24 Ways to Beat Holiday Stress

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Stress is sneaky.

Sometimes you don’t even know that you’re feeling it until you turn your head and your neck hurts, maybe you feel a constant pit in your stomach, or you notice your heart is beating faster than normal.

The truth is, some stress is normal … but chronic stress (like what can be happening right now with everything going on) can do a real number on your body. It can wreak havoc on your hormones, making you gain weight (especially unhealthy belly fat). And it can also take a major toll on your health, paving the way for illness and disease.

Scientists are learning more all the time about how stress can impact your health.  It's never been a big secret that stress causes illness, but until recently, it was never clear HOW it played a role.

Get our easy-to-follow e-book with 24 tips on how to reduce holiday stress, and ease into the holidays with a calmer mind and body. 

Pumpkin Pump

Easy-to-follow Halloween Workout

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Calling all ghouls and gals! It's that time again! Time for a killer Halloween Workout. We have put together a perfect Halloween workout for you. Grab a pumpkin or pumpkins of different sizes and get ready for a pumping pumpkin good time.

Equipment: 1 Pumpkin or Pumpkin of various sizes for the upper and lower body.  

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.