We have excuse-proofed your fitness routine with our latest Class FitSugar. It's 10 minutes long, so you can easily squeeze the workout into your busy day. Plus you don't need to drag out your dumbbells for this one: this full-body routine requires no equipment. These are pure body weight exercises, and you can do them anywhere. Get pumped up to get your sweat on, then press play and start moving.
When days get shorter and chillier, a salad, no matter how delicious, can be last on your list for dinner. Instead, dark evenings call for comfort foods. If you're in the mood for something meatless, here are three warm meals where vegetables are the star.
Mushroom and Apple QuinoaThis mushroom and apple quinoa is a quick weeknight dinner that only requires one pot. The mixture of squash, apples, mushrooms, and brightly flavored quinoa is both comforting and filling.
Cheesy Baked Butternut Squash CasseroleYou can bake the butternut squash in this cheesy baked butternut squash casserole beforehand to decrease cooking time, but using raw squash cubes adds 10-15 minutes of sautéing time. With the addition of broccoli, cauliflower, and onion (and a generous helping of cheese), this casserole makes for a satisfying Fall meal.
- Make your meals count: If you aren't eating enough for breakfast and lunch, extra afternoon snacking is inevitable. Be sure to include plenty of protein and filling fiber in your morning meals so that you can skip the mindless munching later on. A simple switch to fiber-rich steel cut oats rather than sugary cereal will help. Check out these other simple ways to add more protein and fiber to your breakfast.
- Consider water your new best friend: You need to drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated — otherwise, you may end up confusing dehydration with hunger. Amp up the flavor and give your H20 an extra-healthy boost with these detoxifying water add ins, like mint and ginger.
- Listen to your body: Before you head to the office kitchen, ask yourself if you're actually hungry. Are you just bored or anxious? Are you busying yourself to avoid a difficult work project? If that's the case, try switching gears, tackling a new task, or walking around the block for an invigorating change in scenery.
All that being said, if you do find yourself feeling hungry between meals, here are a few guidelines for healthy snacking: keep your picks under 200 calories, use the snack to fill missing nutrients in your diet — like yogurt for calcium or citrus fruits for vitamin C — and make a point to pack your own snacks rather than settling for the office sweets.
There’s nothing like the warm, fuzzy feeling you get when passing out gifts to the ones you love. Except maybe the incredible, thrilling rush that comes from scoring those gifts during the most invigorating shopping season of all!
This year, our friends at T.J.Maxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods are giving you more reasons than ever to celebrate your holiday shopping victories — by creating a series of fun and inspiring gifting “missions” that you can tackle weekly for a new chance to win!
Readers as well as our favorite lifestyle bloggers will be invited to participate in five missions across T.J.Maxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods stores, then simply share their experience via Twitter using the hashtag #TheGifter. Each week, one winner will be chosen to receive a $500 gift card! You can also visit #TheGifter holiday gifting hub to explore an ever-evolving gallery of amazing gifts at amazing values — check back often for fresh inspiration and fun ideas.
Make this holiday shopping season your most triumphant yet! The missions are already under way, so start making your gifting list, and click here for more details.
Running can seem like the simplest way to exercise and the most complicated at the same time. On one hand, going for a run requires little more than a pair of shoes (or none at all!) and a favorite outdoor route or treadmill. On the other hand, everything from how to hold your arms, shoulders, head, and neck to the way your foot makes contact with the ground has been the source of hot debate among runners. So when it comes to your foot-striking form, what exactly is the right way to run?
Many people think that midfoot striking is the best way to run, since it's supposed to be best for shock absorption, while others recommend heel striking since it's the most natural way to run for most people. Then there's the toe strike, which can help put less stress on your knees and is a good technique when you're running fast (I personally like toe striking when running up hills; it helps me feel lighter on my feet). Lately, with the advent of barefoot and minimalist running shoe trends, your foot-striking preference can be even more important. Fans of barefoot running say that it helps correct your running gait from heel strike to midfoot strike, which many people believe is the best way to run and prevent injury.
Read on for which of these running forms may be right for you.
- From Tough Mudder to P90X, are you ready for extreme fitness? — Shape
- Sneaky snacks that are making you pack on the pounds — Health
- Is your workout making you smarter? — Greatist
- "Falling back" at the end daylight saving affects your mood, too — HuffPost Healthy Living
- Fill up on whole grains with these 10 ways to work with the superfood quinoa — HellaWella
- Fit and fashionable! Stylish running gear for Fall — Fab Fit Fun
Taking stock of how many calories you're chowing down has never been so easy. With the help of one of these calorie-counting apps for your phone, you can always be in the know and make food decisions that support your weight-loss goals. If you're ready to get serious about your calorie counts, time to try out one of these five awesome apps.
We are pumped to share one of our favorite stories from Prevention here on FitSugar!
If it isn't good for you, it's no good for your kids, either. Here's the right way to snack — deliciously and healthily.
By Mandy Oaklander and Diana Kelly, Prevention
It’s back-to-school time, and if you’ve got kids at home, that probably means your pantry is jammed with family packs of snacks that aren't good for you and aren't good for your children — but man, are they convenient. With all of the new foods on the market, the snack aisle can be a daunting place for a health-conscious mom who’s trying to feed her kids nutritious foods and avoid unnecessary temptations for herself.
“When it comes to snacking, what’s good for the child is good for the parent,” says Elizabeth Ward, RD, author of MyPlate For Moms, How to Feed Yourself and Your Family Better. "I don’t make a distinction between what kids are eating for snacks vs. what parents should be eating. You can feed kids of all ages the same foods; you change the portion sizes."
Ward says snacks should consist of whole foods whenever possible and should contain protein and carbs and fiber if you can squeeze it in, too.
We know you’re going to want to munch on your kids’ snacks, too. That’s why we found the healthiest options out there. Here, six healthy kids’ snacks moms and dads will want to steal.
See which kid snacks to add to your healthy diet after the break!
We're deep in the Fall trenches, which means saying hello to a new crop of cold-weather produce while getting our hands on those that are reaching the end of their season. To help you the next time you saunter through your local farmers market, here are some Fall salads that you'll want to make again and again this season!
Before you substitute your beauty sleep for an extra cup of coffee . . . think again. There are more reasons than not to squeeze in a full eight hours of sleep. If you're part of the 30 percent of sleep-deprived US workers who get fewer than seven hours of sleep a night or have been running yourself ragged lately — it's time to rest up! Here are five reasons to hit the hay early tonight:
- Maintain a healthy weight: Use sleep to conquer the battle of the bulge! Studies show that one tends to crave junk food over healthy fare when tired. A tired mind is also more likely to struggle with prudent eating choices — so choosing the blueberries over the blueberry muffin may be more difficult. Simply catching up on sleep will give you that extra push when it comes to weight loss and save you a few extra calories!
- Increase your productivity: Sharpen up with sleep. When you're well rested, you're more focused, making your overall workday more productive. Even when you're sleeping, the brain sorts and processes the information you absorbed while awake — making a full night's sleep a no-brainer!