ponte las pilas: 10 ways to get fit, feel better and relieve stress

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ponte las pilas: 10 ways to get fit, feel better and relieve stress

  • Drink more water with your meals:

    Drinking two cups of water before a meal can actually help you lose weight, so ditch those sweetened drinks and trade them for a glass of water. If you're eating out, it's free!

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  • Improve your digestion with cauliflower:

    Can't take a dump because you're stressed out? Eat a bit of cauliflower, which is high in fiber and will help jump start your digestive system.

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  • Clear your mind by cleaning your mess:

    Spending 20 minutes cleaning up a messy room or workspace can help reduce stress hormones by 45 percent, according to a study by Harvard University.

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  • Build up your immune system with carrots:

    Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, an antioxidant that keeps your immune system strong.

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  • Lower your blood pressure with coconut water:

    Not only is coconut water great for rehydrating after a hangover, it's also packed with potassium, a mineral that helps lower your blood pressure.

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  • Ditch sports drinks after a workout:

    Leave the sports drinks to pro athletes. If you're trying to burn calories, water is your best friend – it has zero calories. A 32oz bottle of Gatorade contains 200 calories (and plenty of sugar).

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  • Reduce stress by dancing:

    Remember serotonin, the chemical that makes you feel good? Your body produces more of it when you dance. Dr. Marie-Annette Brown: "Dancing’s combination of exercise, rhythmic motions and uplifting music prompts your brain to produce a larger, steadier supply of serotonin."
  • Reduce your caffeine intake in the afternoon:

    If you're having trouble getting a good night's rest, stop consuming caffeinated drinks (coffee, soda, etc.) after 3pm.

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  • Use smaller plates for dinner:

    The bigger your plate, the more you tend to eat. So start using smaller plates and resist that urge to get seconds (and thirds).

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  • Cheer up with some fruit:

    Eating fruit can increase your body's production of serotonin (aka the chemical that makes you feel good). Pamela Peeke, M.D.: "And the more serotonin you produce, the steadier your moods and the more cheerful you’ll feel."

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