Love Jell-O? The giggly treat is fun to eat, but if you are a vegetarian or vegan, you’ll be busting your beliefs and doing your diet a disservice. Gelatin is made from animal parts, something many people find fascinating. Try using agar agar (obtained from red algae/seaweed) instead if you need gelatin for a recipe. The outcome is similar and you won’t worry about eating anything you’re trying to avoid.
A big bowl of strawberries makes for a tasty snack or dessert, but nobody would sit down to a bowl of lemons after a long day. The interesting thing is, lemons contain more sugar than strawberries. Lemons are made of 70% sugar and strawberries have only 40%. Why so sour then? It’s the citric acid that overpowers the sweetness. The good thing? There’s always lemonade!
You may have heard people beam that they’ve turned their fat into muscle…or less thrilled by the opposite outcome. But neither is possible, as fat and muscle are two different types of tissue – one cannot “become” the other; it’s impossible. That said, people can shrink or expand fat cells and put on or lose muscle. And this can happen simultaneously as they are separate entities.
If you only have a brief bit of time to work out, pick jumping rope over jogging. 10 minutes of jumping rope is as good for your cardiovascular system as 30 minutes of jogging. Your heart rate takes off in seconds, all the major muscle groups are going at it, and the 10 minutes will go by in no time since jumping rope is tons of fun. Plus, you can jump rope nearly anywhere. It may take some practice before you get the hang of it, but once you learn the ropes, you’ll be hooked!
While you may not think of “going #2” during your spinning class, the exercise is doing wonders for your bowels. Any form of aerobic exercise is helpful for those dealing with constipation, bringing relief for those who are “backed up.” Inactivity can lead to constipation, and exercise helps with the flow as well as the stimulation of the muscles that cause the issue. The next time you feel constipated, consider taking a run. By the time you get home, you may be running for the bathroom!
If you are feeling a bit bummed out in the bedroom, try exercising to get back that excitement. Your self-confidence will skyrocket when you look and feel better. Your blood will be flowing more freely, increasing sexual arousal. And your stress levels will be lower the more you work out, leading you to be more relaxed and less rigid in the romance department. You can even exercise with your partner as a form of foreplay!
When you put on muscle mass, your body requires more energy to maintain it…more than it does to hold onto fat. So, when your muscles grow, even when you’re at rest, the calories are being burned at a greater rate. While this doesn’t mean you can eat whatever you want and not gain a pound, it does prove that muscle is important in terms of staying fit and allowing the body to function more effectively. So go on and pump some iron along with your cardio workout. The lean mass will lead to calorie burn long after the workout is complete.
Our bodies are amazing, made up of moving parts that when put together make miracles happen. And more than 650 of these body parts are muscles. It’s hard to believe there are so many inside one body, but some are super small while others are massive. Keeping our muscles toned and healthy is important for our bodies to be at their best. Exercising and eating well help our muscles grow and repair. It’s not all about flexing, but more about function.
A semi-active average person takes 7,500 steps each day. Sounds like a lot, but there’s more moving to do to get the heart rate up, lose weight, and stay in shape. While 7,500 is a decent average, it only means that many of us are taking far fewer steps daily. Sedentary lifestyles lead to less walking, so if you’re in front of a computer desk all day, make it your mission to get marching. Walk during your lunch break, take the stairs, and park further away from entrances. Every step counts, so do your best to put one foot in front of the other.
Rosemary is delicious as a seasoning for your favorite savory dishes, but aside from its taste is its tendency to perk people up. The scent from the shrub, be it via the real thing or essential oil has been used in folk medicine for centuries, increasing alertness, heart rate, and blood pressure. Before you cave in to caffeine, give rosemary a chance to reboot you.