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Calcium and Iron Supplements---P
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If you are taking calcium supplements and iron supplements (or a multivitamin with iron), remember to allow a 2 hours time span between these two supplements. Calcium blocks the absorption of some of the iron so you would get the best benefit if you allow 2 hours between these. Take iron with Vit C

- Submitted by MAAM0202 5/1/2010 in Staying Healthy | 2 Comments

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Build the muscle!

Watching Biggest Loser, you see them shape up fast...HOW do they do it? The trainers start them out PROMPTLY building muscle. We neglect this BIGGEST secret....and need to emphasize this fact alot more!

- Submitted by SUNNYARIZONA 5/16/2010 in Exercise | 33 Comments

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How to Make Sure You're Really Hip-Width Apart

Many people have the problem of standing a bit too wide when asked to stand with their feet hip-width apart. A FitSugar blog post explains how to find this stance naturally:

March slowly in place, stop, and then casually kick up your left leg and allow it to fall back to the ground naturally. This motion results in a stance that is almost always hip-width apart!

- Submitted by SARAHMAC1978 6/7/2011 in Exercise | 36 Comments

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Get strength training in while watching TV

I keep my hand weights on hand...hehe... and do different strength training excercises while I am watching TV!!! Kill 2 birds with 1 stone while being healthy at it!!! emoticon

- Submitted by LESLIE_2B_LESS 6/9/2010 in Exercise | 12 Comments

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Just Move

It doesn't matter whether you're walking, working out at the gym or cleaning the house. Just get on your feet and move! I find that music usually helps get my feet moving. So turn some on and turn those dreary chores into a fun dancing workout.

- Submitted by FYRESHAMEN 4/4/2010 in Exercise | 9 Comments

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Find your power song(s)

When you're working out alone, it's easy to call it quits 5 minutes early. One of the best things happened to me the other day as I was hitting the - (slow speed) on the treadmill... my power song came on! It was perfect and I hit + then +, then +, repeat!!! emoticon

- Submitted by DAWNEE25 4/10/2010 in Exercise | 8 Comments

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zig zag your calories

To get over the plateau and keep your metabolism reved up.
its good to do low calories for 5 days and then 2 days a week increase your calorie intake by like 500 and then decrease it on your other days, so never let your metabolism adjust! This is a secret athletes use all the time!

- Submitted by DBANNIST 4/21/2010 in Weight Loss | 42 Comments

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Figure out what you are hungry for - it might not be food

Hunger isn't necessarily for food!

When I am tired, I am hungry for sleep.
When I am thirsty, I am hungry for liquids.
When I am feeling down, I'm hungry for support.
When I am feeling lonely, I'm hungry for people.

Don't eat food when you need friends, or fluids, or sleep!!! Recognize what your hunger actually is for, and satisfy it with what it is craving.

Ice cream rarely gives you extra sleep, quenches your thirst, or gives you a hug!

- Submitted by GANASSI 1/28/2011 in Weight Loss | 45 Comments

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Treat It Like A Job

When I asked a young woman who had lost 200 pounds how she did it, she said that she treated weight loss like a job. No matter how she felt, she showed up. She showed up at the grocery store to buy the right food, she showed up to track her food, she showed up to walk, etc.

- Submitted by SLENDERELLA61 4/13/2010 in Weight Loss | 89 Comments

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Dancing

Whether alone or with anyone whenever I hear a catchy tune dance a few steps they add up

- Submitted by NASFKAB 2/13/2011 in Exercise | 34 Comments

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I grab my fat

When I want to eat something I don't need, usually a Snickers, I grab my belly fat. I reminds me that I already have a Snickers in storage.

- Submitted by JULIELANFORD 3/31/2010 in Weight Loss | 137 Comments
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