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Halloween candy has been on sale for weeks, and although you may shudder to enter a holiday season overflowing with sweets, Halloween candy might just be a tiny blessing in disguise. The small "fun size" bars and packets offer up controlled serving sizes, giving you a tiny taste of the sweet you crave without going overboard. Since portion control and moderation are both key when enjoying Halloween candy, here's a little visual to help you see exactly what 100 calories of your favorites looks like.
You might have traded in your bikini for a cozy sweater, but toned abs never go out of style, so keep drawing your navel toward your spine. Here are nine great exercises for toning your midsection. Remember, the ol' Pilates trick of pulling the belly button in ensures that you're working the deepest ab muscle (known as the transverse), which helps create a sleek midriff.
The exercises are divided into three sections: upper abs, obliques, and lower abs. You can approach this workout three different ways: pick one exercise from each section and perform two to three sets, pick two exercises from each section and do one to two sets, or for the ultimate boredom buster, do one set of all nine exercises.
While leafy greens and fish serve as great sources of brain food, there are plenty of other foods to provide our thinking organs the power they need to keep ticking. So before you reach for the supplements or overdose on spinach, try filling up on some of these tasty bites that can fire up brainpower naturally.
- Brazil nuts: What does monosaturated fat plus magnesium equal? Apparently a healthy dose of brain food. A study found that brain boosting magnesium improved learning and memory, in turn improving overall cognitive function.
- Avocados: They don't just taste delicious; they're great for the brain. Avocados are a monounsaturated fat, which contributes to healthy blood flow . . . And healthy blood flow means a healthy brain.
- Blueberries: Blueberries are a fabulous source of antioxidants, which are not only good for aging skin but for your nervous system and brain health too. They are also an incredible boost to the aging brain, as they can help slow down the onset of cognitive problems frequently associated with age.
- Lentils: Lentils provide the body with glucose and help to balance blood sugar levels while providing steady, slow-burning energy — all important for keeping the brain sharp.
- Chia seeds: Chia seeds are a great omega-3 fatty acid source, and they contain more antioxidants than blueberries. This combination helps with communication between the cells in your brain.
- Fish: Rich in omega-3s, fish can boost brain function. Studies show that eating herring, sardines, and wild salmon may be essential for memory, cognitive performance, and behavioral function. Get your dose trying these healthy fish recipes.
- Coffee: Looking for an excuse to drink more coffee? A study from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences found that a cup a day could help you stay sharp, as it may block the disruptive effects of high cholesterol linked to Alzheimer’s disease.
If you're looking to sip away the pounds, juice cleanses may not be the best idea. Smoothies, however, could be your best kept weight-loss secret; the blended beverage offers you tons of nutrition as well as protein and fiber to help keep you full until your next meal. Whipping up a smoothie for breakfast will further help you rev up your metabolism first thing in the morning, so here are five smoothies to make in the morning to fill you up as the scale ticks down.
Start your day right with a glass of fat-burning ingredients, like calcium-rich Greek yogurt, almonds, and broccoli, high-fiber strawberries, and spicy cinnamon, among other metabolism-boosting ingredients.
Sweet Spinach Smoothie
Protein, fiber, and calcium make this sweet green smoothie a filling, fat-burning meal. From celeb trainer Harley Pasternak, it's a favorite among starlets looking to reset after an indulgent period.
Vegan Milkshake Smoothie
This high-protein vegan vanilla milkshake smoothie seems like an indulgence but it's not — you'll be excited to know that in this case, having dessert for breakfast is actually an excellent idea.
Apple Flaxseed Cinnamon Smoothie
Adding ground flaxseed to this apple cinnamon smoothie bulks up what's in your cup, making you feel more satisfied. The extra fiber will also keep you feeling full until lunch rolls around. Added bonus: you can make the smoothie the night before to thicken in your fridge overnight.
Chia Berry Smoothie
For added fiber, protein, and thickness, add chia seeds to your next smoothie. They'll keep you full without the need to make a midmorning pastry run. This chia berry smoothie is also packed with antioxidants for your health.
You rocked that hard-earned bikini bod all Summer long, and Fall's call to cover up is no excuse to rest on your laurels. Consider the change of seasons a chance to challenge yourself by setting new goals, working different muscle groups, and stepping up the intensity of your workout routine.
Ready to get that heart rate going? Having the right gear makes all the difference, and one look at the latest trends in fitness fashion was all we needed to get our pulses racing! Look for pieces that, like you, are up for a new workout challenge. Try some of our favorite pieces from adidas, like a lightweight fleece that's warm but not bulky for streamlined movement; ready-for-anything fitted tights that push the limits of every sprint and stretch; and game-changing kicks that boost your stride as well as your spirit.
For your first Get Fit For Fall Challenge, adidas invites you to try a new take on running, with an amped-up warmup, high-intensity interval training, and powerful stretching techniques. This video will get you started — and keep you moving.
Shop all the pieces from the video below, and stay tuned for part two of our Get Fit For Fall series.
It's time to redefine any and every idea of sweatpants. No longer sloppy, workout wear has taken a significant turn for the better. Stylish enough for both work and workout, we found pieces that do double duty. Whether you're looking for new yoga pants or a top for date night, we found the pieces and ways to wear them both in and out of the gym.
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It's a new season, which means things are changing up at farmers markets everywhere! While all produce is good produce, some have the added benefits of naturally detoxing the body. For instance, the same thing responsible for giving kale is vibrant color also helps the body get rid of junk! Curious to see which other veggies help the body cleanse itself? Well then, press play!
To eat before a workout or not to eat — the answer can depend on a lot of factors. Eating before a workout can cause stomach discomfort, while forgoing food can lead to a lackluster performance; also, conflicting studies have shown both a benefit and no difference in the amount of fat burned when participants ate before a workout versus when they didn't. Adding to the debate: while some trainers (like CrossFit ambassador Yumi Lee) recommend exercising in the morning without eating first in order to boost your metabolism, others, like trainer Holly Perkins, recommend the opposite for the most calorie burn.
"The point of a workout is to go into it supremely hard, so you can push yourself. Your body is a machine," Holly says. Eating something before a workout, she says, ensures you work your hardest so you are building the most amount of muscle possible, which will help boost your metabolism and burn off the most calories. "When you become more fit, you burn off more body fat," she explains.
Holly, who is a Promax Nutrition ambassador, also reminds us that what you eat — and when — counts. She recommends foods that are high in carbs and protein but not in fat; while peanut butter may have lots of protein, she says, the fat content will slow down the transmission of protein to your muscles.
When you can't eat a balanced meal 90 minutes before a workout, Holly suggests that you eat an easily digestible protein- and carb-rich snack 30 minutes before you head out, such as a protein bar. Even if you stay away from refined sugars for the rest of your diet, those carbs are exactly what you need to give yourself a burst of energy before an intense workout. "Your food around your workout should not mimic your food throughout the day," she explains.
What about you? Do you exercise on an empty stomach?