Don’t forget to exercise

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During this time of year, we are all extremely busy and we can often not make time for exercise. And if you add in the fact that we are taking in more food this time of year, you have a disastrous combination. Thankfully the weather had been extremely pretty the last few weeks but as we see the weather turn colder this weekend, follow these tips for enjoying the outdoor exercise. It is always important to wear layers because you can always remove a layer but you can’t very well add something to your wardrobe in the middle of your run.

Don’t forget your hands and ears. A headband, hat or ear muffs will help protect your head. As we are aware, you lose the majority of your heat through your head.

Now with nasty weather, it may be difficult to get motivated to exercise outdoors so remember that it is OK to just stay inside and exercise. You can dance around to some music, lift some weights, do indoor exercise, and just have fun.

There is no need for equipment with bodyweight exercises which can get your heart pumping and your body burning calories. Inexpensive equipment such as hand weights and resistance bands can also be purchased to help you reach your fitness goal. The last way to stay active is to sneak exercises into your daily routine such as take the stairs instead of the elevator, or exercise during your television commercial breaks. And there are always exercises that you can do at your work desk.

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Crock Pot Maple Brown Sugar Ham

7-8 pound spiral-cut ham
1 cup brown sugar
½ cup maple syrup
2 cups pineapple juice

Use a 6-7 quart crock pot. Unwrap ham from wrapper and discard the flavor packet. Place ham inside crock pot, flat side down. Rub the brown sugar over all sides of the ham. Then pour on the maple syrup and pineapple juice. Cover and cook on low heat for 4-5 hours. Baste hame with juices an hour or so before serving. When cooking is done, carefully remove ham from crock pot and place on a cutting board. Let rest 15 minutes before carving.

Easy 4-Ingredient

Cheese Ball

2 (8oz.) pkg cream cheese,
softened
¼ cup green onions,
chopped fine
1 Tbsp ranch dressing mix
½ tsp dill
½ cup pecans, chopped

Favorite snack crackers

Mix all ingredients except pecans with an electric mixer until smooth. Place on plastic wrap, cover and form into ball. Refrigerate for one hour. Place pecans on a plate. Remove cheese ball from plastic wrap and roll in pecans until well-coated. Place on a platter with crackers and serve.

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