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  1. Don't Want to Eat Less? Learn to Move More

    Don't Want to Eat Less? Learn to Move More

    What’s a person to do if their calorie budget has no wiggle room? Get moving!

    Weight-loss and weight-gain are both calorie-in, calorie-out equations. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) generally puts the average adult’s calorie budget at 2,000 calories. While that's the official guideline, your actual calorie needs vary, depending on a variety of factors. A calorie calculator will take into consideration your gender, height, weight, age, goals and activity level and give you a specific number for how many calories you should consume each day.

  2. 8 Ways Exercise is Awesome for Our Mental Health

    8 Ways Exercise is Awesome for Our Mental Health

    We’ve all heard it a thousand times. Exercise helps us lose weight. Exercise keeps our heart strong. Exercise helps us live longer.

  3. 9 Exercise Hacks for People Who Hate to Exercise

    9 Exercise Hacks for People Who Hate to Exercise

    When that first alarm goes off early Monday morning, the last thing you want to do is get out of bed and head to the gym. Believe me, I know.

    Luckily, there are a few things people like us can do to get through that annoying pre-dawn beeping (or after-work, or whenever), and still do what’s necessary to lose weight and get healthy.

  4. 5 Cool Yoga Poses to Beat the Summer Heat

    5 Cool Yoga Poses to Beat the Summer Heat

    The last days of summer are often the hottest. While we’ve all heard of or even tried “hot yoga”, yoga can also be a great way to beat the heat. Some experts recommend practicing at 70% instead of going “all out”, and simply letting the yoga work for you.

  5. 10 Ways to Survive Your First Day at the Gym!

    10 Ways to Survive Your First Day at the Gym!

    So you’re heading to the gym for the first time...or at least thinking about it! Is the idea of walking into that building making you nervous? Feel like you have no idea what you are doing? Here are some serious and not so serious tips to having a great first experience at the gym!

  6. 20 Fun Ways to Burn an Extra 200 Calories A Day!

    20 Fun Ways to Burn an Extra 200 Calories A Day!

    Regular exercise not only helps you to lose weight by burning excess calories but also boosts metabolism and gives you energy. Intentionally adding the activities on this list will step up your caloric burn—and the best part is—THEY’RE FUN!

  7. 5 Creative Ways to Take Your Fitness Routine Outdoors This Spring!

    5 Creative Ways to Take Your Fitness Routine Outdoors This Spring!

    After exercising indoors all winter, the allure of spring has us itching to get outside. But if you've gotten used to your indoor workout, you might be unsure of where to start with your transition out of doors. Fear not! We've got you covered. These five fun activities will show you that you don’t need the treadmill or your weight bench for a great workout.

  8. Exercise SMARTER With HIIT - High Intensity Interval Training

    Exercise SMARTER With HIIT - High Intensity Interval Training

    Did you know that you don't have to exercise full throttle for hours in order to lose weight? In fact, you may actually be wasting precious time and energy because your body responds similarly (if not better) to SHORTER bursts of high intensity. HIIT – or high intensity interval training – can help you burn many more calories in the same amount of time.

  9. Fitness: Why Warming Up Matters

    Lately, it seems like all of my friends have joined gyms and started socializing on long walks instead of the local watering hole. It’s a bit… strange, to say the least, but I am over the moon. I love asking them about their routines and what motivates them, but it baffles me that almost none of them warm up! Honestly, I didn’t know how important it was either until I did a bit of research. Hey, we all have to start somewhere right?

    So if you’re deciding to amp up your workout (or get started on one!) here are some warm-up tips I wish someone had told me earlier.

  10. The Early Bird or A Post-Work Fitness Routine?

    Proper nutrition and dieting are the biggest keys to transforming your life and losing weight. But for most people, getting in a little exercise now and then can really tip the scales between success and failure for overall healthier living.

    Yet for many of us, determining the best time to hit the gym or actively engage our bodies in some way can be tough. Is it better to exercise when our body is physically operating at peak capacity, or does it make more sense to engage our bodies first thing in the morning? 

  11. Exercising After a Break

    It was the holidays, you were traveling, whatever the reason, the result is the same: it’s been awhile since you’ve worked out and getting motivated to start exercising after a break is difficult at best. But, you can get back into an exercise routine, no matter how long your break has been. It may not be easy, but it will be worth it.

  12. Exercising Outdoors in the Cold: Yes!

    We all know how important exercise is to your overall health and weight loss efforts, but what about when it starts to get cold? Can you stay motivated and moving when it’s cold outside? Yes you can! Just because Jack Frost has started nipping at your nose doesn’t mean you need to be forced inside or give up your exercise routine. With just a few precautions exercising outdoors in the cold can be quite fun and beneficial...

  13. Ways to Sneak in Exercise Every Day

    Life is busy. You barely have time to pick up your Diet-to-Go meals in between running errands, work and well, just life. If the thought of exercising on top of it all is just too much, don’t fret. There are easy ways to sneak in exercise every day. And the good news is, you don’t have to spend hours at the gym or run 10 miles a day to reap the benefits of exercising. You just need to...

  14. Baby it's Hot out there! Exercising in the Heat.

    Summer and exercise go well together: the longer days give you more time to get out and move. And the nice weather allows for a variety of outdoor activities encouraging a change in your routine keeping things fresh. However, while summer provides more opportunities for more activities, there are also more opportunities for exercise-induced issues. To help ensure...

  15. Workout At Work - Quick 15 Minute Workout At Your Desk

    Instead of perusing the internet, downing caffeine, or snacking at your desk; throw in a quick workout to stay fit and increase your effectiveness at work with this speedy workout...

  16. How to Create the Perfect Exercise Routine

    EDITOR'S NOTE: Diet-to-Go guest blogger Mia Redrick has made it her mission to help harried moms everywhere learn how to take care of themselves -- mentally and physically. Today she turns her attention to helping you create the perfect exercise routine. Creating an exercise routine that works for you is very important because it helps keep your health on track. It's also one of the most difficult things you will ever do, especially if you feel like exercising is all about punishment.However, keeping a few things in mind while you are planning will allow you to create an exercise routine...

  17. 10 Reasons Women NEED to Lift Weights

    Total wellness expert Alicia Kirschenheiter says women should embrace weight training rather than turn and run scared for the cardio machines.Weight training will not leave a woman looking like a muscular freak. When done properly, weight training wll help you slim down, tone up and get healthier!Check out the 10 reasons you may want to put down that cell phone and pick up a weight.10 Reasons Women NEED to Lift WeightsIn the past few years there has been a barrage of information regarding the importance of strength training for woman, yet whenever I have introduced the idea to any of...

  18. A 30-Minute Workout that Fits Your Time-Starved Schedule

    Think you don't have the time to work out? Think again!No one should use the tired old excuse that they can't fit exercise into their busy schedule. A basic workout can be performed in just 30 minutes. Do that three days a week and you are on your way to a better body.Skeptical? Then read on...This is the ultimate workout when it comes to time management. In order to derive both cardiovascular and strength benefits, you will perform a circuit-based routine where you progress from one exercise to the next with as little rest between sets as possible.Your rest should...

  19. Fitness Pro Reveals The 5 Biggest Workout Mistakes

    As a trainer, not a day goes by where I don't speak to people frustrated with their exercise routines. They'll invariably tell me they've been training for years without seeing noticeable improvement in their body. Or they'll say they did okay at the beginning but suddenly hit a training plateau. Sounds familiar, Homer? So what derails a person's ability to get into shape?After nearly two decades as a trainer, I've isolated five workout mistakes as the primary culprits.If you're not happy with your results and perhaps are thinking of throwing in the towel, take a pause and see if any...

  20. Need a New Workout? Get Fit, Have Fun, Play War!

    EDITOR'S NOTE: Getting a workout doesn't necessarily mean you need to hit the gym or the basement treadmill. There are plenty of ways to exercise without performing push-ups or hoisting free weights. While I realize running around in the woods and shooting plastic pellets at an opponent may not sound like your style of fitness, it is one alternate way to shape up... for men and women. Check out today's guest blog from Army veteran John Durfee.Get Fit, Have Fun, Play War! I was looking through some old photos of myself from years ago. I was in my...

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