May’s Healthy Lifestyles Newsletter « Toronto Womens Fitness Weblog

A good post from Toronto Women’s Fitness Blog!

– Shawn B

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Happy May Everyone!

Here is your second installment of our Quick Tips. You can look forward to our tips every 3 weeks!

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Meghan’s Nutrition Tips

1.Spring is upon us, this is a great time to cleanse the body. Cleansing doesn’t mean we have to go on a strict fast for two weeks or take handfuls of pills everyday; there are many ways to cleanse the system that are gentle yet effective.

hotwaterlemonStart everyday with a cup of warm water and fresh lemon juice, this will increase elimination from the digestive system and help to kick-start the liver. Keep diet simple to give the body a rest, eat plenty of quinoa, brown rice, leafy green vegetables, beans, and seaweeds. Adding spices to your meals will add flavor as well as increase detoxification.

Drink at least 2 litres of purified or filtered water a day to stimulate your kidneys, liver, and digestive system functions. Exercise! Working up a sweat is an excellent way to detoxify.

2. Incorporate Quinoa in your meals. Quinoa is a gluten-free whole grain that provides an excellent source of protein, fibre, and essential nutrients.

quinoaTo prepare Quinoa; rinse in a sieve to remove bitter coating, add 1 cup water to 1 cup Quinoa and bring to a boil. Once it’s boiling, lower heat to a simmer and cover until water is dissolved (approx. 10 minutes). Quinoa has a light, fluffy texture when cooked, and its mild, slightly nutty flavor makes it an alternative to white rice or couscous.Quinoa can also serve as a high-protein breakfast food that can be mixed with nuts, seeds, berries, and almond milk.

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Eva’s Fitness Tips

1.“Which is better, cardio or weight training?”

Cardiovascular or areobic exercise: Results in a healthier, stronger heart and increased lung capacity. As well as burns off stored fat.

Weight Training: Challenges the muscles to improved muscle strength and endurance and increases the amount of lean muscle mass in your body. A higher amount of lean muscle leads to increased metabolism, increasing metabolism results in less fat stored in the body!

cardio-v-weightsBoth types of exercise provide great benefit to your overall health and fitness. Most important thing to remember, any physical activity is better than no physical activity!

I recommend including both types of exercise in your program!

2. Say No To Stress: Use your time wisely, make to do lists, wear a watch, carry a day planner…Stay positive and choose to think happy thoughts.

relaxingDo something nice for yourself EVERY day. Close your eyes and listen to your favorite song, enjoy 10 minutes of uninterrupted quiet time with a book, or magazine, take a bath or EXERCISE! Don’t create stress for yourself and do your best to stay relaxed so that you can handle it when it come your way.

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Looking for a little more motivation:

Follow Meghan’s weekly blog-
http://nutritiousmeg.com/blog/

or Join our Fitness and Nutrition for Real Women Facebook Group-
http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/group.php?gid=61613514004

Get out, smile and enjoy spring Ladies,

Be well,
Meghan and Eva

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