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Keep Yoga Mat Germs at Bay with This Simple Folding Trick

Most people roll up their yoga mats after class, but that transfers germs from the underside (floor) to the top side that you stand and lie on--ew! Use this trick to properly fold your yoga mat and keep the top side away from the germy underside.

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Hang dry your laundry

Drying your laundry on a line--indoors or out--is economical and eco-friendly. Dryers command a lot of energy and electricity, but they also wear out your clothes faster than hang drying. No more shrunken T-shirts either!

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Store Natural Peanut Butter Upside Down--Then Stir & Refrigerate

Natural peanut butter doesn't contain added oils, but it does require regular stirring, especially when you first buy it. That can be messy and difficult. So each time I buy a new jar, I store it in my pantry upside down until I'm ready to use it. That mixes the oil better for easier stirring!

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Netflix: Cheaper than Cable, Endless Entertainment Options

Instead of paying large monthly sums for cable or satellite television, we use a Netflix account to watch movies and our favorite TV episodes. Online "watch instantly" options are great and provide endless entertainment options.

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Make extra food at dinner for lunch tomorrow!

This is one of my best healthy eating and cooking tips. Every time I cook dinner, I want the time and effort put into it to last. So I double my recipes in order to have enough for dinner that night and leftovers for at least the next day's lunches.

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The TRX Suspension Trainer really works!

The TRX is a great strength training tool and program you can use at home and some gyms offer classes with it, too. It looks like resistance bands but isn't stretchy; it allows you to strength-train using your own body weight in a variety of ways. It hooks to a door, tree or other secure pole.

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Add high intensity bursts to your workouts

When you hit a plateau in your weight loss, try adding a few higher intensity bursts or intervals to your cardio workouts. This elevates your heart rate, makes you work harder and burns more calories to help shock your body and jump start your weight loss again!

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