Although most of us are aware of what foods are good for us and which are not, here are five of the best to consider and the reasons why:

1.) Watermelon-Great source of vitamin C and lycopene-an antioxidant that helps protect us from heart disease and cancer. Also, as watermelon is 92% water, it keeps us satisfied on less calories. Cucumbers (95%) water), salad greens (90%), and strawberries (91%) are a few others to try.

2.) Green beans-High in fiber which helps prevent weight gain and promotes weight loss without dieting. Boosting fiber intake by 8 grams for every 1000 calories consumed results in losing and average of 4 1/2 pounds.

3.) Blueberries-Keep your heart healthy because they contain polyphenols such as anthocyanins and ellagic acid. Eating just under a cup of blueberries daily for 8 weeks can increase levels of “good” HDL cholesterol and lower blood pressure. Red raspberries and strawberries also provide these same healthy attributes.

4.) Tomatoes-Want smoother skin? Then try some tomatoes which are rich in vitamin C. This vitamin is known to have youthful effects on the skin and can lower the risk of wrinkles and age-related dryness in middle-age women. Its antioxidant properties help protect against ultraviolet rays and keep the skin firm via collagen synthesis. Similar foods that can make these same claims include oranges, strawberries and broccoli.

5.) Salmon-The omega-3 fatty acids in oily fish can boost your skin’s defenses against UV damage. Those who ate a little more than 5 ounces of omega-3 rich fish each week decreased the development of precancerous skin lesions by almost 30%. Scientists think that omega-3′s act as a shield, protecting cells walls from free-radical damage. Try tuna fish as well.







Here is an uncomplicated way to help you test your fitness level and easily monitor your progress.

1.) Find a watch, stopwatch or some sort of timer.

2.) Warm up by marching in place or walking at a moderate pace for 3-5 minutes.

3.) Time yourself as you walk a full mile as fast as you can. How long did it take you? Write down the date and the time it took you to walk the distance. Be exact, down to the second.

4.) Repeat the test every 4-6 weeks to monitor your progress.  (Your goal is to shorten your time.)

Nothing is more depressing than working out and not seeing a visual benefit. Sometimes those visual benefits take longer than we expect; sometimes they never meet our expectations. But the real benefit of exercise is what happens on the inside. As you shorten your time, that means your body is pumping more blood with each heartbeat, moving more oxygen through your lungs with every breath, and generating power from more efficient muscles.






Mini-watermelons are a great snack for lots of reasons.

First, they are easy to handle and don’t take up a lot of space in the fridge.

Second, because they are smaller, they cut nicer and there is less waste.

Third, and most importantly, watermelons are not “just water,” and the mini-size packs just as much nutritional value as the large varieties. Watermelon is one of the best food sources of lycopene (a powerful antioxidant that can help fight or prevent disease) and just two cups of juicy watermelon supply a hefty dose of lycopene and beta-carotene, along with vitamin C, potassium, and fiber.

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Crunches at the gym aren’t the only way to strengthen and tone your abs. In fact, you can work your abs all day long in just about any activity you do whether sitting, standing or even lying down. How?
Here’s how:

Squeeze your abs and pull your belly button in towards your spine. Think of your abs as a sponge-you want to squeeze all the water out. To increase the contraction, bring your ribs downward about one inch towards your hip bones. Hold the contraction as long as you can. Try and go through this “stop-contract-and hold” process at least ten times each day.

Strong abs will protect your back, reduce the incidence of back pain and improve posture and stability.

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