6 Tips to Avoid the Candy Bowl

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Whether it’s at work, home, or even a waiting room, candy bowl temptations are everywhere, particularly around Halloween.

"If you took all the candy that's sold during Halloween week and turned it into a giant ball … it'd be as large as six Titanics and weigh 300,000 tons," according to Vox.

That’s a lot of candy!

In fact, the average American consumes 3.4 pounds of candy over Halloween.

“All it takes is an additional 100 calories a day or the equivalent of one snack-sized chocolate bar and most adults will experience weight creep before they even know it,” said Lona Sandon, registered dietician and a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association.

So, how can we stay strong and resist the temptation this Halloween? The following are six tips to do just that

Lunging Somewhere?

Forward vs. Back Lunges

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Lunges are a great bodyweight exercise that you can do anywhere. 

Both forward lunges and reverse lunges have many things in common, and they also offer unique benefits. 

Both the forward and reverse lunges target the glutes, hamstrings, quads and calves, and core.  Forward and reverse lunges are unilateral exercises, which means they work each leg separately. Focusing on building single-leg strength, as well as overall balance, stability, and coordination. These are all important for daily life. However, each variation of lunges works these muscles in slightly different ways and favors certain muscles over others. 

Myth Busters: Do You Have to Workout Every Day?

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Most of us know the feeling after a great workout. It can be nearly intoxicating to feel alive and full of energy and endorphins. This feeling is incredible and, for many of us, can almost feel addictive. It’s great to move your body every day and get a sense of success when you complete a good workout. It can be tempting to work out every day, but do we have to work out daily for fitness success? The answer is no. More importantly, the answer is much more complicated. Working out is essential. Having a routine and accountability in any form is also very helpful. It is imperative to know how much is too much for your body to avoid injury and overtraining. 

The Beauty of Barre

A Total-Body Workout

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Do you know what I love about barre? It's accessible to everyone. With minimal to zero impact on joints, a barre available as a support system and a format that doesn't have you moving from the floor up to standing constantly, everyone is able to feel confident and successful in a barre class.

Best Fall Reads

5 Books to Enjoy this Fall

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Hey my fellow bookworms, it’s time to talk about what to read this fall!  As we start getting into sweater weather, I am always down to grab a blanky and snuggle on my couch with an epic story.  (Although let’s be real, I’m literally always down to read over most other activities!)  To get you prepared, here are some of the best books I’ve read recently.  Get your Amazon cart or library card ready!