with PEAR Sports are meant for runners who are trying to improve their race times or to just avoid hitting the wall during the race. We
Want to work on those six-pack abs in your own home or train for that 5k sans the cramped environment of a gym? Your smartphone may have all the capabilities to get you motivated and fit. We compiled a list of our eight favorite workout apps that will have you toned and feeling great in no time - all on your own terms.Map My Run
Whether you're just jogging for fun or training for a marathon, this is the perfect app for all types of runners, from those of us beginners to the more advanced bunch. Using GPS, you can track your distances, routes, splits, and overall progress. There's also a helpful voice that updates you with every mile increase.Daily Butt Workout
Hate doing butt exercises for the whole gym to see? This is the best way to tone your behind in the comfort of your own home.Daily Ab Workout
Get that same intense workout as if there was a trainer right next to you. Prop your phone up to watch the fitness model and startRead More »from The 8 Best Workout Apps to Get You Fit for Spring
In a weekend or less, transform your bathroom from standard to stunning with these easy and inspiring projectsRead More »from 10 DIY Bathroom Projects
1. Apply tiled backsplash to your bathroom counter
2. Build a wood-framed bathroom mirror shelf
3. Paint a striped bathroom floor
Paint your bathtub
4. Paint your bathtub
Rust-bonding primer (only if there's rust)
Latex enamel, 1 quart
Rubber gloves, bucket, and sponge-type scrub pad
Household cleaner, or deglosser if existing paint has a gloss finish
Painter's masking tape, 1 inch or wider
Synthetic-bristle brush, 1½ inch
1. Wash. You'll be painting only the exterior of the tub. Check that any existing exterior paint is intact and not flaking off. (If it is flaking, you'll need to have the tub stripped or sandblasted first so the new paint won't peel.) Position the drop cloths. Wearing gloves, wash the exterior of the tub with water and the cleaner. Clean as much of the
- Disney Baby | Team Mom – Tue, Apr 9, 2013 1:44 PM EDT
Springtime is picnic season!Now that the sun is out, I've been feeling a lot more motivated to come up with fun activities to do with my daughter and it's inspired me to do a recurring series called "Fun For Little Ones"! I'll be sharing fun activities and outings that are child-friendly on a regular basis and will make sure to include details (what to bring, tips to make it go more smoothly, etc…) to make it fun for everyone. Today's activity? A picnic in the park!Read More »from Fun with Little Ones: 5 Musts for the Perfect Family Picnic
Here are some ideas for a fun picnic outing with your little ones:
1.Invite your friends
While a picnic with just your immediate family could be cool too, I have the mindset of "the more the merrier". We planned our outing with our friends and their kids as well, which made it more fun for the littles and more fun for the grown-ups too. BONUS: we could all take turns chasing each other's kids so we could actually eat some of the delicious food we brought!
2. Plan ahead
We coordinated with our friends to figure out what to bring
Serious little boy in the bathtub.
There are few places you will get more awkward questions from your small child than in the bathroom. How do you answer these crazy questions? Well, when you get finished blushing, laughing or fainting on floor, you've got to give them an answer that they can understand. Here are a few of the more awkward questions kids might ask in the bathroom, and some answers that my keep you from standing there tongue tied and wondering what to say.Read More »from Answers to Your Kids' Awkward Bathroom Questions
What is poop?
This is an easy one! Poop is the leftover stuff that passes through our body after we get all the good nutrition we can from the food we eat. It is waste, and it has germs in it, so it's important that we wash our hands after we use the potty.
Where does the poop go when you flush?
Toilets fascinate kids. Actually, toilets kind of fascinate me, too. I'm so glad they work so well and do the job they do. To answer where the poop goes when you flush, explain that pressure and gravity help move it through pipes out of your house and
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