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7 Fun Ways to Exercise As a Family

Remember the days before you had kids? Leisurely lunches with friends, long nights out and mornings spent sleeping in, virtually unlimited time to work out. Now that you’re a parent, though, your reality has undoubtedly changed.

 

Yes, you’ve gained the incredible gift of having a child (or children), but long gone are those hours-long bike rides and gym sessions — you may be finding it difficult to fit any exercise into your hectic days! Work commitments, after-school and weekend activities, and the ins and outs of daily life can sap you of the time you need to get in a good sweat session on the daily, that’s for sure. Plus, after spending much of the day away from your kids, you’re probably wanting to enjoy time with them — not with strangers at the gym! 

 

Rest assured that there is a way to accomplish two goals at once: family workouts. Whether they’re structured or impromptu activities, family exercises can benefit you and everyone involved — not only in the health benefits they offer, but in family bonding and in quality time spent together. Plus, they’re just fun!

 

Read on for our complete guide to exercising as a family.
 

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5 Exercises for Diabetes Control (and Why It's Important)

If you have Type 2 diabetes, you likely know that following a healthy diet is key to managing your condition. But did you know that exercise for diabetes control can be just as important?

 

Regular exercise is beneficial for all people in numerous ways, as it can help:1

  • Lower your blood pressure
  • Reduce your LDL (bad) cholesterol
  • Raise your HDL (good) cholesterol
  • Manage your weight
  • Strengthen your muscles and bones

 

But exercise is even more vital if you’ve got diabetes, as it can help:1

  • Lower your blood glucose levels
  • Increase your body’s sensitivity to insulin
  • Reduce risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease

 

Along with enjoying a healthy diet, getting regular exercise might even delay or prevent the development of diabetes in people with prediabetes.2

 

Those are some pretty impressive benefits, right? Still, you may have questions about exercise and diabetes: What are the best exercises for diabetes? How often should I be exercising? We’ve got the answers to these questions and more in our complete guide to exercise for diabetes!

 

Remember to always consult your physician before starting a new exercise routine.

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8 Moves From A Certified Trainer to Strengthen Your Core

Stop everything — and consider your posture. 


Are you sitting up straight? Are you standing? No matter what you’re doing right now, your core is working hard to keep you balanced and stable. And if you’re just starting to explore an exercise routine, learning how to strengthen your core could help support your fitness goals and your health. We sat down with Briana Rodriquez, Certified Personal Trainer (and Jenny Craig’s resident Registered Dietitian Nutritionist), who shared her top eight exercises to strengthen core muscles, and discussed how a strong core can benefit your entire body.    

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Your Ultimate 30-Day Workout Plan to Start the New Year

Now that the New Year’s confetti has finally settled, you’re ready to be more active — but where do you start? 


We’ve got you covered. 


This 30-day workout plan has just what you need to feel your best in 2020 — and it’s great for beginners, too! For the next 30 days, we challenge you to try these activities on your own, with a friend, or even with a group: Join us in celebrating a happy, healthy new year!

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Healthy Tip of the Week: Be More Active

Each week, we’ll highlight some of our favorite healthy habits and the benefits behind them. We’ll also share a quick and simple tip from Heather Lake, a Jenny Craig Health & Lifestyle Contributor, to help support your weight loss goals and inspire you throughout the day! This 12-week series will focus on everything from exercise tips for beginners to delicious ways to incorporate more protein into your meals.

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High-Intensity Workouts: Tips for Beginners and the Benefits for Weight Loss

New workouts can be intimidating, and that’s especially true for HIIT. The name itself might sound a little scary. But it’s not nearly as daunting as you might imagine, and the benefits — muscle definition, improved cardiovascular health,1 and potentially even weight loss2 — make the workout well worth the effort.

 

The acronym, HIIT, stands for “high-intensity interval training,” and it’s used to describe workouts that rely on short blasts of all-out energy (these are the intervals) followed by brief periods of rest (where you catch your breath for the next round). 

 

For decades, athletes have used interval training for weight loss and performance gains. HIIT just formalizes the strategy into an everyday workout. If you’re following a weight loss program or have hit a weight loss plateau — interval training can be a powerful way to boost your efforts. 
 

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