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Source: 9 Strategies For a Healthy Happy HourHappy hour is meant to be fun, but if you're watching your weight, those postwor…

  • Shannon Eastin

    Shannon Eastin

    by Charlotte Andersen for SHAPE.com

    Shannon Eastin made headlines for being the first ever female referee in an NFL game. But while the rest of the world was surprised, she always knew it would happen. In 1999 Eastin said,"It may sound crazy to some people, but I think I can be in the NFL some day. You've got to believe in yourself. If you don't, nobody else will."

    We like how you think, Shannon! Here are more awesome tips from the lovely ladies who rule the sidelines:

    1. Exercise might save your life: Robin Roberts, one of the first black female sports anchors for ESPN's SportsCenter, credits regular exercise for helping her cope with her recently diagnosed myelodysplastic syndrome , a blood and bone-marrow disorder. The Good Morning America host and champion of Michelle Obama's campaign against childhood obesity says, "They say I'm younger and fitter than most people who confront this disease and will be cured."

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    2. Fit is strong, not necessarily

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  • Try one of these healthy snack options while you're at work.

    Sometimes it's challenging to stick to healthy habits at work. The best way to combat the lure of the vending machine is to stock your cubicle with healthy snacks that are convenient and easy to prepare. Try one of these nutritious options.

    Apple slices. Kick up your apple a day by slicing it and pairing it with a healthy dip or spread. Try lowfat 1% cottage cheese, which is super-high in protein, riboflavin, and vitamin B12, and low in cholesterol, or spread them with natural-style peanut butter (with lower sodium and sugar content than other varieties) for added protein.

    Almonds. An ounce of dry roasted almonds contains 6.8 mg vitamin E - that's 34% of your daily value. They're also a good source for riboflavin (for cell and liver health), magnesium and manganese.

    Oatmeal. For a warm, healthy snack, nothing beats oatmeal. It's low in saturated fat and cholesterol, and its fiber content makes you feel satisfied and full. Add dried berries to the mix for extra flavor and h

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  • By Nikki Glor for GalTime.com

    Workouts geared for fall!

    Workouts geared for fall!

    getting fit for fall

    Summer vacations are now computer screen savers and your wall calendar lists meetings, kids' practices and weekend chores rather than vacation destinations. If the weather and weeks ahead feel harsh, one thing will get easier, your workouts!

    Back in May, we thought the warm weather and free time meant getting in great shape during the summer. However, for some of us, the 80s turn to 90s, and free time means putting off our fitness routines until later in the day, then skipping them altogether.

    Family and friends stopping by, reunions, barbeques, weddings, day trips and beach vacations sometimes stop our sweat sessions in their tracks.

    Fall breezes and busy routines CAN be your workout buddies.

    Related: 4 Top Ab Exercises for Women

    When we have a demanding routine with the kids, jobs, and a packed schedule, we have to FIND the time to work out. If we know we only have from 6-7am four days a week, there is no pu

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  • By GalTime's Nutritionist, Elisa Zied, MS RD CDN

    Protein has all the power!

    Protein has all the power!

    We all know that protein is vital for good health, but did you know that national surveys show that adolescent females and some older women are not meeting their daily protein needs? Protein helps repair and build muscle tissue. It helps create hormones and enzymes in your body. It also helps fill you up at meal time.

    Did you know that if you cut calories to lose weight and you're not getting enough protein, you're going to lose more muscle tissue than you would otherwise? And it's that muscle tissue that keeps your metabolism revved up...

    Meat and Veggies

    Meat and Veggies

    So what do you do? Just make sure to include protein rich foods every time you eat.

    Related: Eating Free: A Carb Friendly Diet Plan?

    Protein Rich Foods

    • 1. Plant foods such as beans and nuts. These foods are also a good source of fiber.

    • 2. Meat. The healthiest choice is lean meat that is low in saturated fat.

    • 3. Fish is an excellent source of protein. S

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  • Alexa Miller/Fitness Magazine

    Alexa Miller/Fitness Magazine

    By Jenna Autuori-Dedic

    Feel as if you're on a conveyor belt to nowhere? Love your indoor run again with these get-in-the-zone strategies from trainer Jay Blahnik, the creator of the popular Tread & Shred class at Equinox Fitness Club in Newport Beach, California.

    Related: Rock Your Run: 8 Beginner Running Tips

    Treadmill Tips

    Replicate the road. "To mimic flat ground, move the treadmill's incline to 1 percent instead of 0," Blahnik says. "This makes up for the fact that there's no forward motion when you run in place." Ramp up the incline to 4 percent or more for hills.

    Find your sweet spot. "Running too close to the console changes your arm swing, and being too far from it makes you take smaller steps so you won't feel as if you're falling off the back," Blahnik says. Inch back from the console toward the center until your swing feels natural.

    Related: Run Your First (or Fastest!) 5K

    Clock out. Instead of watching the minutes crawl by, "pick a speed and incline that are challenging

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