5 Top Fitness Trends That Will Give You a Head Start for 2017

Though new year has already passed, you are never late!


You’ll love these healthy ways to kick off the new year. Welcoming another year means many things: thoughtful resolutions, reflecting on last year’s milestones, a fresh start, or another 365 days to commit to your health. 

And this year, you won’t even need to step onto a treadmill to achieve your personal best. If you’re looking for a fresh way to jumpstart a fitness regime, these exciting workouts will improve your strength, get your heart rate up, and increase flexibility.

1. BOXING STUDIOS


In 2016, fitness startup ClassPass saw an 89 percent increase in the number of boxing classes offered on it’s site, and in the US, boxing studios have been popping up all over the country.

This isn’t surprising, considering celebrities such as Gigi Hadid, Khloe Kardashian, and Ellie Goulding have all credited the sport to transforming their bodies. 

Boxing combines agility, cardio, and strength training and it’s also known to be a great stress reliever.

2. MEGAFORMER


Looking for a workout that will work your muscles like never before? Try the Megaformer workout, a combination of Pilates and bodybuilding. 

The system’s creator, Sebastien Lagree, designed the workout to focus on cardio, strength, endurance, body composition, and flexibility, all in under an hour. 

In other words, you might be sore for a few days thanks to this intense workout that will definitely whip you into shape.

3. LIVE STREAMING CLASSES


Welcome to the 2017, where you can stream your workouts like you would your favorite TV shows. Many studios now allow people to sign up for classes online and get a workout in wherever and whenever they want. 

Great news for fitness lovers who don’t live in places like NYC or Los Angeles and want to try out the latest workout trends.

4. HYBRID CLASSES


Think HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) and spinning combined into one. Many studios are now offering gym goers the option to mix cardio and strength training into one session, which torches more calories than a standard one-exercise class.

The classes allow participants to mix up their workouts and prevent injuries by targeting different muscles and making sure nothing is being overworked.

5. CARDIO PACKED DANCE CLASSES


Who wouldn’t want an exercise class that doesn’t even feel like exercise? Dance cardio workouts burn a ton of calories all while keeping your sweat session exciting and fun. 

You might not even realize you’re nearing the end of the workout while you’re dancing to the music. Although studios are popping up everywhere from California to New York, you can also try this new workout in the comfort of your own home.

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8 Illustrations Showing How Much We Need Mom

Love Your Mums. Treasure Them!

1. You Will Never Find Yourself Freezing Outside If Your Mom’s Around


2. Mom always has something tasty ready for us to eat and makes sure we never go hungry.


3. Mom is the most gentle alarm clock in the world.


4. Mom always knows where to find the things we’ve lost.


5. Mom always gives us a hug and consoles us if we’re sad.


6. Mom never stops worrying about us.


7. But she always lets her chicks fly free from the nest, in whatever direction they want to go. And she’ll carefully pack their suitcases for them.


8. Only in mom’s refrigerator can you find all your favorite food without even asking for it.


5 Tips on How to Save Money?

The Golden 5 tips are:

1. Picture the Lifestyle You Want

“Have a specific goal and envision the lifestyle you’ll be able to have if you stick to it,” says financial adviser Ric Edelman, author of The Truth About Money. This will make financial cutbacks more palatable and keep you both motivated and focused on your goal. So whether you’re saving for a home, retirement, or a new car, find pictures that represent your dream, and keep them in view—on your fridge, pinned to a bulletin board, or even on Pinterest. The more you are reminded of your goal, the more motivated you’ll be. You may even want to tour houses like the one you want or take a look at your ideal car. 


2. Think Before You Buy

“When you’re about to make a purchase, ask yourself this: Is it a need or a want?” suggests personal finance expert Suze Orman, author of The Money Class: How to Stand in Your Truth and Create the Future You Deserve. “If you answer with honesty, you will save money.”


3. Go to Boot Camp

Financial boot camps take a fast-paced, tough-love approach to providing enrollees with financial knowledge and the skills they need to make changes. “Joining a financial boot camp can mean learning finance basics with other like-minded people, who will tell you to get back on your horse if you flub it,” says money expert Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, founder of AsktheMoneyCoach.com and author of The Money Coach’s Guide to Your First Million.

4. Go on a Spending Diet

“Designate two days a week as no-spend,” says Pauline Wallin, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and author of Taming Your Inner Brat: A Guide for Transforming Self-Defeating Behavior. Pay only for essentials, like bus fare or tolls for work, and skip using money on nonessentials like coffee or lunches out or candy bars—or any of the other little things we waste money on. “Knowing that you’re not frittering money away will boost your self-control,” says Wallin.


5. Trick Yourself into Saving

Let’s talk about the United States. This coming year, people’s paychecks are due to be reduced by about 2 percent because the temporary cut in the Social Security tax is set to expire on December 31. “Use the adjustment to a new paycheck amount to your benefit and put some savings on automatic pilot,” advises Nevin Adams, director of the American Savings Education Council. His theory: Since you’ll already be making an adjustment, you may not miss the other dollars you’ll sock away.

5 Surprising Foods for Healthy Teeth

If you’re trying to score top marks at your next dental appointment, in addition to your brushing and flossing regimen, the food you put in your mouth plays a crucial role for overall oral health.


We know that there are many foods that sneak into the diet that can damage teeth. Sugar is the main culprit, especially added, refined sugar. Any food that increases your intake of refined sugar can feed harmful bacteria to cause tooth decay. Other harmful foods include acidic beverages like sodas and sports drinks.
However, if you’re really trying to stay on top of your dental health, you want to make sure that you’re eating the right types of foods that assist your body in balancing and managing the oral environment. Here are five to add to your diet:

Garlic

Not only for warding off vampires, garlic is known for its antibacterial properties. Rich in the compound allicin, garlic prevents the activity of a wide range of bacteria that can cause imbalance in the oral environment. Adding some chopped garlic to your stir-fries or even raw garlic to your salads is a great way to ensure your mouth bacteria stay in check. Watch out, though! Garlic is notorious for causing bad breath.

Cloves


Widely cultivated in the traditional Spice Islands like Indonesia, cloves have been known for their antimicrobial properties for centuries. Their remarkable properties can be attributed to the rich source of eugenol and oleic acid.A powerful spice with a sweet kick, cloves can be used in a range of cooking, such as curries and soups. However, cloves are also particularly useful as a sugar replacement for desserts like spice cakes and muffins.

Turmeric


For many years, this rich, yellow-colored plant has been used in India, where it has been consumed in spice form for thousands of years. Long believed to be a remedy for problems in the mouth, we now know turmeric to have its antimicrobial activity because of its primary active component curcumin. Turmeric is an excellent addition to curries and cooked meats. It’s also great in your morning smoothie – simply add a teaspoon.

Butter


While we were long told that butter is bad for our heart and arteries, we now know that it’s one of the most nutrient-rich foods that humans can eat. Packed with fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K2 (if raised from grass-fed cows), it’s also rich in calcium and conjugated linoleic acid, which is a booster of the immune system. You can add butter to nearly any meal; however, it’s important to limit the amount of heating during cooking as the smoke point may cause it to burn.

Green Tea


Steeped with a rich history in Chinese medicine where it was known for its wide-ranging health benefits, today there’s not much that green tea can’t do. Rich in the antioxidant EGCG, green tea has powerful antibacterial properties.

How to Make People Like You In…..? (yes you read it right) 4 Seconds or less!

Within seconds of meeting you, people are already making judgments about your personality.

Those assessments can influence whether they want to hire you, date you, or be your friend.

So you’ll want to do everything you can to make the best impression possible — before it’s too late.

To help you out on that front, I checked out “How to Make People Like You in 90 Seconds or Less” by speaker and author Nicholas Boothman. The book highlights a key strategy for ingratiating yourself with your conversation partner while greeting them.

The best part? The whole process takes just four seconds. Read on to find out how to become instantly likable.

1. Be Open

Boothman says you’ll want to open both your body and your attitude.

In terms of your body language, Boothman says you should aim your heart directly at the person you’re meeting. Don’t cover your heart with your hands or your arms. And if you’re wearing a jacket, unbutton it beforehand.

It’s equally important to cultivate a positive attitude. While you’re greeting the person, Boothman says you should feel and be aware of that positivity.

2. Make Eye Contact


Boothman says you should be the one to initiate eye contact, and let your eyes reflect your positive attitude.

If you feel uncomfortable making eye contact, he suggests a strategy for getting used to it: When you’re watching TV, note the eye color of the people on camera and say the name of the color in your head. The next day, do the same thing with every person you meet.

Just make sure to look away at some point — as Carol Kinsey Goman writes on Forbes, too much eye contact can feel rude or intimidating for the other person.

3. Beam


Boothman advises being the first one to smile. You’ll send the message that you’re sincere.

Research also suggests that smiling when you meet someone in a happy context is a useful way to get them to remember you.

4. Say “hello”


Whether you say “hi,” “hey,” or “hello,” or use another salutation, you should sound delighted to be making this person’s acquaintance. 

Next, you’ll want to extend your hand. Make sure to give a firm handshake, which generally creates a more positive impression.

When the person you’re meeting gives his or her name, try to repeat it a few times. For example, you might say, “Sara. Nice to meet you, Sara!”

If you’re meeting multiple people and can’t shake everyone’s hand at once, Boothman says it’s possible to conduct a “hands-free” handshake. Do everything you’d normally do while shaking someone’s hand — point your heart in their direction, say hello, and smile — but don’t extend your hand.

5. Lean In

There’s no need to fall over into the person you’re meeting.

Boothman suggests an “almost imperceptible forward tilt” to show that you’re open to and interested in what the person has to say.