Archive | December, 2011

Best Healthy Desserts of 2011

22 Dec

Check Out FitSugar’s year end review of scrupmtious, yet healthy desserts! Quite a few, gluten/grain/sugar  free and vegan items!

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Best Healthy Desserts of 2011.

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5 Health Tips for the Holiday Season | Active.com

21 Dec

5 Health Tips for the Holiday Season | Active.com.

5 Health Tips for the Holiday Season | Active.com

December is usually synonymous with an abundance of eating and a lack of exercise. We want to encourage you to start this New Year on the right foot. The holidays are a time for celebration and family, not to put on weight. It’s almost as if we’ve come to accept that we are going to put on 10 pounds during each holiday season.

Celebration doesn’t have to mean gluttonous eating, or deprivation for that matter. It’s time to bring the focus back to the purpose of the holiday. Enjoy your friends and family, the time off and the traditions of the holidays.

The holiday season might not be a time to lose weight, but it doesn’t have to be a time to lose your health. The key is to go into the holidays with a plan. Here are five ways to keep your health over the holidays.

Tip #1: Shop Well For Yourself

It is more important then ever to stock your kitchen with healthy foods. Have healthy snacks handy. The more convenient they are, the more likely you are to eat them. Instead of thinking about what you shouldn’t eat, promise to eat your 3 to 5 servings of vegetables each day.

Tips #2: Schedule Your Exercise

Your schedule will be very hectic this holiday season. Schedule your workouts just as you would any other appointment. It’s ok if you can’t make it to class, but make sure that you get some activity in at least three days per week.

Tip #3: Just Say No

You probably aren’t aware how much extra food you consume just from people offering it to you. A sample at the market here, an extra cookie at an office party there and it all adds up. Just think twice before you take that food and decide if you really want it.

Tip #4: Skip the Baking

Do you make baked goods for giving? Chances are you eat much of what you bake. Who wouldn’t? Instead make non-food gifts, or prepare ingredients for baked goods and put them in pretty jars–let your gift recipient bake it up. That way, they can eat it when they want it and you don’t have to be tempted in the kitchen.

Tip #5: Hydrate

Keep your water bottle with you at all times. You should be drinking eight, 8-oz glasses of water each day. One handy trick is to buy a 64 ounce water jug. Fill it up in the morning and know that you need to finish it by the end of the day.

Lisa Druxman, M.A., the creator of Stroller Strides, is a nationally recognized speaker, author and highly regarded expert in the field of pre/postnatal fitness.

Cardio Workout: Hilly Treadmill Hike

19 Dec

Walking Treadmill Workout.

Occasionally, I like to hop on the treadmill and slow it way down while pumping the incline way up. Walking workouts add variety to cardio sessions and can be perfect for those days when running seems out of the question or you’re rehabbing an injury that makes running a no-no. Try this hilly hike next time you need to get your sweat on but don’t feel like pounding the pavement.

Check out the workout, after the break.

Time Speed Incline
0:00–5:00 3.0 2.0
5:00–8:00 3.5 4.0
8:00–11:00 4.0 5.0
11:00–16:00 4.5 8.0
16:00–21:00 4.0 10.0
21:00–26:00 4.5 8.0
26:00–31:00 4.5 10.0
31:00–34:00 4.0 8.0
34:00–37:00 3.5 10.0
37:00–40:00 3.5 5.0
40:00–45:00 3.0 2.0

Be sure to stretch your calves after working the incline. And if this workout is too easy or too challenging, play with the speed and incline. Click here for an image-free, printable version of this workout.

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