We all know what regular exercise can do for our bodies and minds, but sometimes all those reasons just aren't enough for you to make it to the gym. Exercising takes time and energy out of your day — and on those days when you don't have any to spare, it can be the first thing to drop off the to-do list. And even if you do have time, resting and relaxing (or meeting up with friends or shopping or basically anything else) can sound so much more fun than an hour-long sweat session. So tell us, what's the biggest reason that keeps you from working out regularly?
Don't ignore your dessert cravings! When that sweet tooth calls for a lusciously decadent treat, feel good reaching for these healthier alternatives that'll offer a bit of nutrition and that sweet taste your taste buds lust after — you won't be disappointed!
Are you finding yourself unbuttoning the top button of your pants around your boyfriend and the reason is not that you're about to get busy? Truth is, relationships can lead to weight gain. If your man likes to eat, drink, cook, or lounge about, spending time with him can affect your eating and exercise habits. Here are six health pitfalls you might experience in your relationship.
- He brings you sweet treats and takes you to new restaurants: If your honey is a food lover, he'll probably love sharing edibles with you. You can and should enjoy yourself, but be sure not to go overboard. Split desserts, and when he's excited to share bites with you, enjoy a spoonful or two without inhaling the entire plate.
- He's into wine and cocktails: Many dinners together involve cracking open a bottle of wine or ordering cocktails. It's fun to let loose every once in a while, but if you make it a habit, it's not only bad for your health to enjoy more than one drink a day, it's also adding unnecessary calories to you diet. Enjoy a glass of wine instead of splitting an entire bottle, and when it comes to cocktails, sip low-calorie wine spritzers or a gin and tonic.
- His idea of cooking is ordering takeout: He may think a healthy meal consists of veggies on a pizza, but if you're constantly eating fast food or takeout, you're probably downing foods that are major calorie-, fat-, and sodium-bombs. If he's not a chef by any means, spend time cooking together so you can show him some tips.
- He eats all the time: When you see someone eating, it makes you want to eat. too. Guys tend to eat more than girls, so be sure not to try and match his appetite. If he's munching away on an entire bag of chips, and you feel the urge to nosh too, grab a healthy snack like carrot sticks, an apple, or some air-popped popcorn.
- He's not big into exercising: If your man thinks he gets enough exercise walking to go get the mail, then it's going to be tough for you to motivate for an early morning run. If you can inspire him to hit the gym with you, you'll have an instant workout buddy. If he's not into it, be sure to carve out times each week that you devote to sweating it out — just because he's not exercising doesn't mean you don't have to.
- He loves to snuggle on the couch: Spending too much time lying on the sofa in front of the tube can turn you both into lazy couch potatoes. A couple nights a week is fine, but don't make it an every-night kind of thing. Spend your time together going for walks, bike rides, hikes, yoga classes, or out dancing.
If you were to stop and go through the quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies weighing down your purse or cluttering up your car cup holder, how much do you think you'd collect? $10? $25? Well, according to the experts at Coinstar, the average amount cashed in for eCertificates and/or gift cards at their coin kiosks is a whopping $56 — twice as much as people think they have. Talk about a nice, unexpected chunk of change as we head into the holiday season (especially since so many of us go over budget on holiday shopping!).
Our advice to you: make every coin count! Take a few minutes to grab all the spare change "jingle-belling" in your purses, pockets, car, and desk drawers, then hit your local Coinstar kiosk, where you can turn the contents of your coin jar into cash or no-fee eCertificates from popular brands, including Amazon, iTunes, Gap, and Starbucks. Click here to find the Coinstar kiosk closest to you.
Now that you know there might be more change lying around than you think, what would you do with those extra pennies this holiday?
Ever notice that when people exercise, some sweat so much they look like they did their run in a pool, while others look as dry as they did before the workout even started? It seems like the more you sweat, the harder you're working, which would also mean more calories burned, but is that the case?
Your body creates sweat to cool you off when your body temperature gets too high. You're born with between two and four million sweat glands, and how much you sweat depends on the number of sweat glands you have (more glands equal more sweat). Women tend to have more sweat glands than men, but men's glands are more active, so they sweat more. Perspiration is also affected by how hot it is, how intensely you're exercising, and whether or not you smoke or drink coffee or cocktails — smoking, caffeine, and alcohol can increase perspiration. What you're wearing also affects your sweat as synthetic fabrics trap in heat. Fat also acts as an insulator, so overweight people sweat more than those of normal weight.
Don't use the amount you sweat as a good indicator as to the number of calories you've burned. What matters is how long and how intensely you're working out. Any weight loss that you experience immediately after a workout is only water weight, and you'll gain it right back as soon as you rehydrate yourself. So don't worry about how sweaty you get. If you go for a 30-minute run and you haven't sweat a drop, you still burned almost 300 calories.
It may be cooling down, but certain celebs are keeping up with their bikini regimens as we get deeper into Fall. This week, the workouts were varied — yoga, Pilates, and SoulCycle were the classes of choice for seasoned vets and starlets alike. Keep reading to see which stars got their sweat on this week!
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Happy birthday, Kate Winslet! We love the Oscar-winning actress, who turns 38 on Oct. 5, because she's never been shy about criticizing Hollywood's lust for body perfection. She even successfully won a libel case in 2009 regarding it, when she sued the Daily Mail for claiming that she was lying about her exercise regimen. Here are seven ways Kate Winslet inspires with her healthy outlook.
- She accepts her body: "Nobody is perfect. I just don't believe in perfection. But I do believe in saying, 'This is who I am and look at me not being perfect!' I'm proud of that," she said in the Sydney Morning Herald in 2008.
- She wants to be a role model for her daughter: Kate recently told a German magazine, "I accept my body. I accept how I am and make the best of what I am given. Children orientate towards examples. That's why I talk solely positive about my body in front of my daughter."
- She's an advocate for healthy body image: When asked by Italian Vanity Fair if she was tired about talking about her weight, Kate replied: "I believe it is important to go on insisting that normality is not what we are exposed to. Honestly, among my acquaintances there is no woman wearing XS. No, sorry, there is one: my daughter. The point is that Mia is 11 years old."
- She fits in exercise: "I don't go to the gym because I don't have time but I do Pilates workout DVDs for 20 minutes or more every day at home," she's said in Elle UK.
- She eats sensibly: "I still don't believe this craziness for being skinny, but I eat sensibly and I don't stuff down chocolate biscuits," Kate also told Elle UK.
- She's against plastic surgery: "I don't have parts of my body that I hate or would like to trade for somebody else's or wish I could surgically adjust into some fantasy version of what they are," she told Glamour last year.
- She doesn't stress about pregnancy weight: Kate says she's been eating healthfully during her current pregnancy, but isn't going to join the throngs of celeb moms who race to lose the baby weight. "I don't know how much I can be bothered to have to lose the weight. It's such a pain . . . I'm not one of those people for whom it magically drops off," she says.
Colored leaves are beginning to fall and the cooler air of Autumn makes us want to cozy up with a hot cup of tea and a spiced bite of something homemade. Healthify a favorite Fall recipe by using the goodness of oats, which adds a nutritious punch of fiber and an interesting, chewy texture, making this pumpkin bread slightly denser and more filling than the usual loaf.
Use boxed pumpkin or a canned brand like Farmer's Market that has a BPA-free lining, or you can always bake up your own pumpkin and puree it yourself.
Toast a slice of this oatmeal pumpkin spice bread and spread on some organic peanut butter for a satisfying breakfast. It's even sweet enough to enjoy as an after-dinner treat.
Continue reading to find out how to impress your friends and family with this delicious and simple Autumn recipe.
Refresh your workout by adding some dance and yoga to your sculpting routine with these five signature moves from Yoga Booty Ballet. The founders of Swerve Studios created this ultimate hybrid workout fusing yoga, cardio dance, and booty sculpting. These moves are so fun you won't realize how much your abs and glutes are working until you're done. Watch this video to learn a handful of exercises perfect for your home workout.