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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…

  • Women who work out before work have more energy.

    The most successful workouts I've ever had have happened in the morning. No matter how great a workout I think I'll have in the evening, it never seems to happen. Great morning workouts set the tone for the entire day ahead. If you're a working woman, though, making time for a workout before work can be next to impossible. What can you do to guarantee that your morning workout happens?

    Plan ahead.

    Don't leave anything to chance if you plan to start your day with an exercise routine. Pick out your clothes, find your shoes, pack lunch, and have breakfast ready to go. The more organized you are at night, the more likely you are to stick with it come morning.

    Skip the snooze.

    Those extra five minutes of sleep can feel oh so good, but if you're planning a morning workout, they can make or break you. Resist the urge to hit the snooze button. Instead, hop up out of bed with a jolt when the alarm goes off. Start your day energized!

    Eat well.

    What you eat for breakfast, the sn

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  • Source: How to Resist Halloween Candy Cravings at the Office

    The Halloween candy count at the office may be reasonable now, but in a few weeks, chances are those cubicles and kitchens will be overflowing with festive treats. If the impending confectionery inundation has you worried for your waistline, here are three ways you can manage the office Halloween candy situation with your healthy lifestyle.

    • Come armed: It's harder to eat fun-size treats when you know the calorie counts attached to your candy collection. Print out our handy poster of what 100 calories of Halloween candy looks like so you know when to splurge and when to decline.
    • BYO: If bowls of your favorite type of M&M's are on every desk, it's a lot harder to resist reaching in. If you can't say no to every treat, try bringing healthier, homemade versions of your favorites; not only will these healthy Halloween candy substitutes save you calories, but you'll also know exactly what ingredients are in your sweet tr
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    By Karen Houppert

    I love to be outside. So it makes sense to exercise outdoors -- and I do, several times a week, despite living in the gritty heart of Baltimore, which has the dubious honor of being part of the 14th most polluted metropolitan area in the country. I try my best to avoid the often hot, humid metropolis, crammed with bumper-to-bumper traffic. Instead I go to a nearby park and power walk my dog on wooded paths or jog around the reservoir. There I can pretend that I'm circling a lagoon on a Maine island, that the sound of the adjacent highway is really the rush of a mountain stream complete with a flock of honking Canada geese, and that the whoosh of passing cars is a gentle ocean breeze. I exercise my imagination and my body at the same time -- a holistic fitness routine that works.

    Sort of. Sometimes.

    It works until I am choked out of my fantasy by a layer of hazy gray smog stretching to the horizon before me and I find myself hunched over, gasping for one good deep b

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  • by Jessica Girdwain

    Get stronger, leaner, and sexier, and recover in less time with these delicious picks!

    What should you eat before you work out?

    What should you eat before you work out?

    1. Coffee: Runners love a cup of pre-race joe for the pep it puts in their step. "Research shows that the caffeine in coffee can enhance physical endurance and stamina, making a long run or ride feel easier," says Molly Kimball, R.D., sports dietitian with Ochsner's Elmwood Fitness Center in New Orleans. Try it iced or hot a half hour before a gym sesh, but if it upsets your stomach, push it back to an hour. Not crazy for coffee? Iced or hot green tea works too. Feel free to add milk, but skip the sugar, which can negate the caffeine kick.

    2. Ginger: Sore muscles often feel rewarding after a hard workout, but intense aches just plain hurt. The fix? Ginger. Consuming half a teaspoon of the raw root or ground herb lessened next-day muscle soreness by 25 percent in one study, likely because ginger contains pungent pain-relieving chemicals such as gingerol, shogaol, and zingerone. Re

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    Source: 4 Weight-Loss Rules For Your Morning Meal

    Skipping meals is never a good weight-loss strategy, especially when it come to breakfast. Eating in the morning wakes up your metabolism, helping you burn more calories throughout your day. A solid breakfast also helps keep you feeling sated so you eat fewer calories later. If you're working to drop pounds, keep in mind these four rules to ensure your breakfast is a champion.

    • Eat Breakfast Within One Hour of Waking: We know that regular breakfast eaters are less likely to be overweight, but the timing of your first meal is important, too. It's best to eat breakfast within an hour of waking. An early breakfast helps maintain your circadian rhythm and boosts your metabolism early.
    • Go For Protein, Not Sugar: While pancakes and raspberry danishes sound scrumptious for a Sunday brunch, those sweets aren't something you should devour regularly for breakfast. High-protein choices, like eggs, yogurt, and whole grains, are not only l
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