The health benefits of swimming workouts are the result of a perfect storm of calorie burn and muscle recruitment. An easy swim burns around 500 calories an hour, while a vigorous effort can torch almost 700. And because water is nearly 800 times denser than air, each kick, push, and pull is like a mini resistance workout for your entire body—especially your core, hips, arms, shoulders, and glutes. So in addition to blasting calories as you swim, you build lean muscle, which ignites your metabolism so that you burn more calories once you’ve showered and dried off.
Now, there’s a new research to even more solidly reinforce the benefits of waking up early. According to results from study published by Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in ScienceDaily, sleeping late could be one of the unhealthiest ways to kick off your morning. Of 96 study participants, those who slept late went on to commit the trifecta of unhealthy decisions throughout the day. They ate more fast food. They ate fewer vegetables. And they weren’t as physically active.
Regarded for thousands of years in the East as a key to good health, happiness, and wisdom, tea has caught the attention of researchers in the West, who are discovering the many health benefits of different types of teas.
Studies have found that some teas may help with cancer, heart disease, and diabetes; encourage weight loss; lower cholesterol; and bring about mental alertness. Tea also appears to have antimicrobial qualities.
Eating air-popped popcorn as a snack not only helps you lose weight because it’s relatively high in fiber, but also because it can replace other higher-calorie snacks. Eight cups of air-popped popcorn contain only 244 calories, yet require a considerable amount of time to eat. Eat just 17 plain potato chips and you’ll consume the same number of calories yet be done in no time, making it more likely that you’ll eat more chips or another snack. Calorie-for-calorie comparisons do air-popped popcorn even more justice if you consider other typical after-supper snacks it can replace. One cup of ice cream, 6 homemade chocolate-chip cookies and even a typical peanut butter and jelly sandwich all have nearly twice the calories of the 8 cups of air-popped popcorn that take far longer to eat.