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  • Faster, Harder, Longer: How to Maximize a Treadmill Workout

    Source: Faster, Harder, Longer: How to Maximize a Treadmill Workout

    Numb fingers. Black ice. Risk of frostbite. These are all common reasons to skip running outside in Winter and take refuge in a warm, dry gym. Treadmills might feel safer, but you might even find the workout feels a little easier. Don't sell yourself short! Use these tips to upgrade your treadmill time and maximize the benefits of your run.

    To Burn More Calories

    • Do intervals: Running at a consistent pace is great for longer training runs, but during shorter workouts, increase the intensity by including speed intervals. By alternating between running a few minutes at a moderate pace and throwing in bursts at a quicker pace (or even sprinting), you'll burn more calories, build endurance, and become a faster, stronger runner. Not to mention, intervals have also been proven to fight belly fat. Here's a 30-minute treadmill interval workout for you to try.
    • Gradually increase your speed throughout your workout:
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  • The ABCs of Oil Pulling: What is it and Should You Try It?

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    Over the last few days, we've been talking nonstop about the latest detox phenomenon called oil pulling, the act of swishing oil around your mouth. Now, gargling with oil may sound unappealing, but it has been an Ayurvedic practice since ancient times. It's said that oil pulling can do everything from whiten teeth to cure eczema. On the fence about trying it? Read the facts below to see if it's the right treatment for you!

    What Is It?
    The process is simple. Swish a spoonful of oil (coconut, sunflower, or sesame are most popular) in your mouth for 10 to 20 minutes. Then spit it out in the trash - not down the toilet or in the sink because that will only up your plumbing bill.

    How It Works
    "People swear by it - that it can fill cavities, relieve toothaches, whiten teeth, freshen breath, absorb harmful bacteria, and cure the common cold," said Dr. Jessica Emery, DMD of Sugar Fix Dental Loft Chicago. "From a

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  • Target Triceps with These 5 Moves

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    It might not feel like it, but tank-top season is not that far away! Each of these effective triceps-toning exercises will help combat that notorious underarm arm jiggle.

    Side-Arm Push-Ups Source: POPSUGAR Studios

    An alternative for your standard push-up routine is the side-arm push-up. It tones your triceps, your deltoids, and the outside of your chest.

    • Lie on your right side with your knees and hip bent to 45 degrees. Wrap your right arm around your waist, and place your left hand in front of your right shoulder with your fingertips parallel to your body. Keep your waist lifted with energy shooting out of the top of your head.
    • On an exhale, press your left hand into the ground and push yourself up, straightening the left elbow. Inhale, and slowly lower yourself back to starting position. This completes one rep.
    • Do three sets of 10 to 15 reps on your right before flipping over to your left and completing
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  • Start This Now for a Flat Belly by Bikini Season

    Source: Start This Now For a Flat Belly by Bikini Season

    If you're looking to melt fat in time for bikini season, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) should be your new best friend. HIIT involves short bursts of exercise at almost your maximum effort followed by a recovery period, which helps you burn more calories in less time while also targeting belly fat. HIIT has also been shown to improve other aspects of your health like increasing your VO2 max and lowering your risk of diabetes.

    The key to HIIT is to choose a short interval - like 30 seconds or a minute - and perform your workout at a high intensity. Follow up with a recovery period, such as jogging or rest, before moving to the next high-intensity interval. If you're new to HIIT this seven-minute HIIT circuit workout is a great place to start.

    We love HIIT so much we created this motivational poster just in time for Spring. Print it, post it, and remind yourself to push a little harder during your next workout -

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  • Skip Regular Ice Cubes for These DIY Potassium Wonders

    Source: Skip Regular Ice Cubes For These DIY Potassium Wonders

    Whether you enjoy a smoothie for breakfast or blend one up for a high-protein post-workout snack, here's a simple (and tasty) way to add more essential electrolytes to your glass. Instead of adding plain ice cubes to the blender, throw in frozen cubes made of coconut water. It's a great way to add potassium to your diet, which will help you rehydrate even more effectively.

    Depending on the size of your ice cube tray, each coconut-water cube is equivalent to about two-thirds to one ounce. For reference, one ounce of coconut water contains five calories, 3.6 mg of calcium, and 60 mg of potassium. For a fruity flare, you can also freeze flavored coconut water. Keep the cubes in the tray, or pop them out to store in a freezer bag or mason jar. Throw four to six cubes in your blender, and you'll love sipping down a smoothie with a tropical twist.

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  • Probiotic Power: 6 Favorite Store-Bought Foods

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    Digestive woes? It may be time to up the probiotics in your diet. Probiotics have been shown to help decrease the number of bad bacteria in your digestive track, which can help decrease gastrointestinal issues while also preventing urinary tract infections. While supplements are always an option, a tastier way to get this healthy bacteria is to chow down on foods that naturally contain probiotics. You can make your own yogurt or brew kombucha at home, but sometimes there just isn't the time! Learn about the probiotic-rich foods we can't get enough of plus our favorite store-bought brands to try out.

    • Full-Fat Yogurt: The most common place where people reap the benefits of probiotics is yogurt. While it only has a few strains of healthy bacteria for your belly, it is a great way to support your digestive system - but not all yogurt is created equal.
      What to look for: For the highest probiotic content, look for full-fat,
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  • Surprising Butter Substitutes to Save Calories and Fat

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    Baking calms the mind and feeds the soul, but all that buttery goodness can pack on the pounds. If you're looking to make healthier baked goods, omitting some or all of the butter from your favorite recipes can greatly reduce the amount of calories, fat, and cholesterol in your sweet treats. There are countless ways to replace eggs in recipes, and here are healthier alternatives to using butter. These substitutes are great for vegan bakers too.

    • Applesauce: Often used to replace oil in recipes, applesauce can also be used as butter alternative, and it works best in cake-like recipes (like this vegan banana apple chunk bread). Replace half the amount of butter in your recipe with applesauce; if the recipe calls for one cup of butter, use half a cup of butter and half a cup of applesauce. If you don't mind a denser, more moist bread, replace all the butter with applesauce to cut even more calories and fat.
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  • The New Weight Watchers Chef on Why Healthy Eating Isn't About Deprivation

    Source: The New Weight Watchers Chef on Why Healthy Eating Isn't About Deprivation

    Chicago-based Weight Watchers chef Ryan Hutmacher recognizes that there's "no silver bullet" to the weight-management process, but he does believe that Weight Watchers offers the "accountability and support" people need to maintain long-term goals. As the program's first chef, Ryan takes a healthy approach we can get behind: "It's not about deprivation. It's about opportunity."

    Eat with your eyes: Through his six weeks of competition to take home the title of The Weight Watchers Chef on ABC's The Chew, Ryan made sure that his recipes did more than taste delicious - they had to look pretty on the plate. Ryan suggests "picking out a variety of ingredients that are going to be colorful and exciting to even explore cooking with." Before the cooking begins and up until the plating process, "we eat with our eyes, and we have to be drawn in and almost mesmerized." When cooking feels like an artistic,

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  • We Couldn't Agree More with Cameron Diaz! Her Must-Have Healthy Pantry Staple

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    Cameron Diaz spent some time on the The Dr. Oz Show getting (really) real about her bathroom rituals, but she also shared a far more appetizing secret from her new book: the benefits of nutritional yeast.

    • Typically found in powder or flake form, nutritional yeast is cultivated from a deactivated yeast strain, and as Cameron can attest, it's more palatable than it sounds. The actress told Dr. Oz she adds nutritional yeast to eggs, salad, and even oatmeal, since it "tastes just like parmesan cheese." Beyond the flavor factor, nutritional yeast is an easy way to incorporate more B vitamins into a plant-based diet without taking additional supplements.
    • Once you pick up nutiritional yeast at your local health food store, it's time to get creative in the kitchen. Check out some our favorite ways to sprinkle it on.
      • Curried kale chips: After falling hard for the Bombay Curry flavor of Rhythm
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  • The Foods Celebrity Trainers Won't Eat

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    We asked top celebrity trainers one question: is there any food item you won't eat and recommend your clients avoid too? What we ended up with was a wide variety of answers, and while many of these off-limits foods seemed to make everyone's lists, there were a few answers that surprised us. Keep reading to see which foods celebrity trainers like Harley Pasternak, Jackie Warner, and Tara Stiles keep out of their kitchen, and then vote on whether or not you agree.

    • David Kirsch: Fried Foods: David is a firm believer in steering clear of fried, fatty foods - of course, what sometimes tastes the best is the worst for you. Trainer Jonathan Ross agrees and says fried foods are something he almost always steers clear of, saying they're "completely destructive to the body." Fried foods are widely available (and cheap), making them hard to steer clear of, but the amount of trans fat they contain should be enough to scare anyone, he says.
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