Top 10 best workout DVD’s you can buy

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What makes a workout DVD one of the best? There are 3 rules. It must be continuously challenging, extremely effective with immediate results and of course, fun so it keeps your attention and you look forward to doing it over and over again.

Over the past 26 years I have bought workout DVD’s that I knew were a waste of money as soon as I put them into the DVD player. Don’t make the same mistake, no matter what your exercise interest might be, the following 10 workout DVD’s are the best because there’s something for everyone.  Perfect for gift-giving too!

  1. The Ballet Physique is still unknown to many but I am spreading the word because  this workout will give you the body of a dancer through moves more effective than any machine at the gym.  Check it out here.
  2. Kickbox Fastfix is exactly that!  Jillian Michaels put together three 20-minute cardio-blasting kickbox workouts focusing on different areas of the body that will enable you to burn fat while sculpting your body at the same time.  Check it out here.
  3. Yoga for Strength and Flexibility is one of my absolute favorite yoga workouts.  The DVD offers two 30-minute sequences; I especially like the strength portion as it works your body from head to toe while calming your mind like no other routine.  Check it out here.
  4. Extreme Shed and Shred offers two 45-minute kick-butt circuit training workouts that include everything from weight training, kickboxing, yoga and Jiu-Jitsu to blast the fat off of your body.  Check it out here.
  5. Yogalosophy has been Jennifer Aniston’s go-to workout for over a decade.  Her personal trainer put together a workout that consists of traditional yoga poses combined with sculpting exercises that really chisel the body.  Check it out here.
  6. Ripped in 30 offers four 24-minute interval workouts each with three sets that include 3-minutes of strength, 2-minutes of cardio and 1-minute of abs.  Learn more about Ripped here.
  7. Skinnygirl Workout is a serious yoga routine with a little humor from Bethenny Frankel added in.  She works alongside NYC yoga instructor Mike McArdle and offers 3 different workout options to fit your busy life.  Learn more here.
  8. Yoga Inferno is quite different from all the rest because it takes you through difficult yoga sequences mixed up with cardio to keep your heartbeat enabling you to burn fat faster.  Check it out here.
  9. Power Circuit Training gives you the option of doing the full 45-minute weight training workout or breaking it up into 15-minute segments that focus on different parts of the body.  Check it out here.
  10. Physique 57 is a 57-minute barre workout that will change your life!  A head to toe strengthening routine that pushes you to the limit while working your upper body, core and lower body until you just can’t take anymore.  Check it out here.

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Jennifer Aniston’s trainer shares her 5 secrets to staying fit

ayJennifer Aniston has managed to maintain her fit physique for years now; so what’s her secret?  Inquiring minds want to know and her trainer, of more than 10 years, Mandy Ingber, creator of Yogalosophy, recently shared Aniston’s top 5 easy, effective tips with The Stir; here they are.

1. Change it up!  Yes, yoga is an essential component for everybody, including Jenn, but Mandy Ingber also believes that cardio plays an important role in any successful exercise program.  She loves cardio, even teaching spin classes, not only for the fat burn but also the “endorphin high”, says Ingber.  To get the best results changing up your routine is an absolute must.  Try rotating one the best yoga workouts every other day with one of the best workout videos that work.

2. Eat protein with every meal & snack.  Ingber shared Aniston’s daily diet is a “Zone type” which consists of 40% calories from carbs, 30% from fat and 30% from protein.  “Jen’s very into keeping filled with protein, and you can see the result of that,” notes Ingber.  “You can see the lean muscles.  That’s also due to exercise and yoga, but it’s also about what you put into your body.”  Check out 8 of the best protein foods you can eat here.

3. Breathe deeply.  You can call it meditation or just keep it simple with a just a few minutes of breathing.  Ingber advises setting a timer for 5-minutes when awaking in the morning and before going to bed at to mindfully breath.  “You can sit up straight on a pillow or with your feet on the floor.  Keeping a nice straight spine, you want your knees slightly lower than your hips.  Then you start to focus on your breath moving in and out of your nose.  Notice the pause at the end of the inhale and then at the end of the exhale.  Bringing your attention to those pauses is where all the action is”, says Ingber.  If your thoughts drift, that’s ok and completely normal, she added.  Being consistent with this will promote better-quality, weight loss-promoting rest.

4. Improve your mood with this yoga move.  Lifting your mood from bad to good can be powerful and can completely change your day, but how can one yoga move do this?  “Back bends invigorate the spine and open the chest, allowing more oxygen into the lungs,” says Ingber.  “To life your mood, try a bridge pose: Lie on your back, with knees bent, feet placed on the floor.  Press your hips up, with arms down by your sides.  If you feel confident, clasp your hands and wriggle onto your shoulders.  Take five deep breaths before you lower.”

5. Sweat it out.  Ingber calls it detoxing, sharing that Aniston loves an infrared sauna after a workout, but there’s a much simpler way to do this.  “I love taking a really hot epsom salt bath,” she says.  “It’ll really make you sweat and help you detoxify and eliminate anything that isn’t supporting your overall wellness.”

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6 of the best foods you can eat for stronger bones

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After just going through knee surgery and starting recovery, I am doing everything I can to protect myself for the future. Since age has a direct affect on the breakdown of bones, it’s important to nourish your body as much as possible so that you can live a long, healthy life. One of the most important things you can do to protect your bones is to incorporate specific foods into your diet.

Here are 6 of the best foods you can eat for stronger bones.

  1. Vegetables, leafy greens with the roots and stalks. This is essential for the iron and calcium, vitamins K and C, along with protein your bones need to stay strong.
  2. Protein from animals, beans and foods contain soy partner with the vegetables above to help maintain bone strength.
  3. Stock contains minerals, another essential component for strong bones. Be sure to get the low sodium, organic if possible for optimum health.
  4. Whole grains are a must for the magnesium contained in them. We’ve talked about how important whole grains are in your daily diet here, be sure to educate yourself.
  5. Nuts, seed and seaweed all contain minerals for bone growth and play a part in a healthy diet for all.  Learn more about a nut that makes you happy here.
  6. Healthy fats, such as avocados, contain additional vitamins needed for bones including K and D.

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Learn Why Mizuno Wave Rider 18 is your Running Sneaker, For Life

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The following Mizuno Wave Rider 18 review is sponsored by Mizuno Running on behalf of FitFluential, LLC. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Now that I’ve had the chance to wear the Mizuno Wave Rider 18 for a few weeks I can’t wait to share my thoughts and overall experience with you.  If you’ve been looking, as I have, for a running shoe that stands out from all the rest in fit, quality and beauty that will also positively affect your life, look no further.

The Wave Rider 18 felt very natural to me from the first time I put them on, like a part of my body. I felt light on my feet and supported at the same time. I’ve suffered from back and neck problems for years and this was the first time I wasn’t sore the next day after a run. I also wore them on a few long walks and I felt like I could keep going when normally I’d be ready to stop because of the smooth ride they offer.

The concept and the thoughtful creation put into the new Mizuno Wave Rider 18 running sneaker is just astounding.  You ask what makes this newly released sneaker unlike any other brand available today?  Well, at Mizuno, their intension was to create a new type of running shoe, incorporating positive energy into every step.  They did this by infusing the Japanese concept of “Hado”; which is described as a vibrational life force energy that promotes positive transformations.  Who doesn’t need more of that in their life?

Along with this powerful force of energy the Mizuno Wave Rider 18 provides, the shoe itself offers a sleek, lightweight, dynamic design with just enough support for nearly every type of runner.  It truly is the perfect sneaker you’ve been searching for harnessed with countless possibilities, available in both men and women’s style, colors and sizes.

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The Wave Rider 18 also stands out among others because of their key components that play a part in every shoe they make.

  1. Mizuno Wave Technology offers maximum responsiveness along with a harmonious feel that provides the perfect amount of support and stability from start to finish on every run.
  2. A U4ic midsole delivers optimal shock attenuation, resiliency, and responsiveness along with a superior ride that is 30% lighter than AP+.
  3. Dynamotion Fit upper and modified outsole pattern provides added durability relieving the stress the foot naturally places on footwear, eliminating distortion and offering an improved under foot feel.

This is why the Mizuno Wave Rider 18 is your new running sneaker, for life.  Don’t walk, RUN to get your pair before they’re gone, and at under $120 with free shipping you can’t afford not to.

Top 10 Mental Benefits of Exercise; Start Feeling Better Today

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We already know that exercise is a must for maintaining good health and certainly makes you look fit and sculpted, but there’s a third positive benefit to moving your body considered to be just as important.  Your mind plays a key role in your everyday life, how you feel about yourself and everything around you; exercise positively affects your mental state.

Here are the top 10 mental benefits of exercise; start feeling better today.

  1. Exercise reduces anxiety.  
  2. Exercise boosts concentration.
  3. Exercise will improve your mood no matter how badly you might be feeling.
  4. Exercise boosts confidence; you’ll like and believe in yourself more.
  5. Exercise improves brain function; you’ll actually feel smarter and sharper.
  6. Exercise fights depression by increasing your seritonin levels in the brain.
  7. Exercise improves character.
  8. Exercise makes you feel better especially when consistent.
  9. Exercise increases pain tolerance.
  10. Exercise plays a role in fighting addiction.

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Trust your gut; why it’s important to be your own advocate; fight for your health

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You’ve probably heard this recently, especially with it being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, “You must take charge of your own health, be your own advocate”, because no one knows your body like you do. If something feels off, take action! If you’re not being heard, speak louder. This is an experience that has recently happened to me and I feel it’s important to share my story.

As many of you know, I’ve been lucky enough to live a pretty healthy life thus far. I give healthy food choices, regular exercise and a dedication to yoga the credit for helping me maintain my health. In August of this year, everything seemed ok as always, but after a run on a Monday and an intense yoga practice on Tuesday, something was wrong.

I looked down at my lower left leg and it seemed to be very blue, veins popping out everywhere, some hurting others just under the skin. I showed my husband and he told me not to worry, but my gut said to take action, so I called my primary care doctor and went to see her the next day.

At the appointment my doctor assured me that I wasn’t going to die and that I didn’t have a blood clot. She went onto to say that as we get older, veins appear more on our legs and not to worry. I explained to her that I understood that but I was also having pain and she said, “you’re fine.” I left the doctor’s office with an unsettled feeling.

The next day I got in to see a vascular doctor, who after an ultrasound, informed me that I had deep and superficial venous insufficiencies; which means that the veins deep in legs weren’t working properly anymore, the valves were broken and therefore causing the outer veins to protrude. What? How could this happen so suddenly? I challenged him with this question and he had no answers. So I got a 2nd and 3rd opinion and both showed no vein issues whatsoever. Hmmm. I didn’t give up.

A few days later I went to see a sports medicine doctor who did an x-ray that showed nothing, so he ordered a full body bone scan, which also showed nothing. He advised me to start physical therapy where I could build up my thigh muscles and make my legs stronger. But I was still experiencing pain? I asked for an MRI of my left knee, an area of my body that has posed problems on and off for years, maybe that’s where all of this is stemming from? He disagreed but ordered the MRI anyway.

Low and behold! The MRI came back with a torn meniscus, surgery is scheduled and I should be back to my old self in no time. The moral of this story is don’t ever let anyone, even a doctor, tell you what you’re feeling is nothing because most of the time, it’s something and maybe something much more serious than my experience.  Throughout this journey I took note of the numbers of patients in the waiting rooms, wait times and how overwhelmed doctors are right now.  Keep a journal, remind them of things they may not have on your chart, do your research beforehand and ask for tests you feel you might need.  Take charge of your own health, don’t be afraid to speak up and demand the best possible care, no one is looking out for you more than you.

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Stay full, eat less and be healthy with these 6 tasty snacks

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One of the most important aspects, if not THE most important aspect, to looking your absolute best is to eat healthy whole foods that keep you full so you’ll eat less.  

Here are 6 tasty snacks that will do just that.

  1. Nuts are probably the most fullfilling snack that you can carry in your purse or substitute for lunch when running short on time, learn more about this skinny healthy food here.
  2. Hard-boiled eggs are one of my favorite ways to stay full, eat less and be healthy.  Taking the time to plan ahead and make a half-dozen to keep in the frig will go a long way.  Learn how to make perfect hard-boiled eggs every time here.
  3. Oatmeal is a long-time breakfast staple that will stay with you for hours into your day keeping you full so that you don’t overindugle later.
  4. Greek yogurt has taken over the dairy aisle over the past couple of years, now being offered in all different flavors.  Be sure to get the fat free option if you can as it will fill you up without filling you out.
  5. Hummus with veges is not only delicious, it’s good for you and filling at the same time.  Be sure not to over eat it though as it can also fatten you up.  Learn how to make your own healthy hummus at home here.
  6. Edamame has become a favorite in many households because of how tasty and healthy it is.  Buy a bag in the frozen isle, put it in a colander under cold running water until it’s thawed and snack away.

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10 reasons why jumping on a trampoline is the best and safest cardio you can do

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Cardiovascular exercise is necessary for weight loss but most importantly, for your health.  We now know that most cardio workouts can do serious damage over time to your knees, hips and joints, so finding exercise that is kind to your body is essential.  Rebounding for just 20-minutes (jumping on a trampoline) is that exercise and here’s 10 reasons why it’s the best and safest cardio you can do.

1. Rebounding boosts your immune system and keeps you healthy.

2. Rebounding reduces body fat enabling you to lose weight.

3. Rebounding stimulates all internal organs and keeps your blood pumping.

4. Rebounding increases bone density keeping you stronger as you grow older.

5. Rebounding keeps your eyes strong because of the concentration it takes to do it.

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6. Rebounding improves your digestion keeping you regular with less bloat.

7. Rebounding improves agility enabling you to move in ways you once couldn’t.

8. Rebounding detoxifies your body, cleansing it through perspiration.

9. Rebounding is aerobic so it works the heart muscle; essential for good health.

10. Rebounding increases your energy, keeping you going all day.

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How to make a relationship last a lifetime; 10 tips

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Whether it’s your first date or you’ve been together for decades, relationships are, hands down, extremely difficult to maintain.  “The beginning” is always, of course, the best part because of the excitement of getting to know each other, the newness and the butterflies that come along with all of that.  But over time it can get old, complicated and seemingly impossible; which is why most marriages tend to fall apart.

Proudly maintaining an incredible 26-year relationship and friendship with my husband is what has prompted me to write this piece for you.  Because we met in high school and grew up together, it hasn’t always been easy, but we’ve found ways to keep our 14-year marriage fresh, exciting and long-lasting.  How?  Over the years we’ve incorporated these 10 essential, life-changing, relationship-saving tips that have worked for us and that I hope will also work for you to make your relationship last a lifetime.

  1. Be mysterious; always keep him guessing.  This concept goes from the first day on and never stops.  It’s human nature for a man (or woman) to be intrigued and interested in what he or she can’t have or think they might potentially lose.  Don’t always be so available, let him wonder from time to time, even if it’s just for a minute or two.
  2. Don’t give too much away too soon.  Showing respect for yourself and your body sets the tone for the entire relationship, keeps him interested and speaks volumes to a man.  If you’re serious about someone, don’t just add another notch in your bedpost, wait until he’s proven he’s entitled to something so sacred.  Also, don’t tell him too much about yourself before or even during the first date; keep him intrigued.  Also, that first date should be super special, expect him to plan and treat you like a lady, if he doesn’t, RUN for the hills!  How he treats you in the beginning will give you a very clear view of how he will treat you throughout the relationship.  Set an expectation and accept nothing less.
  3. Play the “PET PEEVE” game.  Moving in together can change the dynamic of any relationship.  Too much “togetherness” can really take its toll.  When he leaves the toilet seat up or dishes in the sink, play the “PET PEEVE” game.  The object is to stop annoying each other with bad habits; which are entirely natural.  You both have to make a commitment to say, “pet peeve!” when you see something that bothers you, the other must drop everything and come running, not get angry, listen and try to change the habit.  I promise you, it works, and life-changing in any relationship!
  4. Never get too comfortable.  My friends laugh at me when I put on lipstick before my husband comes home after 26 years together, but it’s important.  Why?  Because even though he says how beautiful I am without make-up, I will notice a little extra smile when I’ve put some effort into how I look.  It’s natural to want to see your love out of their sleepy pants, fresh and attractive.
  5. Be flexible.  This isn’t just in the bedroom, being flexible means being open to doing something unexpectedly or outside of your comfort zone.  If you’ve made dinner and your husband or boyfriend calls and says, “Let’s go out!” GO!!  Life is short, have fun, make another memory and experience new things, it will thrill him and keep it new.
  6. Be spontaneous, even with the simplest things.  This can simply be buying a couple pints of both of your favorite Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, hiding it in the freezer and surprising him after dinner on a Tuesday night.
  7. Always put him first and expect the same back.  With all of these tips, you must know that whatever I give I expect the exact same back and if I don’t feel that I am getting it, I will tell him.  Unless you both are committed to putting each other first, your relationship is never going to work.
  8. Be a good listener.  Communication is an absolute MUST!  I make it a point NOT to talk about myself when my husband calls me or at the end of the day when we finally get to see each other again.  I ask how he is, I listen carefully and then I expect the same back.  Sometimes that naturally works in reverse; which is nice.
  9. Be whole-heartedly honest.  This is another aspect of communication.  Even when you know that you’re going to hurt his feelings being honest is essential in any relationship because if you’re not, you’re living in a façade.  How do you expect him to know how you feel if you don’t tell him?
  10. Check in with each other often.  Even with all of the bliss that you’ll experience once you incorporate these tips into your life, you have to check in with each other often.  That means asking each other if the other is ok, feeling good or needs something.  It’s too easy to fall into a routine, get busy, become selfish and not realize the other is unhappy.  Communicate, communicate, communicate, can’t say it enough!

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6 workouts that burn more calories than jogging

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Jogging is considered to be one of the best ways to burn mega calories fast, but overtime this type of workout can wreak havoc on your joints, bones and cause varicose veins.  So I’ve been on a mission to find other ways to workout that burn even more calories than jogging; here’s 6 of them with all calorie calculations based on a 125 pound woman.

  1. Swimming has been considered to be one of the best ways to workout not only because it burns calories but it doesn’t put any negative pressure on your body.  But how many calories do you actually burn swimming?  Well, the breathstroke burns about 580 calories per hour, the backstroke 550 and the butterfly over 700 at a moderate to vigorous pace.
  2. Biking, whether it be stationary or out in nature burns an average of 400+ calories per hour, depending on your speed and resistance of course.  A workout that burns that many calories without putting pressure on your joints all while sitting down is one that that everyone should do.
  3. Jumping rope was always considered to be a fantastic way to burn calories, but who would have thought that could be over 600 calories an hour at a decent pace?  The goal should be about 100 jumps per minute to get the most out of this workout.
  4. Dancing is so fun especially when it’s to your favorite music.  Put on your IPod and dance away more than 400 calories per hour!
  5. Rock climbing takes concentration and builds amazing strength while burning over 450 calories per hour on your way up the rocks and more than 280 calories per hour as you head down.  Maybe signing up for one of those indoor climbing adventures isn’t a bad idea.
  6. Kickboxing is the bomb and burns mega calories with most classes burning more than 500 calories.  One of my favorites mostly because it fits into any busy schedule is Jillian Michaels Kickbox Fastfix, check it out here.

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5 easy ways to beat belly bloat and feel better today

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Your jeans won’t zip up, you feel uncomfortable and look a few months pregnant, what’s going on?  It can creep up on you or play a part of your everyday but either way, belly bloat is the worst.  Here are 5 easy way to beat belly bloat for good!

  1. Eat cucumbers.  You’ve hear about using cucumbers to reduce the puffiness under your eyes, well they can do the same thing for your belly.  This very special vegetable contains an antioxidant called quercetin that helps reduce swelling and inflammation.
  2. Do Yoga.  There is no better form of exercise to flatten your belly and wring out all of your organs than yoga.  You won’t believe the gas that you’ll pass with some of the twisting poses the practice takes you through.  Check out the best yoga DVD’s here.
  3. Eat bananas.  This fruit, along with avacodos, oranges and even pistachio nuts help prevent water retention and have a direct affect on the sodium levels in your body; which can be one of the #1 causes of bloat.  They also contain fiber to keep you regular.
  4. Eat more yogurt.  A food that will directly affect your digestive tract and regulate your digestion is one that contains probiotics.  Hopefully your doctor has talked to you about the importance of getting good bacteria into your gut to kill the bad; it’s essential for good overall health.
  5. Eat asparagus.  This superfood helps to flush the excess water out of your body by making you pee more; which reduces bloat.  Yes, your pee will smell a little different after eating asparagus but just let that be a reminder to you that you’ve done something good for your body because it also reduces gas and contains fiber that helps maintain digestive health.

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It’s time to ‘RETHINK FOOD’ because too many of us are sick!

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Did you know that the rate of the most common form of diabetes in America has gone up 700% since World War II?  That is a scary statistic since diabetes is a disease soley caused by what we eat.  Balance is key of course, but this book that I just happened to stumble upon has entirely affected my outlook on food, disease and the future of our health.  ‘Rethink Food 100 Doctors Can’t Be Wrong’ brings the connection between food and disease to the surface; a must read for everyone, really.

‘Rethink Food 100 Doctors Can’t Be Wrong’ exposes how doctors are medicating ailments with prescriptions rather than treating the underlining issues; which for the most part are reversible on their own.  Doctors aren’t necessarily doing this deliberately, they’ve been trained to do so because food and disease doesn’t play a serious role in medical school.  Fortunately, the discovery of the causes of diseases has started to become more evident and 100+ doctors have come together to share their findings in ‘Rethink Food’.

The biggest take away from this book is the fact that meat and dairy are not good for us and embracing a whole foods plant based diet is a better choice.  Even if you would never consider becoming a vegetarian, ‘think’ about incorporating more vegetables into your diet.  Maybe start with 1 vegetarian day per week, like a “mealess Monday” and see how you feel.  I’ve been slowly doing this within my diet and I have to say I feel better already.

I know that I’ve recommended a lot of health and wellness products over the years but this is one that can’t be overlooked, take a closer look at ‘Rethink Food 100 Doctors Can’t Be Wrong’ here and open up your eyes to food and your future health now, don’t wait.

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Are jalapeno peppers good for you? 7 reasons why you should be eating them!

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Don’t be scared of jalapeno peppers, they’re not only delicious and a great way to add flavor to your meals, they are also a very healthy food that everyone should be including in their diets.  So to answer the question, are jalapeno peppers good for you?  Yes, they are!  And here are 7 good reasons why you should be eating them.

  1. Jalapeno peppers fight cancer.  Capsaicin is what makes chili peppers hot and this essential part of the vegetable has been shown in research studies to kill prostate cancer cells.
  2. Jalapeno peppers fight inflammation.  Capsaicin is also an anti-inflammatory agent known to relieve migraines and sinus headaches.
  3. Jalapeno peppers burn fat and help you to lose weight.  Capsaicin generates heat and stimulates the body to burn fat by increasing the metabolism.
  4. Jalapeno peppers help lower high blood pressure.  The high contents of vitamin A and C (more than an orange) contained in jalapenos help strengthen blood vessels; which enable the body to better adjust to fluctuations.
  5. Jalapenos can potentially cure intestinal issues like inflammatory bowel disease.  They’ve also been known to kill bacteria and prevent stomach ulcers.
  6. Jalapeno peppers relieve congestion.  Eating these hot peppers help clear mucus by stimulating secretions from your nasal area enabling you to feel better faster.
  7. Jalapeno peppers fight heart disease.  Yes, it’s true!  The capsaicin contained in jalapenos can help reduce cholesterol and triglycerides.  Studies how shown that other areas around the world who eat more hot peppers than we do have lower rates of heart attacks and strokes.

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How many calories are burned from sex? The question is finally answered!

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How many calories are burned from sex?  I got the answer for you!  This has been an old wives tale for some time and it’s important to clear it up once and for all.  Many tend to believe they’ve gotten theirexercise in for the day when they’ve done the deed.  But the truth is, having sex only burns about 5 calories a minute, according to Dr. Lauren Streicher, an OB-GYN and author of ‘Love Sex Again.’

“I wish it was true too”, says Streicher, adding, “Most people only have sex for maybe 10 or 15 minutes, so it’s about the same number of calories you’re going to burn going up a couple flights of stairs.”  Although you won’t get super fit from having sex, burning any calories is better than none at all so don’t fret, just enjoy your time between the sheets!

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We all have good intensions, especially at night when setting our alarm clocks, but it’s a very different story in the morning when we’re feeling exhausted and unmotivated.  The last thing that anyone wants to do is get up, never mind go workout.  But as you know, after that quiet time in the morning, before all the chaos erupts, it’s nearly impossible to squeeze a workout in.  So why not make it your mission to finally conquer the battle for good?

Here are 5 tips and tricks to making a morning workout happen.

1. Lay out your workout clothes at night.  Planning is the key to success with anything, especially fitting in a workout.  Think about it, if you get up and have to start opening drawers to find your sports bra only to learn that it’s in the hamper, you’re probably going to skip it all together.  But if you take a few minutes each night to lay out your sneakers, socks and workout gear, when you wake up all you have to do is stand up out of bed and put it all on.  Being dressed to exercise is the first step to success.

2. Forget the gym!  Yes, I said it.  Not a big fan of the gym over here.  Maybe a yoga class here or there but there couldn’t be anything less motivating to me in the morning than the idea of walking into a gym, never mind driving there, parking and the cost of becoming a member, yuck!  Instead, pick up a few of the best workout DVD’s ever and have them at your disposal.  The best part about these workouts is they are all only about 30-minutes long so there shouldn’t be any problem squeezing in exercise in the morning.

3. Reward yourself.  You don’t have to take the whole working out thing too seriously.  Life is too short to deprive yourself of anything.  If you’ve had a successful week of morning workouts, or any workouts at all, plan to reward yourself each weekend with a food or drink that you love.  It will keep you motivated.  You deserve it!

4. Early to bed, early to rise.  Let’s face it, even if you are a night owl, when you get into bed earlier you will probably fall asleep sooner.  Sleep is an essential component to a healthy lifestyle with the body needing at least 7 hours per night, learn more about this here.  Turning off all the electronics will absolutely help, allow yourself to decompress, breathe deeply and naturally fall asleep each night.  You’ll wake up ready to tackle any challenge.

5. Look forward to an improved mood.  Knowing that making a morning workout happen before your day starts is going to make you feel happier, invigorated and refreshed should be motivation enough.  Exercise has a direct effect on the brain by increasing seritonin levels; giving you a natural high.  Why not leave the house each day feeling happy and full of energy rather than sluggish and slow?  Learn more about this here.

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