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There are a lot of misconceptions out there about what makes a food “healthy.”

Words like “low-fat,” “organic” and “natural” can be very misleading.

The only way to figure out what items are truly healthy is to read the ingredients and the nutrition label.

Burn Calories Fast


Back in February I introduced you to my favorite type of training: Tabata style workouts. They are a great way to burn carlories in a short amount of time while also building muscle, losing fat, and having fun! By doing a variety of exercises without allowing your body a full recovery period, you really accelerate your workout gains.

Here are the basics of Tabata-style training:
Perform 8 rounds of exercise for a total of 4 minutes.
Each round (did you do the math yet?) consists of 30 seconds broken down into 20 seconds of intense exercising, followed by 10 seconds of resting.
Each round is consecutive, so make sure you don’t stop! Anything can be done for 20 seconds!

What could be better than four minutes of exercise giving you all those benefits? A Tabata workout challenges you to work harder for a shorter amount of time with lighter weights or even just your body weight. And you can do it anywhere.

Here are three sample workouts—easy, moderate, and advanced. Your goal should be to work up to the advanced level. But always listen to your body. If you do too much too soon, you might just fall back into the rut of not doing anything at all.

Sugar addiction

We crave it on hot sunny days, cool fall nights, and after nearly every meal. Our addiction to sugar is at an all-time high, and for the sake of our health; we need a program to break that desire!

But it’s so hard to do when it’s hiding in tons of everyday, processed foods. Your favorite salad dressing, those tasty condiments that top your protein, each piece of bread you enjoy, and those “healthy” granola bars that you use in the middle of the day, all contain more sugar than would expect.  Those numbers keep accumulating throughout the day to give you one great big pile of sugar consumption that adds to horrible outcomes such as obesity and diabetes. Oh boy, not to mention that chocolate donut in the morning and the ice cream with your kids that evening, WHAM!

Let me show you some ideas to cut back on your sugar consumption that will help kickstart your healthy body.

Erin Oprea demonstrates a squat lunge
(Oprea Personal Fitness)

To really create those head-turning legs, you need a core set of exercises that burn quads, hamstrings, and calves. I want to give you a few of my secret moves, which will target those big muscles so that your short shorts will frame beautiful stems. And don’t be shy, guys! We girls like strong, lean men too, so get out there and burn it up!

Curb your appetite

Tell me if this scenario sounds familiar: You’re all alone at home one afternoon with a pantry full of goodies. Maybe you’re bored, or having a tough day; regardless, at some point you dip into the snack drawer for a handful of something delicious—and before you know it, you’re back in the kitchen, looking for more.

Look, we’ve all been there! And to be clear, it’s totally okay to have a snack between meals. What’s dangerous is not stopping at one healthy bite. Here are some simple ways you can curb your appetite and stay away from mindless snacking:

4 Fun Ways to Stay Active on Your Family Beach Vacation

When you take a holiday, go enjoy that wonderful sun and sand, but make sure you reserve time to take care of your health, too. It’s fine to take a break from work—but you should never take a break from your fitness! Playing in the water is a great way to tone muscles and burn calories, whether you’re in the pool or, even better, in the ocean. And there are other great ways to stay active at the beach, too. Try the following activities during your next vacation to get you and your family moving, laughing, and bonding.