Health: 6 Fun Ways to Get Fit Without Stepping on a Treadmill

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Indoor Wall Climbing
You may remember visiting these facilities for friends’ birthday parties years ago. And now, if you take rock climbing more seriously as an exercise, you’ll reap muscular and cardiovascular benefits —plus the sheer enjoyment you felt as a kid!

Zumba and other dance classes
Who says exercise has to be monotonous? Bust a move and try joining a dance or Zumba class. And fear not: you don’t need to have the slightest amount of skill or experience to join a beginner class! For added fun, bring along your significant other or best friend.

Bike around town
When the weather permits, ditch your car as often as possible and hop onto your bike! If you work close to home, set your alarm a bit earlier to allow yourself more time for the commute. If work is a bit too far, ride into town for groceries or on fun outings with friends and family. Your body, the environment and your gas bill will all thank you.

Sign up for fun runs with friends
Races like The Color Run and Color Me Rad make for a great workout and lasting memories. Sign up with a group of pals and prepare yourself for five kilometers of fun—and color! To celebrate your finish, the race is followed by entertainment, music and food. Plus, the runs are for a good cause: both give a percentage of the proceeds to local charities!

Go on a hike
Explore your local terrain by seeking out and taking on nearby trails. Pull on your hiking boots (regular athletic shoes should also do the trick for less intense endeavors), leave your phone at home and take a few hours to soak up nature and get in some solid exercise. Don’t forget to pack water and a few yummy snacks!

Surfing
Do you happen to live near the coast—or a particularly boisterous lake?If so, try finding a surf instructor (or a skilled friend with an extra surfboard!) to give you some lessons. The sport is a great cardio workout that strengthens your balance as well as your core, back, shoulders and legs.

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Food: Strawberry, Coconut & Lime Smoothie

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ingredients

  • 1 cup canned light coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked for 2-4 hours, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup chopped fresh strawberries
  • 1 frozen banana, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 4 Medjool dates, pitted and roughly chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups ice
  • 1/2 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1 teaspoon hemp hearts, optional

 

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instructions

– Combine all of the ingredients in your blender in the order listed above. Blend until smooth, stopping to scrape the sides of the blender if necessary. Pour into two glasses and top each with 1/2 teaspoon of hemp hearts, if desired.

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Health: 10 Health Benefits Of Lemon

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1. Clears Skin:
Lemon is an effective way to treat pesky breakouts. Before bed, use your finger or a cotton ball to apply lemon juice to problem areas. Rinse off with water the next morning to reveal glowing skin, thanks to that vitamin C!

2. Cures Calluses:
After a long day, help ease the pain of tired, callused feet with a little lemon. Mix together two tablespoons of lemon juice with two tablespoons of olive oil. Add a bit of baking soda to make a thick paste. Rub on your feet and rinse to reveal soft, supple skin!

3. Freshens Breath
Instead of chewing gum, freshen your mouth and breath by rinsing with freshly squeezed lemon juice (or chewing on a lemon slice!).

4. Helps You Fall Asleep Faster:
When combined with a calming herb like chamomile, lemon increases calmness, reduces anxiety and promotes sleep. Try a chamomile tea with a squirt of freshly squeezed lemon before bed. Sweet dreams!

 5. Gets Rid Of Varicose And Spider Veins:

To prep for warmer weather (and the showing of a bit more skin), massage 2-3 drops of lemon oil over affected areas to help reduce the appearance of those pesky veins.

6. Cures Sore Throats:
For instant relief, combine the juice of one lemon with one teaspoon of sea salt and one cup of warm water. Gargle with mixture three times a day for one minute.

7. Decreases Bloating:
Lemon water is known to help decrease bloating and aid in weight loss. Start your day off right by drinking a glass of lukewarm water and lemon before (or in place of!) your morning coffee.

8.Makes Nails Stronger And Brighter:

Lemon is essential for making brittle or yellowed nails beautiful again! Apply a mixture of lemon and olive oil to nails for strengthening and brightening benefits.

9. Cures Hangovers:
Did you indulge in one too many glasses of champagne last night? A glass of lemon water will stimulate the liver and help kick that hangover to the curb!

10. Whitens Teeth:
Teeth-whitening treatments can be super expensive. Try this homemade alternative instead! Mix lemon juice with baking soda and apply to your teeth with a Q-tip. (Warning: this is a strong solution, so make sure to only leave it on for a minute!) Gently scrub off with your toothbrush to reveal whiter teeth!

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Beauty: Highlighting Products For Radiant Skin

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 I am a huge advocate of anything that gives me that ‘glow’ factor.  That being said, spring is finally here to stay, and summer is right around the corner. So, what better time than now to get glowing? I’ve rounded up our favorite highlighters so that all of you beauties can easily achieve this luminous look. Go ahead, get your glow on!

NARS Orgasm Multiple ($39): This multipurpose glow-giver is a perfect peachy-pink shimmer that can be applied anywhere for mega-luminosity.

Dior Glow Maximizer Primer ($42): A primer that amplifies the skin’s natural light and boosts radiance? Yes please! Use alone or under foundation for a dewy complexion.

RMS Living Luminizer ($38): This best-selling cream highlighter is 100% natural and gives the skin a stunningly sheer glow. 

Benefit High Beam ($26): An oldie but a goodie. This light pink luminizer gives an ethereal radiance that’s so perfect for spring!

Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights ($12.99): Revlon brought these babies back because they are that good. Mix a few drops into your base for maximum glow factor.

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Nectar ($42): Give your cheeks a dose of luminescent color with this five-bar brick. We especially adore this gorgeous peach shade for the ultimate springy sheen.

 

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Drink: Early to Rise

Vanilla Almond Coffee Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup coffee, chilled
  • 4-5 ice cubes
  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1 scoop of your favorite protein powder (we love Perfect Fit or Isagenix)
  • 2 drops vanilla extract
  • 5 almonds (for extra protein)

Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until it becomes a smoothie consistency. Add more ice cubes if you prefer. Top with fresh coffee beans and enjoy! via lauren conrad

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Fashion: New Magazines To Add To Your Reading List

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Flipping through glossy magazines is one of our favorite pastimes. This activity pairs quite well with a glass of wine on stressful weeknights or a cup of coffee on lazy Sunday mornings — a foolproof way to unwind! Here are some relatively recent launches worth adding to your reading list.

Darling-Issue-7-Cover-Mock_1024x1024-e1395182645702Darling is a magazine devoted to “the art of being a woman,” and its beautifully curated pages certainly deliver! While their vision may be what originally grabbed our attention, their smart and inspiring content has rendered us loyal readers!

cerealTravel and lifestyle magazine Cereal is based in the UK but relies on contributors from around the globe. The stunning photos and informative features that fill the pages of this quarterly publication are enough to give anyone a serious case of the travel bug!

holeAnother British publication, Hole & Corner is sure to be a new favorite for anyone with an appreciation for lifestyle, culture or artisan goods and independent makers. The bi-annual magazine is dedicated to chronicling the work and lives of talented folks in a wide variety of industries (think chocolatiers, shoemakers and web designers — all in one issue).

portercover1-e1395182595701Luxury online shopping destination NET-A-PORTER launchedPORTER — “the global fashion magazine you’ve dreamed of” — during New York Fashion Week. With a range of content including travel, fashion, beauty and lifestyle, this high-style glossy isdefinitely worth a subscription!

628x471-e1395182587327The return of home décor magazine Domino, first launched in 2005, has generated some serious buzz. Design enthusiasts who lamented the magazine’s 2009 retirement can once again flip through pages and pages of design inspiration — and even purchase their favorite pieces straight from the new online shop! No doubt about it: this mag is back and better than ever!

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Fashion: Pleated Midi Skirt

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Even though the weather isn’t quite as warm as we’d like it to be right now (except florida), we’re more than ready to usher in spring with our outfit choices!  A pale pink midi paired with a button-down and plenty of accessories? Now that’s an ensemble that’s right up our alley!

1. Cotton Shirt, H&M ($29.95)
2. Knee-Length Pleat Skirt, Zara ($79.90)
3. TENOVERTEN Nail Polish in Prince, Sephora ($18)
4. Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Shine in 18 Prune in Fire, Sephora ($35)
5. Onyx Phoenix Necklace, BaubleBar ($46)
6. Capsule Necklace, Need Supply Co. ($28)
7. Valentina Patent D’Orsay Pumps in Soft Desert, J.Crew ($238)

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