How Laughing Improves Your Health

Nothing beats the cathartic release you experience when you let out a long, hearty laugh.

Think about it, when was the last time you let loose and had a good laugh with the people you love?

Hopefully your answer was just the other day, because laughter really is the best medicine when you’re feeling stressed!

Laughing daily has many benefits that not only improve your health, but also your overall sense of self worth.

When you’re laughing, you’re happy. And when you’re happy, you have the motivation to keep striving for greatness – whether that be in fitness, work, or your hobbies!

Laughter is something that briefly rescues us from our troubles and anxieties to give us a breather from the stress of daily life.

So the question is, are you laughing enough?

Here’s some ways laughter will greatly improve your mind and body – and certainly convince you to take a few minutes out of your day to watch that video of a cat falling off the table.

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Why Eating Breakfast Helps You Lose Weight

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!”

How many of you heard your parents’ voices when you read that phrase?

We may have rolled our eyes at the time, but the funny thing about growing up is you start to understand what the adults were talking about back then.

Breakfast really IS the most important meal of the day!

We’ve heard some pretty common excuses for skipping breakfast – such as not having time in the morning or wanting to sleep in longer.

But the most silly of them all, quite frankly, is skipping breakfast in hopes of losing more weight because it’s “less calories” to consume in the day.

Say what!?

The reality is quite the opposite, eating breakfast actually helps you lose weight! And here’s how:

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Your Guide to a Healthy Vacation…Seriously!

Cruise ships. Road trips.

Swimming. Fishing.

Lot’s of food (and good company, too).

Nothing beats summer vacation!

Summer vacation—a chance to unwind and escape the stresses of the world!

But for the health-conscious man or woman, vacation can be scary—especially after making lots of progress in the gym. I mean, what do you think will happen to someone’s diet when they’re around unhealthy food 24/7?

That’s IF you don’t have the tools to fight those vacation temptations…

Don’t fret. We’ve got all the tools you’ll need (and more) to keep your fitness goals in sight, even when you’re out of town. Check out our secrets to a guilt-free vacation—because vacation dieting isn’t THAT scary when you leave prepared!

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Tricks and Tips for Staying Low-Carb

Carbs are treacherous little things.

They comprise so many popular foods, but they aren’t always the best health-wise.

Like most nutritional components, carbs are essential to a healthy diet. People need them for long-term fuel throughout the day.

But in excess, carbs can add weight and lead to numerous health and heart-related issues. Without a proper workout routine, these potentially dangerous effects can multiply.

Low-carb diets are among the most popular in the world, but they’re not exactly easy. Fear not, because today we’re revealing some tricks and tips to help keep your carbs down and maintain excellent health.

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Foods You Might Not Believe Are Loaded With Sugar

Imagine an hourglass completely filled on one side. Picture that hourglass tilting a full 180°, forcing the sand on one side to slowly pile up on the other.

You’ll slowly start to see a mountain of sand form.

Now imagine that the sand was all the sugar America’s consumed this past year. Boy, that mound of sugar would probably be higher than Mt. Everest!

We love sugar. Its sweetness can comfort us when we’re down; it can also add a nice cherry on top (pun intended) after a hearty meal.

Unfortunately, sugars are bad for the body. They tack on calories that people don’t need if they’re trying to stay in shape. That’s why so many diets abstain from as much sugar as possible.

Or so they think…

There are a lot of foods that people love to tout as “healthy” that are actually stuffed with sugar. You might know sugar by one of its aliases: high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, corn sweetener, honey, molasses, glucose, sucrose, dextrose, or maltose.

Here’s a quick guide to some foods you’ll think twice about when it comes to sugar.

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The Power of Visualization

Today’s guest post is from Stephanie Pinto, owner of Orangeburg Fit Body Boot Camp in Orangeburg, New York. She is going to discuss visualization, how you can bring your dreams into focus, and why believing in those dreams is essential for success. 

When I was an elementary school teacher, one of my favorite reading lessons to teach was on the topic of visualization. It was an important lesson for the students to learn; it was so much fun watching them close their eyes, listen intently to a descriptive reading passage, and then discuss and illustrate what they “saw” in their mind’s eye.

Think about that…one’s ability to imagine pictures from written words is what creates a sense of reality out of those words. A student’s prior knowledge (or lack thereof) will also determine the meanings that they create for these words.

Wow….powerful right?

And that leads me to what I want to talk to you about today…the power of visualization!

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Killing the Soda Cravings

Soda… the carbonated fiend, the peskiest diet murderer on the dietary block.

As much as soda quenches thirst on a hot day, it also dumps loads of unhealthiness into the body. Just think of all the sugar they use to sweeten soda up for your taste buds.

Of course, soda in moderation isn’t much of an issue. The thing about soda, though, is that it’s addictive. Once the body gets a taste, it can ‘t stop craving it.

But hold on, hold on… there HAS to be a way to stop those soda longings. Right?

There is, well, are.

Today, we’re going to discuss a few methods for beating the “soda bug”. Not all of these methods will work for everyone, so experiment and see which ones work for you!

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8 Global Dieting Tips That You Can Try Today

Let’s talk about Jennifer.

Jennifer is in her mid-thirties and has three kids. She’s super frustrated with her body shape and wants to slim down. Let’s say she finally reaches her breaking point and decides to make positive, healthy changes in her life.

She’s pumped. Her excitement translates to the gym, where she works out 5 times a week. She’s on the fast track to big-time weight loss when….

…. she gets hit with a wrecking ball of anxiety.

She doesn’t know how to diet properly.

See, someone once told Jennifer that being healthy is like driving a car. Your motivation is what twists the key in the ignition and exercise is the turbo-charged engine that motors the car down the highway.

But no car can drive without gas. That’s exactly what a good diet provides: energy to power you through the day.

Jennifer is nervous because she doesn’t know how to transform her diet for the better. She listens to dieting podcasts and reads health blogs, but gets even more stressed because she doesn’t know which tips actually work.

Believe it or not, countries around the world do dieting differently. It’s awesome to know health is a universal goal, but different regions use their cultures and perspectives in unique ways to stay healthy.

So, why don’t we help out our friend Jennifer and learn how we can improve our own diets from our neighbors across the globe? Here are 8 tips you (and Jennifer) might find helpful!

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7 Dieting Mistakes Everyone Makes

When I say the word “diet”, what’s the first thing that pops into your head?

Perhaps you think of that friend that chows down on nothing more than salad and fish. Maybe you know someone that swears to ditch sweets, only to be back on a bender a week later.

Diets have always been known as the “magical elixirs” that cut body fat and get you in shape. Yet there are still plenty of diets that fail to deliver results, even though they are “scientifically proven” or tout case study success stories.

Why?

Well, it’s simple. Health studies often produces conflicting results, which confuse the public about what to eat and what to avoid. Only recently has research narrowed down core health guidelines to follow with any diet.

We thought it would be a great idea to fill you in on dieting missteps people often make. Maybe you’ll spot a few you make, and can change your eating habits for the better!

One thing to note: there are different diets that target different fitness goals. These are simple tips that relate to any healthy diet you choose. If possible, consult with a trained medical professional to determine the diet that is right for you.

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