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11 Basic, Beginner Workout Tips to Help You Get Fit

You know how it feels when you click on a tasty-looking recipe, only to find out you need 28 different ingredients, two hours, and some weird kitchen gadget you’ve never heard of to make it? That’s how it can feel when you decide to get in shape. You figure you’ll just lace up your sneakers and get started — but then you’ve got magazines and message boards and friends and trainers bombarding you with advice about heart rate zones and cardio and weightlifting and some aggressive-sounding thing called HIIT.

Wading through all the information and deciphering what’s fact from fiction can be overwhelming, but don’t get discouraged. You don’t need to be a fitness expert to get results. Armed with a bit of basic info, you can start seeing progress quickly, which can make all the difference when it comes to staying motivated and sticking with your program. Read on for answers to common beginner questions about working out and getting fit.

How often do I need to work out?

Anything is better than nothing, but shoot for at least three times a week, and remain active (by walking, doing yoga, etc.) every day. Working out more often can lead to faster results—as long as you’re smart about it. Workout programs like CORE DE FORCE and The Master’s Hammer and Chisel are designed to push your physical limits six times a week without burning out, for example. Once you’ve nailed your fitness goals, it’s okay to scale back a little — but not completely. To maintain your progress, you must keep your activity level high.

How long should my workouts be?

The answer depends entirely on how hard you’re willing to work. According to a recent study, 20 minutes of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) — which alternates short bursts of intense effort with periods of low intensity rest — produced a similar reduction in body fat as 40 minutes of continuous, moderate to vigorous exercise. In short, if you’re someone who can “bring it,” you can slash your workout time in half. But don’t just take our word for it. Try 22-Minute Hard Corps and see for yourself.

What’s the best time of day to work out?

This one is easy: The best time of day to work out is the time when you can do so consistently. Are you a family man (or woman) with a stressful job? Get your sweat on in the mornings before other people can start making demands on your time. Do you often have lunches free? Schedule your workouts for midday. Do you typically leave work needing to blow off some steam? Evening workouts will likely give you the outlet you need. Bottom line: There is no best time for everyone, but there is a best time for you.

What should I eat before a workout?

It depends. If it’s a light workout, you should be able to power through it without extra fuel. But if you’re going to hit it hard and keep hitting it for a while, eat a healthy snack that contains a mixture of carbs and protein (e.g., apple slices with peanut butter) one to three hours before you begin. Also, if you find yourself dragging, a pre-workout drink like Beachbody Performance Energize can help give you the boost you need to crush your sweat session.

Do I need electrolytes while I exercise?

When you sweat, you not only lose water, but also high concentrations of sodium and chloride. Electrolyte drinks are used to replace what you lose. But as long as you stay hydrated, eat a balanced diet, and workout less than 60 minutes a day, you can probably skip the sports drink. The kicker is that most people don’t drink enough water throughout the day to start their workouts well hydrated. As such, it’s smart to drink water or a low-sugar sports drink like Beachbody Performance Hydrate.

How do I get rid of my muffin top?

You can’t spot reduce fat, but you will see your muffin top shrink as you lose overall body fat. In addition to dialing in your diet and dialing up your workout frequency and intensity, focus on making a few other key lifestyle changes that can accelerate fat loss, such as logging enough sleep, increasing your daily activity level outside of your workouts, and reducing your overall stress level.

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How much weight should I lift? What if I don’t want to bulk up?

Always lift the heaviest weight that will allow you to complete not only all of your sets of a given exercise, but the entire workout. If you’re following a Beachbody program like The Master’s Hammer and Chisel, the weights you use will likely change from workout to workout depending on the focus (e.g., strength, endurance, fat loss, cardio, etc.). Also, don’t worry about bulking up—especially if you’re a woman. Most women don’t have the genetics to build beefy “man muscle,” so that shouldn’t even be a concern. And most men would need to spend years pumping iron to build the kind of physique that would land them in a bodybuilding or strongman competition (if indeed they were genetically predisposed to build that kind of muscle in the first place). Here’s what you can expect from working out consistently: A stronger, leaner, more defined version of the body you have right now.

I’m hella sore from my last workout. Should I go hard, go easy, or take a rest day?

It depends on your level of soreness. A little bit of movement can boost your circulation and shorten recovery time, so resist the urge to just sit on the couch if your soreness is minimal to moderate. Instead, opt for a light workout, and be sure to stretch and/or foam roll afterward.

If you’re completely hobbled or concerned that might have pulled a muscle, go ahead rest — your body need a recovery day (or days) now and then. But also know this: No workout should leave you hella sore. If you feel excessively sore after you work out, you pushed yourself too hard. Dial back the intensity next time. Also, don’t think that more soreness equals greater gains. Soreness is a poor indicator of workout quality or effectiveness.

What’s better for losing weight — cardio or strength?

Strength training will always trump steady state cardio (think: jogging) when it comes to shedding pounds. But why pick one when you can choose both? Nowadays, many workout programs combine the strength and cardio with HIIT (You’ll find a wide selection of these workouts on Beachbody on Demand.) Talk about efficiency!

What’s the deal with the heart rate zones? Which one should I aim for?

Elite athletes and endurance runners closely monitor their heart rates during training, but if you don’t fall into either of those categories, don’t worry about it. Just go as hard as you can, recover, and repeat.

I don’t know where to start and can’t afford a trainer. What should I do?

This is where you get the sales pitch — but that doesn’t make the reason for it any less valid. If you can’t afford (or simply don’t want) a personal trainer, sign up for a streaming online workout service. With Beachbody on Demand, you’ll get access to all of our best workout programs, so you can find the one that best fits your personality, fitness level, time constraints and preferred training style (e.g., HIIT, weightlifting, dance, etc.). That last part is key; if you aren’t having fun and seeing results, you won’t be exercising for long, so find a program that inspires you, and then do your best to crush every workout.

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4 Shakeology Myths BUSTED

One of our most successful Team Beachbody Coaches wanted to take a moment to share her thoughts on some of the most common Shakeology myths floating around. Here’s what she had to say!

4 Shakeology Myths You Might Have Heard:

  • Shakeology is just a protein shake
  • Shakeology doesn’t contain whole food ingredients
  • Shakeology is expensive
  • Shakeology is only for weight loss

 

Myth #1: Shakeology is just a protein shake.
Meaning just a shake that provides extra protein. I can’t blame the general public for thinking this since “protein shake” has become nearly an interchangeable term for any shake. But, all shakes are not created equal—especially ones that contain superfoods. Shakeology is a very nutrient-dense shake.

You’d have to eat a whole lot of different foods to get the fiber, phytonutrients, protein, vitamins and minerals in a single glass of Shakeology—and it would be tough to do that for fewer than 170 calories. Truth be told, the majority of people are way more nutrient deficient, than they are protein deficient. So why would Beachbody have created just a protein shake?

Myth #2: Shakeology is just a bunch of extracts, with no whole-food ingredients.
Whenever it’s possible and sustainable for the formula, the superfoods in Shakeology are whole ingredient powders processed in a way to help preserved in their nutrient value. It’s more difficult to source these specialty ingredient, but Beachbody has a whole team of scientists whose mission it is to help maximize the nutrition in every ingredient used in Shakeology. Imagine trying to eat all those superfoods! Shakeology is way less expensive and a huge time-saver.

When you compare other shakes against Shakeology, take a look at the calories, fat, protein, and carbohydrate amounts, but also look at the ingredients. For instance, you might notice other shakes have zero grams of sugar.

How do you think those shakes achieve that? Hint, it’s not natural, as even fruit has sugar in it. Shakeology has no artificial sweeteners, flavors, colors, or preservatives.

Myth #3: Shakeology is expensive.
To anyone who feels this product is expensive I know that I have not done my diligence in breaking down its real value. Most healthy shakes out there cost between $3 and $10. Shakeology, at $4.33 per shake, comes in on the low end of the average.

When you buy a bulk bag of Shakeology, you’re buying 30 of your shakes upfront. And, means you’ll spend less money at the grocery store. Because of the grocery savings, I actually deduct my monthly Shakeology from my grocery budget. I cannot duplicate its vast quality of ingredients and nutrients for the price.

Myth #4: Shakeology is only for weight loss.
Most shakes are marketed this way. Shakeology is about health. When you put the right nutrients in your body, you may ultimately have more energy, fewer cravings, and feel better. As a result, you might eat less and become more active. With Shakeology, weight loss is a byproduct of dense nutrition and a healthier lifestyle.

When was the last time you dieted and cut calories only to feel tired, grouchy, and battling against a ton of cravings? That is because you may have been nutrient deficient. Because it’s so nutrient rich, Shakeology helps you in your battle to lose weight.

Shakeology isn’t magic. It’s clean, dense nutrition made super easy. It’s my family’s “fast food” on the counter.

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Beachbody Super Trainers Share 13 Tips to Lose Weight Fast

At one point or another, everyone has tried to figure out how to lose weight quickly — whether for an upcoming vacation or for a special event. But everyone has probably also heard — or found out first-hand — how unhealthy most quick weight-loss fixes can be, and how they can actually lead to more weight gain in the long run.

 

But there is a safe way to lose weight quickly: “There are always little tricks where you can jumpstart your metabolism and see some results fast,” says Beachbody Super Trainer Joel Freeman. Joel and fellow Super Trainer Jericho McMatthews — co-creators of CORE DE FORCE — share their 13 tips for how to lose weight quickly — in a healthy way.

1. Skip Crash Diets

“A crash diet isn’t a great idea,” Jericho says. “It’s not healthy, and it just doesn’t send your body the right message.”

Tori Schmitt, RDN, agrees: “Super low-calorie meal plans that aren’t calorie- and nutrient-adequate can make you feel fatigued in the short-term,” she explains. In the long-term, these low-calorie diets may slow your metabolism, which may make it harder to lose weight in the future, she adds.

What’s more, most low-calorie diets really only help you lose water weight. “There is a difference between fat loss and water loss. Most people crash diet for a week or two, ‘lose weight’ and then complain that they ‘gain’ it all back a few weeks later. Yes — because it wasn’t fat loss, it was more water-weight loss, which will come back quickly,” says Alexandra Caspero, R.D., nutritionist.

2. Set Attainable Goals

For your goals to be achievable, they have to be realistic. “People sometimes think of things in terms of ‘The Biggest Loser,’ where they see this extreme weight loss and think, ‘Oh I can do that.’ But in reality, that’s not the healthiest way to lose weight,” Joel says.

Sure, losing five dress sizes in two weeks would be nice — but it’s not realistic to achieve in a healthy way. Four pounds over the next two weeks, though, is realistic, adds Joel. Aim for a healthy and realistic goal of shedding one to two pounds a week.

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3. Pencil In Your Weight-Loss Plan — Literally

Once you set your goal, sit down with a calendar and write out what every day of the next 7, 14, 21 will look like. Then write in your workouts where you know you can do them — not as a side note, but as a designated time when you WILL workout.

“You have to be realistic in what you’re already doing, and whether that workout is going to fit into your daily routine,” says Joel. If you have kids, you’re probably not going to get to the gym before work. But you probably could squeeze in a 30-minute workout at home.

4. Ease Into Your Plan

“The number one thing I see people do is try to overdo it by taking on too much, too fast,” Joel says. “They go from what they’re currently doing — which might be not working out at all and eating unhealthy food — and then they go to the opposite end of that, overworking their bodies and saying that all they’ll eat is kale.”

If you don’t gradually incorporate healthier eating habits into your diet, you risk falling off the wagon. If you don’t ease into a workout program, you risk overtraining and even injury. That’s one reason why Beachbody programs feature modifications for beginners, says Joel.

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5. Focus on High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

Both Joel and Jericho agree that the most effective workout for losing weight as quickly as possible is high-intensity interval training, or HIIT. “If you only have 20 or 30 minutes, you can get in a really great workout,” Jericho says. “It’ll push you into the anaerobic zone, so you’ll see results in a short amount of time.”

Not only will you burn a ton of calories during HIIT, but you’ll also continue burning them at a higher rate for up to (and possibly more than) 24-hours afterward as your body goes about the repair and recovery processes, Joel adds. Science agrees: High intensity exercise induces the greatest increase in excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC), which is the amount of oxygen required to restore your body to its normal resting state. In practical terms, that just means that HIIT elevates your metabolism, and keeps it elevated much longer than low intensity workouts.

6. Be Active Every Day

You can work out up to six days a week, as long as you’re following a carefully designed program like CORE DE FORCE, which manages workout intensity and variety to prevent overtraining and burnout. “I love to mix my workouts up: I might do HIIT one day, and then something more relaxed the next, like a dance workout,” says Jericho.

At least one day per week should be earmarked for recovery. But don’t mistake recovery for inactivity. Go ahead an hike, bike, swim, etc.—just keep the intensity low. If you can’t easily carry on a conversation, you’re going too hard.

7. Ladies, Get to Know Your Weights

“If you’re looking to lose weight quickly, I would incorporate weights into HIIT,” Jericho advises. “A lot of women think that to lose weight they just need to do cardio, but incorporating strength training increases your caloric burn after you work out, since increasing lean muscle mass elevates your metabolism.”

Plus, strength training increases bone density, strengthens your tendons and ligaments, and helps prevent injuries — all crucial to staying truly healthy, she adds.

A lot of women are afraid of putting on weight, but lean muscle mass is the weight you want. And thanks to genetics, most women don’t have to worry about packing on bulky “man muscle” anyway. “Don’t be as concerned with the number on the scale as the inches you’re losing or the way your clothes are fitting,” Jericho says.

8. Eat Super Clean

“When it comes to fast weight loss, definitely first and most important, in my opinion, is cleaning up your nutrition as much as possible,” Jericho says. Get back to the basics: She recommends focusing on lean protein and vegetables and drinking a lot of water to stay hydrated.

In addition to protein and veggies, Schmitt advises focusing on other whole foods like fruits, legumes, nuts, and seeds as well. “Keep in mind that proteins, fats, and fiber helps you feel fuller longer, so when you focus on whole foods like hemp seeds, broccoli, salmon, eggs, berries, and almonds, you’re getting at least one of those hunger-busting nutrient benefits,” she adds.

Joel & Jericho's 13 Tips for Losing Weight Quickly

9. Cut Excess Calories

Look at what you’re already putting into your body and see what needs to change, Joel advises. He and Jericho both recommend cutting any “extras” in your diet — an idea echoed by Schmitt.

“The extras might be the foods you eat when you’re not truly ‘stomach hungry’ or the foods that don’t provide a high level of nutrient density, like alcohol or added sugar,” Schmitt says.

“We all know what we should and shouldn’t eat, so it’s fairly easy to figure out what you need to take out of your diet,” Joel adds. “Knock out the big ones — sugar, alcohol — and you’re going to see a lot of results even without adding workouts.”

10. Guys, Make Sure You’re Fueling Enough

“The overall mindset of people is ‘If I eat less, then I’ll lose weight,’ but one thing I’ve realized over the years is eating is not a bad thing,” says Joel. “If I’m trying to trim down, and training hard, I tend to actually eat more because that makes my body more efficient.” He likens it to a car: If you want your car to go further, you have to put fuel in it.

“You need to fuel your workouts,” agrees Caspero. “When you cut your calorie intake, you are also cutting energy, which is essential for exercise, especially HIIT.”

11. Track Your Weight-Loss Progress

Keep a journal, put a calendar on your fridge, download a tracker app — recording your progress can help you take the time to pat yourself on the back, check in with yourself, and keep yourself accountable, Jericho says.

Tracking your food, especially, can help: A long-term weight-loss maintenance study of almost 2,000 subjects showed that keeping a food diary can double your weight loss.

12. Cut Yourself Some Slack

Don’t beat yourself up too much if you veer from your plan, Jericho adds. “If you fall off the wagon or miss a workout, a lot of times people spiral and just give up,” she explains. “Pat yourself on the back, acknowledge that you’re human, and keep going.”

13. Make a Post-Event Plan

Once you’ve hit your goal and wowed everyone at your wedding/high school reunion/special event, take time to celebrate all your hard work — but then start formulating a plan for tomorrow. “Giving yourself a few weeks to lose weight for a specific event usually takes a lot of workouts and restrictions, which usually leads to binge eating after the fact,” says Caspero.

The good news is you’ve already proven to yourself that you can live with two less sodas a day and that you really do have time to squeeze a workout in every day. “If you can stay consistent, that’s when you start to feel better and see the consistent results,” says Joel.

The Bottom Line

So, yes, you can lose weight quickly — but skip the sketchy quick fixes and do it the healthy way so you can keep the weight off and finally break the “I gotta lose weight fast!” cycle.

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17 of the Best Plus Size Workout Clothes

Society (and the fashion industry) is finally catching up to what we’ve known for years: Exercisers come in all shapes and sizes. For a long time, cute, trendy, workout wear was reserved only for those who wear straight sizes, while plus size gear was frumpy, boring, and not designed with active bodies in mind (hello, falling waistbands and unsupportive sports bras).

But with the rising trend of athleisure (yes, that’s a real word), more and more companies are designing plus size workout clothes that have both style and function – they’ll stay put while you’re doing your HIIT workouts, and they’re perfect weekend brunch attire. No matter how or where you want to wear your workout clothes, we’ve rounded up a few of the best plus size pieces to outfit you for all types of activities.

Plus Size Tops

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AC for Beachbody Plus Size LIKES Tank ($30.00)

Let’s be honest: we all do it for the ‘gram sometimes. Show off your sweaty selfies and get some social media love with this gold foil printed tank that declares exactly why you’re working out. #sorrynotsorry

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21 Day Fix Plus Size Everyday Tee ($32.00)

When you’re working on your fitness, you become a little bit stronger every day—and a whole lot more confident. Give yourself a constant reminder of this awesome fact by grabbing this versatile tee that works for everything from to lunch with friends to a fun dance workout.

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AC for Beachbody Plus Size ACHIEVE Tee ($34.00)

Not feeling your workout? Throw on this motivational t-shirt to help you get in the mood. It’s chic enough to wear before you start exercising, and it’s relaxed fit works with your body once you start the workout of your choice.

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Fabletics Ashlynn Tank ($54.95)

Show off your feminine side with this flirty layered tank. The meshed cropped shell will keep you cool, while the built in bra provides the support you need to move with confidence. And since style is as important as function, you can choose between the subtly sexy black and the playful lilac options.

Plus Size Bottoms

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C9 Champion Layered Shorts ($20.99)

These shorts do it all: loose mesh on the top with a built-in liner, and material that wicks away sweat to allow maximal hard work while keeping you dry. Sometimes finding comfortable, practical shorts is difficult, but this pair checks all the boxes, with a great price tag, too.

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Old Navy High-Rise Plus-Size Compression Capris ($32.94)

Take your workout to the islands (if only in your mind) with these colorful floral capris. The high rise and wide waistband gives you maximum support to keep everything in place instead of sliding down.

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Livi Active By Lane Bryant Wicking Active Dance Capri Legging With Mesh ($39.99)

Show off your style (and a little leg) with these super comfy capris. They’re made out of an airy polyester /spandex blend, and have a mesh panel strategically placed on the back of the leg to let in a cooling air flow.

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Grrrl Clothing Neon Wildcat Next Level Leggings ($59)

These bright multicolored leggings tell everyone that you’ve arrived and you’re ready to kick some butt. The two-inch waistband keeps your pants in place as you power through intense moves, while the spandex/polyester combo stretches up to seven times its original size, making it easy for all body types to rock without worry.

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Va Va Impulse High Waist Midi Leggings ($69.00)

At first glance, this just looks like an average pair of pants…until you get to the sassy, strappy cutouts at the ankles. They’re perfect for when you want to show a little flair without straying too far from classic black leggings. And they have the added plus of moisture-wicking material and a no-slip waistband.

Plus Size Sports Bras

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C9 Champion Power Shape MAX High Support Front-Close Sports Bra ($26.99)

Sometimes peeling off a sweaty sports bra after an intense cardio session is as tough as the workout itself. This reasonably priced option from Target makes that a thing of the past with a plus size sports bra that zips up in the front.

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Torrid Active – Camo Print Strappy Back Sports Bra ($38.90)

Strappy sports bras might not provide the most support for higher-impact activities, but this crisscross back is both edgy and adorable, and great for low-impact workouts. Wear it while you’re doing PiYo, then throw on a jacket to transform it into a cute top for brunch or errands.

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Livi Active By Lane Bryant Cooling No Wire Sports Bra ($49.99-$64.50)

Comfort is the key to this sports bra that supports and wicks away moisture in sizes up to 46DDD. In addition to the traditional gray and black shades, this bra also comes in a vibrant aqua color for when you really want to stand out.

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Panache Lingerie Full-Busted Underwire Sports Bra ($70.00)

Function meets style with this ultra-supportive sports bra that provides enough coverage for high-impact workouts without that suffocating feeling. The straps are adjustable, going from the traditional over-the-shoulder style to racerback in seconds.

Plus Size Jackets and Long Sleeves

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AC for Beachbody Plus Size PROGRESS Long Sleeve ($36)

Every body is a beach body, they’re all just at different stages of their journey. Stay cozy with this relaxed-fit, super soft long sleeve shirt that’s a constant reminder to stay positive and keep working towards your goals.

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Torrid Active – Wake Up Cropped Hoodie ($38.98)

Wake up. Kick ass. Repeat. With that motto lining the bottom of the cropped hoodie, how could you not be motivated every time you wear it? This sweatshirt has a a slimmer fit to show off your physique while staying covered, and it’s stretchy enough so it doesn’t limit your motion as you go about your day or workout.

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Manifesta Keep Your Head Up Hoodie ($72.00)

Scrunchies never looked so cool! This pullover jacket has an asymmetrical ruched front, giving it a very on-trend look. The light fabric makes it perfect for a slower yoga or Pilates class, with sizing up to 4X.

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Fabletics Marcie Bomber Jacket ($84.95)

When the temperature is warmer but you still want to cover up, reach for this sheer bomber from Fabletics, sizes going up to 3X. The breathable mesh lets you show off some skin while still protecting you from any chill that might come your way, giving you a look that’s just a little edgy and super cool.

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12 Food Storage Tips to Make Your Groceries Last Longer

We’ve all been there before — tossing fuzzy raspberries, wilted parsley, and mushy apples into the trash bin with a heavy heart thanks to subpar food storage.

It’s all too easy to forget about your groceries until they start stinking up your kitchen, but here’s the good news: knowing how to store them properly isn’t rocket science.

Not only does proper food storage prevent unnecessary waste (and sudden bouts of frustration), but it also lessens your grocery bill and minimizes the risk of a contracting a food-borne illness.

12 Food Storage Tips to Help Your Food Last Longer

These 12 simple food storage tips will help ensure your food stays fresh as long as possible.

 

Store dairy products at the back of the fridge
Take your jug of two-percent out of the fridge door. That location might make it easy to grab quickly for your bowl of cereal, but it might make it spoil faster because of the temperature. Ani Aratounians, R.D., says it’s crucial to keep your dairy products at the back of the fridge where it’s coldest.

 

Put meat on the bottom shelf
Nothing ruins a container of broccoli faster than a soak in pork juice. “Meats should be on the bottom shelf so juices don’t drip on other foods,” Aratounians says. If you’re out of precious lower shelf space, put the meat in a tray with a raised lip to catch any liquid that might try to escape. She also advises keeping cold cuts separate from other raw meat to prevent cross-contamination.

 

Treat herbs like flowers
Fresh herbs, asparagus, and green onions can all be stored upright in a tall glass of fresh water. Just trim the stems, cover them with a bit of plastic wrap, and place them in the fridge.

 

Know where to store fruits and vegetables
Not all fruits and veggies need to live in the fridge. Avocados, citrus, bananas, nectarines, pears, peaches, onions, tomatoes, and potatoes can all be stored at room temperature or in a cool pantry. But don’t store onions and potatoes together. Because of ethylene gas that some kinds of produce release, they cause each other to spoil faster.

 

Wrap your greens in paper towels
To prevent slimy residue from accumulating in your bag of lettuce, spinach, or other leafy greens, stick paper towels inside to soak up excess moisture. You can do the same with leftover salad greens in food storage containers.

 

Use plastic wrap on bananas
Cover the crown of a bunch of bananas in plastic wrap to slow the release of ethylene gas. This will prevent them from ripening too quickly if you’re not going to use the whole bunch right away. But even if you find yourself with some bananas that are past their prime, that doesn’t mean you have to toss them into the trash. There are a number of tasty recipes that call for overripe bananas.

 

Wrap celery in foil
Wrapping the entire bunch of celery in foil helps it stay fresh and crunchy for up to four weeks in your crisper drawer. The foil helps to keep just the right amount of moisture in, and the ethylene gas out.

 

Wash produce as you go
If washing fruits and veggies is the first thing you do when you come home from the grocery store, you might want to switch up your routine. Unless you plan on freezing your food, Aratounians advises only washing things you’re ready to eat right away or soon after. That lessens the chance of mold growing on damp produce. And if you’re going to chop up your food in advance to save time, just wait to wash it right before you eat it.

 

Soak berries in vinegar
If you don’t eat all the berri quick soak in a three-parts water, one-part vinegar solution will kill bacteria and prevent molding. Rinse the berries thoroughly then pat dry once you’re done.

 

Roast veggies
Nutritionist Jodi Geigle recommends roasting vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower to extend their shelf life. “It’s also a great meal prep tip to have cooked veggies on hand that you can quickly throw in as an addition to any meal,” Geigle says.

 

Store grains in air-tight containers
Buying in bulk is a great way to save money when grocery shopping, but you want to store it correctly so the extra food doesn’t go to waste. “If you buy grains in bulk, be sure to transfer them to an airtight container to maintain freshness, as well as keep bugs away,” says Aratounians.

Go a step further and label your containers with the purchase dates so you know how long you’ve had your grains.

 

Double-check your fridge’s temperature
Finally, after you’ve wrapped and placed all your perishables in the refrigerator, be sure that it’s set at the right temperature. “Make sure your fridge thermometer is working correctly to prevent spoilage and reduce the risk of food-borne illness,” says Geigle. The temperature should be set to at least 40 degrees Fahrenheit (five degrees Celsius), or a few degrees lower.

Food Storage Tips to Help Your Groceries Last Longer

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Cookie Dough Energy Balls

While it may seem too good to be true, these cookie dough balls are actually good for you! Creamy Vanilla Shakeology is mixed with almond butter, raw honey, raw almonds, and chocolate chips in this easy, delicious no-bake recipe packed with protein.

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Cookie Dough Balls Ingredients

Cookie Dough Protein Balls

Cookie Dough Energy Balls

Total Time: 15 min.
Prep Time: 15 min.
Cooking Time: None
Yield: 13 servings, 1 ball each

Ingredients:
½ cup all-natural almond butter
¼ cup raw honey
½ cup finely chopped raw almonds
2½ scoops Vanilla Shakeology
2 Tbsp. mini semi-sweet (or dark chocolate) chocolate chips

Preparation:
1. Combine almond butter, honey, almonds, Shakeology, and chocolate chips in a medium bowl; mix well.
2. Roll into thirteen balls, about 1-inch in diameter each.

Cookie Dough Energy Bites

Nutritional Information (per serving):
Calories: 127
Total Fat: 8 g
Saturated Fat: 4 g
Cholesterol: 1 mg
Sodium: 84 g
Carbohydrates: 12 g
Fiber: 1 g
Sugars: 8 g
Protein: 5 g

P90X/P90X2 Portions
½ Fat
½ Single Serving Snack

P90X3 Portions
½ Carb
1½ Fat

Body Beast Portions
½ Starch
1½ Fat

Portion Fix Containers
1 Yellow
1½ tsp.

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21 Day Fix Results: Scott Lost 52.2 Pounds and Won $1,000

Scott Sweeney, age 51, lost 52.2 lbs in 1 year with 21 Day Fix, Shakeology, and the Beachbody Performance supplements. He entered his results into The Beachbody Challenge® and won $1,000!

Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
Time has such a cruel way of catching up to us. I never gave my nutrition and fitness much thought and as the years went on I progressively added weight and lost motivation to do anything about it. I tried a couple of times. I joined a gym. I tried to eat better. Without motivation and accountability I really never achieved much of a change. I was beginning to feel really down on myself.

What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
My inspiration really came in phases. I took a trip with my family a few years ago and we had a chance to zipline through a rain forest. While I should have been enjoying the amazing experience, I found myself struggling to keep up with the group as we had to walk uphill from tower to tower. Fighting to keep up, and doubting at times whether I could even complete the excursion really put a damper on my enjoyment. From there my weight slowly increased and my drive to do anything about it decreased. Time progressed and eventually I met someone who had lost weight with Beachbody. I asked some questions and I listened a little but it just wasn’t the right time for me. About a year later something in me just clicked and I needed to hear more. It was time. I was ready to take control of my fitness. Now, here I am!

What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?
My biggest challenge was literally everything! I mean, I didn’t eat well and I had no motivation to work out. I knew I needed to do something, anything, but I just didn’t want to! Or when I wanted to I didn’t have the drive to follow it through. When I was introduced to the Beachbody line of fitness programs, with my Coach’s help, I found one I thought sounded like something I might like. Well, I was right! 21 Day Fix taught me how to eat properly, taught me that working out doesn’t have to be a chore, and taught me that it is possible to overcome and it is possible to achieve my goals!

What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
The 21 Day Fix meal plan was the best part. It made me focus on my nutrition in ways I never have before. I actually had to plan meals ahead, shop for healthy groceries, and prepare the food in ways I found tasty yet were still approved within the plan. At first it was a challenge but after a while I kind of got into the groove and it became easier.

Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
Wow! My weight loss is the biggest achievement. However, my overall fitness has improved so much. Many of the exercises that I needed to modify at the beginning of the program I’m now able to complete without modification. I’m always excited and proud when I come across another move that I no longer have to modify!

21 Day Fix Results: Scott Lost 52.2 Pounds and Won $1,000

How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
I am much more focused on my health. I wake up thinking about what my meals will be, what foods I’m going to add to my Shakeology, and when am I going to make time to workout. None of this ever crossed my mind before Beachbody!

How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
My Coach introduced me to a couple of groups. At first I just sort of lurked around reading what others were posting. Eventually I started posting my own results and the positive feedback I received was tremendous! Nothing was ever negative, always positive. They can really help to build your self esteem. And, reading about the successes and struggles of others made me feel like I wasn’t alone on this journey. Being in a Challenge Group makes me want to succeed because I don’t want to let down the group.

How did your Team Beachbody® Coach support you on your journey?
Nicole Bair, my Coach, has been a tremendous help and inspiration. Watching what she has achieved and still maintaining her busy, busy life made me believe that this is all worth it and, yes, it is possible! She introduced me to challenge groups where I found others with similar goals. And, as I became more curious and interested with the business of Beachbody, she has patiently explained, sometimes having to repeat more than once, what is involved in coaching and what I might expect to encounter.

How did a Beachbody Supplement or Nutritional Product or Program (such as Shakeology® or Beachbody Ultimate Reset®) support your transformation? What are the greatest benefits you gained? Did you see benefits to your energy, sleep, mood/mental clarity, digestion/regularity?
I’ve been drinking Shakeology from day one. Honestly, when I signed up I said I’d try it for a month and then see if I wanted to continue. Well, I’m hooked! It does help to curb my appetite for hours.2 For various reasons there have only been a small handful of days I missed drinking Shakeology and I could tell something was missing. I do find my energy level is greater with Shakeology and, since starting the 21 Day Fix program, Shakeology and all, I sleep better and more soundly.2

Tell us about your experience with Beachbody On Demand. If applicable, how has it helped you achieve your goals?
I didn’t sign up for BOD right away. At first I felt owning the DVDs was good enough for me. But as I became more and more curious about other Beachbody programs I decided to try BOD and I’m so glad I did! I’ve been able to sample some of the other programs and because of that I made the decision to jump into The Master’s Hammer and Chisel and with great success so far! I don’t think I would have taken that step if I hadn’t been able to check it out first.

You can change your life, too. Take the Beachbody Challenge for the tools you need to Decide, Commit, and Succeed! Complete any Beachbody program, and enter your results for a free gift and a chance to win cash and prizes. What program are you committing to next?

Results vary depending on starting point, goals, and effort.
2These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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Beachbody Results: Sue Lost 54 Pounds and Won $1,000

Sue Schwartz, age 48, lost 54 lbs with 21 Day Fix, The Master’s Hammer and Chisel, FOCUS T25, Shakeology, and the Beachbody Performance supplements. She entered her results into The Beachbody Challenge® and won $1,000!

Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
Before starting Beachbody I had hit an all time low in my life. I was so sad and hated myself. I didn’t like what I had let myself become, and I was physically so unhealthy. I couldn’t walk 100 yards without feeling winded and out of breath, it was a chore to go up and down steps, and I couldn’t even bend over to tie my shoes. I didn’t like going places other than work because I was so embarrassed to see people who knew me before I looked like this.

What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
My friend had recommended the 21 Day Fix and Shakeology to me because she was seeing results in herself. I inquired on Facebook to friends, and I found my Coach. I knew I needed to do something before I ended up diabetic or even heart disease. I was tired of feeling so bad physically and I needed to do it for myself so I would learn to love myself again.

What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?
My greatest challenge was making sure my family was on board with this new healthy life style I would be living, because it meant they would be living it too. I found great recipes that were 21 Day Fix approved and showed them that clean eating was also good! My other challenges were of course the physical ones. I was so heavy and out of shape the exercise proved to be hard for me but I stuck with it and the more results I was seeing the more motivation I had to keep going.

What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
I have loved all the programs I have done but Hammer and Chisel pushed me to limits I didn’t think I could do. I love lifting weights… a feeling of strength and so empowering.

Beachbody Results: Sue Lost 54 Pounds and Won $1,000

Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
Besides my physical results, I have gained so much confidence and have learned to love myself again. I’ve lost a total of 54 lbs in 10 months, and over 40 inches. I’m really most proud of the strength I’ve gained and how I love a challenge from something I could never physically do before.

How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
By far what is most life changing is my confidence and self esteem! I love myself and want to be healthy for my family. I want to live a long and healthy life. Without a doubt Beachbody is completely responsible my my health and happiness! Thank You Beachbody!

How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
Being in a Challenge Group for me is what has helped me stay accountable. If I happened to be on the struggle bus for a day and didn’t feel like pushing play, you looked at a post from a fellow challenger in your group and it gave me the motivation to get moving and get it done! Everybody’s encouraging words really keeps you going. It’s nice to know that we are on the journey together and facing the same challenges.

How did your Team Beachbody® Coach support you on your journey?
I can’t say enough about Brittany. She’s very encouraging and has been my biggest cheerleader. She’s been very knowledgeable with any questions I’ve had. Her challenge groups have been fun and she is very interactive with the group!

How did a Beachbody Supplement or Nutritional Product or Program (such as Shakeology® or Beachbody Ultimate Reset®) support your transformation? What are the greatest benefits you gained? Did you see benefits to your energy, sleep, mood/mental clarity, digestion/regularity?
I can’t say enough about Shakeology! Love it! It’s helped with my energy level and my digestive system!2

Tell us about your experience with Beachbody On Demand. If applicable, how has it helped you achieve your goals?
I love BOD. I like getting to try work outs before making a purchase. That’s how I tried T25 and it’s how I’m doing Hammer and Chisel now.

You can change your life, too. Take the Beachbody Challenge for the tools you need to Decide, Commit, and Succeed! Complete any Beachbody program, and enter your results for a free gift and a chance to win cash and prizes. What program are you committing to next?

Results vary depending on starting point, goals, and effort.
2These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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INSANITY Results: Marek Lost 41 Pounds in Just 60 Days!

Marek de Savigny, age 31, lost 41 lbs in 60 days with INSANITY via Beachbody On Demand, Shakeology, and the Beachbody Performance supplements. He entered his results into The Beachbody Challenge® and won $1,000!

Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
Life was busy. Two kids under 4-years-old, and working shift work, made it easy to put health and fitness on shelf. Being busy I never took the time to eat right, and when I did I ate like mad. The was a number of stressful things going on and I always turned to eating as a result. I’d always eat until I felt stuffed which always left me feeling nasty and sick afterwards. I was always tired and uneasy with lots of headaches and digestive issues. Having once been very fit and healthy I hated the way I felt and looked but couldn’t get out of the rut. I was embarrassed to play sports and avoided being seen with a shirt off. Something had to change…

What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
My wife! I’d had enough of feeling fat, lazy, and awkward. As a firefighter I was ashamed of this road I had fallen down, and knew that I had to do something to be a better husband, father, and firefighter. Peoples lives were relying on my fitness, especially my own. I had watched my wife do PiYo, Country Heat and some other Beachbody workouts and had laughed at her, puzzled at how she can follow a workout like that. She always stood up for her workouts nonetheless. Browsing through her Beachbody On Demand, I came across INSANITY and flipped through a couple videos. My attitude quickly changed and I realized I finally found what I had been looking for in a workout since University volleyball! I instantly got so hooked on the workouts! It was easy to incorporate the 21 Day Fix portion containers into my diet simply because I needed those proper nutrients to get me through the workouts. The journey had been amazing! Constant progression towards my goals!

What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?
My greatest challenge was finding a place, time and the motivation to push hard and lose weight and get fit. Living in the country and with young kids, spending time away from them going to a gym seemed so selfish to me. Every time I tried to workout previously, I was always craving the intensity of training with teammates as I did playing University volleyball. INSANITY through Beachbody On Demand honestly solved all those problems. Every workout made me feels as though I was surrounded by others pushing me to go harder. Shaun T up close and personal really drives you to do your best. Best of all, I could do it at home, with my kids watching. Showing them the importance of being active. Plus I had two little waterboys/girls! I wouldn’t have it any other way!

What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
I really liked the intensity. I would be sweating profusely before the warm up stretching! I like the time given for proper stretching. Aside from a cold, the stretching kept me injury free the entire duration of the program. I also liked how every single workout was extremely challenging. There wasn’t a day where I was able to just coast through the workout.

Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I can’t believe I was able burn off 41 lbs so fast! I’m ashamed to have had that much to burn, but hey, its gone! I wanted to be able to keep up the people in the workout by the end and for the most part can outdo them now. My flexibility has never been this good as well. I would have to say I’m most proud of how I look now with a shirt off. I haven’t looked like this in 12 years, and honestly never thought I would ever again!

INSANITY Results: Marek Lost 41 Pounds in Just 60 Days!

How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
It feels as though I’ve been able to reset my life back to where it needed to be. I feel great! My wife says I look great! I feel like younger and better able to be an active fun dad for my kids. I’ve regained my confidence and self esteem and, most of all, I feel healthy! I’m no longer feel lethargic after eating and no more digestive issues! That there gives you so much freedom! I’m so glad I found this program and stuck with it. It wasn’t easy, but the change I’ve experienced has turned my life around! Thanks!

How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
It was great to see and hear of everyone going through the same thing as me day in day out. Change isn’t easy, but when you have a lot of people kicking you’re behind, anything is possible!

How did your Team Beachbody® Coach support you on your journey?
Natalie was a great help with the diet aspect of the program. She helped me find and stick to a good healthy meal plan. I always thought dieting was more starvation, but she set me up with delicious, nutritious meals that kept me going strong. And, I never went hungry! Ever!

How did a Beachbody Supplement or Nutritional Product or Program (such as Shakeology® or Beachbody Ultimate Reset®) support your transformation? What are the greatest benefits you gained? Did you see benefits to your energy, sleep, mood/mental clarity, digestion/regularity?
Ive been using Shakeology everyday. I used it in between meals and loved it. It quickly became my treat for the day which, as a bonus, does me some real good. I’d say because of it I never craved sweets which for me was kinda a big thing to stop eating.2 I also found Energize during my workouts gave me that extra mental boost to push myself harder. Having felt the crash before in sports and working out, I never once had that through the INSANITY workouts. They are super intense so I should have crashed but I feel energize helped keep me going. I also became hooked on Recover instantly. For a protein recovery drink, it is extremely delicious and easy to drink. My weak-ish stomach never had a problem with it.

Tell us about your experience with Beachbody On Demand. If applicable, how has it helped you achieve your goals?
I can’t say enough good things about! Throughout the program, we traveled away from home quite often. I never had to worry about missing a workout because I’d download the workouts I needed onto the iPad and play it through whatever TV, wherever I ended up. I’d even put it on at the fire station and instantly had all 7 guys on shift join in with me on the workouts. On Demand gave me constant access, anywhere I was. I could never use the excuse of being away from a gym or whatever. I loved it all and can’t wait to jump into the next program! Thanks Beachbody!

You can change your life, too. Take the Beachbody Challenge for the tools you need to Decide, Commit, and Succeed! Complete any Beachbody program, and enter your results for a free gift and a chance to win cash and prizes. What program are you committing to next?

Results vary depending on starting point, goals, and effort.
2These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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Beachbody Results: Daniel Lost 61 Pounds and Won $1,000!

Daniel Mills, age 25, lost 61 lbs in 1 year with 22 Minute Hard Corps, The Master’s Hammer and Chisel, FOCUS T25, Shakeology, and the Beachbody Performance supplements. He entered his results into The Beachbody Challenge® and won $1,000!

Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
I was a varsity swimmer while in high school, being at the peak of my health. Once I hit senior year of high school I encountered severe cardiac issues that could potentially kill me. Post season, I underwent heart surgery at the age of 17. I gained about 20 pounds and was in a wheel chair for months due to my condition. I hated myself because I couldn’t do the things I used to be able to do. After getting myself out of the wheelchair, I completed P90X.3 That was my first introduction to my idol and hero Tony Horton. I was in great shape and weighed 155 pounds after the program. Unfortunately, the new me didn’t last long. I started experiencing immense pain in my hip. I found out I was born with a bone abnormality and had torn my cartilage in my right hip to shreds. I went into surgery at the age of 23 back in 2014. After 9 months of extensive physical therapy, I was able to walk again normally, but my weight took a huge impact. I gained 80 pounds, and hated how I looked in the mirror.

What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
After my hip surgery and gaining the 80 pounds I knew I had to do something with my health. My triglycerides were in the 300’s and my blood pressure was over 160/90. Before the main release, I had seen the 22 Minute Hard Corps commercials and ads on Facebook. I always had respect to those that have and are currently serving in the military, and I knew that this was the type of workout for me. It felt that this workout was more disciplined and intense without accepting any excuses, and I craved that environment. I know the human body is capable of absolutely incredible and extraordinary things, and I refused to be the exception. I wanted to show not only my friends and family, but other people struggling with weight loss that anyone can get back in shape. Even if they have had heart and hip surgery. Even if they were told they may never be able to run, or even walk every again like I was. Tony Horton inspired me to dig deep and give another rep, even when my body was exhausted.3

What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?
My greatest challenge was my physical health after my surgeries. It took a lot of determination and perseverance to gain the strength to get out of the wheelchair after my heart surgery. It was even more difficult after my hip surgery. It’s not that my surgeon was a pessimist; rather, he was a realist. He told me that the extent of my cartilage damage in my hip could cause permanent disability, and I may never be able to run or walk normally again. It didn’t help that after the surgery I acquired permanent nerve damage on the inside of my right leg that has taken all feeling away. After almost two years, I still don’t have any feeling, but I don’t let it bother me. I told myself, no excuses, and purchased 22 Minute Hard Corps and got to work.3 Seeing Tony on the TV gave me a boost of motivation, along with my Beachbody Coach encouraging me throughout my program. The boot camp style workout gave me the mentality that no excuses were going to be accepted and I was expected to do my best.3

What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
22 Minute Hard Corps was the initial workout, and then I went through and pursued Hammer and Chisel, and then up to FOCUS T25. T25 was different from 22 Minute Hard Corps, in a good way. I felt it was a little more difficult because there are no breaks throughout the entire workout, but that’s great! It really tested my mental fortitude and endurance to be able to get through 25 minutes. My favorite workout in T25 was definitely Speed 1.0 and Speed 2.0. It was grueling yes; however, it was so much fun bouncing from one workout to the next.

Beachbody Results: Daniel Lost 61 Pounds and Won $1,000!

Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I have lost 25% of my body weight since starting the Beachbody programs. I have gone from 236 pounds to 175 pounds. I have not been under 200 pounds in about 3-4 years. I still have a way to go, but I know I can do it. I am also proud of how my heart has improved. I was breathing heavily and was on my knees in the beginning of 22 Minute Hard Corps. The burpees would exhaust me but at the end of the program, I was doing all the burpees with ankle weights attached. I went from 10 pound dumbbells to 20 pounds, which I actually need heavier weights. My pushup count and ab strength has also increased dramatically. T25 has also been able to continue my fitness goals and I am competing in my first spartan race in July.

How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
I feel so much more confident about my body. I feel like I can do so much more athletically, and I am getting closer to my old self before my hip and cardiac issues. My vitals have improved greatly and my energy is way up. Due to the strengthening in my legs, my hips have been able to obtain more support and I have had a massive decrease in pain. T25 has been able to re-enforce the strength that I have in my legs and my cardiac health has improved by leaps and bounds. My cardiologist has stopped all medications for me, which is something that I never thought was possible.1 I look forward to my future success with Beachbody.

How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
Participating in a Challenge Group helped me not only with numerous resources, but held me accountable as well. It helped me realize how many others are working hard to accomplish their goals and we continued to motivate and hold each other accountable. On the days that I was feeling uninspired, primarily Amanda Ross was always there to say the exact words I needed to hear in order to get up and do my workout. Amanda Ross had mini challenges during the weeks, creating a friendly competition between the members of the group. She was and is an incredible Coach. In addition, she had many other ways to involve the members in the group. She provided tons of healthy recipes and workout challenges for us to complete.

How did your Team Beachbody® Coach support you on your journey?
As said before, Amanda Ross is an incredible Coach. She kept me motivated even on the days that I just wanted to lay around all day. She is always incredibly attentive and very quick to respond to any questions or comments that anyone has. Every time I made a post in a Challenge Group, Amanda was always there to comment with motivational words, which continued my desire to improve my health and meet my goals. She also introduced me to products that helped improve my health like Shakeology. Shakeology was one of the greatest products I decided to purchase, and without Amanda there, I may never have decided to invest in it.

How did a Beachbody Supplement or Nutritional Product or Program (such as Shakeology® or Beachbody Ultimate Reset®) support your transformation? What are the greatest benefits you gained? Did you see benefits to your energy, sleep, mood/mental clarity, digestion/regularity?
Shakeology supported my transformation by decreasing sugary cravings like soda, ice cream, donuts, etc.2 It also left me hydrated, full of energy, and full.2 This decreased the amount of snacking that would take place throughout the day. I gained energy and I have been able to sleep better.2 Shakeology also provided me a massive amount of nutrients, which left my muscles feeling revitalized and ready for the next workout.2 I do not intend on discontinuing this product now, or in the near future. I recommend Shakeology to people every day and how much it helps your body.

Tell us about your experience with Beachbody On Demand. If applicable, how has it helped you achieve your goals?
Beachbody on Demand is an excellent resource, more than people think. It is such a great deal and you have access to so many incredible fitness trainers and experts. I haven’t really had any bad experiences and whether it’s rain or shine, BOD will be there for me!

You can change your life, too. Take the Beachbody Challenge for the tools you need to Decide, Commit, and Succeed! Complete any Beachbody program, and enter your results for a free gift and a chance to win cash and prizes. What program are you committing to next?

Results vary depending on starting point, goals, and effort.
3Always consult with your physician about your unique medical needs before starting any fitness program or nutrition product.
1Consult your physician before discontinuing or altering any prescribed medication.
2These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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