Football is finally back! The passion, the drama, the exhilarating highs of wins, the devastating lows of losses…and the watch parties, which often come with piles of finger foods that aren’t the kindest to your waistline. So most football Sundays yield a contentious inner monologue: I’m trying to eat healthy and stay fit, but chicken wings and nachos are my favorites! Maybe I’ll have just one. To the rescue: A solution that will allow you to sate your inner nacho fiend while also making gains in your fitness regimen. Read on for the fun, metabolism-revving way you can work out while watching football.
You may not be heading back to school this month, but even years after graduation, September still brings with it a feeling of something beginning. With one third of the year to go, it’s an opportunity for a fresh start. And that makes it the perfect time to evaluate your habits and commit to new ones that will help you achieve your fitness and wellness goals.
When we were kids, we would giddily dig snacks out of our lunch bags or belly up to the kitchen table after school for an afternoon munch. Snacks were a sweet treat and a fun respite from the activities of the day. But now that we’re grown, snacks have transformed to a few hurried swallows en route to our next to-do, usually of something meant to give us energy, not please our taste buds. If you’ve ever searched for a happy medium, look no further! Here, three tasty, easy-to-make snacks guaranteed to power you up and put a nostalgic smile on your face.
With the arrival of the dog days of summer, it can be tough to convince yourself it’s worth going outside, much less heading to the gym. When stepping out the door can cause a cascade of sweat, why would you purposely engage in an activity meant to induce sweating? It’s natural for your commitment to fitness to waver. Fortunately, there are ways to keep up your motivation and stay on track towards hitting your goals. Read on for three easy tricks!
There’s nothing worse than waking up sweating on a humid summer morning, then continuing to sweat throughout the day, no matter how much we crank the air conditioning. Fortunately, there’s a quick and delicious fix: Start your day with a smoothie. The chilly sip will cool you down instantly, plus deliver a delicious breakfast guaranteed to power you through any sweat-inducing activities or challenges you face throughout the day.
When summer arrives, your entire routine changes. Suddenly, family members are home at odd hours and schedules change as new sessions of classes, camps and activities begin. Coupled with the rising temperatures, these changes can be enough to have you wishing you could curl up in a dark corner until fall. To the rescue: Completing these three calming yoga poses every morning will help you quiet your mind, ease anxiety and prepare you to attack every day of this busy season.
As the days get warmer, do you gloomily reminisce about summer nights spent gobbling up juicy hamburgers and tender ribs fresh off the grill? No more! It’s easy to replicate the flavors and textures of grilled and smoked meats in your apartment—all you need are a few key ingredients and tricks that will turn your kitchen into an authentic backyard barbecue.
Shorts and sundresses, weekends at the lake, nights by the fire…summer brings with it a number of wonderful things. The thing you’re never ready for, though, is the first time you need to slip into a bathing suit. But this year, feel comfortable pulling on a two-piece or leaving your T-shirt on a chair with this five-minute plank series you can do in your living room. You’ll cinch, flatten and tone your middle in time for that first beach day!
Breezy May days bring more than just flowers: This month also marks the start of the DMV’s spring produce harvest. Snatching up fresh, seasonal veggies not only supports the area’s local farmers, but it will also bring big benefits to your plate. Fruits and veggies that don’t have to travel to grocery stores across the country are able to fully ripen before they’re picked, so they’re more delicious and packed with more health-promoting nutrients. To get the perks, head to your local farmers’ market or check out the local section in your grocery store and pick up these four, in-season gems:
An eye-catching American flag cake is the perfect addition to your Memorial Day celebration—fresh berries commemorate the start of summer while the patriotic motif honors those who have given their lives for our country. And it couldn’t be easier to make