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Taking the First Step – Why Challenges Like 10,000 Steps a Day are Great Motivators

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Taking the First Step – Why Challenges Like 10,000 Steps a Day are Great Motivators

You see people with them all the time – colourful bands on the wrist, or strapped to the waist – pedometers, fitness and heart rate monitors. A quick check to these devices will often cause a person to jump up, trying to get in a few extra movements to make that goal of 10,000 steps. But do these fitness challenges actually work?   Why 10,000? Taking 10,000 steps in a day isn’t actually a magic or even scientifically derived number. It’s used largely because it sounds impressive, harkening back to Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 hours theory about how to become awesome...

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Your No Cook Cooking: 3 Summer Salads

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Your No Cook Cooking: 3 Summer Salads

Summertime is when living should be easy. While barbequing is a beloved hot weather ritual enjoyed outdoors, hopefully with a beverage in hand – regular cooking, involving the stove and oven is something no one wants to do when the weather turns steamy. Instead make the salad bowl your friend with some easy recipes that are as healthy as they are delicious. They’ll bring a smile to the lips but no sweat to your brow!   Avocado Crunch Salad This yummy dish is adapted from the Smitten Kitchen blog, but plumps things up by adding more greens, and slims down...

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3 Ways to Stay Cool This Summer – Using Ayurveda

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3 Ways to Stay Cool This Summer – Using Ayurveda

The practice of Ayurveda believes in balancing the different elements that affect our minds and bodies. One of these elements, pitta, is associated with heat. It especially has to do with the body’s metabolism and digestion. In the summer months, it’s easy to get out of balance with an excess of pitta, leading to over-heating, heartburn, and general crankiness. Through centuries of study and observation, Ayurvedic practitioners have developed ways to calm excess pitta and cool the body in the hot summer.   1) Eat Cooling Foods The sweet fruits of summer can help cool you off. Try fresh cherries,...

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3 Easy Summer Treats: Make Your Own Healthy Popsicles

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3 Easy Summer Treats: Make Your Own Healthy Popsicles

When the temperatures climb it’s tempting to open the freezer and apply the nearest frozen sugary treat directly to your mouth. But if you’re worried about the dangers of high fructose corn syrup and artificial food colouring, it’s hard to justify buying the snacks. Luckily it’s easy to make your own popsicles – healthy, natural ones – with only a few ingredients. You just need popsicle moulds, and maybe a blender, to come up with an array of frozen goodies that would put any other popsicle stand to shame.   Chunky Fruit n’ Juice Pops This is a blender-free and...

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Beat the Heat: Exercising Safely in Hot Weather

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Beat the Heat: Exercising Safely in Hot Weather

On a bright summer day, it’s seems wrong to take yourself to a windowless gym for your workout. You’re also missing out on all of that natural energy you get from the outdoors. However, when the temperatures start to soar it’s important to take precautions to ensure your workout stays a safe one. Dress For the Weather Wearing lightweight and light-coloured clothing can help you stay cool on hot days. Look for fabrics that wick away sweat and it’s always a good idea to wear a hat. Make sure to put on a water-resistant sunscreen before your workout. If your...

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