Motivation Monday

Yes, the weekend is over, but you can still start the week off right. Fight the Monday blahs with our new weekly work-out moves and nutritious snack tips. Check them out below, and leave a comment if you have a suggestion or two to share for next week’s column.

This Week’s Work-Out Move: the tricep dip. This exercise is easy to crank out on busy days, and it tones the back of the arm. While you are cooking in the kitchen, grab a chair from the table and place both palms on the edge of the chair. Your elbows should be pointing directly backward. Keep your back close to the chair and slowly bend the elbows–and then straighten them. Slow and steady. Do three sets of 12 reps throughout the day (breakfast, lunch, dinner), three times a week.

Healthy Snack of the Week: sliced cucumber with melted mozzarella. It’s tasty and satisfying for both you and the kids. Get a medium- to large-sized cucumber, wash, and slice it into quarter length pieces. Sprinkle a tablespoon of cheese onto each slice, and heat in toaster oven until cheese is melted. It’s perfect for the mid-afternoon slump and will serve as a healthy after-school snack for your kids as well.

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