1 Move That Burns More Fat Than Running

1 Move That Burns More Fat Than Running

Q: What kind of running shoes are made from banana skins?

A: Slippers!

If the thought of jogging makes you groan louder than you did after reading the punchline above, we’ve got some good news: Many simple jumping exercises deliver all the benefits of running, such as preventing heart disease, diabetes and improving our immune systems. The move listed below can be done in your living room, in your backyard, or at a local park.

Try it out every other day for a few minutes, you’ll see your fitness and strength improve surprisingly quickly. No running shoes required!

Jump Squats

Regular squats work many of the muscles in your lower body, and building in a leap only adds to the leg-building benefits. Start with a set of 10 and see how high you can jump. If you have Van Halen’s “Jump” in your music collection, crank it!

Easy 3-step method:

  1. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart.
  2. Slowly lower your body until your knees are at 90 degrees. Hold for 10 seconds.
  3. Quickly return to standing position and use your upward momentum to jump into the air! When you land, use your downward momentum to return to the bent-knees squat position.

These exercises can help you stay slim and trim. Just look at Jamie, he dropped 30 pounds by making small changes to his life.

Is there an alternative to running you’d like to share? Go for it in the comments below!

Source: http://www.menshealth.com/fitness/10-exercises-that-burn-more-calories-than-running/slide/10

 

One Simple Remedy For a Bad Mood

One Simple Remedy For a Bad Mood

What do Rocky Balboa, Jean Claude Van Damme and Batman have in common? Besides being manly men in movies that guys love, all three improve their moods by working out. If you want to know how to live an unboring life, just look at Batman…

The “Big Five” Benefits of Exercise

All three of these heroes train to defeat their foes, but their shared post-workout perkiness is no coincidence. Numerous studies show that working up a sweat delivers five major benefits:

Combats depression: Exercise causes your brain to release feel-good chemicals (endorphins) and reduce production of immune system chemicals that can worsen depression.

Boosts self-esteem: Meeting exercise goals or challenges, even small ones, can boost your confidence. Getting in shape will also make you feel better about your appearance. You may not look as buff as Rocky right away, but trust us, a bit of extra tone and firmness gets noticed.

Reduces stress: Exercise is a great way to release pent-up energy. In addition, an increase in body temperature has an overall calming effect.

Wards off anxiety: Working out is a healthy distraction that disrupts the cycle of negative thoughts that feed anxiety.

Prevents erectile dysfunction: Research suggests that exercise reduces the risk of erectile dysfunction by about 50%!

Get started right now!

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Grilled Broccoli and Tomato Kebabs with Garlic Herb Sauce

Grilled Broccoli and Tomato Kebabs with Garlic Herb Sauce

Most guys consider themselves masters of the BBQ when it comes to flipping burgers, but what about veggies? Even better, what about veggie kebabs?!

Adding vegetables to the grill is actually really simple. Flavour-packed and nutritious veggies are by far the easiest way to make a small change – and a great way to fill half your plate – when it comes to mixing up the barbecuing.

Before we kick off with the kebab recipe, here are a few quick tips for your veggie roast:

  • Make sure you stagger your veggie cooking times. Peppers and eggplant take much longer to cook than zucchini or cherry tomatoes.

  • Veggies are much more delicate than meat and will stick to the grill. Just toss them in a bowl with a light coating of vegetable oil before grilling.

  • You can also pack veggies into tin foil and toss on the grill for a no-mess dinner!

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 zucchini

  • 2 cup large broccoli florets

  • 1 cup grape tomatoes

  • 1 tbsp parsley or basil, or mint, chopped fresh

  • 1 garlic clove, minced

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  • Cut zucchini crosswise into 1/2 inch slices; place in bowl.

  • Add broccoli and tomatoes.

  • Add herbs, garlic and pepper.

  • Spray vegetables lightly with olive oil cooking spray, or toss them in a bowl to coat well.

  • Skewer vegetables onto skewers alternating with each vegetable.

  • Place on greased grill over medium heat and grill for about 15 minutes, turning twice or until golden and tender crisp.

Dipping Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt

  • 1 tbsp parsley or basil, or mint, chopped fresh

  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard

  • 1 clove garlic small, minced

  • Whisk together yogurt, herb, mustard and garlic in a bowl. Refrigerate until ready to serve with the grilled vegetables.

Serve with dipping sauce.

Canadian Men’s Health Foundation would like to thank the Canadian Produce Marketing Association and their Half Your Plate program for providing this delicious and healthy recipe.

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