Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The 4 Best Foods to Eat Before Exercising

August 26, 2014 1:30 pm

Whether you’re an avid cyclist or a bona fide yogi, it’s important to eat the proper foods before any type of workout. Here are a few of the best foods to eat before exercising to keep your body energized and to help build muscle.

  1. Whole-wheat bread. Complex carbs like whole wheat take a longer time for your body to burn, so they provide you with energy for a lot longer than simple carbs. Try eating a whole-wheat bagel with some organic jam or honey to get the fuel that you need for your workout.
  2. Greek yogurt. Greek yogurt is packed full of protein, and it has much less sugar than flavored yogurts. This simple, plain yogurt is also very easy to digest, which makes it the perfect snack before a high-intensity cardio exercise.
  3. Chicken or other lean meats. Lean meats are another great source of protein, and they are much lower in fat than meats like beef or pork. Try some grilled chicken with a side of vegetables or healthy brown rice.
  4. Caffeine. It may seem strange, but sipping a small cup of coffee before a workout can provide you with that added boost of energy that you need to get motivated. Caffeine is also proven to reduce muscle soreness after a workout.

Best Workout Foods: What to Eat Before a Workout [U.S. News]
Food as Fuel – Before, During and After Workouts [American Heart Association]
What to Eat Before You Work Out [Spark People]
The Best Foods to Eat Before and After Your Workout [Shape]

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How to Better Organize Your Under-Sink Storage

August 19, 2014 2:17 pm

Whether it’s in the kitchen or the bathroom, the under-sink area is like a no-man’s land of cleaning supplies, sponges, beauty products and, for many people, even a garbage can. Just because these spaces are hidden doesn’t mean that they should be disorganized, however. The under-sink area is an untapped resource for storage space, and these helpful tips will show you how to get everything in order.

  1. Empty it out. Before you attempt to organize the contents of underneath your sink, you should pull everything out and give the cabinet a good scrubbing. Then, toss out any old cleaning products or unused supplies to make room for the things that you use every day.
  2. Add some shelves. If you have enough height underneath your sink to do so, add a shelf to maximize that space. These are available specifically for the under-sink area at most home goods stores. Choose one that best fits under your sink, making sure to account for any low-hanging pipes.
  3. Group things together. Now that you’re ready to put things back, group your cleaning products and other supplies in groups that make sense. This will be different for different people, but an example would be to group all dishwashing supplies in one area, toss them in a small plastic bin, and slide it onto one of the shelves. If you’re tackling a bathroom under-sink area, group beauty products in one bin, cleaning supplies in another, and maybe place some replacement soaps and shampoos in a third.

Clutter Make-Over of the Month: Under-Kitchen Sink [Youcopia]
Curing clutter problems in under-sink cabinets [unclutterer]
How to Organize Under Your Bathroom Sink [VideoJug]

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Foolproof Packing Tips for Your Wilderness Getaway

August 13, 2014 3:11 pm

Even the least outdoorsy person can enjoy a camping trip, provided that you know what to pack. If you’re preparing for a trip out into the wilderness, these necessary items will keep you feeling comfortable and relaxed all weekend long.

  1. A great tent. Not all tents are created equal, so be sure to evaluate the type that you need before you embark on your journey. If you’re only spending one evening under the stars, then a simple two-person tent will do the trick, but if you’re spending a few days outdoors you’ll need something that provides more structure. You would be amazed at how many features modern tents have, so do a bit of research to find the perfect one.
  2. Medical supplies. No one ever intends for an accident to happen, but it always helps to be prepared. Pack a first aid kit filled with bandages, pain relievers, and other staple items.
  3. Water and snacks. Even if you’re really roughing it and only cooking over an open fire, it’s smart to pack a few snacks to tide you over until the next meal. Protein bars and bagged nuts are great options, and plenty of bottled water is also a must-have.
  4. Bug spray and sunscreen. Insect bites are some of the most common complaints from campers, and sunburn is equally miserable. These two supplies will save you a lot of discomfort on your camping trip.

What to Pack for a Camping Trip [USA Today]
How to Pack for a Safe, Healthy Camping Trip [U.S. News]
How to Pack for an Active Outdoor Vacation [Independent Traveler]
How to Pack for an Outdoor Adventure [Good Housekeeping]

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