Food companies are getting smart about healthy eating.

The two BEST pieces of advice for getting healthy?

Exercise first thing in the morning. If you miss some sleep, so be it. Studies prove that morning movers stick to their workout routines, get better sleep, and have an easier time staying healthy the rest of the day. Get it done first, so it gets done!

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A Healthy New Year Resolution: Kicking TV to the Curb

*Editor's Note: This post has been updated in 2023

According to a recent data Americans' screen time is at an all-time high...7 hours of looking at some sort of screen EVERY DAY. 

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Internet shopping can save a ton on your favorite foods

I've mentioned this before, but if there are food staples that you use over and over, consider buying them online. I typically save 25% to 75%.

Examples:

1. Fiber One Cereal: Amazon price with free shipping: $4.42/box. Ouch! I just averaged $2.25/box by taking advantage of a 2 for $4.00 deal on Walgreens.com. That equates to a 49% savings. I did buy $50 worth of the cereal to take advantage of a promotion of $10 off any order of $50 or more. I now have 25 boxes of cereal on the way!

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Some upside to holiday travel, or not? Free Wi-Fi

Editor's Note: Updated 2023

If you are debating whether to bring your larger device along on your next trip, do so. Free WiFi is ubiquitous! But just maybe, you could view the trip as a chance to explore unplugging.

The case for free WiFi: It's FREE. Easy. Get ahead on work or other projects.

The case against: Brain sucking. Time waster.

Good news for flyers? Airlines like Jet Blue and Delta already offer free WiFi and more to come. Finally.

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Almond butter versus peanut butter. Which is the healthier choice?

Editor's Note: Lindsay Durston contributed this piece during her internship at Athletic-Minded Traveler. She aspires to be a travel writer.

While there is something deeply gratifying about the sweet, creaminess of peanut butter (unless you lean crunchy), and the way that it often sticks to the roof of the mouth, studies demonstrate, it might be time to switch the nut. Almond butter, which also comes creamy or crunchy, offers more on a strictly nutritional basis. 

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Helpful Tips for your First Time at Bikram (Hot 26) Yoga

My wife is an every day Hot Yoga (Bikram Yoga) junkie. I prefer other forms of exercise and sweat, but after attending a half-dozen or so Bikram classes over the past 5 years, I feel qualified to pass along a beginner's perspective of what to expect, what to do, and what not to do at your first Bikram Yoga class: (*Click HERE to view all the cities Athletic-Minded Traveler covers.)

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Necessary Chicago Marathon Race Gear and Products

If you are about to run in the Chicago Marathon (or any marathon for that matter) and are wondering, "What race day items do I need for a marathon?", keep reading. All of the following long-distance running items should make your pack and prep list. These are Marathon Must-Haves:

1) Body Glide - the single most important product for a happy race. Rub this waxy stick all over your body (especially the armpits, nipples, back of your neck, top of feet and elbow/knee creases) to avoid painful chafing and irritating burns.

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Energy Bars and Protein Shakes Can Cause Kidney Stones

Although my personal experience is a non-scientific study of ONE, consumers of protein shakes and energy bars should be aware that these convenient, protein dense snacks can increase your risk for kidney disease and/or kidney stone formation (uric stones). There are more than one type of kidney stone. Some result from a build-up of calcium and most pass through our urine without us knowing. But, if they expand to sizes of 2-3mm or more, get ready for some mean back pain, potential fever, possible nausea and hematuria (blood in urine).

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Seeking the truth about plastics for water bottles and food storage containers. Myth versus Reality

After the recent brouhaha over the SIGG water bottles, we are in search of some simple truths (or even easy to follow guidelines about plastics). Are your eyes glazing over? If so, here's the SUPER quick skinny.

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Exercising in the heat? Drink something cold to aid endurance.

I practice hot yoga. Our teachers recommend that we do not bring in super cold water to sip on (or in my case chug) during class. They posit that digesting a very cold drink requires body energy -- energy that would better be used for the poses. According to a 2008 study, they are wrong.

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