Get the Most From Your Workouts With These 8 Facts

Exercise tips With the gorgeous spring weather, the desire to be fit for summer clothes and bathing suits goes into full drive.  I must admit, I have really let myself go in terms of fitness this year.  The last few weeks have seen me hitting the pavement, with a much slower pace than I am use to, and some labored breathing.  I am a runner, and also tend to be insanely somewhat competitive, particularly with myself.  Since I am nowhere near the pace I was 2 years ago, I am grabbing any tips I can to help me get the most of my time at the gym and outdoors.  Here are some tips I picked up at the gym over the weekend.  Some of them I knew, but others I had no idea.  Time to go buy myself some peppermint...   The smell of peppermint makes people feel more vigorous and less frustrated while exercising.   Apples are more effective at keeping people awake than a cup of coffee.   Playing with your children or grandchildren for an hour burns as many calories as walking briskly for an hour.  One is more fun.   Eating small snacks between meals helps you eat less and prevents overeating/binging.   Exercise prevents heart disease, stroke and type II diabetes.   One beer = 15 minutes of continuous jumproping.   Eating spicy food 1-2 hours before exercising can increase your metabolism as much as 50%.   The average American consumes 45 gallons of soda per year, which is equal to 21 lbs of body fat.    
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