You Can Burn More Calories

To obtain or maintain a healthy weight, you’ve got to burn calories. Sometimes, though, it seems that you just can’t burn enough in the time you have to spend exercising. Wish you could make better use of the time you have working out to burn all the calories you can? No problem. With these tips, you’ll burn more calories than ever!

Hit the Water Running

Okay, you know that water makes you weigh less, and it allows you to work out even if you have painful arthritis. But did you know that water is also one of the best ways to burn calories? Simply get in the water and jog around the shallow end. Unlike your leisurely jogs in the park, a run in the water provides extra resistance that makes it much harder to run with ease. The end result? Maximum calorie loss without all the sweating!

Go to the Beach

As with water running, taking a jog or run on the beach forces your body to work harder than if you were on a treadmill or sidewalk. The shifting ground under your feet also helps strengthen your core. So you burn more calories and build more muscle, all while enjoying the beautiful beach.

Enter the Racquetball Court

How many exercises do you know of that can burn as many as 400 calories in half an hour? Yes, an intense game of racquetball can indeed get rid of that many calories. Full of sprints, direction changing, and an occasional volley that seems to last forever, racquetball is your best bet for small-court calorie burning.

Hop on the Bike

Want to burn as many calories as racquetball without having to stand up? Then it’s time to climb on a bicycle. Whether you go for a ride in the great outdoors or go with a stationary bike, a hard ride can reap the same calorie-burning benefits as racquetball. If you really push it, you can even burn more calories than your racquetball-loving friends.

Get Started Early

Wish there was a way to burn calories all day long? There is. All you have to do is squeeze your routine in before heading off to work. Sound impossible? Do a quick evaluation of your routine. What keeps you from early exercise? If it’s too hard to wake up early, turn off the television an hour earlier and go to bed so you can wake up earlier. Don’t have someone to watch the kids in the morning? Do a light workout in your living room in the morning and get to the gym in the afternoon. Even a small workout will get your heart pumping and help you burn calories throughout your day.

Always Start Warm

No matter what you plan to do in the gym, you’ll work harder and longer after a brief warm up. So instead of starting out with dumbbells in your hands, hop on a treadmill or stationary bike to get the sweat flowing. After a brief jog or bike ride, your heart will be working well, and your muscles will be warm and full of blood, ready to take on whatever you throw its way.

Do the Little Things

Big burning doesn’t always come in big packages. During your daily routine, you can take little steps that add up to burned calories. Don’t take the closest parking place, take the stairs, walk to your coworker’s office instead of calling him or her, and play air drums or air guitar to your favorite songs. Along with the other exercise-centric steps, these will give you even more calorie-burning power on a daily basis.

Springtime Allergies


What will turn your springtime ahhs to AAHH-CHOOs!

Just when the flowers start blossoming, your head begins to fill with the scents and snots of spring. What’s keeping you from breathing and living well during the spring? Good ol’ allergies!

If you want to get a handle on what is causing your eyes to water, your nose to run, and your head to be congested, read on to learn about two of the most common springtime allergens you’ll face.

Pollen

Look around and you’ll probably see something with the potential to drop pollen. From the trees towering overhead to the flowers sitting on your window seal to the grass underfoot, if it grows, it might pollinate the air.

While this pollination process is good for Mother Nature, it can wreak havoc on you. Instead of giving up on going outside throughout the spring, try to figure out what you’re allergic to. If you find yourself sneezing more than usual, hop online (www.weather.com is a great place to turn) to find out what pollens are most prevalent that day. Then check online regularly to find out what pollens will be out each day. Any time one of your allergens will be hitting the air hard and heavy, try to stay inside. If pollens are in high concentrations, stay inside.

In the event you don’t have the luxury of staying inside, contact your physician for an allergy test. This will help you determine exactly what is causing your body to have an allergic reaction and will make it possible for you to get proper medication to fight your allergies.

Dust

For some odd reason, warm weather makes you want to clean. Unfortunately, the process of cleaning isn’t always pleasant. Because as you’re sweeping under the floor and wiping down the counters, there may be more dust in the air than usual. And the window you just opened to let in fresh air may actually be blowing the dust resting on top of your bookshelf into your nostrils, making you deal with even more potential allergens.

What can you do to overcome the dust bunny blues? Clean well throughout the year and dust and mop regularly to keep dust to a minimum. This way, when you start shuffling everything around to get prepped for your massive yard sale, you won’t wind up with clouds of dust floating through your house and into your nostrils. Forget to clean during the year? Avoid dusty sneezes by wearing a mask as you clean. You may feel a bit silly, but that’s much better than feeling crumby due to awful allergies. And you can also fend off dust allergies throughout the year by keeping your bed mattress protected with an allergen-proof casing.

Most Likely Culprits

While it’s possible that nearly anything that grows can put a sneeze in your spring, some are more likely than others to result in an allergic reaction. Which should you be most wary of coming across?

Trees: They all have their fair share of pollen, but the most common allergy-inducing trees are birch, elm, alder, olive, and other deciduous trees. (Deciduous trees are those that lose their leaves each winter.) Cedars, cypress, and other trees that are evergreen or bear cones (conifers) are less likely to bother you and result in an allergic reaction.

Flowers: Though you’ll be hard pressed to find a flower that doesn’t create pollen, you don’t have to fear those huge, brightly colored flowers you just bought for a centerpiece. Most flowers that result in allergy issues are the small, dull-looking flowers that you probably consider a weed.

Grass: Unfortunately for individuals allergic to grass, it seems nearly every kind of grass can result in a reaction. Making your springtime allergies even worse is the fact that if you’re allergic to one kind of grass, you’re likely allergic to every kind of grass, making it difficult to find any relief during the bright, beautiful days of spring.