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6 Running Tips to Keep You Safe This Winter

If you prefer exercising indoors, your workout routine may not be affected by colder months. But for runners who’d rather pound the pavement than log miles on a treadmill, there are some serious safety factors to consider when the temperature drops. We’re all for exercising in the great outdoors come rain, shine, or snow. But to make sure we’re staying as smart as we are fit, we spoke with running coach Jenny Hadfield to get her expert tips on running safely all winter long. Dress for the occasion When running in the cold, your first instinct is probably to bundle up in every piece of workout clothing you own. But before…

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Best Winter Foods for Weight Loss

There’s no reason you can’t emerge from the winter season looking fit, svelte and ready to rock your skinny jeans. Sure, there are lots of creamy soups, cookies, casseroles, and Netflix marathons, but at the same time, there are tons of seasonal superfoods high in the right nutrients to help you lose weight. Here are three top winter foods for weight loss. They are compiled by Prevention magazine, published by Rodale Inc. of Emmaus, with the help of Jessica Levinson, nutritional counselor and consultant at Nutritioulicious. BRUSSELS SPROUTS The cruciferous vegetable du jour is basically a tiny nugget of awesomeness. Just 10…

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Creating a Zero Waste Beauty Routine

Creating a green beauty routine is as much about reducing waste as it is eliminating toxic ingredients from the products one uses. If you buy green products that continue to contribute vast amounts of plastic to the landfill site, then what’s the point? Learn how to reduce your footprint when it comes to packaging. Removing makeup: You don’t need to use facial wipes or cotton pads to take off makeup. Cut up squares of old flannel, fleece, or muslin cloth to use instead, laundering as needed. Or buy a sponge: Konjac Facial Sponges are vegan and compostable after 2-3 months of use, or you…

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7 Powerful and Sustainable Foods in a Paleo Kitchen

What do you think of when you think of the Paleo diet? Fresh veggies? Affordable protein sources? Nope, it’s pretty much been distilled in our minds as the poster child for meat and almond butter. No one’s saying meat and almond butter aren’t delicious—they absolutely are. However, these foods are not an accurate representation of a healthy, affordable Paleo diet, nor a healthy, balanced diet for that matter. Additionally meat and almond production have both been blamed for contributing to climate harm, making a Paleo lifestyle seem environmentally unfriendly. But, is the Paleo diet an unhealthy, overpriced, environmentally unfriendly way of eating?…

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Your TV Choices At The Gym Can Affect Your Workout

Do you tune into “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” when you’re sweating on the stairclimber, or do you interval train on the treadmill while answering “Jeopardy” questions? According to several studies, the type of television you watch during a workout can influence the exercise benefits you reap. Watching physical activity — whether its Kourtney and Khloe sculpting their abs or the Pats defeating the Chiefs — can increase your fitness by revving up your body’s reaction to what you’re seeing on the screen. A study published in the journal Frontiers in Autonomic Neuroscience showed that when participants watched a video of someone else…

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7 Morning Habits You Might Want to Consider Doing at Night

Most people know that the key to having a productive day starts with mastering their morning routine. Countless articles have been written on how the most successful people spend their mornings and why everyone else should follow in their footsteps. From getting up early enough for a meditation session at dawn, to developing the self-discipline needed for avoiding email first thing, most of us have some idea of what our perfect morning might look like. But like most goals, it’s easier to dream about it and maybe try it once rather than make it a habit. Night owls in particular will struggle more…

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7 Tips to Get You Through the Winter Blues

1. Schedule some “me” time Whether it is five minutes or an hour, do something for yourself every day. Personally I start the day with some me time. I get in a solid 30 minute workout, catch up with my social feeds and then relax a bit before starting my day. Start putting yourself first and you will notice the difference it makes. 2. Explore a passion Do not let the winter blues keep you down. Are you doing what you love to do? Is there something that you always wanted to learn? Have you put enough time towards a current craft?…

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12 Work Hacks To Keep You Sharp And Focused Throughout The Day

Let’s be honest: Concentrating on work for eight hours straight is downright impossible. An office is packed with distractions. Everything from loud co-workers to the vast rabbit hole of the Internet can steal your precious productivity and a large chunk of your workday without you even realizing it. If you’re struggling to remain sharp and focused, here are just a few hacks to help you tackle your nine-to-five with ease. 1. Take breaks. It sounds counterintuitive, but it absolutely works. Research suggests that working in bursts and weaving breaks into your schedule is crucial to productivity. The magical formula? Work for 52 minutes…

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Do You Need Less Sleep When You Meditate?

It’s no secret that meditation can help you increase awareness, improve health and reduce stress. But despite its many benefits, it can be a struggle to fit meditation into your busy schedule. What if there were an alternative? Research is showing that meditation can actually replace sleep. Instead of trying to work it into your regular day, you can try meditating in place of sleep. Meditation increases short term mental performance and reduces need for sleep. This was the conclusion of a 2010 University of Kentucky study that looked at different groups of meditators. The first part of the study found that after…

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9 Ways To Turn Your Commute Into ‘Me Time’

The average American takes about 26 minutes a day to commute to work one way (that’s 52 minutes in total), but those numbers vary from city to city. For example, 10.8 million Americans commute more than one hour each way, and most of them live and work in New York, Los Angeles, Boston and Atlanta. Unfortunately, research shows that these commutes will literally be the death of us. People who commute 90 minutes or more are more likely to have back and neck pain, and long commute times also up your blood pressure and anxiety levels. Then there’s also the time…