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Azumio | Endure with Endurance Exercise

“Of all the causes which conspire to render the life of a man short and miserable, none have greater influence than the want of proper exercise.”
Dr. William Buchan, 18th-century Scottish physician

If you’re already starting to feel the little aches and pains that can accompany aging or want to keep as much youthful energy and wellness as possible as you age, the science is clear: get moving and keep moving.

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Azumio | 3 Tips to Wake Up Refreshed

It’s easy to trace feeling groggy, foggy or just plain tired back to a number of things: poor diet, stress, noisy neighbors, or hormonal/metabolic issues. While these factors may definitely contribute to your energy levels throughout the day, your sleep habits could be the culprit too, dragging you down more than you think. We know the benefits of a good night’s sleep–and the downfalls of a bad one–and how the quality of our sleep can set the course for the day.

Good sleeping habits, like avoiding screens before bedtime, exercising during the day for better sleep and keeping your bedroom dark and quiet, are essential, but avoiding bad sleeping habits can be just as important. Perhaps the hardest habit to break? Hitting the snooze button.

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Azumio | Low-Impact Workouts with High Caloric Burns

What’s high and what’s low (and who are they good for)?

High-impact exercises involve jumping and jarring motions that put stress on the skeletal system. Running and jumping activities where both feet leave the ground are considered high impact. Thinking running, plyometrics, skipping rope, or dance or aerobic classes that involve jumping. While high impact exercises can lead to injury or wear and tear on the joints of the legs and back, there’s mounting evidence that high-impact exercise may actually help strengthen bones and reduce bone loss as we age. HIgh-impact exercises are best for those with a high fitness baseline and who are at a low risk for joint injury.

Low and no-impact exercises place less stress on the body by avoiding the jarring motions of high-impact exercise (running is called pounding the pavement for a reason!). Typically speaking, an exercise is considered low-impact if at least one foot remains planted on the ground at all times or the body is in some way supported, whether by water in the case of swimming or aqua aerobics or by a machine. These types of exercises are appropriate for beginners, individuals with bone, connective tissue or joint-related issues (injuries, arthritis or osteoporosis), those recovering from injuries, older adults, heavier individuals and pregnant women.

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Azumio | 3 Reasons to Cut Back on Sugar

It’s generally accepted that cutting back on refined and added sugars is a great way to boost weight loss. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends that women consume no more than 100 calories per day from added sugar (about six teaspoons) and that men consume no more than 150 calories a day (about nine teaspoons). Americans, on average, consume as many as twenty or more teaspoons of sugar per day. At about fifteen calories per teaspoon and four calories per gram, calories from added sugars can add up quickly, especially when consumed via processed and convenience foods, snacks and sweet drinks.

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Azumio | 5 Ways to Stress Less in 2016

There’s a lot to look forward to as each year wraps up: gathering with family and friends, trimming Christmas trees, tracking down the perfect gifts, ringing in the New Year and indulging in a few holiday goodies (and of course a glass of bubbly when the clock strikes midnight!). For all my fellow goal setters out there, there’s one more thing to look forward to… Setting New Year’s resolutions! This year, we challenge you to set a resolution you may not have set before: stress less. We’re in full support of resolutions to eat better and move more, but de-stressing may be even more beneficial for your health.

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Azumio | Warm Up With These Seasonal Soups

As the wintry weather hits and the days grow shorter, working up the motivation and energy to eat well and stay active can be difficult. Skipping the gym and grabbing takeout after work can seem like a great idea when the sun has already set by the time you leave and you’re forced to layer on the cold weather gear. It doesn’t take much for winter doldrums to send us into pajamas, TV and hibernation mode, but we’ve got the perfect cure: a nice, hot bowl of soup! Rich, nutritious and comforting, soups and stews are the perfect food for chilly winter nights and are easy to make–even with zero cooking skills.

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Azumio | Clean Eating: Easy and Delicious

Clean eating is a back-to-basics approach that encourages you to eat foods as close to their natural states as possible. One of the latest trends in health and wellness, “clean eating” is not a fad diet, but rather a thoughtful way to nourish your body with whole foods that have been minimally processed. Processed foods are typically less nutrient-dense than their whole food counterparts, and may include added sugar, sodium, saturated fat and refined carbohydrates. Thankfully, replacing these processed foods with whole foods can provide you with the nutrition your body needs. It does require some time in the kitchen, but with a few tips and some of our favorite recipes, it can be easy and delicious.

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Azumio | Mix Up Your Breakfast with Baked Oats

It’s easy enough to throw a packet of oatmeal and some water in the microwave, but nothing beats a home-cooked breakfast. Cooking your own meals allows you to know exactly what goes into your food, letting you make nutritious choices you can feel good about. Our baked oatmeal recipes is full of nutritious ingredients like whole grains, fresh eggs, milk, fruit, nuts and even some vegetables.

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Azumio | Staying Active with a Disability

Fitting in fitness in today’s fast-paced world is difficult, but it can be even more of a trial with a chronic illness, disability or a mobility impairment. Whether a chronic illness leaves you with too little energy to make it through both the grocery store and the gym, or arthritis slows you down when you try to hit the treadmill or trails, staying active can seem like an insurmountable challenge. Running up against obstacles and limitations can be demoralizing and depressing and remind you that you are limited in the ways you can exercise. There is hope, though! While crossfit and triathlons may be out for you, there are ways to get and stay fit and enjoy the other benefits of exercise.

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Azumio | Snap Your Way to 7 Servings

Looking for a simple way to eat healthy that doesn’t require counting calories, points, grams or macros? Start with just 7 servings of fruits and vegetables. By aiming for a serving or more of nutrient-filled fruits and vegetables at every meal, and swapping afternoon energy bars and trips to the vending machine with a nutrient-packed piece of fruit or serving of vegetables, you’re on your way to one healthy day.

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