We all know that regular exercise and a healthy diet are the key ingredients for a successful student (or any adult!), but with classes, work and taking care of our families it’s often the last thing we do.

While the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends the average adult receive 150 minutes of exercise per week, or two and a half hours, sometimes that’s not realistic. Making time in your day for meeting the minimum recommendation is easier than you think and can start you on your way to a healthier you—but of course, working out for longer than the minimum won’t hurt, either!

As you look for ways to get more out of your day, consider working in these fun, simple, and fast tips for on-the-go fitness. It’s the little steps that count, literally.

1. Break your workouts into 10-minute blocks

2. Take the dog on a longer walk

3. Spend 5-10 minutes doing a few sets of your preferred reps in the morning or before bed

4. Sitting in a rolling chair, use your arms to pull yourself across a r...

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0 Comments | Posted By Kelly Burke

So far, so good; the scale continues to move into smaller numbers – perhaps not as quickly as I'd like, but they're still moving, and we're getting into the time frame where a lot of those “I need to lose weight” resolutions start falling by the wayside.

I need something else to help me keep losing those pounds, and it doesn't help that my job requires me to be in front of a computer up to eight hours a day, and usually, the first thing I do is sit back down at my home computer to catch up on the news of the day.

What, Internet addiction is an actual thing? Get out!

On one level, I know that prolonged sitting is generally not good for you, and I try to get up and walk around a bit at least once an hour, but might it be possible to get some exercise while sitting at your desk? 

At this point, you almost expect Ron Popeil to ask you “now how much would you pay?” and offer to throw in a pocket fisherman for free.

But, no, there is actually a way to get exercise at your desk without doing...wel...

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0 Comments | Posted By Dave Meddish

5 Reasons to Love Camu Camu

1/21/2015 8:30 AM

1. It's Alluring Appearance

Camu camu (Myrciaria dubia) is a small bush native to South America. It prefers to grow along riverbanks and produces beautiful cherry-like fruit, stained with hues of red, purple and green. Its taste is quite sour, so much so that it is not typically consumed fresh. Cut open, it resembles the inside of a grape. 

2. Its Vitamin C Content

Camu camu is an excellent source of vitamin C; it’s content reaches upwards of 2-3% of its total fresh weight. Vitamin C is a key nutrient for immune system support and aids in the absorption of iron. It's also required to repair and regenerate collagen, a key structural component of tendons, ligaments and bones.

3. Its Antioxidant Action

Antioxidants, including vitamin C and anthocyanins, are some of the strongest benefits of camu camu.
These protective compounds help to neutralize free radicals before they cause oxidative stress on the body.

4. It's a Potential Inflammation Soother

Camu Camu may help the body fight inflammation. I...

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0 Comments | Posted By Lauren Mathes

5 Reasons to Love Camu Camu

 

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Get the Facts on Maltodextrin

1/19/2015 1:44 AM

What is maltodextrin?

An inexpensive, non-sweet, low-calorie, fine white powder derived from starchy grains or vegetables like corn, potatoes, rice, cassava or (in Europe) wheat. Manufacturers use heat, acids and/or food-grade enzymes to reduce the starch to a short chain of small, swiftly absorbed glucose molecules. Some “resistant maltodextrin” is resistant to digestion.

What's maltodextrin used for?

It’s ever-present in workout gels, drinks and bars because of its ability to thicken products without adding a lot of sweetness, and its ease of digestibility. “It is one of the fastest-burning carbohydrates on the market making it an excellent option for sports nutrition products,” says sports nutritionist Marie Spano, RD, noting that athletes use it to get energy during a workout and replenish glycogen (sugar) stores in the muscles afterward. It’s also used to add texture in baked goods, moisture to low-fat products like salad dressings and bulk to artificial sweeteners. In recent years, ...

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0 Comments | Posted By Kelly Burke

It's been about three weeks since I started my regimen of trying to drop some of those unwanted pounds. Despite the less than stellar weather and general gloominess of early 2015, the scale has shown movement in a positive direction.

Lately, however, the positive gains have stopped. I'm not adding weight, but neither am I losing it.

The exercise regimen is working well, so I suspect it's time to look at diet. And, I'll be honest, my diet is...less than stellar.

Like many men, I consider myself a confirmed carnivore. I do like meat, and I like it more than once a day. In fact, my diet looks less like a food pyramid than a food trapezoid. Yes, I know fruits and vegetables are good for me, but I've never been the biggest fan of, well, most of them. 

You might say, wow, the paleo diet sounds perfect for you. And, yes, it might, if I didn't like dairy products, especially cheeses, quite so much, and high carbohydrate foods like breads and pastas. And the beer, let's not forget the beer. A world...

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0 Comments | Posted By Dave Meddish