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The greater the variety of vegetables and fruit you have at home, the more of them you’ll eat, especially if you put them where you can see them!47 Vegetables and fruit are filled with vitamins,minerals and fibre. A diet rich in vegetables and fruit promotes good health and can help you manage your weight.48 49 50 Add to your grocery cart brightly coloured broccoli, squash, kale,melons, berries and more. Don’t forget about mushrooms,cauliflower and pale green cabbage; they may not be bright,but they are healthy choices too.Be sure to eat the veggies and fruit you buy. Try these tasty tips47: • Place a bowl of fresh fruit on the kitchen counter for quick, tasty snacks. • Garnish diced fresh fruit with Greek-style vanilla yogurt for a fruity snack that’s also a healthy treat. • When you reach for a mid-afternoon snack, pick veggies instead of salty snack foods. Keep fresh veggies in the fridge, cut up and ready to eat. • At meals, offer more than one vegetable. Fill half of your plate with veggies – the more you have on your plate, the more you’ll eat. Bonus item! Yogurt is an ideal ingredient for seasoning vegetables! Use it to(…)

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Fitness dance class
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Winter blues getting you down? Then it’s time to get active! Exercise is a great way to lift your spirits, so we’ve come up with a few ways to stay active during the dark winter months. Dance, dance and more dance It’s the perfect marriage of pleasure and sports, ranging from traditional dances like tango, salsa, merengue, rock ‘n’ roll and line dancing to dances that you may not have heard of but will definitely want to try! Zumba is an invigorating exercise routine from Colombia, inspired by several Latin dances (salsa, merengue, cumbia, reggaeton…) and aerobics. Electro dance fans should try out popping, a technique based on contracting and relaxing muscles in time with the beat. Couples who want to stay active together can try forró, a Brazilian dance. For everyone else, there’s Bollywood, Afro-Brazilian and Cabaret Broadway. New sports One sport that has been generating quite a lot of buzz recently is CrossFit. It’s not exactly a sport, but more of a physical conditioning program that draws on several disciplines, including weightlifting, gymnastics and track and field. Group sessions last one hour, and consist of a series of exercises with no down time in between. It’s high-intensity, but(…)

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Male runner stretching
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2012 marked the arrival of the smartphone and its many applications into our lives. Here are five applications that will help you stay in shape. Couch to 5k: to get back into sports As its name suggests, Couch to 5K is an application that will make you get off your sofa and help you run your first five kilometres without suffering and without stopping. Thanks to different progressive and motivating training plans (from 20 to 30 minutes), the application will support you as you progress over a nine-week period. Couch to 5K is ideal for beginners and those wanting to get back into sports activities and gradually build up their cardio endurance. RunKeeper: to visualize your training sessions This is an application that is as useful for beginners as for seasoned athletic types. RunKeeper allows you to keep track of all your sports activities (jogging, cycling, in-line skating), thanks to the GPS function of your smartphone. One of the strong points of this application is the possibility of concretely seeing the results of your training session directly after you finish: total distance, average speed, calories expended, as well as the path you took on a GoogeMaps map. The only thing(…)

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Sportive man and woman riding mountain bike
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The Dutch are the tallest people in the world, something I as a Dutchman am quite pleased with. In general, genetics and environmental factors such as nutrition are the determining factors when it comes to adult height. But I’d like to think there is another contributing factor to the Dutch extraordinary height, and that’s the fact that we ride bikes. We ride our bikes to work, to school, when we go out, when we go grocery shopping—we ride our bikes pretty much everywhere. And we cycle come rain or shine. As a result, we’re a pretty healthy nation and healthy things tend to grow. Whether the latter is actually a scientific fact I’m not sure, but I do know riding a bike as your standard means of transportation is a lot better for you than driving a car. And in Canada, it’s more popular than ever. Cycling is a very practical way to stay fit. In fact, if you use a bike to get from A to B, you don’t even need to free up extra time for it. It doesn’t require skill or practice—once you’ve learned how to ride a bike, you don’t forget how it works and its(…)

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