Improve Your Health With Lemon Water

It doesn’t get easier than this.

Squeezing a half of a lemon into a glass of water first thing in the morning is a good way to hydrate your system, cleanse the liver, and get a supply of vitamins and anti-oxidants that can give your immune system a boost.

The best reason to add fresh lemon juice to your diet several times a week is because they are super-charged with Vitamin C which is one of the most important antioxidants in nature. Anti-oxidants can protect healthy cells from free-radicals that can damage cell membranes, which ultimately leads to inflammation, pain and chronic disease.

Lemons and water

All Natural Lemon Juice Cleanse

Lemon water is an inexpensive, easy-to-make no-sugar thirst quencher that is more effective than commercial cleanses. The Vitamin C in lemons help the liver produce a compound called glutathione, which cleanses the liver and helps it regenerate. The minerals and vitamins in lemons help to flush unwanted toxins from the digestive tract, also aiding in liver detoxification

Increased Energy

Lemon squeezed in water provides more energy for the body than plain water. Water with lemon is a good pre-workout hydration drink. After a workout, lemon water will replace lost fluids and electrolytes and can improve post-workout recovery.

Weight Loss

There have been plenty of articles written about how lemon water can ‘melt fat’ and help people lose weight. Lemon water is not a magic potion that will cause you to drop pounds quickly unless you’re engaged in some of the other necessary behaviors – like reducing calories, and increasing your physical activity – that promote weight loss.

Lemon water will help you feel fuller and more satisfied than plain water which can cut cravings and reduce the chances that you’ll reach for a sugary soda or sports drink.

Glass of Lemon Water

How Much Do You Need?

People that weigh less than 150 pounds can squeeze a half of a fresh lemon into 8 to 12 ounce glass of water. People over 150 pounds can use the juice of one whole lemon or drink two glasses with a half a lemon each, twice a day.

The one downside to drinking lemon water is that it can be hard on tooth enamel. After drinking your daily glass, rinse the mouth with regular water and spit it out. This will protect the teeth from the acids in the lemon juice.

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The Best Remedy for Holiday Bloat: Natural Detox

The Thanksgiving feast, holiday parties, carry-in lunches at work and the special homemade ‘treats’ that make their way into your life at this time of year may tempt you to look for a way to undo all of the damage overeating and drinking is doing to your system.

After an extended period of eating sugary, high-fat foods loaded with empty calories, and drinking too many special holiday drinks (whether it be a couple of shots of Tequila at the after-party or a 460 calorie Eggnog Latte from Starbucks) your liver could use a break.

Detox Diet

Do You Need A 48-Hour (or 7 Day) Detox or Cleanse?

The desire to get rid of that stuffed, sluggish feeling that comes after a few days of overdoing the food and drinks sends a lot of people to the drug store for a commercial liver detox or cleansing product. But, research shows that the liver doesn’t need you to spend your cash on a product that promises to flush your system of all of the toxins you’ve consumed.

According to Dr. Andrew Weil, “If you are in good health and not overloading your system with toxic substances (such as alcohol), the liver will cleanse itself very well.” Dr. Weil also reminds us that liver toxicity does not cause cancer, heart disease, gastrointestinal problems, auto-immune conditions, or aging.

The best thing you can do for your overall health is to get back to a plan of eating and drinking foods and beverages that promote liver, colon, kidney and heart health. Drinking six to eight glasses of water daily, eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, avoiding tobacco smoke and limiting alcohol can get your system back in top-notch condition.

The Good and The Bad

A commercial cleansing product might not be as beneficial to your healing as promoters of the products would have you believe. But, there are some foods that are particularly bad and good for the liver. If you work to avoid those on the bad list, and consume plenty of those on the good, you’ll begin to feel better quicker.

Six substances to avoid (besides the obvious tobacco and alcohol) are sugar, artificial sweeteners, fried foods, monosodium glutamate, acetaminophen (Tylenol) and fuel exhaust.

Foods that support liver health are beets, broccoli, sweet potatoes, lemons, lentils, minimal amounts of healthy fats (found in avocados, nuts, and chia seeds), apples, onions, and leafy greens. In general, whole foods that are low in calories, sugar and salt, but high in nutrients and vitamins are what you need to get and stay healthy this year.

Natural Detox

Components of a Natural Liver Detox

In particular, large amounts of leafy green vegetables, six to eight glasses of water with slices of lemon, cucumber or other fruits, green tea, and moderate amounts of daily exercise are all you need to naturally ‘detox’ your system.

A while back I posted a recipe for a delicious and super healthy kale and pomegranate salad  that provides a ton of nutrients, and fiber and would be something to add to your natural detox plan.

Your Liver On Sugar

One of the best things you can do for your liver is limit the amount of added sugar that you consume each day. Too much sugar, and more specifically fructose, turns into fat in the liver. Over time, this buildup of sugar leads to a condition known as nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and damages the liver in the same way that too much alcohol does.

The American Heart Association recommends no more than nine teaspoons a day for men and six a day for women.

For more reasons why you should say no to sugar, click here.

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Improve Your Health: Drink Green Tea

Coffee gets credit for being a beverage loaded with anti-oxidants that can help prevent Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, fatty liver disease and even some cancers.

Green tea, also considered one of the world’s healthiest drinks, tends to take a back seat to coffee when it comes to media attention, and that’s probably not fair.

Flickr photo by Leon Brocard

Health Benefits of Green Tea

There are many known health benefits of green tea and most of them are tied to the fact that it is loaded with epigallocatechin-3 gallates (EGCG) and bioactive polyphenol that have been shown to be the most effective compounds in eliminating free radicals.

An article in Medical News Today says that green tea is approximately 20% to 45% polyphenols by weight, of which 60% to 80% are catechins such as EGCG. What that means for you, is that when you consume green tea an army is released into your system that will destroy those pesky free radicals that cause cell damage, oxidative stress and eventually chronic disease.

Free radicals are generated from a variety of sources found in our daily lives including injury, cigarette smoke, environmental pollutants, radiation, certain drugs, pesticides, industrial solvents, and the ozone. Totally avoiding them is impossible so consuming green tea is one way to combat the damage they can do to cells.

Not only is green tea full of strong antioxidants, it is also believed to be effective in increasing metabolism and helps the body burn fat. Green tea also acts as a natural diuretic that removes excess fluid from the body and, a study done in at the Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine shows that people who drink green tea age better than those who don’t.

Not All Teas Are Equal

Since there are so many options available when you go to buy green tea it’s important to pick one that gives you the highest levels of EGCG. For starters, bottled teas don’t measure up to brewed teas. Not only do they contain fewer antioxidants, many bottled teas have as much added sugar as soda.

Even bagged teas have different amounts of the healthy properties that can make some better than others. For bulk tea, Teavanak at 85 mg. has the most EGCG per teaspoon. If bagged tea is your choice, Lipton Green Tea bags, which contain about 71mg EGCG per serving, provides the most EGCG at the lowest cost (27 cents to obtain 200mg.

Flickr photo by Chris Costas

Green Tea Supplements Are Another Option

If you’re really serious about amping up your consumption of EGCG, green tea capsules might be the way to go. Through a study done at UCLA, researchers determined that green tea supplements produced the highest levels of antioxidants in the blood compared with liquid black or green tea.

If you do choose the supplement over the beverage, be careful not to get too much of a good thing. The average person should not consume more than 4.54 mg per pound of body weight. For all body weights, it is recommended to have no more than 750 mg in one day.

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Giving Thanks Is A Healthy Habit All Year Long

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more.
It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.
It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” — Melody Beattie


We seem to hear a lot about giving thanks and being grateful around Thanksgiving but some experts and psychologists think that practicing gratitude is a habit that should be applied all year long.

Gratitude guru Professor Robert Emmons has spent much of his adult life examining the psychology of gratitude and its connection with positive outcomes in a person’s life. Through his work he’s found that being grateful improves both psychological and physical health.

Grateful people experience fewer aches and pains, tend to take better care of themselves, and behave in a more prosocial behavior. Giving thanks reduces toxic emotions, makes us less likely to want to seek revenge, and increases the empathy that we have for others.

With all of the benefits that come from just being more grateful it seems like a no-brainer that this is something we should all be doing more of.

Gratitude Journal

Making Gratitude a Habit

Like all of the healthy habits that we strive to acquire throughout our lifetime, we know that if it is something that we are serious about doing we are going to have to work at it. Even Dr. Emmons admits that gratitude isn’t something that comes easily or naturally to him. In an interview that he did with Ben Dean at Mentor, Emmons says that he “recognizes that it requires strong intention and sustained effort on his part to redirect his attention if he wants to live with an “attitude of gratitude.”

There are some specific steps that we can take to increase our mindfulness so that we become more grateful.

Start a Gratitude Journal – There are number of health perks that come from keeping a gratitude journal. The simple of task of writing down what you are grateful for at the end of each day can switch your focus from all that is wrong with your life to all that is right with it. People that take a few minutes to journal before they go to bed feel calmer at night and sleep better.

*Tip – Keep the journal on the table by your bed and plan to write in it each evening. You can keep is as simple as a couple of sentences if you don’t have time for more. Writing each day will help you establish the habit. Journaling also reduces stress and provides clarity on what it is that you want to have more of in your life.

Write Thank-you Notes– A sincere, simple thank you note given to a person that went out of their way to make you feel good or do something to help you goes a long way. And the thank you note is as beneficial for the giver as it is the recipient.

*Tip – Buy a box of thank you cards or blank note cards and find someone each week to give one to.

Thank you note

Say It Out Loud – Express out loud something that you are thankful for each day. My husband and I were watching 60 Minutes on Sunday evening and one of the segments was about villagers in Kenya that have to travel on foot for fresh water that they carry back to their homes in large buckets. It was easy to express out loud my thankfulness for living in a country where fresh water is available at the turn of the knob on the sink. I believe most of us take so many things like fresh, clean water for granted.

*Tip – Every day be grateful for something and say it out loud to yourself, or whomever you are with at the moment you recognize it.

Begin Each Day by Being Thankful – Don’t wait until the end of the day when it’s time to write in the journal to express gratitude. Start each day by saying thank you. This can only help you anticipate the good things that are in store for you that day.

*Tip – Remember that every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day.

Get Moving – Take a walk, practice yoga for 10 minutes, or stand up and stretch. Learn to have a greater appreciation for all of the things your body does each day.

*Tip – Physical activity improves our mood and opens our mind to all of the things we have to be thankful for.

The Gratitude Experiment

With Thanksgiving coming, this week is the perfect time to begin implementing some of these steps that will help you establish a habit of saying thank you each day.

Check out the Gratitude Experiment from WellCast in the video below that discusses Dr. Emmons research and the undeniable health benefits of gratitude.

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Five Effective Full Length Work Outs (For Free) On YouTube

Getting to the gym can be a challenge. Going out for to bike or run can be even more of one if you live in areas of the globe that experience winter.

I’m constantly looking for effective (free) workouts on YouTube. I guess you could say it is one of my favorite past times. And, on this site I have always generously shared my picks with you.

So, here are my latest favorites. Honestly, I’m having trouble understanding why these instructors are giving away their workouts for free, but they are so ENJOY!

Tracie Long TLF Focus Series

I have to admit I just recently became familiar with Tracie Long. Her workouts are excellent for any fitness level and all are available on YouTube at no cost. Because there are so many good ones I had trouble deciding which one to post on the site but, ultimately chose the Tracie Long TLF Focus Series Vol 5 – Break Through.

Don’t let this seemingly simple workout that uses only a 6 pound medicine ball deceive you. Its low impact/high intensity moves kick in way before it’s over. How does she do the entire workout on that stage without falling off the side?

Equipment needed: one weighted ball (that will kick your you-know-what).

Chalene Extreme Intervals

It doesn’t get better than Chalene’s Extreme workouts. This one starts out using a big ball in the warm up, and then goes to cardio intervals that require no equipment. The workout alternates between cardio and strength intervals for a 40 minute fat-burning workout. As always, Chalene’s enthusiasm is infectious. Be ready to get your sweat on!

Equipment needed: Large ball, weights or resistance band.

Melissa Bender Cardio Body Sculpt HIIT

Melissa Bender is the real deal. She offers every type of work out from “Improve Your Rear View” to “Dancer Body” and boot camp. They are all intense but you can pace yourself and lower the impact on some of the moves as needed.

I’m sharing the 15 Minute Cardio Body Sculpt HIIT: No Equipment workout that was posted on her YouTube channel earlier this month. Melissa does most of her workouts using an interval timer (including this one). This is a tough workout so modify as needed.

Equipment needed:  yoga mat (optional).

Gym Ra – 30 Minute Power Workout With Dumbbells

This workout focuses on toning and strength. The instructor appears to be using three or four pound weights and is working through full range of motion on each of the exercises. For people that have been working out with weights, five or six pound dumbbells would be even more effective. Works upper and lower body. Check out more workouts at

Equipment needed: Light weights.

Fitness Blender 32 Minute Home Cardio Workout With No Equipment

Fitness Blender has been delivering fitness videos for several years so if this one doesn’t suit you there are oodles on YouTube or the Fitness Blender web site to choose from. I like the setting of this workout and it appeals to a variety a levels. It’s not over-the-top, but is a good low-impact cardio workout.

Equipment needed: none

I hope you find a workout here that you like.

What’s Your Favorite YouTube Workout?

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Healthy and Nutritious Fried Rice Recipe

If you love fried rice but worry about the oils and additives that often accompany the versions that you get from some of the popular restaurant chains, you can make your own at home and control the calories and ingredients.

This fried rice recipe has basic ingredients – vegetables, rice, chicken, shrimp, and eggs. It’s cooked with a tablespoon of olive oil. A splash of soy sauce is added for flavor. That’s it. You can eat it without guilt and without wondering what else has been added to make it taste so good.

Rice With Chopsticks

There are tons of options when you make this recipe. You can add chicken, shrimp, pork or beef. For this meal I added chicken thighs and a small package of medium shrimp.

For the base I used Jasmine rice (my personal favorite).


Cook a cup and a half of rice according to the directions on the package then set aside. While the rice is cooking, sautee two stalks of celery, a half of a white or yellow onion, and a half a pound of mushrooms in 2 teaspoons of canola or olive oil in a large skillet on medium heat.Celery Onions Mushrooms

Cook the vegetables until they are tender-crisp. Then add your meat. For this dish I put in three pieces of pre-cooked chicken and a pound of thawed medium shrimp. To cook the chicken I boiled it for about 7 minutes on the medium heat. Also, I added a half a cup of frozen peas. Sometimes I add chopped carrots or water chestnuts.

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Once all of the ingredients are cooked, stir in rice and mix.

Rice Before Eggs

You could stop here. With a little soy sauce and a dash of pepper this is already a delicious meal, but it’s not truly fried rice. For delicious fried rice,  turn the heat down to low and beat two eggs in a small bowl. Spread the rice mixture out to the edges of the pan and pour the eggs into the center.

Rich with Eggs

Turn the heat back up to medium and allow the eggs to begin cooking. As they cook, stir them into the rice mixture. Once the eggs are cooked and thoroughly mixed into the rice it’s ready to eat.

I like to serve fried rice on romaine lettuce with a splash (or two) of soy sauce. You have the option to roll or not to roll the fried rice up in the lettuce. Whatever you choose, there is something about the flavor of the fried rice and the romaine lettuce that is delicious!

Rice W Romaine

Be sure you make enough so that you have leftovers. This dish is a perfect low-maintenance lunch.


  •  A cup and a half of cooked rice
  • One large celery stalk, chopped
  • A half of a medium white or yellow onion, chopped
  • A half a pound of mushrooms, chopped
  • Meat of choice – chicken, pork, shrimp, beef, chopped into bite sized pieces
    • Raw chicken, pork or beef should be partially cooked before adding it to the skillet. Shrimp cooks so quickly so there’s no need to pre-cook.
  • Two eggs
  • Peas, carrots, water chestnuts, chopped (your choice)
  • One tablespoon of canola or olive oil
  • Romaine lettuce (optional)


  • Cook rice according to directions on package.
  • Saute celery, onion and mushrooms in a half a tablespoon of olive or canola oil on medium heat.
  • Add the rest of the oil and meat and continue to cook.
  • Add rice and mix together.  All ingredients should now be cooked through.
  • Push the rice and meat mixture to the outer rim of the skillet and pour the eggs in the center.
  • Let the eggs begin to cook them stir them into the rest of the ingredients in the pan
  • Once the eggs are cooked through, turn the heat down to low.

Serve the fried rice on romaine lettuce leaves or in bowls. Add soy sauce to taste.


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Is Sugar Really That Bad For You?

If you roll your eyes at studies that tell you what to eat and what not to eat so that you can live a long, healthy, happy, prosperous life, get ready to roll.

Researchers have completed a study that was designed to determine if sugar is really the demon substance that we’ve been told that it is. Driving this research is the undeniable trend showing that in the United States more and more children are being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, fatty liver disease, and cardiovascular disease at a younger age. In September, the youngest person ever to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes was a three year old girl.

The occurrence of these maladies are much more common in American children than they are in other countries such as Pakistan, India, and China which leads scientists to believe there is more to it than caloric intake.


Sugar Study On Children Proves What We Think We Already Know

A study conducted by researchers at UC San Francisco and Touro University California involved 43 children between the ages of 9 and 18. All of the children were obese and had at least one other co-morbidity such as high blood pressure, elevated triglycerides, and impaired fasting glucose.

During the 10-day study the children were provided specific foods to eat but it was not food that you would consider healthy fare. They ate kid-friendly foods like hot dogs, pasta, cereal, bagels and potato chips. But, the catch was their overall dietary sugar was reduced to 10 percent of their calories.

The children had to weigh themselves each day and if they lost weight they were instructed to eat more so they would maintain their original weight. This was done to prevent confusion as to whether the reduction in sugar or weight loss was having an effect on their health.

Despite intensive efforts to maintain the participant’s baseline body weights, at the end of the 10-day study, all participants experienced about a 1% loss. And all other makers were down including diastolic blood pressure, fasting glucose, fasting insulin, fasting triglycerides, and LDL.

Researchers have concluded that the health detriments of sugar, and fructose specifically, are independent of their caloric value or effects on weight.

Dr. Robert Lustig at the University of California, San Francisco, who has led studies on glucose and fructose says there is a direct link between sugar and metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions including increased blood pressure, high blood sugar levels, excess belly fat and abnormal cholesterol. Lin says, “When you metabolize fructose in excess, your liver has no choice but to turn that energy into liver fat, and that liver fat causes all of the downstream metabolic diseases.”

What This Means For You

It is true that studies come and go and, in some cases, what was proved last year has since been debunked. However, I can’t imagine that a year from now scientist will be saying, “Nope. We were wrong. Sugar is good for you. Eat all you want.”

Whether your goal is to lose weight or improve your metabolic markers, when it comes to sugar, eating less of it is the way to go. The American Heart Association recommends no more than six teaspoons of added sugar a day for women and no more than nine a day for men. If your sugar intake is out of control, tracking your sugar to make sure you stay within the AHA guidelines is a good place to start.

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Why Aggressive Weight Loss Strategies Lead To Disappointment, Plateaus and Weight Gain

Weight loss followed by weight gain – also known as the yoyo effect – is more common than you might think.

I could not find any accurate statistics for the number of people that lose weight then gain it back. Some studies show it’s as high as 95 percent. Others put it around 85. Whatever it is, I can tell you from the personal experience I have working with individuals through health coaching and specific weight loss programs, it’s a lot. I would guess it is in the upper range of 95 percent.

And the reason for weight regain has more to do with than science than it does with willpower.

Scale with tape measure

Enemy Number One: Adaptive Thermogenesis

Diet-induced weight loss is accompanied by a process called adaptive thermogenesis which is a disproportional or greater than expected reduction of resting metabolic rate. In other words, the body has an uncanny knack for wanting to be at a certain weight and dieting seems to elicit a biological reaction to negative energy balance or caloric reduction. When you eat less to lose weight, your body slows down to prevent you from doing so.

The plateau and weight regain that generally follows this large energy deficit may exceed weight loss so that a net weight gain may be the outcome of such a weight loss cycle.

There are still many unknowns about the dieter’s number one enemy, adaptive thermogenesis. Scientists continue to study this built-in adaptation system to learn more about its relationship to weight loss and the seemingly inevitable weight gain that follows. What they do believe is that a reduction in energy intake (food) results in an equivalent decrease in the resting metabolic rate.

Does This Make Successful Long-Term Weight Loss Hopeless?

The answer is no. While this balancing act that takes place is in the body is somewhat beyond your control there are some things to keep in mind when trying to lose weight and keep it off.

Here are some things you should know:

A slow weight loss program will prompt better long term results than a fast one will. Research shows that an aggressive weight loss program slows down your metabolism more than a moderate one does. We’ve all heard of the starvation mode theory that suggests that if you cut your calories down too low your body will think it’s starving and hang onto body fat. This is the basic principle of adaptive thermogenesis. The more you shock your body with extreme calorie deficits, the harder it will work to balance things out.

Strength training will keep your metabolism at its peak. Most of us prefer cardio exercise over strength training, but lifting weights – your own or the ones you buy from the store or find at the gym – is absolutely key to losing weight and keeping it off. When we lose weight we don’t just lose body fat, we also lose precious muscle mass. This muscle mass is what keeps our metabolism revved up. Three to four strength training sessions a week with weights, tubes and medicine balls will help you maintain the muscle mass that you’re going to need to lose weight and keep it off.

HIIT training trumps steady state cardio. High intensity interval training isn’t just more fun and effective than steady state cardio, it burns more calories both while we’re engaged in the training and for up to 24 hours afterwards. Find a HIIT class at your local gym or do one in the comfort of your own home. HIIT training requires no equipment and there are some excellent workouts on YouTube that you can access for free. Below is a 20 minute HIIT workout from Pop Sugar that you can find on their YouTube Channel.

Protein helps retain muscle tissue. Eating a diet rich in lean protein will provide the fuel your muscles need to regenerate after both the strength training and HIIT workouts. Not having adequate amounts of protein can result in even greater muscle loss and a lower metabolic state.

Patience is a must-have. The best way to think about your diet is to reframe it so that you’re thinking about weight loss in terms of a lifelong health strategy not an unsustainable 12 week program. We already know that quick fix dieting programs are impossible to maintain so get a calendar and set a long-term goal. Journaling is a good way to hold yourself accountable to your program and writing down your successes and challenges will help you stay positive and persistent.

Bottom line is the more you shock your body by drastically reducing calories, the more it will fight you to maintain your body weight. A long term plan of eating nutrient-dense lower-calories whole foods, daily exercise that includes strength training, and a daily dose of patience and perseverance will give you the best results.

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Are You Getting Enough Exercise? The Answer Might Surprise You.

Is Your Sedentary Lifestyle Making You Feel Drained, Tired and Bored?

Too much sitting, whether it be at the office or on the couch in front of the TV, not only gives you’re a bigger, flatter bottom, it messes with your metabolism making it harder for you to lose weight and keep it off.

A review in the Journal of Applied Physiology says that inactivity makes you insulin resistant and raises your lipid levels. These two factors, alone or combined, can put you at a greater risk for type 2 diabetes, and fatty liver disease. The Journal also says that prolonged periods of sitting make it harder for your body to burn fat and may even encourage fat storage.

So we know that sitting too much is bad for us. That’s not new news. If you’re someone who shrugs your shoulders and thinks there is nothing you can do about it because you sit at a job all day and don’t have a lot of options for physical activity before or after work, hang on. There are some things you could be doing every day to get more activity in.

And, for people who already do structured workouts three or four days a week, moving more throughout the day is good for you too. In fact, some research shows that sitting all day undoes the benefits of that 45 minute HIIT workout you did this morning at the gym.

Doing These Five Things Every Day Can Improve Your Health

Wall Push-Ups – A quick, simple exercise that you can do anywhere gets you out of your chair and increases blood flow to your extremities. Stand facing a wall, put both hands on the wall about shoulder width apart. Press into the wall, then push away from the wall. Do 12 reps.

Wall Squat – Stand with your back against the wall and lower down to a sitting position. Hold the squat (with your back against the wall) for at least 30 seconds. Repeat six times.

Chair Squat – Stand up from your chair, then sit back until you’re almost touching the seat. Hover for two seconds without touching then stand back up. Repeat 12 times.

Move For Three – After 60 minutes of sitting stand and move around for three minutes. Marching in place while doing shoulder rotations or arm circles counts and will get kick up your metabolism for the next hour.

Leg Extensions – Sitting on the edge of a chair, lift and lower one leg. Repeat 12 times on each side.

Try to do these exercises everyday for two weeks. Keep track of how many you do and how you feel. See if the short activity breaks help you be more productive give your more energy throughout the day.

Get Creative

There are tons of other exercises that you can do at work and at home. Get creative and come up with a list of your own. Be sure to add some resistance to your exercises. Keep a light set of dumbbells in your desk that you can pull out during the day for a set of bicep curls or shoulder presses. Using light dumbbells, weighted balls and elastic tubing will help you maintain, and even increase, your muscle mass over time.

For more tips on staying active in a sedentary world, click here.

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Five Killer Butt Workouts You Can Do Anywhere

Sitting all day on your tush can take a toll on its shape. And, for most people, finding time to go to the gym can be problem. Below are five butt workouts that you can do at home.  The best part is they are all around 10 minutes in length so they are easy to fit in to even the busiest schedule:

1. Best Beginner Workout for Butt & Thighs from GymRa

The pace in this workout is slow, but the exercises are effective and include enough repetitions of each exercise to achieve results. The exercises also promote balance and incorporate core training. This 11-minute video is excellent for the person that’s too busy to workout.

2. The Butt-Lifting Workout That’s Better Than Spanx from FitSugar

FitSugar never disappoints and this workout is one of my favorites.  Celebrity Tracey Mallett leads this 10-minute workout that will get your butt and legs in shape. Can you say pulse, pulse, pulse? Ouch!

3. 5 Best Butt Exercises to Sculpt a Cute Booty from Blogilates

Blogilates is one of the most popular workout sites on the web. In this workout Casey Ho proves that it takes more than squats when it comes to getting a firm, cute booty. None of these exercises require any equipment.

 4. The Kim Kardashian Butt Workout

Fitness trainer Rebecca-Louise shows you how you can get a Kim Kardashian-style butt in just 11 minutes a day. Rebecca does use a set of light dumbbells in this video. You could start with a five pound set and work your way up. I love this workout because at 5:57 minutes Rebecca does my absolute favorite glute exercise. Grab your weights and get to work!

5. Butt Workout 1 Tone Up: 30 Day Butt Lift from Be Fit

Be Fit has a 30-day butt lift program and this workout is the first of the series. The workout starts out with squats and lunges that use a chair then moves on to more targeted glute exercises.  The 30 day butt lift program is good for all fitness levels.

These five workouts provide you with different options for five days of the week so you’ll never have the chance to get bored. I’ve done all of these workouts and I hope you’ll try them too.

Which one is your favorite?

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