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Written by Community Leader Tina Haupert Tina Haupert is an official brand advocate for Bel Brands in 2013. While she receives compensation for participation as a brand advocate, opinions are her own. After being cooped up in the gym all winter long, I’m excited to get outside and soak in the summer sun during my […]

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Sarah Dussault is an official brand advocate for Bel Brands in 2013. While she receives compensation for participation as a brand advocate, opinions are her own. If you want to make the most of your workouts, eating well before and after is essential. It not only acts as fuel for your routine, but also helps […]

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The best exercises for women are simple, yet many ladies avoid them. If you think strength training will make you look bulky, you need to erase this notion from memory for good! The following moves are ideal in creating a strong and slim appearance for any female. The key to a continuous body transformation and […]

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I am not a neat freak. In fact, I really don’t enjoy cleaning. I do, however, love how I feel once it’s done and my house is organized. Kind of like exercise – you never regret doing it! This spring, instead of looking at your seasonal chore as an obligation, make it your weekend workout […]

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Written by Community Leader Tina Haupert After a long, snowy winter, spring has finally sprung, and I’m all about taking my workouts outside! Recently, I’ve started to mix my running workouts with strength-building plyometrics for a total body workout. The combination of the two blast calories and builds muscle at the same time, which is a win-win […]

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Spring is in the air, and it’s snack time! No more grabbing handfuls of M&Ms when you walk by your co-workers desk. No more vending machine stops on the way to the gym. It’s time to step up our snacking as we head into a new season. We need more snack joy and less junk […]

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Written by Community Leader Tina Haupert Spring is here and, if you’re like me, you might have some fitness resolutions in mind to prepare for the warm weather and upcoming bathing suit (!) season. Maybe you want to… Lose 5 pounds and tone up? Try a new sport or fitness activity? CrossFit anyone? Run a […]

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In the winter, waking up early to exercise can be miserable. It takes a great deal of willpower to avoid hitting the snooze button. It’s cold, still dark, and you can always just do it after work, right? I would advise you to get up and get it over with! I challenge you to try […]

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Whether you plan to practice moderation, make healthier alternatives or go all out this thanksgiving, odds are good that you are looking to burn extra calories. Fortunately, turkey trots and boot camps have sprung up throughout the country for this annual Thursday morning. Even if your gym is closed, there are plenty of alternatives to […]

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With all the tasty goodies that seem to make their way into your homes and offices around the holidays, many of us worry about how to indulge without packing on the pounds.  Since total deprivation isn’t fun — or realistic — how can you have your cake and eat it too? A good start is […]

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Looking to spice up your gym routine and challenge yourself? We all get in ruts, and more often than not, end up doing the same exact moves each time we go to the gym. It’s what we know and are comfortable doing. However, as you do the same exercises, your body gets used to the […]

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Did you know that a wedge of The Laughing Cow cheese added to a can of tuna makes some of the tastiest, lightest tuna salads? Simply replace the mayo in your favorite tuna salad recipe! It not only cuts out a lot of fat and calories, but also adds in some creamy and delicious flavor! […]

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Be inspired to set healthy fall resolutions by remembering that, the best day to begin is today. Starting today prepares you for tomorrow. The things we accomplish in the short term yield long-term changes and results. We have officially reached the last four months of 2012, and the countdown to 2013 is on. Most of […]

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A friend of mine recently confessed that she had not been to the gym since before the Fourth of July. Appearance wise, I could not tell the difference but I was not surprised. Surprisingly, many people tend to put their gym routine on the back burner during bikini season. It doesn’t make sense on the […]

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While you may think working up a sweat outdoors vs. inside is a personal preference, one is actually better for you than the other. It turns out that enjoying the fresh air may have more health benefits than its alternative. Unless you live in the deep south (where it is very warm this time of […]

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The Summer Olympic Games are fast approaching, and what better motivation to be healthy is there than watching what these amazing athletes can do with their bodies? Yes, it can also be intimidating, but even if there are no Olympic medals in your future, look to these athletes for some creative inspiration to switch up […]

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The Olympics are the ultimate motivator to get in shape. From the soccer stars to the beach volleyball beauties, athletes are great role models when it comes to physical fitness. Sure you are unable to dedicate eight hours a day to refining techniques while burning calories, but you can mimic their favorite exercises to sculpt […]

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Cucumber Stack

Instead of hearing their children say, “Ew… I don’t want to eat those green things,” moms and dads have been getting creative. It’s not uncommon to hear about all the ways to sneak fruits, vegetables and other “undesirable foods” into smoothies, muffins, sandwiches and more. I thought about that concept of sneaking. I’m always looking […]

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Veggie Sandwich

By changing her eating habits, new Joy Fit Club Member Kimberly Truesdell was able to drop 116 pounds over the past four years. And she did this without cutting cheese out of her diet! Thirty-one-year-old Kimberly, who now weighs 129 pounds, kept herself on track by bringing her lunch to work and creating fresh sandwich […]

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Your morning ritual is so important to how the rest of your day looks and feels. Are you the type that’s off and running in the morning, or are you sluggish until you have your coffee? Depending on the day, I can be any of the above! But whatever your morning energy level is, starting […]

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Recent studies have shown that exercising in the morning is the most beneficial time of day to work out. Not only does it give your metabolism a jump start, but you are also more likely to hit the gym on a consistent basis. However, if you need an alarm clock to wake up, and most […]

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CrossFit

“Twenty seconds to go! Dig deep. This is the last interval,” my instructor demands. As my mountain climber slows into more of a mountain marcher, my legs feel like jell-o and my breathing is rapid. This is when it counts. This is when we hate to exercise. Learning a few tips to making working out […]

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Falling asleep to crickets chirping, roasting marshmallows and tossing raw eggs to my sister at Fourth of July picnics are cherished memories that will always remind me of summer. There is something about summer that makes simple activities more enjoyable and unforgettable. Take advantage of summer weather and attach positive thoughts to exercise and activities […]

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Why go from the office straight to the gym? Spend some time outdoors and celebrate the beautiful, warmer spring weather with these exercise options! Working up a sweat under the sun and smelling the fresh tulips is an energizing sensory experience that can only take place in early spring. There is something in the air […]

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Phantom Gourmet, a beloved local TV show in Boston, goes around the city showcasing the best restaurants, hidden gems and meals worth driving to. It seems like 90 percent of the topics are based on comfort food. If you weren’t hungry before tuning in, you are ready for a feast by the end. While I […]

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