7 Tips to get in shape this Summer!

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Exercise daily. Taking walks, joining a gym, or even taking a pair of light weight weights to work for at least a half hour a day will dramatically help you to get and stay in shape.

Maintain a clean diet. Know what you eat. Stay away from processed foods and sugar. Try eating more veggies and protein.

Don’t drink your calories. Try not to drink anything that has calories or a lot of calories. Drink water and plenty of it. Water suppresses hunger and is calorie, sugar, and carbohydrate free!

Try not to eat before bed. As we sleep our energy levels drop, which makes it twice as hard for our bodies to burn excess calories that we eat during a late night dinner. Save your food for when you are awake.

Starting slow is better than fast. Starting an exercise plan that includes running ten miles and then being sick for weeks is not where you should be starting. Start by walking for 30 minutes or using a lighter weight than heavier weights.

Find a partner. Having someone else pushing you and doing exercises with you, will make it easier to stay on track. They also can be a great motivational boost and make working out fun, rather than actual work.

Resting day. Make sure no matter what, you set aside a day or two to rest.  Some people choose to rest on the weekends. While others the weekend is the only time they have to work out.  Just as long as you give your body the proper rest it needs doesn’t really matter what day you choose. Do keep in mind this is not an excuse to binge eat and ruin all your heard work.

Earth Month: Simply7’s Tips for Recycling

  1. Try taking shorter showers to reduce water use. This will lower your water and heating bills too.

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    Bicycle #3 (Photo credit: Ed Yourdon)
  2. Walk or bike to work. This saves on gas and parking costs while improving your cardiovascular health and reducing your risk of obesity.
  3. Use a water filter to purify tap water instead of buying bottled water. Not only is bottled water expensive, but it generates large amounts of container waste.
  4. Re-use your grocery bags or buy a canvas bag you can carry your groceries in.
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  5. Be bright about light! Turn off the lights when you’re leaving any room for 15 mins or more and utilize natural light when you can.
  6. Pay your bills online. Not only is it greener, it’s a sanity saver.English: Recycle logo
  7. Give up washing your car at home. Commercial car washes require an average of about 45 gallons of water per car wash whereas, home washers typically use between 80-140 gallons.