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Burn more calories with these 15 low-impact exercises

Burn more calories with these 15 low-impact exercises

Beginning an exercise routine is tough. Not only are you trying to change your lifestyle, but you have to find the right workout for you. If you are new to exercise or are overweight, your doctor may recommend that you start a low-impact workout program, which can be gentle on your joints, help you lose weight, and allow you to burn more calories.

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Tips on how to make running more fun

Tips on how to make running more fun

After you have weight-loss surgery, your bariatric surgeon may suggest that you start walking for exercise. Walking can often progress into jogging or running on a regular basis, which can sometimes become boring and monotonous over time.

Have you grown bored of your running workout? Here are fun ways to make running more fun:

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You’ll smile at these 9 new fitness trends

You’ll smile at these 9 new fitness trends

You’ve heard of some interesting workout routines, and maybe you’ve tried one or two. When it comes to exercise, you’ve got to enjoy it, so why not add a little fun into the mix? We know you’ll smile when you read about the following new fitness fads.

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Mobile fitness apps that will motivate you

Mobile fitness apps that will motivate you

Finding motivation to exercise can be difficult, especially when you need an extra push to get going. Sometimes that extra push comes from a friend or an overzealous fitness instructor, in which case you may want to push back and say, “No!” If you’re ready to start exercising and need motivation, try using an exercise app. Today, everyone is constantly on their phones, so using an app for motivation could be the ticket to becoming healthier.

Check out these 10 mobile apps to help you get fit:

  1. Zombies, Run! - Start running and become immersed in a game and audio adventure that’s sure to keep you going the entire route.

  2. One Hundred Push-Ups - This six-week training program can motivate you to challenge your friends to a push-up contest.

  3. Missile Wars - Gather your friends and get lost in this GPS-based game of running away from missiles and sending missiles toward other players.

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Don’t just watch TV; exercise to TV!

Don’t just watch TV; exercise to TV!

For some of us, you could say television runs our lives. We purchase cable and Netflix subscriptions, guaranteeing we can watch our guilty pleasures well into the wee hours of the morning. However, we also understand that too much television is not good for us. Vegging out on the couch makes us lethargic and more apt to overeat by snacking, and when you want to lose weight, your television habit can work against you.

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7 unique ways to make cardio workouts more fun

7 unique ways to make cardio workouts more fun

Running, biking, walking, and other types of repetitive cardio workouts can eventually become boring if you’re not sure how to keep things exciting. Instead of staying focused on your workout, your mind can drift, causing you to either cut your workout short or lose your focus. Plus, the unhappier you feel with your workouts, the less likely you’ll want to maintain your fitness routine.

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Time hacks that can help you plan your workouts

Time hacks that can help you plan your workouts

Exercise can be daunting when it comes to planning workouts and making time in your schedule. Developing a solid workout schedule can help, but sometimes, many individuals bail on their workouts, using the excuse that there isn’t enough time in the day to complete an exercise routine.

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How to fall in love with exercises you hate

How to fall in love with exercises you hate

Weightlifting, swimming, biking, running, and yoga: while these types of exercises are great at helping you lose weight, chances are there’s one or two physical activities you absolutely hate. Or, perhaps you’re an individual who hates exercise in general, and dreads going to the gym even if avoiding exercise means it will take much longer for you to meet your weight-loss goals. Since one of the best-kept secrets to lasting weight loss is engaging regularly in activities you enjoy, the fact that you hate exercise can become a major barrier.

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3 behaviors you should practice after every workout

3 behaviors you should practice after every workout

A sweaty, intense workout can sometimes be taxing on your body and mind, especially if you’re an extremely busy person. As soon as your workout is over, you may be tempted to immediately jump in the car so you can address everything else that needs to be done that day. As a result, you may forget to stretch, shower, and eat. However, the behaviors you practice within the first 30 minutes after your workout are crucial to recovery, and can either make or break your results depending on what you do.

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Walking leads to weight loss and spurs creativity

Walking leads to weight loss and spurs creativity

If you’re on the path to weight loss, you’re probably very well aware of the benefits of walking for exercise. Cardiovascular exercise can boost your heart rate and your metabolism, and when paired with a healthy diet, can really help you drop off excess weight. Now, a new study is showing that walking can also boost creative thinking.

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Sleep hormone melatonin could aid in your weight-loss efforts

The sleep hormone known as melatonin may have the ability to help you lose weight, according to a new study conducted by researchers in Texas and Spain. Melatonin has been found to speed up the production of a type of fat in the body that helps burn energy — resulting in a higher metabolism.

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Realistic resolutions

If you've pledged to renew your commitment to weight loss and healthier habits in the new year, you're not alone. According to health experts, weight loss tops the resolution list for most Americans. Unfortunately, less than half keep their commitment after six months. Rather than becoming a part of this statistic, make 2012 the year you shape up and meet your goals with these five tips.

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Starting a walking program

If you aren't used to exercising regularly, it can be overwhelming just figuring out where to start. Gyms can be intimidating, and home workout equipment is often expensive.

Some bandsters will admit that they hate exercising and just don't do it. While some people may be able to reach their target weight without implementing a regular exercise program, those who do exercise will be more successful than those who don't. And, exercise has many benefits that go beyond weight loss - exercise boosts your mood and your energy levels, lowers your risk of chronic disease, increases your life expectancy, promotes better sleep, and reduces stress.

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Pushing past weight-loss plateaus

LAP-BAND patients sometimes find that their weight plateaus several months after surgery. These periods of stagnation can be extremely frustrating: you may be doing everything you can to follow your doctor's and nutritionist's advice, but the numbers on the scale still aren't budging. Getting past these rough spots may require switching up your routine and re-examining some of your habits.

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