10 Awesome Winter Workouts

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It’s winter and it’s cold, dark and wet outside. But that doesn’t mean your workout has to fall by the wayside. In fact, you may be surprised at how AMAZING you feel after a good sweat, and how it heats you to your core! The gym is of course an option for your winter workouts, but that can get real old, real fast. So what else can you do to keep things fun and lively?

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Does Sweating Burn Calories?

Hot yoga. Packed spin classes. Steam rooms and saunas. Often we come out of these feeling like the more we’ve sweat, the more calories we’ve burned. But does just the act of sweating, if you separate it from the physical activity that causes it, burn calories or result in weight loss? Many people (including myself) just assumed that it does. After all, I often feel as spent as if I’ve just worked out whenever I get out of the sauna. So there must be something to it.

Not so fast. I explored this more in this article for mindbodygreen. Yes sweating has some health benefits. But it has nothing to do with your weight.

Read more: Let’s Settle This: Does Sweating Actually Make You Lose Weight?

— Jennifer

 

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Easy Bone Broth (GF, DF)

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Bone broth has become quite the rage these days, and it’s no wonder given its healing properties for anything from the common cold to stomach issues. It’s high in minerals that support the immune system and contains healing compounds like collagen, glutamine, glycine, and proline. The collagen is known to heal your gut lining and reduce intestinal inflammation. And there’s something just so comforting about it.

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Keeping Your Healthy New Years Resolutions

Did you make a New Year’s resolution to be healthier, to lose weight or to change your diet? If you saw our previous post on 10 Healthy New Years Resolutions, you may have gotten some good ideas to kick off your New Year in a healthy way. Many of us charge into the new year with ambitious goals to change our lifestyles; in fact almost 50% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, but less than 8% are actually successful keeping them longer than a month. Now that’s a bleak statistic! But fear not, below are some tips to help you harness that enthusiasm and help you succeed in 2015!

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Detoxifying Foods!

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HERE WE GO 2017! If you’re like me, you might have over-indulged just a little during the holidays and want to reset and detoxify. The good news is that you don’t have to starve yourself with a fast or a juice cleanse. You can detox just by feeding your body the right foods to support your body’s detoxifying functions. Did you know that many of your organs already function has detoxifying agents, for example your skin, liver, kidneys and intestines? So if going on a specific detox cleanse isn’t your thing, there are many foods you can eat that support the function of these detox systems within your body and promote your general health, metabolism and immune system at the same time. Talk about bang for your buck!

Foods, beverages, herbs, and spices that are high in prebiotics, prebiotics, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, alkalinizing, full of phytonutrients and antioxidants will be your best bets for naturally detoxing in a sustainable and ongoing way. Below is a long list of our favorites and why, but for the summary version check out the nifty infographic below!

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9 Proven Tips to Avoid Holiday Stress

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It’s the 11th hour and you’re scrambling to finalize your gifts and preparations for the holidays. Ah the holidays – a time of family, food, gifts, parties and fun. And if you’re a human being, all of those things probably also have some pretty stressful aspects to them too. These can come in obvious forms as well as very subtle forms. Holiday gatherings and parties can be occasions where people who normally don’t spend a lot of time together or really understand eachother get together and spend hours and hours on end together. Then there’s the shopping and the crowds, the cold weather, the party-planning and the list-making, and a lack of time to get it all done to the level of perfection we desire, all while messing with our normal daily routine. Sound familiar?

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