Health Tips

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Update Your Power 20 Apps Now

Have you downloaded the most recent version of Power 20? In January 2016 we made it easier to record your workouts, made the app launch faster, and reduced the amount of memory it takes up on your device. Log in with your Facebook account. There’s no need to create a username or remember a password. Power 20 uses a one-click… Read more →

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Is It Even Possible To Lose Weight?

Photo credit: Marjan Lazarevski on Flickr What happens when we gain a few pounds? Weight gained during the holidays, through stress, or over freshman year of college may seem like a temporary change. But can we actually lose the weight we gain and keep it off in the long run? In 2000 a team of doctors, nurses and researchers tracked the weight… Read more →

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Junk Food Companies Spend More On Advertising Than Schools Spend On Books

Staying healthy and trim is simple; most of us know the Dos and Don’ts: Do eat mostly plants, get enough sleep, exercise briefly every day, meditate, and have loving relationships. Don’t drink too much alcohol, eat much meat or processed food, smoke, get overwhelmed by stress, or get angry often. Follow the dos and you’ll greatly improve your chances of avoiding the… Read more →

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Weightlifting for Weight Loss?

With the simultaneous rise of Crossfit and Instagram, images of impossibly slim-waisted women lifting impossibly heavy weights have become ubiquitous. Does weightlifting lead to weight loss? Not exactly. It leads to something better: a healthier and more attractive figure. In this post you’ll learn about the three most effective weightlifting techniques and why you should do them. Weightlifting may not… Read more →

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Test Your Fitness With This 4-Minute Challenge

See how you compare to others your age by testing your pushup and squat skills. Start with pushups. The pushup is a time-honored full-body exercise, which is why it’s used by drill sergeants and gym teachers around the world. The men’s pushup. Your body should be as straight as a plank and with your knees off the ground. Start with… Read more →

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Why Quick Daily Workouts Work

Who do you think will become a better piano player: the person who practices intensely for five-hours straight once a month, or the person who practices 10 minutes every day? This is how exercise is like playing the piano. The more frequently we exercise, the better our bodies respond. 20-minute workouts keep you healthy without compromising your immune system. That… Read more →

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7 Ways To Help Your Kid Lose Weight

Kids are heavier today than ever before. Childhood obesity has increased from 7% in 1980 to 20.5% today (for kids aged 12-19). The good news is that most children can slim down quickly if the right steps are taken. There are many interrelated reasons our kids, our pets, and we adults are gaining weight, but we can break the cycle with a… Read more →

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Do Juice Cleanses Work?

Juice cleansing is a popular and generally discredited diet trend. While true that diets rich in fruits and vegetables are associated with lower disease risk, juice cleanses bring dieters to a nonsensical extreme, relying on fruit and vegetable juice as the only form of nourishment for several days. Some self-proclaimed nutrition experts claim juice cleanses detoxify the body, but our… Read more →

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Is Caffeine Good For You?

Caffeine itself isn’t terribly harmful – suggestions that caffeine intake is associated with osteoporosis and cancer have been disproven by multiple studies – but not all sources of caffeine should be treated equally.   The caffeine in coffee and tea is accompanied by healthy antioxidants. Tea, especially green tea, may reduce your risk for developing some types of cancers. Coffee can be used to treat… Read more →

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Is Soy Bad For You?

Soy has recently caught a bad rap on health blogs and in the press. But are the fears warranted? If so, it would be a shame, because soy adds wonderful texture and variety to a whole-foods, plant-based diet. Tofu, soy milk, tempeh, and texturized soy protein are rich in protein; soy sauce and miso can amp up flavor in any… Read more →

Why Protein Supplements Are Dangerous & Dumb

Vegetarians and vegans are frequently asked, “how do you get enough protein?” Never mind that no one checks into a hospital with a protein deficiency, or that it is extremely easy to to consume adequate amounts of all essential amino acids on a whole-food, plant-based diet (check out some of these recipes). The common myth that animal flesh is the best source remains perhaps the… Read more →

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Expecting Dads: Get In Shape For Fatherhood

Actionable tips to thrive during your child’s first year, as collected by real dads.  “Are you ready?” is perhaps the most annoying question expecting dads can be asked. There’s no good answer; saying yes makes him sound arrogant and saying no implies he’ll be a dysfunctional dad. That said, getting ready for fatherhood does take preparation: financial planning, checking health… Read more →

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The 14 Reasons We’re Gaining Weight

Today’s obesity epidemic has been over 100 years in the making. Multiple factors are causing America’s waistlines to expand. Today, 70% of Americans are overweight and 30% are obese. According to US military and health records, our average weight has been increasing every year since national records began in the 1880s. It’s likely that no single food or habit is driving… Read more →

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Easy Recipes for Berries

Summer is berry season so expect to find blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, and other types of berries at your local grocery store or farmers’ market. The dark, rich red, blue, and violet colors of berries are associated with a host of antioxidants and health benefits. Besides the fiber, vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium, and folate, short-term berry consumption has been… Read more →

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Eating Well While Traveling

The summer means long road trips and destination vacations, which is great. But airport and roadside food is anything but great… With a little preparation, you can save money and eat clean no matter how far you’re traveling. Before you leave, take a few minutes to pack fresh fruits (apples, pears, and oranges travel well), cut up celery and carrots, snack… Read more →

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Smart Ways To Eat Nuts

There’s no need to fear nuts.  Sure, they are high  in fat and calories, but most of the fat comes from monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which are linked to lower cholesterol levels and improved heart health. Vitamin E, plant sterols, and L-arginine found in nuts improve heart health by reducing plaque build up. Nuts can be a major source of… Read more →

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Five Tips For Healthy Hydration

As important as food is to fueling our bodies, water is vital to sustaining many of our bodies’ operations. Our blood is 92% water, our brains and muscles 75%, and our bones 22%. Water plays a role in lubricating our joints, keeping our body temperature normal, cushioning our spinal cord, and removing waste from out bodies. So how much water… Read more →

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Get Lots of Healthy Protein From Beans

One of the highest sources of plant-based protein is beans, which contain anywhere from 6-8 grams of protein per 1/2 cup serving. Additionally, a 1/2 a cup of beans will provide you with 3-6 grams of cholesterol-reducing fiber. You’ll also be getting some folate, which plays a major role in making new DNA. This is especially vital for woman who… Read more →