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  • 5 Things Every Yoga Beginner Needs to Know

    By Heather Ashare - Yoga Expert for

    Everywhere you look, the young and the old, the bendy and the not-so bendy are downward-dogging. It is estimated that more than 20 million people practice yoga, more than triple the amount just 15 years ago.
    But for those who have never performed triangle pose, the idea of doing yoga amongst a group of flexible and sweaty practitioners can be downright intimidating. Rather than letting fear get in the way of experimenting with this ancient mind-body practice, here are five things every beginner yogi needs to know.

    1. Start with an open mind. Forget about the cute yoga clothing and the custom-designed yoga mat, the real prerequisite of yoga is having an open and willing mind. Cast expectations, fears and inhibitions aside as you roll out your yoga mat and start your yoga journey clear from any ideas of what your yoga experience is supposed to look like or how it should result.

    2. Flexibility is not a requirement. We have all seen

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  • Biggest Loser 10's New Contestants Paying it Forward

    By Maggie Badore -

    The newest batch of weight-loss hopefuls have been announced by NBC, and they're ready to lose. The 10th season of Biggest Loser airs premieres September 21 with 21 fresh faces ready to lose it all (and gain it all too) in the country's most famous gym. The show will once again be hosted by Alison Sweeney, and inspirational trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels are back to get contestants sweating and burning calories.

    The 21 contestants will compete for a grand prize of $250,000, but all the participants are sure to feel like winners as they shed pounds and learn to lead healthier lifestyles. And while this season will see shocking numbers on the scale, food-focused temptations, athletic challenges and the twists and turns we've grown to love and hate, for the first time they are embracing the theme of pay it forward.

    How will pay it forward work? Biggest Loser is working to help these competing individuals as well as the communities they call

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  • 8 Lunch Box Meals that Aren't Sandwiches

    By Brandi Koskie - Senior Editor for

    Your kids are probably anxious to go back to school. Or at least, when I was in school I was always ready for summer to end. I loved the new clothes, fresh haircut, backpack full of new supplies, reunion with friends and even learning my new schedule. Back to school is like the new year for kids - a clean slate and a new beginning. The one thing I always dreaded though, and a lot of kids still do, was lunch. It was either an endless rotation of PBJs or cafeteria slop.

    This year, make lunch a highlight of the back to school thrill by packing something they'll look forward to eating. Have them choose a reusable, insulated lunch tote and ask them for input in planning lunches each week. Their participation will make it more likely that everything gets eaten. Plus, you might pique their interest in cooking, nutrition and food.

    Don't fall in to another sandwich rut this year. Try some of these ideas for getting out from between the

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  • Why PE Class is Important

    By Mathue Johnson, fitness expert for

    Physical fitness is a vital part of human nature and the body needs plenty of it for normal functioning. There are five components of physical fitness and they are all interrelated.

    Cardiovascular endurance is the strength and endurance of the heart and its ability to pump blood throughout the body. It is recommended that the average human needs at least 20 to 30 minutes of cardiovascular training per day.

    Muscular strength is the next component of physical fitness and it is referred to as the muscles ability to apply maximum strength against physical objects. Muscular strength is important for maintaining correct posture, spinal alignment, and strong, dense bones.

    Muscular endurance is the third component and is important for correct posture, spinal alignment, and strong, dense bones.

    Flexibility, which is beneficial by improving the muscle's range of motion. By doing so, the body is less susceptible to injury and muscle soreness

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  • 10 of the Worst School Foods

    Brandi Koskie - Senior Editor for

    For many parts of the country the first day of school is just days away. Just as Christmas seems to arrive around Halloween these days, marketers have been selling back to school for a few weeks now, which means many moms and dads are eagerly stocking up the necessary supplies for their children.

    We know you'll get them a new pair of tennis shoes, fresh art supplies and notebooks, and maybe even replace last year's tattered backpack; but what are you doing about their eating habits? The school cafeteria should be one of the safest place our children can eat, a place that offers one more opportunity to learn, and in this case, about food being fuel, nutrition, portion sizes, and following that up with the physical activity of recess.

    However, the majority of U.S. schools do not offer such a food haven. In fact at most, you'd almost be better off eating fast food. In 2009, USA Today reported that "In the past three years, the

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  • Peanuts, Cracker Jacks and All-You-Can-Eat Hot Dogs at Major League Baseball Games

    By Brandi Koskie - Senior Editor for

    Summertime in the U.S. means baseball. And baseball means peanuts and Cracker Jacks (and maybe even a beer). Did you know that a serving of salted stadium peanuts (8 ounces) has 1280 calories? One serving of Cracker Jacks (a half-cup) has 120 calories. A light beer has about 170 calories in the 16-ounce serving.

    Peanuts aside, a handful of Cracker Jacks with a beer is going to barely set you back 300 calories. For a ballgame snack, that sounds reasonable. You want to be able to enjoy the entire event experience.

    But what happens when you go back for more? Maybe grab some nachos? How about a hot dog, or three? The calories start wracking up the way Babe Ruth did home runs. This is a possibility at 19 Major League Baseball stadiums, as they now have all-you-can-eat concessions. It's a roughly $40 ticket that gives you free reign to fill up on hot dogs, peanuts, popcorn, nachos, ice cream and lemonade, all while watching the game.

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  • 10 Healthy Things You Can do in 10 Minutes

    By Brandi Koskie - senior editor for

    The quickest and easiest excuse for not taking care of our health is that we're too busy or there's just not enough time in the day. But who doesn't have ten minutes? We all have ten minutes. It's possible we all have a free ten minutes several times a day. If you're not sure what to do with the spare time on your hands, put it to good use an make yourself healthier! Each of these tasks can be done in ten minutes or less and will create the foundation for a very healthy lifestyle.

    1. Take a walk. You might think if you don't have a full 30 or 60 minutes to devote to a workout that you might as well not even do it. Not true at all. If you took a ten-minute walk or jog before work, at lunch, and in the evening, you'd rack up a 30-minute workout for the day. And it's totally fine to space them out. You'll appreciate the extra few minutes to clear your head, move your body and get away from your desk.

    2. Make breakfast. Waiting for

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  • Why Everyone is Talking About P90X

    By Heather Ashare -

    If you have stayed up late enough, or if you are a rise-and-shine early bird, you have probably seen the
    television infomercials for P90X, an intense workout system that relies on a routine of interval training
    exercises to help you achieve a lean and strong body in 90 days.

    The Basics
    Created by Tony Horton and Beachbody Fitness, P90X, is a three-month program divided into
    three, 30-day phases, which combine a series of cardiovascular and strength-training routines that
    are performed in a circuit and interval-based manner. Yoga, plyometrics (a kind of exercise that is characterized by fast and powerful movements intended to improve physical performance), abdominal work and stretching and flexibility, as well as a nutrition plan, are all part of this hot fitness trend's offerings.

    The magic behind the P90X system is a concept referred to as "muscle confusion," which adds new movements and alters the sequence of exercises to literally confuse

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  • Lance Armstrong's Energy Fueled by FRS Drinks

    By Heather Ashare -

    With the Tour de France starting July 3, media outlets will once again be abuzz about Lance
    Armstrong, his training routine, health habits and his favorite pre- and post-racing eats.

    The seven-time Tour de France winner and cancer survivor takes his health as seriously as he does his choice in racing bikes.

    In 2007, New Sun Nutrition, maker of the FRS (Free Radical Scavenger) Healthy Energy drink, signed Lance Armstrong as their chief spokesman and part-owner of the Santa Barbara-based company. In the past few years, Armstrong has been seen and heard extolling the benefits of these antioxidant-rich fruity drinks, which have amassed a passionate and devoted fan base of athletes ranging from cyclists to snowboarders, as well as health enthusiasts.

    FRS Healthy Energy drinks were first created specifically for cancer patients battling fatigue following
    chemotherapy treatments. Armstrong teamed up with Dick Lamb, CEO of New Sun and co-founder of

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  • Red, White and Blue Foods That are Good for You

    By Brandi Koskie - Senior Editor for

    The more colorful our diets, the healthier they are. Take that to heart in a patriotic sense this weekend and be sure to fill your plate with foods that are red, blue and even white. We've selected some of the tastiest foods found in these three American colors to help you plan a red, white and blue spread that is as pleasing to the eye as it is to your guest's taste buds.

    Red Foods

    The brighter in color a food, the better it is for you. (No, this doesn't apply to Skittles.) Red-hued fruits and vegetables are incredibly nutritious, and usually taste pretty good. The reds comes from anthocyanins, an antioxidant that can help remove free radicals from the body. Plus, red foods can reduce LDL cholesterol, risk of prostate cancer and lower blood pressure.

    Strawberries - These sweet little summer berries will brighten any spread. One cup of whole strawberries has only 46 calories. Put out a bowl by themselves, add to a fruit salad, or

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