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Gym Hacks & How To Get a Good Deal on Gym Memberships As Seen on Circa News

Health & Fitness Expert Stephanie Mansour stopped by Circa News to give some tips on how to save money on a gym membership!

Many gyms offer week passes or more to “test it out.” But they don’t advertise this! So shop around and ask for it. Depending on your area, you could get free gym access for 2 months!

Check out online discount sites, like Groupon, to get gym memberships for shorter than a year commitment and at less than half the regular rate. / Really love a workout class led by a specific instructor? Go to the class. Then, ask that instructor to put you on the guest list so that you can come to that class for free every week!

Looking to work out at home as if you had a personal trainer with you? If so we’ll show you how to get a work out as though you’re working w a pro, w/out having to pay big bucks (hint: all you need is a smartphone.)

If you want more tips on how you can lose weight and keep it off, make sure you join my FREE 21 day challenge at stepitupchallenge.com.

How to De-Bloat & Lose Weight in the Mid-Section As Seen on WINK TV

It’s a little more than 2 months into 2017, and your health & fitness goals may be a little off track. If you’re having a hard time losing some extra pounds in your mid-section, or are looking for ways to feel less bloated, we’ve got you covered.
Our Health & Fitness Expert Stephanie Mansour from Step It Up with Steph is here with some great tips!

First, stay hydrated. Drink half of your body weight (at least!) in ounces of water per day. I really like drinking coconut water because it’s extra hydrating. Try the Harmless Harvest brand at Whole Foods – there’s even a little bit of a nutty flavor to it, and they’re organic!

Next, pay attention to your gut health. Sometimes it’s just a matter of being too bloated OR not having gone to the bathroom in a few days. Make sure your gut is getting enough healthy bacteria, and that you’re taking a daily probiotic. There are even probiotics in liquid form that taste delicious! The Harmless Harvest drink comes in a few different flavors and almost tastes like you’re drinking an ice cream shake! The probiotics in here help reduce inflammation and help improve the immune system.
Finally, really make a connection between what you’re eating and how you feel. Does cheese make you bloated? Does wheat pasta make you feel like you have an expanded stomach? Pay attention to how you feel after eating certain foods, and then do an experiment and avoid them for a few days. See if you notice a difference!

If you want more tips on how you can lose weight and keep it off, make sure you join my FREE 21 day challenge at stepitupchallenge.com.

How to Use Peppermint This Holiday Season for Health & Wellness Remedies As Seen on ABC Chicago

Health & Fitness Expert Stephanie Mansour is here with a soothing peppermint concoction to calm a stomachache, peppermint oil to invigorate & energize you, peppermint hot chocolate, and more!

If you’ve eaten too much, try using peppermint to sooth your stomach.
Try Peppermint tea or Peppermint candy. This will help to soothe the muscles around the intestines, helping with IBS symptoms or digestion problems.

If you’re feeling sleepy, research shows that the scent of peppermint can invigorate you. Here are a few ways to use it:

Use Peppermint oil to dab on your wrists to open up your sinuses and to combat migraines. I like Young Living Peppermint Essential Oil. Peppermint essential oil’s scent invigorates the mind and senses, while inspiring a sense of peace. Used topically, Peppermint oil creates a cool, tingling sensation on the skin.

Put Peppermint Oil on a washclothe to use in shower!

You can also cook with peppermint! Use fresh mint on salads, with sauteed veggies, or even with meats!

Finally, if you’re really looking for something sweet, try to make it a little bit healthier!
Check out Peppermint Chocolate and Peppermint Hot Chocolate! These Peppermint Chocolates are from Cocoa & Co. in Chicago. The peppermint bars, a Cocoa + Co. exclusive made in partnership with local chocolatier Heather Johnston of Veruca Chocolates They consist of a delicate dark chocolate shell and oozy mint crème that absolutely melts on your tongue. Cocoa + Co. (pronounced Cocoa and Company) is in Old Town on Wells, and has hundreds of amazing chocolate treats to try, many of which make amazing gifts and stocking stuffers.

If you want more tips on how you can lose weight and keep it off, make sure you join my FREE 21 day challenge at stepitupchallenge.com.