These Foods Seem Healthy But Aren’t Actually That Good for You

These Foods Seem Healthy But Aren’t Actually That Good for You

Sometimes certain foods—especially those currently trending or popping up on Instagram and Pinterest—get that “health halo,” where people assume they’re just as good for you as they are beautiful to take a photo of. Think: acai bowls or frozen yogurt, for example. Some can take you back hundreds of calories depending on size, the ingredients and those toppings (galore). Plus, preparation is key. Nuts are great for you when unsalted and raw or simply roasted, but if they’re glazed with sweet ingredients, super salty, or are packaged where you’re eating too much at once, then you’re not enjoying a healthy snack but rather one that contains hidden sugar, carbs, sodium and calories. And since you believe it to be healthy, you might think you can eat as much as you like—and that ‘s definitely not true, as those calories (even from foods that are packed with nutrients) will add up!... Read More
5 Reasons to Add an Exercise Step to Your Workout

5 Reasons to Add an Exercise Step to Your Workout

It was impossible to step into a gym in the 1980s without seeing Spandex-clad women on their way into a step aerobics class. These group fitness classes might’ve seemed like a fad, but these women knew the secret: Working out with an aerobic step can be a sweaty, high-intensity workout that torches calories. But can step aerobics be enough of a cardio workout to deserve a spot in your exercise regimen? Most definitely! Here’s everything you need to know about its fat-burning benefits. 1. You Can Do It (Almost) Anywhere All you need to get started is an aerobic step, or exercise step. An aerobic step is typically a plastic platform outfitted with a nonslip surface on the top. It’s usually only a few inches tall, but many types of aerobic steps can be modified with risers that make it taller (and more challenging). As long as you have an even,... Read More