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How Group Fitness Can Increase Your Self-Confidence

This is a guest post by David Dewar, a clinical hypnotherapist who specializes in unlocking human potential.

Exercise is one of the biggest self-confidence boosters out there. It helps you feel and look better through losing weight, strengthening and toning your body, reducing stress, and giving you a sense of achievement.

However, getting started on an exercise program and sticking with it can be quite the uphill task.

Group fitness classes have become more popular, leading to the creation of new workout programs and communities. They provide the support system, motivation, and camaraderie that make exercising fun and structured, which keeps you accountable.

Other than the physical results you can expect from group fitness classes, such as boot camp training, there are also several benefits of group fitness for self-confidence. Improving self-esteem will help you achieve success in all aspects of your life.

Here are some of the ways group fitness improves your self-confidence.

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Recipes: Healthy Tacos

Oh man, today’s recipe is a doozy.

TACOS.

How can you not love tacos? These crescents of savory goodness are among the most popular foods in the world.

Unfortunately, tacos are often greasy and lack any serious nutritional benefits. They fall squarely into the late night, guilty pleasure category.

But with a little tweaking, tacos can transform into a healthy meal that won’t leave your stomach with any regrets. Just mix in some fresh ingredients, add protein – maybe some fish or some chicken – or swap out the tortilla for lettuce, if you really want to try something different.

Check out these four bona fide recipes that will make you rethink tacos entirely (for the better).

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The Effects of Stress and How to Overcome Them

Stress is the most uncomfortable feeling in the world.

Heart palpitations. Sweaty palms. Overbearing thoughts.

From something as small as losing $5 to something bigger like a family feud, anything can cause stress.

When people care deeply about something (an event, a person, their identity, etc.) they fear anything negatively affecting whatever they value. When that happens, it induces stress.

The question is not whether you will encounter stress. Rather, understanding what stress can do to you and crafting positive habits will help ease your tension levels.

That’s what our topic is for today. So relax and check out how bad stress can be for your health.

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Protein-Packed Meals

It’s time to pack on the protein in this week’s recipes!

Along with being essential for the body’s daily processes, proteins help build muscle, especially when you work out. They’re also awesome sources of energy throughout your day.

Here are a few dishes you can piece together to increase your daily protein intake right away.

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Recipes: Cajun Salmon with Roasted Cauliflower and Broccoli

Today’s dish adds a new spin to a traditional meal.

Cajun salmon is a great way to add a kick to your flavorful slab of salmon. You’ll still get your healthy serving of protein and omega-3.

You can try roasting some veggies on the side to elevate the flavor profile of this dish. Broccoli and cauliflower add a plethora of vitamins and minerals to round out your meal.

Add some lemons for some zest, and you’ve got yourself a healthy meal so good, you won’t believe it’s real. Check it out!

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Recipes: Soups for Wintertime

Picture someone in the middle of a frosty snowstorm. They can’t feel their toes, their teeth are chattering non-stop, and their face is as pale as the underside of your tongue.

Trekking through deep snow, they finally stumble upon a warm cabin. On a table, there’s a hot bowl of soup steaming to the nicks in the wooden ceiling.

One spoonful of that soup instantly warms up our friend, giving new life to each of his thawing extremities. Soup also can provide an abundance of nutritional benefits to your diet, including vitamins, fiber, and protein.

There aren’t many more gratifying food experiences than having hot soup on a chilly day. So today’s recipes are all about concocting your very own soup specialties!

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Recipes: Omelettes

Today’s recipe is all about breakfast’s favorite little pocket of deliciousness: the omelette.

The awesome thing about omelettes is that they’re very customizable. You can make them healthier by substituting egg whites for regular eggs or by stuffing the inside with veggies.  Or, pack your omelette with some healthy meats or fishes to get a rich serving of protein.

Add some salsa or avocado on the side to jazz up the flavor without ratcheting up the calories. You can even pair this meal with some sweeter breakfast options such as yogurt and fruit to get a balanced meal.

One thing to keep in mind with omelettes is that they usually have a lot of calories. Try not going overboard with your fillings for a healthier omelette experience.

Below are three unique takes on the traditional omelette. Happy eating!

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Recipes: Savory Broccoli Dishes

I know, I know. Broccoli?

Believe it or not, broccoli can actually make a killer entrée, whether it’s the star of the plate or a nice complement.

Before you rule out the little trees of the vegetable family, take into account that broccoli is vitamin-rich. It’s also a terrific source of fiber and can even guard against cancer. Mixed with meats or other vegetables, broccoli can contribute to a very balanced meal.

Check out these three unique spins on broccoli. Once you start adding these meals to your diet, you’re never going to remember a life without broccoli!

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How To Wake Up Early in the Morning

Imagine waking up just like the people in the movies. You leap out of bed, glowing from check to cheek. With only one giant stretch of your arms, you anxiously step outside and embrace the new day.

But the reality is that most people fail at this. Instead of embracing the day with warmth and optimism, they stumble out of bed and loathe every reason why they can’t sleep for an extra hour.

Here’s a little secret: your attitude is a choice. You can choose to let the morning weigh you down, or you can take advantage of the extra time awake and end the day feeling more productive.

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Recipes: Ham Holsters

Not much pairs better than some sizzling ham and some well-cooked eggs. Today’s recipe brings the two together into perfect breakfast matrimony. Combined with some cheese, broccoli, onion, garlic, salt, and pepper, this one is a real treat for your taste buds!

This new take on the classic ham-and-eggs duo is still packed with high amounts of fiber and protein. Plus, you’ll feel ready to tackle the rest of your day after scarfing down one of these high-energy holsters.

You can cook these in large quantities, and they’re small enough to take with you wherever you go. Whether you’re rushing to the gym or going off to work, this recipe is the perfect way to start your day!

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