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7 Foods that Help Ease Pain

Got knee pain? Drink some soy milk. Sore back? Eat salmon. The right foods can ease your aches: Recent research suggests that some pack as much pain-fighting power as common pain medications like ibuprofen.

And with mounting evidence that some pain-relief medicines may actually be dangerous for some individuals, these foods may be the better choice. "What we eat has a dramatic impact on levels of pain in the body," says Beth Reardon, M.S., R.D., a nutritionist at Duke Integrative Medicine…

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8 Things to Do Before & After Your Workout for Better Results

When it comes to your fitness routine, the time you spend sweating it out in the gym tends to get all the credit—but it shouldn’t.

“The workout is actually the easiest part of a fitness routine,” says Jay Cardiello, celebrity trainer and Gold’s Gym Fitness Institute member. “Whether you walk, jog, lift weights, or do CrossFit, an hour is only four percent of your day, and you can’t [make that more important than] the 23 other hours.”

Things like good nutrition and quality sleep matter…

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4 Reasons You Might Be Tired

Although you might wake up feeling charged up for the day, your battery seems to drain quickly. Maybe that puts you on the hamster wheel of caffeine and sugar consumption, just to score enough energy spikes to conquer your daily tasks. 

You seem to sleepwalk through routine tasks, and when it comes to working out? You’ll start tomorrow. If that description sounds familiar, you’re not alone. The National Sleep Foundation’s research shows people in the U.S. get 20% less sleep than they did a…

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100 Ways to Burn More Calories

Since this week's challenge is all about getting more active - above and beyond your normal workout routine - here are 100 ways to burn more calories:

1. Take the Stairs Instead of The Elevator

2. On Days You Don’t Workout, Spend 10-15 Minutes Stretching

3. Get Better Rest So You Have More Energy To Workout Harder

4. Lift Heavier Weights To Burn More Calories

5. Take 5 Minutes Off Your Workout Time Without Changing The Exercises

6. Do 30 Pushups Before All Meals You Eat At…

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13 Ways to Boost Your Workout Intensity

Exercise programs need to be modified regularly in order to see and feel continual results, but it can be difficult to adopt and stick with a new exercise routine. The solution: A proactive plan of action that injects new life into a boring workout routine and provides motivation to do more than simply "get to the gym.” 

Here are 13 techniques that can help anyone break through a fitness plateau and find satisfaction in a challenging new exercise regimen.

Longing for the good old days…

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7 Strategies for Breaking Through a Plateau

While setting a new personal record can be unbelievably uplifting, missing the mark after weeks and months of preparation can be even more deflating. Exercise plateaus and setbacks can be extremely frustrating, and can derail even the most ambitious workout plans. To make matters worse, there are a variety of reasons plateaus and setbacks can occur — making it hard to pinpoint the exact cause. To eliminate the guesswork and get you back on track to your fitness goals, we’ve compiled…

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​How to Get a Fast Metabolism

Your metabolism is the chemical engine that keeps you alive. The speed at which it runs varies by individual. Those with a slow metabolism tend to have more leftover fuel (calories), which gets stored as fat.

On the other hand, those with a fast metabolism burn more calories and are less likely to accumulate a lot of fat.

This is a review of why some people have a fast metabolism and how you can speed up your metabolism to burn more calories.

What Is Metabolism?

Metabolism is a…

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6 Ways to Stay on Track Over the Holidays

Ah, the holidays. A time to gather around friends and family, celebrate and rejoice. The time of year when tempers are at ease, hearts are wide open and everyone is hoping to achieve that warm, fuzzy feeling.

Unfortunately, for many, the holidays also mean falling off the workout/diet wagon, drinking like a fish and eating as if there were no tomorrow. We’ve all been there. You have good intentions of hitting the gym, but before you head out you flip on the television and see It’s a…

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4 Moves for a Trimmer Waist Without a Single Sit-Up

A chiseled midsection is the centerpiece of a well-balanced physique. But a trim waist can be hard to sculpt.

Despite what magazines may tell you, you can’t simply trim your waistline with a few simple exercises. The concept of "spot reduction” (i.e., using exercise to lose fat in a specific area or body part) is a myth, but with a smart plan and hard work, you can unveil sleek abs and obliques.

We won’t sugarcoat it (pun intended): A smaller waist starts in the kitchen. A smart…

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6 Ways to Get Back on Track After Thanksgiving

If, despite every intention of balance and moderation you completely overindulged on Thanksgiving, don’t panic. While a gluttonous yesterday may leave you feeling sluggish and heavy today, the truth is that a handful of simple strategies can help you undo the damage and get back on track fast. Here are six tried and true steps to help you lighten up, and get those uncomfortably tight jeans feeling loose again.

Step 1: Get back to your normal eating schedule
I know you may be tempted to…

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