Three Fast and Easy Tips to Start Walking Off the Weight


The key to losing weight is to keep it simple. Here are three quick tips to help you start walking. You can start on the day that you are reading this. It’s never too early and never too late to get started.

1. Always Be Prepared

Keep walking shoes everywhere: in your car, at the office, at home, you name it. If you have more pairs of walking shoes than fashion shoes, you will be healthier! I always carry fitness shoes in a tote bag  but never give up my cute boots. I wear my heels “in” and my walking shoes “out” of whatever my day asks of me!


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Tip: Get even more from your walk, and keep light hand weights with your walking shoes. Try a one-, two- or three-pound set for added muscle boost. “The Tone Every Zone Walk” goes over moves for sculpting your arms, waistline and legs while you walk!

2. Mini Walks Add Up

Plan mini walks into three parts of your day. You will create a very powerful healthy habit if you plan these around your meals. Aim for a quick 10-minute walk after breakfast, an easy 10-minute walk before lunch and a brisk 10-minute walk in the evening (before or after dinner — it’s your choice!). “Mix & Match Walk Blasters makes it so easy.

Tip: It’s generally OK to walk after a meal. But if you choose to walk after a large, heavy meal like Thanksgiving, you might be uncomfortable. Any other time you can walk when you want. Walking is  “no rules” fitness!

3. Take Advantage of the Weekend

Plan long walks for the weekend! This is the secret weapon to speeding up weight loss. A 60-minute walk on Saturday and a 40-minute walk on Sunday can be the big burn to get those extra pounds to walk away! Try our “5 Boosted Miles” every Saturday morning to give your week a big burn!


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Brussels Sprouts Hash with Bacon & Egg


Charred on the outside and slightly tender on the inside, Skinnytaste’s Brussels sprouts hash can help veggie haters kindle a love for this nutritious vegetable. Cooked with crispy bacon and topped with a runny fried egg, it’s the perfect meal for Sunday brunch.

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10 Tricks to Keeping Kids from Eating Too Many Halloween Treats


For parents, Halloween is often a zero-sum game between trick or treat. Sure, the costumes are adorable and the spending time with your kids can’t be beat.

But then there’s the candy. Oh goodness, is there the candy.

Steering clear of sweets is hard enough on our own — how are we supposed to set a good example when the very nature of our kids’ favorite holiday is about bags and bags full of chocolates, candies and all forms of sugar in mass quantities?

Well, we asked, you answered. We threw the question out to our Facebook community: Is the spookiest thing about Halloween your kids’ sweet tooth? What’s your trick to keeping them from eating too many sweets?

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Below are 10 of our favorites of the strategies you submitted. Good work, parents! And Happy Halloween from all of us at Under Armour Connected Fitness!

1. Meet the Switch Witch…FTW!

2. Or maybe a visit from the Halloween Fairy?

3. The genius move… if they go for it!

4. The “Binge & Purge” approach.

5. Train your kids up in the art of negotiation.

6. Play some Halloween Hide and Go Seek.

7. Save the stomachaches for yourself.

8. The “Bear-Proof Bag” method.

9. Reduce, recycle, reuse!

10. Next year, we’re coming to your house.

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How to Choose a Perfectly Ripe Pear


A popular and nutritious fall fruit, pears are at their peak right now — but you have to know how to pick ‘em.

Contrary to what you might think, pears are one of the few fruits that don’t actually ripen on the plant, so they’re harvested as soon as they’re fully grown. Once taken off of the tree, most commercial pears go through a chilling period that kick-starts the ripening process. After a pear has been chilled, it will slowly begin to ripen at room temperature, getting sweeter and juicier with time. This usually takes about 4-5 days for Bartlett, 5-7 days for Bosc and Comice, and 7-10 days for Anjou pears. One important thing to note is that pears must ripen at room temperature, so be sure to keep them out of the crisper until they’re ready to eat.

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Most pear varieties don’t experience much color change as they ripen, with the exception of Bartlett pears which get brighter as they approach peak ripeness (and sweetness), going from green to golden. So, how do you know when a pear, no matter the type, is perfectly ripe? All you need to do is Check the Neck™.

To do this, hold the pear firmly in the palm of your hand and use your thumb to gently press the flesh just below where the stem joins the fruit. If it yields to pressure, it’s ripe and ready to eat. If the neck is still pretty firm, try checking again the following day. Once ripe, store the ripe pear in the refrigerator to slow the ripening process and save it for another day.


Of course, you can always help the ripening process along if your patience for enjoying a juicy pear is wearing thin. Simply place unripe pears in a paper bag with a ripe banana or apple, and the ethylene gas will help speed things up a bit.

Keep in mind that pears only remain perfectly ripe for a short period of time — usually a couple of days if left on the counter or up to five days if moved to the refrigerator. All’s not lost if you happen to let them go a day too long, though! Overripe pears bake up great in the oven and also make wonderful additions to smoothies.

Now that you know how to choose a perfectly ripe pear, here are 5 easy, nutritious pear snacks to try.

Elle Cooking copyElle Penner, M.P.H., R.D., is a registered dietitian, active runner and food-enthusiast. For more healthy living inspiration, connect with her on PinterestTwitter and Instagram.

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