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Losing Weight and Getting Fit? It’s Time to Reward Yourself

Can you believe 2016 is here and in full effect? How are those health and fitness-related New Year’s resolutions going? Are you losing weight? Are you maintaining a regular exercise routine? Have you reduced the amount of red meat in your diet? Have you cut back on your sugar intake?

If so, it’s a great time to start rewarding your hard-earned efforts!

Now, you might be tempted to treat yourself to a 16-ounce Porterhouse steak, a box of your favorite chocolates, or other decadent foods. Definitely not a good idea, as using food as a reward feeds the notion that your newfound discipline is a temporary behavior rather than a lifestyle change.

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Instead, I encourage you to reward yourself with tangible items that support your long-term commitment to staying healthy and fit. So, if you’re in need of some good ideas, here are my top 6 versatile picks for celebrating your achievements so far!

Acel Graduated Compression Socks

acel compression socksIf you regularly engage in running, cycling, strength training or any other forms of physical activity ACEL graduated compression socks are a must have! The circulation-enhancing effects of these socks can greatly support your workout efforts by increasing your stamina and energy levels, preventing muscle cramps, and speeding recovery time after highly intense activities.

I started sporting the ACEL brand while training for The North Face Endurance Challenge and can personally attest to dramatic reductions in the severity of my muscle soreness after each wear. In addition to their performance-enhancing effects, ACEL graduated compression socks also address common complications caused by medical conditions like varicose veins and diabetes.

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Vionic Fyn Active Sneakers

vionic fynI’ve gone through many brands of active footwear but Vionic shoes are one of only a few lines to strike the perfect balance between comfort, functionality, and flair. The brand’s recently introduced “Fyn” has become one of my new favorite leisure walking shoes and they’re simply perfect for everyday wear.

In addition to Vionic’s podiatrist-designed Active Motion System (AMS) technology, this style includes a sturdy, impact-resistant midsole, improved rubber tread for added traction, and enhanced mesh upper support for breathability and flexibility. Find out if these shoes are right for you by visiting VionicShoes.com for a free 30-day wear test.

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“225 Best Pressure Cooker Recipes” Cookbook

Pressure CookingWhen it comes to preparing healthy foods at home time is definitely of the essence. So, if you’re looking for a workable way to get more nutritional bang for your buck in a relatively short amount of time, I highly recommend investing in a pressure cooker and picking up a copy of “225 Best Pressure Cooker Recipes” to go with it!

Created by Cinda Chavich, this cookbook houses a collection of vibrant and flavorful recipes that can be created in minutes. Whether you prefer meats, seafood, vegetables or vegetarian dishes, “225 Best Pressure Cooker Recipes” is totally ideal for cooking up a big batch of something healthy for dinner and freezing the leftovers for later.

RECIPE: Home-Style Pressure Cooked Pinto Beans with Smoked Turkey

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