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How to Meal Plan for Absolute Beginners

You probably know by now that meal planning works for weight loss and can save you time and money. And before you start shopping or lining up meal prep containers, creating the actual menu for your meal plan is an important first step. But if you’re new to it all, you may not know how to meal…
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Why Do I Feel Bloated After Eating?

Maybe your clothes don’t fit right, your stomach seems fuller than it did yesterday, or you just don’t feel quite like your usual self. Whatever the feeling, bloating after eating can be a big bummer — and it’s only natural to want to ditch the bloat, especially if it comes with excessive gas or burping.…
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Turn a Closet Into a Home Office in 6 Easy Steps

With so many of us working from home for the foreseeable future, finding space for a proper work area can be a challenge. While it may be tempting to work from the couch or bed, having a dedicated home office is important for productivity and comfort. If you need to create a workspace, one of…
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What Causes ‘Stress Belly’ and What Can You Do About It?

If you’ve been stressed lately and you’ve noticed your pants aren’t fitting quite the same, you may be wondering if they’re related. “There are many reasons for weight gain including increased caloric intake, decreased physical activity, and stress,” says Cody Braun, CPT, Assistant Manager of Fitness at Beachbody. “Our bodies are complex machines, which makes…
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Controlled Stretch Avec Autumn Calabrese

Nous en demandons beaucoup à notre corps, jour après jour: que vous soyez au bureau de 9 h à 17 h, que vous restiez debout toute la journée ou que vous vous entraîniez avec un programme Beachbody. C’est pourquoi il est essentiel de se détendre et de se ressourcer chaque soir. Grâce aux étirements contrôlés, la Super…
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Bored? Try These Fun Brain Games for Adults

Binge-watching an entire TV series is an easy escape from everyday stress. But even if you’re sucked into a complex drama about chess or a cleverly spun whodunit, studies have found too much TV can dampen your memory capabilities. So balance out that must-see TV with some real-life brain games for adults. “Our brains love to be…
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How Build Healthy Eating Habits and Make Them Stick

If you started the new year with a resolution to build healthy eating habits, know you’re in good company. But following through may be challenging. At the start of your health and fitness journey, let go of the urge to find and follow the perfect diet to a T. Keep in mind that setbacks are…
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What Is a “Muffin Top” and How Do I Get Rid of It?

Chances are, you’ve heard someone complaining about their “muffin top” Alas, they’re not talking about perfectly-crusty top of a blueberry muffin or pumpkin muffin. More likely, the “muffin top” in question is a common problem area around the midsection and includes what many people refer to as love handles. Here’s what causes this stubborn belly fat and what you…
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Step-by-Step Guide to Delicious Homemade Soup

Canned soup is just a crank away, but learning how to make soup from scratch is even better. Homemade soup tastes unbeatably fresh and flavorful and you call the shots on what goes in it. Planning to put soup on the menu? We can help streamline the cooking process with this easy 5-step formula! Pro…
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Learn How to Organize Your Fridge Like a Pro

In the U.S., 30% to 40% of the food supply gets thrown away, according to the Food and Drug Administration. At home, you can reduce food waste by simply organizing your fridge. A clean, organized refrigerator is an often-overlooked healthy eating habit. When your fridge is a mess, you may end up snacking on chips because…
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Boostez vos Séances D’entraînement Avec L’entraînement à Haute Densité

Vous sentez que vous ne progressez plus? Il est peut-être temps de passer à l’entraînement à haute densité. C’est-à-dire? Si vous faites de l’exercice régulièrement, des termes tels que “séries,” “répétitions” et “charge” ne vous sont pas inconnus. Chacune de ces variables peut être ajustée pour rendre un entraînement plus difficile ou plus facile. La…
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How to Start a Gratitude Journal & Why It Can Help

Counting your blessings, not your problems, is good advice for your well-being, but how do you put that into practice? Practicing gratitude is taking note of things for which you are thankful. One of the easiest ways to start is by taking notes using a gratitude journal. “A gratitude journal is a healthy practice that…
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How to Create a Calming Meditation Space at Home

When you’re juggling work deadlines, family obligations, and a stressful news cycle, it’s important to create a calming headspace to counteract the chaos. Research suggests a meditation practice is associated with “a myriad of health benefits” — including stress relief, decreased anxiety, pain management, improved focus, and cardiovascular benefits. If you’re looking to get started with meditation, it helps…
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35 Uplifting Compliments That Aren’t About Looks

Sure, a thumbs-up or a string of fire emojis will get the point across when you’re proud of someone. But a well-chosen compliment can be even more uplifting. Like high-fives, compliments are an easy way to cheer someone on when they’ve hit a new goal or overcome a challenge. But compliments often focus on physical…
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7 Reasons to Cozy Up With a Mug of Hot Tea

If you’re stuck in the house because of a polar vortex, a soothing mug of hot tea is just the thing. (Fun fact: January is National Hot Tea Month!) Tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world — behind water — and some 80% of U.S. households purchase tea, according to the Tea Association…
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Want to Perform Your Best? Get More Sleep

Want to know a great way to catch an awesome buzz? Sleep. Think about it: Sleep is free safe, and even a little trippy. And after seven or eight hours of it, you feel amazing. Even better: Sleep just might be the missing piece from your fitness program. According to sleephealth.org, sleep deprivation is a “national epidemic,” affecting…
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Introducing LET’S GET UP!

Let’s get moving. Let’s get motivated. LET’S GET UP! Shaun T’s newest dance workout program, LET’S GET UP!, is comprised of easy-to-follow cardio dance sequences with body-weight resistance training, and even includes his own Insanity-based moves set to music. This program will not only have you feeling successful inside and out, but will also support…
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How to Make Delicious and Healthy Homemade Pizza

Pizza is the ultimate comfort food pretty much any time of year. If you crave a slice when you’re feeling stressed, you’re not alone — a 2016 poll found pizza is the top comfort food in the US. Not surprisingly, during the pandemic, pizza delivery chains have seen an uptick in business. Delivery and frozen pizza are…
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How to Practice Mindfulness

When you’re looking to take a break, the default option is a “mindless” activity like scrolling through TikTok or binge-watching that TV series you’ve been meaning to check out. But learning how to practice mindfulness could give our brains what we need to recharge, reset, and feel less stress. “Mindfulness is the practice of cultivating…
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Menopause and Weight Gain: What You Need to Know

You’re eating right and exercising regularly, but the number on the scale keeps creeping upwards over time. What gives? While there are several possible reasons why you might be gaining weight, there’s one explanation you may not have considered: menopause. It’s relatively common to gain weight as you age into your 40s and 50s. And the average…
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Fact or Fiction — Do Coffee & Tea Count as Water?

It’s an age-old question — so we consulted the experts and research. “Our bodies are made up of to 60% water,” explains Tamsin Jordan, M.S., R.D. Along with aiding digestion, flushing out impurities, and keeping our joints lubricated, the water in our bodies literally helps us think (the brain uses water to make hormones and neurotransmitters).…
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10 Hearty Breakfast-for-Dinner Ideas

Breakfast foods are so delicious — why limit them to just mornings? Full of protein, versatile, and downright tasty, many healthy breakfast recipes work just as well for dinner. Breakfast for dinner is a quick and easy option for those with super-busy lives. Even better, it’s a meal the whole family can enjoy. “Kids generally like breakfast, so…
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8 Types of Onions and What to Do With Them

The humble onion is an incredibly versatile vegetable — you can eat it in endless ways: raw, caramelized, grilled, sautéed, fried, and more. Adding onions to a recipe can boost the flavor and texture. But which types of onions are the best for cooking? Which onions are best to eat raw? We’ll cover the nutrition…
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How to Shine in 2021

We did it — we made it to 2021 and leaving 2020 in the dust. But what about the next 365 days? How can you make 2021 your year to shine? The challenges of 2020 have taught us a lot about perseverance, patience, and gratitude. Now it’s time to take those lessons and use them…
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15 Bad Habits You Picked Up During COVID — And How to Break Them in 2021

When we toasted the new year last January, it’s safe to say none of us imagined we’d spend most of the year stuck indoors, avoiding a global pandemic. But 2020 was full of surprises, and we all had to figure out how to adapt pretty quickly. We became obsessed with staying healthy: wearing masks, washing…
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Darin Olien Explains Why a Superfood-Based Diet Can Help Control Weight

Recently, we spent some quality time with Darin Olien, Shakeology‘s co-formulator and superfood hunter — and star and co-host of the Netflix travel show, “Down to Earth With Zac Efron,” to talk about some of the health topics he’s most passionate about. For those not in the know, Darin Olien, the world’s foremost superfood hunter,…
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What Is the Circadian Rhythm and How Do You Adjust It?

Fly to another time zone or switch to the night shift, and you’ll undoubtedly feel the pull of your circadian rhythm. The circadian rhythm — a.k.a., your “internal clock” — is much stronger than the one hanging on the wall. You may find yourself nodding off just when everyone else is sitting down for dinner, waking…
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What’s the Best Body Lotion for Dry Skin?

Winter brings chilly mornings, cozy evenings by the fire, and — for many of us — dry skin. Dry skin can lead to cracking, chapping, itchiness, irritation, and even infection. So if your skin isn’t as dewy as it was in the warmer months, you may be looking for the best body lotion for dry…
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How to Make Your Home a Sanctuary

Feng shui is an ancient Chinese practice based on turning your home into a magnet for good energy. The way energy flows through your home can influence different areas of your life or “bagua,” such as relationships and finances. A good feng shui home feels intuitively calm and peaceful, explains Tsao-Lin E. Moy, a Chinese medicine…
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How to Stop Being a People Pleaser (And Why It’s Important)

Being a people pleaser may seem beneficial — after all, everyone typically likes you, you keep the peace in difficult situations, and you’re likely to do well in the world, says Charlotte Howard, Ph.D., licensed psychologist at Deep Eddy Psychotherapy in Texas. However, people-pleasing can undermine your mental, emotional, and even physical well-being. “A lot of times,…
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Everything You Need to Know About Tamales

Tamales are a Christmas menu staple for many families. This traditional Mexican and Native American dish is made by stuffing masa dough with a filling of meat, cheese, chili peppers, or beans, then steaming it inside a corn husk or banana leaf and serving it with salsa or hot sauce. Whether tamales are already part…
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What Are GMO Foods?

What do Hawaiian papaya, zucchini, and yellow squash have in common? Besides being nutritious and delicious, these fruits are examples of foods that may sometimes be genetically modified. While you’ve likely heard a lot of debate about GMO foods in recent years, it’s not always clear what the heck that means — and whether it’s…
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9 Tips for Not Binging on Food During the Holidays

Nothing kills the holiday spirit like guilt and shame. This season, when things are anything but normal, focus on the positive and forming new habits. Let go of those negative feelings and regain control of your eating habits, with tips for not binging on food during the holidays. (And find out how to move on…
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Build a Strong Upper Body With Core Stability Exercises

Core stability exercises do far more than help you achieve a chiseled look. It’s better if that’s a happy side effect rather than your sole purpose. Your real mission is what the name implies — stability. “When people think of the core, they often picture the standard six-pack abs, but those muscles are only one…
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17 Foods That Should Be on Your Fall Grocery List

Cool fall days can inspire you to get back into the kitchen making yummy meals filled with comforting flavors. Whether you’re heading to the supermarket, a farmers’ market, or ordering your groceries online, a bounty of fall fruits and veggies make this season absolutely delicious — and nutritious. Fill your basket with the grocery items you don’t want…
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Clear Your Head for a Restful Night With Sleep Meditation

When we sleep, our bodies heal and our minds unravel. Sleep is our daily recovery from a busy and stressful day. However, nearly 40 percent of 20-to-39-year-olds are sleeping less than the recommended seven to nine hours, according to the American Sleep Association — and that was before the pandemic, Lots of us are also experiencing “coronasomnia.”…
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How to Stick to Your Nutrition Goals During the Holidays

The holidays are upon us, which means not only stay-cations and zooming with family and friends, but also treats, sweets, and much more imbibing. Staying healthy over the holidays can be tricky for a variety of reasons — your routine is already  gets thrown out of whack due to holiday parties (virtual or in-person) and time…
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5 Tips for Setting Goals for 2021 and Beyond

Setting and sticking with a goal like a New Year resolution can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be. This tradition can be a great way to accomplish goals and create positive changes in your life. After a year like 2020, you might be ready to get back on track with your nutrition, wellness,…
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Why You Need a Daily Routine — And How to Make It Happen

The lines between work, home, and…well, everything is blurred right now. One minute you’re hopping on a Zoom call for work, and the next you’re helping your child with a remote learning lesson on fractions. Meanwhile, you still have to figure out when you’ll squeeze in household chores, dinner, and your at-home workout. If your normal routine…
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Daily Affirmations to Say to Yourself Every Day

Did this year totally kick your butt? Are you feeling out of control, anxious, or overwhelmed? You’re not the only one! Many of us are feeling the mental effects of this year’s unforeseen challenges. When life is extra-unpredictable, maintaining a sense of control is key. Daily affirmations are one easy way to cultivate that sense…
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How Shakeology Can Be Your Secret Weapon for the Holidays

The holiday season may look a little different for 2020, but it’s still a super busy time of year for many of us. Whether you’ve got virtual meet-ups with close friends and family, you’re online shopping for thoughtful gifts for everyone on your list, or you’re working out (and working) at home, there’s a lot…
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How to Use Resistance Bands for Real Results

If you want a workout that’s cheap, portable, versatile, and effective, learn how to use resistance bands. When you know how to use them, you can easily simulate your favorite barbell lifts and dumbbell workouts anywhere, anytime. You can also use resistance bands to make bodyweight movements more complex and challenging. But before mastering how…
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Tabata Exercises to Take You From Zero to Burn ASAP

Thanks to the super-short bursts of work and rest, Tabata workouts take HIIT to the next level. But to squeeze the most intensity — and benefits — out of Tabata training, you need to choose the moves that get your heart rate up, stat. Tabata workouts follow a set format: 20 seconds of all-out work followed by 10…
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Why Your At-Home Gym Needs a Cable Pulley Machine

If you’re like most at-home workout warriors, you’ve outfitted your fitness space with some dumbbells, a kettlebell, and probably a few resistance bands. But what about a cable pulley machine? “Cable machines are great for everyone,” says Amanda Lopez, CPT, Technical Fitness Advisor for Beachbody. And contrary to what most exercisers assume, cable pulley machines, which involve…
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Virtual Party Ideas for Celebrating the Holidays

There’s no denying that 2020 has thrown a wrench in many of our holiday traditions. The usual travel plans and large gatherings have been put on hold — but that doesn’t have to dampen your holiday spirit! With the help of virtual meeting platforms, you can celebrate virtually with your friends and family. Virtual holiday parties may…
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Your Guide to Organic vs. Non-Organic Produce

By now, you’ve probably read enough grocery shopping tips and tricks for buying healthy food to know to never shop hungry, make a list, and read nutrition labels. But in the produce section where food doesn’t have a label, what should you do? Is organic produce or non-organic produce best? We spoke with registered dietitians to sort this all…
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10 Tips to Stay Healthy and Active During the Holidays

The holidays are traditionally a time of indulgence — endless get-togethers with friends and family, packed schedules, and plenty of holiday cookies and cocktails to savor. This year’s holiday season may look a little different, but even with a scaled-down holiday season schedule, it’s still easy to overdo it (and to let self-care slip through…
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9 Ways to Boost Your Mood That Can Take Very Little Effort

In trying times, it’s natural to try to figure out how to boost your mood. (We’re looking at you, 2020.) Try these nine expert-recommended mood boosters that can help turn a frown upside-down even when you’re short on time. And know this: You are not alone. If you’re struggling with your mental health, reach out…
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15 Delicious Recipes for Pastry Lovers

December 9th is National Pastry Day, and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate than by whipping up some delicious baked goods. (But let’s be real: If you’re a pastry lover, every day is Pastry Day!) Classic pastries like danishes, croissants, and puff pastries are made with laminated dough, which gives these sweet…
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Get in Touch With These 7 Benefits of Massage

Don’t let anyone tell you that getting a massage is just an indulgence. There are many real benefits of massage, and like Unstress: 21 Days of Meditation, it can be a regular part of your self-care routine. There is one caveat, though: “Massage therapy is most beneficial when you receive skilled touch,” says clinical psychologist, clinical…
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