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The 5 Most Annoying Things About Workout Classes

If you attend dance fitness or workout classes, perhaps you have your own share of some annoying things about workout classes. You sure don’t want to do things that don’t look like anything in real life, or that you haven’t tried doing. Since even the most beautiful gyms are likely to have annoying scenes, we asked our readers on Healthy Living’s Facebook and Twitter pages to tell us what annoys them most in their classes. Take a look that you may find a way to stop potential workout frustrations from getting in the way of your fitness.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/19/biggest-group-fitness-pet_n_5473574.html

5 Yoga Poses To Practice First Thing In The Morning

Many people find first thing in the morning the best time to exercise, savor quiet time for themselves, and enjoy the early morning freshness. Yoga first thing in the morning is an opportunity to start the day off right. If you haven’t been into yoga, you will surprise yourself how much more you can achieve and accomplish throughout the rest of the day. If you’re looking for yoga poses to practice first thing in the morning, take this 10-minute sequence that encourages the use of mindful breathing and gentle movement ensuring your day begins with ease and joy.

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http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-13881/5-yoga-poses-to-practice-first-thing-in-the-morning.html

3 Ways to Boost Brainpower for Peak Performance

A variety of new studies have found that simple lifestyle choices can help boost brain power for peak performance. Whether training for your first half-marathon or the trek of a lifetime, the largest obstacle to fitness is within the mind. The ability to conquer stress in the mind has a direct relationship with the athletic performance of the body. Are you interested in boosting your brain function and/or athletic performance? These proven steps will keep your mind sharp, turn off the stress response and connect you with your body’s peak performance.

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http://www.livestrong.com/blog/3-ways-boost-brainpower-peak-performance/

Here’s Proof ‘Doing What You Love’ Pays Off

How do we motivate people under our charge, like children and students, to do what’s in their best interests? Nobody ever said that teaching students was easy. In fact, every parent and teacher struggles to find the answer to this question. But a new study suggests that finding a special calling to do a certain occupation, will always be an invaluable way to motivate yourself to overcome challenges, be it academic or career. A true vocation is one in which you value and find satisfaction in the work itself. Here’s proof “doing what you love” pays off.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/14/west-point-motivation-study_n_5571602.html

5 Tips for Including Flowers in Your Summer Cooking

Edible flowers are a flavorful and nutritious culinary delight. Including flowers in your cooking will not only make an average entree look stunning but they add a new flavor too. For a beginner the easiest thing to do is using them in a salad or in desserts. Lavender, chive flowers and squash blossoms produce an edible work of art, plus, they are rich in vitamins A, B, C, D, E and K. Discover them now and spice up your summer cooking with flowers. Here are my best tips for bringing a floral adventure into your kitchen:
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http://www.livestrong.com/blog/5-tips-including-flowers-summer-cooking/

14 Healthy and Out-of-the-Ordinary Salad Ingredients

Have you tried topping your salad with an ingredient that is rich in vitamin B3, zinc and magnesium? One example of a trendy but healthy salad the whole family will love is a mixture of cooked farro, steamed lentils, cooked red quinoa, a red wine vinaigrette, cherry tomatoes, diced cucumbers and thinly sliced radishes. Do you think you’ll enjoy them for lunch, dinner or both? Do you like it sweet, tangy or tart? Read on to learn about 14 healthy and out-of-the-ordinary salad ingredients you can add to your salad for some diversity in both nutrition and flavor.

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http://www.livestrong.com/slideshow/1011099-14-healthy-outoftheordinary-salad-ingredients/#slide=3

5 Myths About Soy You Probably Still Believe

Soy is among the high-quality sources of protein known to contain fiber, essential amino acids, vitamins and minerals. A cup of cooked soybeans contains about 22 grams of protein, almost as much as a serving of steak. However, despite the abundance of benefits, the humble bean remain controversial and confusion still persist. Is soy healthy for men? And what’s the deal with soy and breast cancer? Isn’t it soy-based imitation-meat products are nutritious because they’re vegetarian? Here are 5 myths about soy you probably still believe.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/15/soy-myths_n_5571272.html

5 water sports that get you total-body toned

Fitness therapy experts suggest that density of water provides natural resistance up to 12 times what you’d get with sports on dry land. Water keeps you from quickly fatiguing, so you can work out longer for bigger burns and fitness gains. Paddle boarding for example, requires you to engage your legs, butt, and core for balance and stability. The overall-over muscle toning isn’t the only perk, it trains your balance and focus, as well. Check on these five water sports that get you total-body toned. You’ll get both a good cardio and a double toning routine.

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http://healthyliving.msn.com/fitness/5-water-sports-that-get-you-total-body-toned

5 Tools to Help You Recover Like a Professional Athlete

Why do professional athletes recover so quickly? Star athletes also get infection just like any one of us, even though they may belong t0 a great team with a great health. A lot of us think that if you are a pro athlete you will heal faster. But surely it doesn’t always happen. Besides, how do you attack Wednesday’s training session when you can barely move after Monday’s? The tools to help you recover like a professional athlete are recovery techniques without requiring a seven-figure salary and a full training staff. Let’s call them secrets from the experts.

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http://www.livestrong.com/blog/5-tools-help-recover-like-professional-athlete/

Footwork: The Foundation for Success

Need a great shot power for tennis? A tennis footwork can make the difference to improve playing tennis. It gives you greater flexibility of shot choice because you get there earlier and in a better position. It doesn’t matter how good the shot potentially is if you never get yourself into a good position to hit it. Before you read on, just back up for a minute and think about this: What exactly is about footwork that makes it the foundation for success? Here are the top five reasons why improving your tennis footwork improves your game:

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http://www.active.com/tennis/articles/footwork-the-foundation-for-success-3076352

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