Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Too Fat To Work, Yoga Giveaway and More - March 17 to March 23

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As fabulous as we at That's Fit think this blog is, the truth is there are hundreds of wonderful blogs on healthy living to be seen all over the blogosphere. So in this feature, Fit Links, we'll introduce you to some that have caught our eye.

Crazy but true -- as "Parentdish" tells us, a British family of four is considered too obese to work and have been living on the taxpayer's dollar for 11 years because of it. Sounds like they could use some help from our own Fitz!

It's neither Christmas nor Thanksgiving, but that doesn't mean you should avoid cranberries. At "Love + Blueberries," they're extolling the virtues of this tiny, nutritious snack.

What do you keep in your gym bag? "Fitsugar" counts down the top items that you absolutely must have in yours.

Speaking of bags, "Green Daily" is giving away a super handy, super stylish yoga bag, so hurry up and enter the draw! Yes, it's the same one we're giving away, but why not double your chances?

What does Joy Bauer, nutritionist for "The Today Show," keep in her pantry? Head over to Slashfood to find out.
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Think Outside the Peanut Butter Box

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MaraNatha Creamy and Roasted Cashew Macadamia ButterPeanut butter isn't the only nut butter packed with omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, zinc, iron and more. "RealAge" recommends these five other grown-up spoonfuls of spreadable joy, and the best brands to try.

Just beware, nut butters are high in calories and fat (though mostly healthier fats). Spoon just a tablespoon or two in your oatmeal, on your toast or on that crispy apple for a tasty afternoon snack:

  • Almond butter -- perfect for dipping. Choose a jar with lots of brown flecks (almond skin) and you'll get more vitamin E. Try Whole Foods' house brand, 365 Everyday Smooth Almond Butter at $5.99.
  • Cashew butter -- not as high in fat as other nut butters. Besides spreading it on a snack, you can stir in soups and sauces. Try Arrowhead Mills Creamy Cashew Butter at $5.99.
  • Macadamia nut butter -- yikes, at 24 grams of fat per two tablespoons, I'd stick to just one tablespoon of mac butter heaven. Melt and brush on broiled fish or spread on a lightly salted rice cake. MaraNatha Creamy and Roasted Macadamia Nut Butter is $5.99.

Don't miss "RealAge's" full spread on Pecan Butter, Walnut Butter and reader-recommended Sunflower Butter, too.

Get a Good Walk - Take 100 Steps a Minute

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treadmillThe pedometer tops the list of simple tools that track fitness, and most fitness experts will tell you to rack up 10,000 steps a day on yours. But while a pedometer can tell you how many, what it can't do is tell you if you're stepping fast enough to really do your body any good.

Moderately intensive physical activity -- we know we need to get at least 30 minutes of it a day, but what exactly is it? Researchers at San Diego State University think they know. They put volunteers on treadmills, then used pedometers to count their steps and monitors to track the volunteers' heart rates. The results? 100 steps a minute is the perfect pace for fitness.

"Because health benefits can be achieved with bouts of exercise lasting at least 10 minutes, a useful starting point is to try and accumulate 1,000 steps in 10 minutes, before building up to 3,000 steps in 30 minutes," says lead researcher Dr. Simon J. Marshall in a news release.

Continue reading Get a Good Walk - Take 100 Steps a Minute

Yogoco Yoga Bag Giveaway

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Yoga is a beautiful thing, but carrying all your crap? Not so pretty. You almost need both arms for your mat, and then there's your water bottle, towel, keys, extra clothes ... it's easy to either leave something behind or look like a circus act trying to juggle it all. Until Yogoco came along.

The Yogoco yoga bag has a section for your mat, a section for your stuff (yes, all of it -- even shoes), but it's sleek and stylish. Also, it's eco-friendly -- each bag is made from recycled t-shirt scraps. And now, you have not one, not two, but three chances to win the Yogoco bag of your choice!

We're giving a Yogoco bag away to one lucky That's Fit reader, and our girls over at StyleList blog and Green Daily are also giving one away, so you can enter at all three sites! Here's how to enter:

  • To enter, leave a confirmed comment below telling us what you are always leaving behind when you go to the gym or yoga class.
  • The comment must be left before 5pm ET on Friday, March 27, 2009.
  • You may enter only once at That's Fit, once at Green Daily and once at StyleList blog.
  • One winner will be selected in a random drawing at each site.
  • One winner will receive his or her choice of Yogoco bag (valued at approximately $89).
  • Open to legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are 18 and older.

Click here for complete Official Rules.

Winner is notified by email, so make sure to check next week to find out if you've won!
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Shin Pain - Prevent It or Make it Go Away

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Spring is in the air, and the sidewalks are finally bustling again. Walking and running are perfect activities, but sometimes along with the good, comes the bad. Fitness expert Fitz, of Fitzness.com, explains where shin pain comes from, how to avoid it and how to get rid of it. These simple steps will keep you training productively and out of recovery.

For more innovative training videos, visit Fitzness.com.

Aerobic Exercise - Not just for Weight Loss

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Jonny Bowden, author, nutritionist and weight loss coach cuts through all the misconceptions about diet and fitness to help you transform your body, your health and your life.

OK, I admit it -- I've not been a fan of long mindless aerobic exercise, certainly not when it comes to weight loss. Recently I wrote a piece -- "The Problem with Cardio"-- that might have led you to believe I think cardio is a waste of time. That's not actually true. I think that aerobic exercise is way oversold as a weight-loss strategy, and truth be told, most people could get positive calorie burning effects in a much shorter time with high-intensity interval training. But just because jogging an hour a day may not be the most effective way to lose weight, doesn't mean you should abandon your cardio work.

Not long ago, scientists at McMaster University Department of Medicine, Health Sciences and Rheumatology Division, compared the findings of 17 studies examining the effects of exercise on anti-aging and the immune system. They wanted to answer the following question: What, if any, are the effects of regular aerobic and/ or resistance exercise on the immune system in healthy older adults?

Continue reading Aerobic Exercise - Not just for Weight Loss

Tuna Salad Sandwich - How Many Calories?

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When you're picking up lunch in a rush, you know a few rules of the game: One, stay away from fast food restaurants. Two, make sure you get your share of veggies. Three, fresh is best.

It would seem, then, that a tuna salad sandwich is the perfect fix for your mid-day hunger pangs. It's got healthy fish, it's got veggies (hence the word 'salad'), it's typically freshly-prepared and if you get it on brown bread, you've got all your food groups covered in one go.

But is a tuna salad sandwich your best lunchtime bet?

View Poll

Continue reading Tuna Salad Sandwich - How Many Calories?

Best Detoxes, Dieting Duo Successes and Walking Decoded - Links We Love

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We at "That's Fit" and "AOL Health" know that you've got a lot going on in your lives besides staying in great shape, and we know that a lot more than diet and exercise goes into feeling your best every day. That's why we thought we'd share some of the exciting reporting going on at "AOL Health."

Considering trying a detox diet? "AOL Health" heads to the experts to review Hollywood's hottest cleanses -- judging for safety, effectiveness and cost.

Tired of dieting alone? These Weight Watchers winners reveal why losing weight together leads to double the weight loss success.

Are you a fast walker, a slow walker or a slouch when you stride?
Discover what your walk reveals about your personality.
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Optimists are Healthier and Live Longer - The ABC's for Pessimists

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Every Monday, That's Fit's very own "charged up" wellness guru Laura Lewis presents The Passion Principle, a weekly guide that will help you achieve your greatest potential through words of inspiration, cutting-edge ideas and action tips you can use in your every day life!

I am an admitted member of the optimist club. As a matter of fact, a dear friend of mine claims that I am eternally optimistic. In spite of what appear to be roadblocks or hindrances that occasionally get in my way, I remain optimistic. I always believe in the most positive outcome. I don my rose colored glasses as I rise each morning to meet the day. Some may say I am crazy. Yet, I would rather hang out on the side of being happy, joyous and positive than being in a dark pessimistic space. The good news, according to recent research, is that I'm going to be happier and live a longer life. Alright!

Researchers consistently show proof that optimists do live longer and are healthier. Check out these interesting tidbits they've discovered.

  • In one review of a Women's Health Initiative study with more than 100,000 participants, researchers found that optimists who expected good things instead of bad things to happen were 14 percent less likely to die than pessimists.
  • Optimists were 30 percent less likely to die from heart disease, which was discovered during eight years of follow-up to the same study.
  • Highly mistrustful or "Cynically Hostile" women were 16 percent more likely to die during the study period than those who were much more trusting. And the most alarming point: They had a 23 percent higher likelihood to die from cancer!
  • Harvard researchers studying positive and negative thinkers tracked students who at age 25 were optimists and found they were healthier at ages 45 and 60 than their pessimist counterparts.
  • Mayo Clinic College of Medicine researchers found that pessimists were more likely to develop Parkinson's disease and dementia as compared to optimistic thinkers.
  • Pessimism has been linked with lower incomes, increased risk of disease, suppression of the immune system, higher stress levels and shorter lifespans.

The good news for pessimists: You can defect to our side! Yes, it is possible to change the basic nature of being a pessimist.

Continue reading Optimists are Healthier and Live Longer - The ABC's for Pessimists

5 Minutes to a Fabulous Post-Workout Face

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For many, it's not always so hard to find time for a workout -- what's hard is finding time to get ready for something else immediately following a workout. You can certainly work up a sweat in 20 or 30 minutes, but how do you get your face looking fresh and fabulous for work, or for lunch with your friends, in the few minutes remaining after you take a shower? Not to mention the fact that, even after the shower, you're still feeling a little hot and sweaty. Or, at least, I usually am.

5 Minute Post-Workout Beauty from Kristen Seymour on Vimeo.
Because I care about you so very much, I've done a video (on which I appear with absolutely no makeup) to show you how you can go from completely barefaced to fully fabulous in less than five minutes. Aside from the "how-to," I have some tips for streamlining your beauty routine when you're on the go.

  • Keep everything you need together, and remove everything else. I have tons of "fun" makeup, but all of that stays in a separate makeup bag. I only have a few products I use every day, and all of those products live together in their own makeup bag, so if I have to take it with me to the gym, it's easy.
  • If you're getting ready somewhere other than your home, avoid bringing more tools than necessary. I have a nice set of makeup brushes, but for my "on the go" beauty routine, I only use products that come with their own applicators so I have less to remember.
  • Do the maintenance when you have more time. Things like well-groomed eyebrows are important, but try to take care of that at night before bed so you don't have to worry about it when you're rushing. Additionally, do your deep-cleaning routine on days when you have more than five minutes to get out of the house.

Continue reading 5 Minutes to a Fabulous Post-Workout Face

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Diet-Friendly Frozen Meals - Get the Best for Your Buck

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daily fit tipWhen you're trying to lose weight, you may rely on frozen meals a little bit. They're certainly convenient -- just pop them in the microwave and you've got a pre-packaged, calorie-controlled meal. And the health value of some of these meals is improving; many are now available in whole grain (goodbye white rice!). However, the meals don't come without some caveats:

  • Look at more than calories. If it's a diet meal, the calories are probably relatively low. However, be sure to watch for sodium. A lot of frozen meals are ridiculously high in sodium. Also, be sure to check the fat grams as well.
  • Don't forget to form healthy habits. For weight loss to really stick, you've got to change your lifestyle habits. Almost any diet can help you lose weight -- but if you don't create healthy habits that will last a lifetime, how can you ever expect to keep the weight off? Little, frozen microwaveable meals might be all right for a while, but who would want to eat them for the rest of time?
  • Watch for cost and taste. When it comes to groceries, you pay a price for convenience. Cost-wise, you're much better off cooking your own meals at home. If you just love having pre-portioned meals you can pop in the microwave, why not cook some light, nutritious dinners over the weekend and freeze individual portions? When you cook at home -- controlling the flavors and ingredients -- you're sure to end up with a more nutritious and tastier meal anyway.

There's nothing wrong with stocking your freezer with a few pre-packaged items for when you're in a rush, though. Just make sure you get the best nutrition and taste for your buck. "AOL Health" has taken the guesswork out of it -- check out this slideshow of diet-friendly frozen meals.

Cheryl Burke Launches Activewear Line

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cheryl burke"Dancing With the Stars" mania is in full force. Admit it -- you've found yourself dancing your way around the kitchen more than once since the season started last week. I know I have! Anyway, now, you have the opportunity to look like you belong on the dance floor, even if your two left feet say otherwise.

Cheryl Burke has come out with a line of activewear for Fit Couture. And, as you would expect from a dancer, the pieces are designed to move with you, so whether you're shaking your hips in a salsa class or sweating it up on the Stairmaster, you can expect your shirt to stay put.

Burke told "People" magazine that she'd always wanted to have a clothing line, explaining, "I'm so into being comfortable, and these pieces are just that. I like to wear layers ... when I work out. These pieces move with you. The shirts are extra long so they don't ride up and the pants have a fold-over waistband that feels snug but not restricting."

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iPosture - Vibrate Your Way Straight

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iPostureSlouchers have a new way of standing up straight, no nagging piano teacher required. Adhere the mini iPosture disk to your chest and anytime you vary three degrees or more from vertical, bzzzz, a reminder zap sets you straight.

"FitSugar" has the full scoop on this $65 micro-electric fence to keep looking long, lean and posture-strong. In the meantime, roll those shoulders back, then pull 'em down toward your back pockets -- one of the most effective tips from my physical therapist ever.

Jared Seymour Races with Something Seriously Working Against Him

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That's Fit Club is our feature devoted to you, the reader. We have all learned so much on our paths to becoming more fit, and now it's time to learn from and inspire each other. That's Fit Club members are constantly working to better themselves. Some are perfect; some are not. But all have health on the mind.

jared seymourBesides showing you off, we want to reward you for all of your hard work! Adidas is giving gorgeous gym bags to each featured member. To join, please send Fitz your answers to these questions, with a photo of yourself. Time for you to be the motivator!

Name: Jared Seymour

Age: 32

Occupation: National Account Rep for Oakley

What type of exercise do you do? Running, Bike, Swimming, Basketball

What gets you to work out, even when you're feeling lazy? My wife. She is a great motivator when I won't get off the couch.

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Strength Training - Is It a Part of Your Workout?

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Here at That's Fit, we're constantly telling you what we think about things, but sometimes it's nice to know what you think. So from time to time, we'll ask you a question. Don't be afraid to speak up -- we love feedback.

When you think of working out, what does that entail? Going for a run? Visiting the gym? Following along with a fitness DVD? Whatever your favorite activities are, the best workout routines are those that are well-rounded. I know that I love cardio workouts. There's something about huffing and puffing at the end of a routine that makes me feel like I really accomplished something. But I know how important -- and effective -- strength training is for my body. So I wonder ... is strength training a part of your workout?

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Too Fat To Work, Yoga Giveaway and More - March 17 to March 23

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As fabulous as we at That's Fit think this blog is, the truth is there are hundreds of wonderful blogs on healthy living to be seen all over the blogosphere. So in this feature, Fit Links, we'll introduce you to some that have caught our eye.

Crazy but true -- as "Parentdish" tells us, a British family of four is considered too obese to work and have been living on the taxpayer's dollar for 11 years because of it. Sounds like they could use some help from our own Fitz!

It's neither Christmas nor Thanksgiving, but that doesn't mean you should avoid cranberries. At "Love + Blueberries," they're extolling the virtues of this tiny, nutritious snack.

What do you keep in your gym bag? "Fitsugar" counts down the top items that you absolutely must have in yours.

Speaking of bags, "Green Daily" is giving away a super handy, super stylish yoga bag, so hurry up and enter the draw! Yes, it's the same one we're giving away, but why not double your chances?

What does Joy Bauer, nutritionist for "The Today Show," keep in her pantry? Head over to Slashfood to find out.
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Mind Games - Use Them to Make Your Walk More Interesting

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daily fit tipWhen it comes to exercise, walking is the go-to choice for a simple, accessible, inexpensive yet effective workout. Simply lace up a sturdy pair of shoes and go. But I've discovered that if I forget my music player, walking can get a little ... well ... boring. At least when I'm stuck on a neighborhood route that I've walked 1,000 times.

If you find yourself getting in a walking rut, trying playing games to entertain your brain. You never know -- they just might make you walk a little longer and a little stronger:

  • I Spy: Find an object that starts with A -- automobile, maybe? -- and work your way to the letter Z. Don't turn for home until you're at least half way through the alphabet.
  • Interval Challenge: Pick a nearby landmark and run or race-walk to it, walk until you catch your breath, then pick a new landmark and do it again.
  • Let Chance Plan Your Route: Bring a coin on your walk. At each corner, give it a flip. Heads means go straight, tails means turn.

How do you keep your mind occupied while on a long walk?

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Think Outside the Peanut Butter Box

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MaraNatha Creamy and Roasted Cashew Macadamia ButterPeanut butter isn't the only nut butter packed with omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, zinc, iron and more. "RealAge" recommends these five other grown-up spoonfuls of spreadable joy, and the best brands to try.

Just beware, nut butters are high in calories and fat (though mostly healthier fats). Spoon just a tablespoon or two in your oatmeal, on your toast or on that crispy apple for a tasty afternoon snack:

  • Almond butter -- perfect for dipping. Choose a jar with lots of brown flecks (almond skin) and you'll get more vitamin E. Try Whole Foods' house brand, 365 Everyday Smooth Almond Butter at $5.99.
  • Cashew butter -- not as high in fat as other nut butters. Besides spreading it on a snack, you can stir in soups and sauces. Try Arrowhead Mills Creamy Cashew Butter at $5.99.
  • Macadamia nut butter -- yikes, at 24 grams of fat per two tablespoons, I'd stick to just one tablespoon of mac butter heaven. Melt and brush on broiled fish or spread on a lightly salted rice cake. MaraNatha Creamy and Roasted Macadamia Nut Butter is $5.99.

Don't miss "RealAge's" full spread on Pecan Butter, Walnut Butter and reader-recommended Sunflower Butter, too.

Get a Good Walk - Take 100 Steps a Minute

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treadmillThe pedometer tops the list of simple tools that track fitness, and most fitness experts will tell you to rack up 10,000 steps a day on yours. But while a pedometer can tell you how many, what it can't do is tell you if you're stepping fast enough to really do your body any good.

Moderately intensive physical activity -- we know we need to get at least 30 minutes of it a day, but what exactly is it? Researchers at San Diego State University think they know. They put volunteers on treadmills, then used pedometers to count their steps and monitors to track the volunteers' heart rates. The results? 100 steps a minute is the perfect pace for fitness.

"Because health benefits can be achieved with bouts of exercise lasting at least 10 minutes, a useful starting point is to try and accumulate 1,000 steps in 10 minutes, before building up to 3,000 steps in 30 minutes," says lead researcher Dr. Simon J. Marshall in a news release.

Continue reading Get a Good Walk - Take 100 Steps a Minute

Yogoco Yoga Bag Giveaway

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Yoga is a beautiful thing, but carrying all your crap? Not so pretty. You almost need both arms for your mat, and then there's your water bottle, towel, keys, extra clothes ... it's easy to either leave something behind or look like a circus act trying to juggle it all. Until Yogoco came along.

The Yogoco yoga bag has a section for your mat, a section for your stuff (yes, all of it -- even shoes), but it's sleek and stylish. Also, it's eco-friendly -- each bag is made from recycled t-shirt scraps. And now, you have not one, not two, but three chances to win the Yogoco bag of your choice!

We're giving a Yogoco bag away to one lucky That's Fit reader, and our girls over at StyleList blog and Green Daily are also giving one away, so you can enter at all three sites! Here's how to enter:

  • To enter, leave a confirmed comment below telling us what you are always leaving behind when you go to the gym or yoga class.
  • The comment must be left before 5pm ET on Friday, March 27, 2009.
  • You may enter only once at That's Fit, once at Green Daily and once at StyleList blog.
  • One winner will be selected in a random drawing at each site.
  • One winner will receive his or her choice of Yogoco bag (valued at approximately $89).
  • Open to legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are 18 and older.

Click here for complete Official Rules.

Winner is notified by email, so make sure to check next week to find out if you've won!
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Shin Pain - Prevent It or Make it Go Away

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Spring is in the air, and the sidewalks are finally bustling again. Walking and running are perfect activities, but sometimes along with the good, comes the bad. Fitness expert Fitz, of Fitzness.com, explains where shin pain comes from, how to avoid it and how to get rid of it. These simple steps will keep you training productively and out of recovery.

For more innovative training videos, visit Fitzness.com.

Aerobic Exercise - Not just for Weight Loss

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Jonny Bowden, author, nutritionist and weight loss coach cuts through all the misconceptions about diet and fitness to help you transform your body, your health and your life.

OK, I admit it -- I've not been a fan of long mindless aerobic exercise, certainly not when it comes to weight loss. Recently I wrote a piece -- "The Problem with Cardio"-- that might have led you to believe I think cardio is a waste of time. That's not actually true. I think that aerobic exercise is way oversold as a weight-loss strategy, and truth be told, most people could get positive calorie burning effects in a much shorter time with high-intensity interval training. But just because jogging an hour a day may not be the most effective way to lose weight, doesn't mean you should abandon your cardio work.

Not long ago, scientists at McMaster University Department of Medicine, Health Sciences and Rheumatology Division, compared the findings of 17 studies examining the effects of exercise on anti-aging and the immune system. They wanted to answer the following question: What, if any, are the effects of regular aerobic and/ or resistance exercise on the immune system in healthy older adults?

Continue reading Aerobic Exercise - Not just for Weight Loss

Tuna Salad Sandwich - How Many Calories?

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When you're picking up lunch in a rush, you know a few rules of the game: One, stay away from fast food restaurants. Two, make sure you get your share of veggies. Three, fresh is best.

It would seem, then, that a tuna salad sandwich is the perfect fix for your mid-day hunger pangs. It's got healthy fish, it's got veggies (hence the word 'salad'), it's typically freshly-prepared and if you get it on brown bread, you've got all your food groups covered in one go.

But is a tuna salad sandwich your best lunchtime bet?

View Poll

Continue reading Tuna Salad Sandwich - How Many Calories?

Best Detoxes, Dieting Duo Successes and Walking Decoded - Links We Love

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We at "That's Fit" and "AOL Health" know that you've got a lot going on in your lives besides staying in great shape, and we know that a lot more than diet and exercise goes into feeling your best every day. That's why we thought we'd share some of the exciting reporting going on at "AOL Health."

Considering trying a detox diet? "AOL Health" heads to the experts to review Hollywood's hottest cleanses -- judging for safety, effectiveness and cost.

Tired of dieting alone? These Weight Watchers winners reveal why losing weight together leads to double the weight loss success.

Are you a fast walker, a slow walker or a slouch when you stride?
Discover what your walk reveals about your personality.
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Optimists are Healthier and Live Longer - The ABC's for Pessimists

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Every Monday, That's Fit's very own "charged up" wellness guru Laura Lewis presents The Passion Principle, a weekly guide that will help you achieve your greatest potential through words of inspiration, cutting-edge ideas and action tips you can use in your every day life!

I am an admitted member of the optimist club. As a matter of fact, a dear friend of mine claims that I am eternally optimistic. In spite of what appear to be roadblocks or hindrances that occasionally get in my way, I remain optimistic. I always believe in the most positive outcome. I don my rose colored glasses as I rise each morning to meet the day. Some may say I am crazy. Yet, I would rather hang out on the side of being happy, joyous and positive than being in a dark pessimistic space. The good news, according to recent research, is that I'm going to be happier and live a longer life. Alright!

Researchers consistently show proof that optimists do live longer and are healthier. Check out these interesting tidbits they've discovered.

  • In one review of a Women's Health Initiative study with more than 100,000 participants, researchers found that optimists who expected good things instead of bad things to happen were 14 percent less likely to die than pessimists.
  • Optimists were 30 percent less likely to die from heart disease, which was discovered during eight years of follow-up to the same study.
  • Highly mistrustful or "Cynically Hostile" women were 16 percent more likely to die during the study period than those who were much more trusting. And the most alarming point: They had a 23 percent higher likelihood to die from cancer!
  • Harvard researchers studying positive and negative thinkers tracked students who at age 25 were optimists and found they were healthier at ages 45 and 60 than their pessimist counterparts.
  • Mayo Clinic College of Medicine researchers found that pessimists were more likely to develop Parkinson's disease and dementia as compared to optimistic thinkers.
  • Pessimism has been linked with lower incomes, increased risk of disease, suppression of the immune system, higher stress levels and shorter lifespans.

The good news for pessimists: You can defect to our side! Yes, it is possible to change the basic nature of being a pessimist.

Continue reading Optimists are Healthier and Live Longer - The ABC's for Pessimists

5 Minutes to a Fabulous Post-Workout Face

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For many, it's not always so hard to find time for a workout -- what's hard is finding time to get ready for something else immediately following a workout. You can certainly work up a sweat in 20 or 30 minutes, but how do you get your face looking fresh and fabulous for work, or for lunch with your friends, in the few minutes remaining after you take a shower? Not to mention the fact that, even after the shower, you're still feeling a little hot and sweaty. Or, at least, I usually am.

5 Minute Post-Workout Beauty from Kristen Seymour on Vimeo.
Because I care about you so very much, I've done a video (on which I appear with absolutely no makeup) to show you how you can go from completely barefaced to fully fabulous in less than five minutes. Aside from the "how-to," I have some tips for streamlining your beauty routine when you're on the go.

  • Keep everything you need together, and remove everything else. I have tons of "fun" makeup, but all of that stays in a separate makeup bag. I only have a few products I use every day, and all of those products live together in their own makeup bag, so if I have to take it with me to the gym, it's easy.
  • If you're getting ready somewhere other than your home, avoid bringing more tools than necessary. I have a nice set of makeup brushes, but for my "on the go" beauty routine, I only use products that come with their own applicators so I have less to remember.
  • Do the maintenance when you have more time. Things like well-groomed eyebrows are important, but try to take care of that at night before bed so you don't have to worry about it when you're rushing. Additionally, do your deep-cleaning routine on days when you have more than five minutes to get out of the house.

Continue reading 5 Minutes to a Fabulous Post-Workout Face

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Diet-Friendly Frozen Meals - Get the Best for Your Buck

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daily fit tipWhen you're trying to lose weight, you may rely on frozen meals a little bit. They're certainly convenient -- just pop them in the microwave and you've got a pre-packaged, calorie-controlled meal. And the health value of some of these meals is improving; many are now available in whole grain (goodbye white rice!). However, the meals don't come without some caveats:

  • Look at more than calories. If it's a diet meal, the calories are probably relatively low. However, be sure to watch for sodium. A lot of frozen meals are ridiculously high in sodium. Also, be sure to check the fat grams as well.
  • Don't forget to form healthy habits. For weight loss to really stick, you've got to change your lifestyle habits. Almost any diet can help you lose weight -- but if you don't create healthy habits that will last a lifetime, how can you ever expect to keep the weight off? Little, frozen microwaveable meals might be all right for a while, but who would want to eat them for the rest of time?
  • Watch for cost and taste. When it comes to groceries, you pay a price for convenience. Cost-wise, you're much better off cooking your own meals at home. If you just love having pre-portioned meals you can pop in the microwave, why not cook some light, nutritious dinners over the weekend and freeze individual portions? When you cook at home -- controlling the flavors and ingredients -- you're sure to end up with a more nutritious and tastier meal anyway.

There's nothing wrong with stocking your freezer with a few pre-packaged items for when you're in a rush, though. Just make sure you get the best nutrition and taste for your buck. "AOL Health" has taken the guesswork out of it -- check out this slideshow of diet-friendly frozen meals.

Cheryl Burke Launches Activewear Line

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cheryl burke"Dancing With the Stars" mania is in full force. Admit it -- you've found yourself dancing your way around the kitchen more than once since the season started last week. I know I have! Anyway, now, you have the opportunity to look like you belong on the dance floor, even if your two left feet say otherwise.

Cheryl Burke has come out with a line of activewear for Fit Couture. And, as you would expect from a dancer, the pieces are designed to move with you, so whether you're shaking your hips in a salsa class or sweating it up on the Stairmaster, you can expect your shirt to stay put.

Burke told "People" magazine that she'd always wanted to have a clothing line, explaining, "I'm so into being comfortable, and these pieces are just that. I like to wear layers ... when I work out. These pieces move with you. The shirts are extra long so they don't ride up and the pants have a fold-over waistband that feels snug but not restricting."

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Get Sculpted for Spring

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halle berrySpring has arrived! Well, maybe it doesn't feel like it where you live right now, but warm weather is right around the corner. And that means that the bulky sweaters will be stored under the bed before you know it, and you'll be busting out the tank tops. And that might make you feel a little nervous if you're not quite ready to show some skin!

Most people's concerns immediately go to the arms, but there's another part that you'll soon be showing that could use a little love -- your back! Celebrities like Halle Berry know that, when you're wearing a strappy tank or a strapless dress, a sculpted back is one of the best ways to show how fit you are, and Halle knows exactly how to get her back ready.

Her trainer, Harley Pasternak shared Halle's back-sculpting secret with "Health" magazine -- dumbbell back rows. According to Pasternak, "This exercise strengthens the rhomboids, the muscles in your upper back that connect your shoulder blades to your spine, giving you a toned back and much better posture."

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Obesity Can Cut 3-10 Years From Your Life

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When it comes to eating a healthy diet and staying fit, what's your biggest motivator? Is it feeling good? Staying active? Fitting into your jeans? Maybe it's all of the above. Those are all good reasons for staying fit, but here's maybe the biggest one of all: Being obese could cut your life by 10 years. I don't know about you, but I'm suddenly feeling very motivated.

This finding comes from an analysis of 57 different studies that included almost 900,000 people. The short story is this:

  • A normal BMI is 18.5 to 24.9.
  • Death rates were lowest among people with a BMI of 23 to 24.
  • A BMI of 30 to 35 could potentially take two to four years off life.
  • Being morbidly obese, or having a BMI of 40 to 45, could shorten life by eight to 10 years.
  • Being underweight, with a BMI of less than 22.5, was also associated with a shorter lifespan.

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Fat is Your Fault, Lil Kim and Healthy Fast Food - Week in Review - March 16 to March 22

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week in reviewMeghan McCain is a size 8, and she thinks that in the world of politics, size should be irrelevant. What do you think about Laura Ingraham's plus-sized barb?

Cardio: Are you a compensator or a non-compensator? Knowing the difference might just help you lose weight.

Sweaty active wear can cause your skin to break out. Kristen's got tips to help you say bye bye to bacne for good.

In a poor economy, stress levels are higher than ever. Laura knows your life may be changing in ways you don't like, so she's got some ideas to help you weather the storm in a healthy way.

Lil Kim's strutting her stuff on "Dancing with the Stars," and it's inspiring her to live a healthier lifestyle. Find out what changes Kim is making.

Diet-Blog thinks "The Biggest Loser" is overrated, but Bev disagrees. She says the show's positive focus and fitness tips make it a worthwhile watch. What do you think?

Howard Schneider shares some tough talk, and Bev agrees: If you're overweight, it's nobody's fault but your own.

Fitz talked fitness with American Gold Medalist Shawn Johnson and SATC's naked shower guy Gilles Marini, and they dished about their stint on "Dancing with the Stars."

Healthy fast food -- is it an oxymoron? Not quite, but fast food restaurants have not quite yet perfected the healthy meal either.
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