Even if you've nixed your membership at the gym, there's no excuse to skip your workout. Forget the days of hauling around free weights, and focus on using your greatest tool — your body's strength! — with these 53 exercises. If you're trying to specifically focus on your upper body, lower body, or core or you want some new plyometric moves to get your heart rate up, click below to head to the right place.
You don't have to resign yourself to gaining weight over the holidays — and you don't have to feel deprived either! If you implement one of these weight-loss tips over the next few months, you'll be able to keep up a healthy weight without any unnecessary struggle.
Eat Carbs in the A.M.
Many people ask The Biggest Loser trainer Bob Harper if they should be cutting carbs entirely when trying to lose weight. You'll be glad to know that he completely disagrees, since "your body needs carbs for fuel." His advice? Front-load your carbohydrates: the largest meal (higher in carbohydrates) of the day should be breakfast, and the rest of your meals should be "trending smaller as the day goes on." The hope is when you eat carbs earlier in the day, "you'll know you'll have time to burn them off" with exercise later on.
Vegan Before Dinner
When you cut out dairy and meat from the majority of your meals, you're naturally reducing the calorie and fat counts without having to overanalyze every ingredient. That's why Mark Bittman's vegan-before-dinner, "Flexitarian" diet works! If you eat balanced, vegan meals with tons of veggies, fruits, and grains for breakfast and lunch, after 6 p.m., you can enjoy your favorite recipes — in moderation, of course. This plan also leaves you some wiggle room when fun holiday plans roll around. If you're eating clean all day and getting in a workout, there's no reason you can't enjoy a special meal at night.
The 80/20 Rule
For the space to go out socially and enjoy a special meal (or a cocktail!) with friends over the holidays, follow the 80/20 rule. The breakdown is simple: 80 percent of the time you focus on eating clean, good-for-you foods, and 20 percent of the time, you have the freedom to indulge as you please. If you eat three square meals a day, three of those meals every week are your 20 percent cheat meals — plenty of room for a special holiday brunch or the classic Thanksgiving dinner!
What's your strategy to make sure you keep off weight during the holidays?
If you were to stop and go through the quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies weighing down your purse or cluttering up your car cup holder, how much do you think you'd collect? $10? $25? Well, according to the experts at Coinstar, the average amount cashed in for eCertificates and/or gift cards at their coin kiosks is a whopping $56 — twice as much as people think they have. Talk about a nice, unexpected chunk of change as we head into the holiday season (especially since so many of us go over budget on holiday shopping!).
Our advice to you: make every coin count! Take a few minutes to grab all the spare change "jingle-belling" in your purses, pockets, car, and desk drawers, then hit your local Coinstar kiosk, where you can turn the contents of your coin jar into cash or no-fee eCertificates from popular brands, including Amazon, iTunes, Gap, and Starbucks. Click here to find the Coinstar kiosk closest to you.
Now that you know there might be more change lying around than you think, what would you do with those extra pennies this holiday?
While that big bird seems to be the main event of a Thanksgiving spread, I'm always drawn to piling my plate high with a variety of delicious sides. Many of these dishes are lightened-up versions of comforting favorites, while others take a big twist on tradition, but their common denominator is big, bold flavor that all your guests are sure to enjoy.
Between the family, food, all the preparation and all the clean up, Thanksgiving weekend leaves little room for a workout. But, if you have just minutes to slip away, we have the workout or workouts you need to break a quick sweat. Since every little bit counts — especially before a feast! — start with a 10-minute total body-tone. If you have more time, continue through each video, taking your focus to specific parts of your body like your arms and abs. At the very end, we threw in a Vinyasa yoga sequence to wind down and breathe before you "officially" start the holiday season. Whether you have 10 minutes or a whole hour, click through to follow along to six 10-minute video workouts.
Making your own snacks and meals is a surefire way to help you keep track of calories and maintain your weight. Since eyeballing your servings can be iffy, keep yourself honest and prevent overeating with these portion-control products.
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Staying healthy and stress-free throughout the holidays is not always an easy task. One reason for aches and pains is the ways we have to twist our bodies and lug heavy suitcases or shopping bags while rushing through the day. Here's how you can help prevent and combat these pains while traveling.
- Cramped airplane seats and hours of waiting for delayed flights can subject your body to lots of uncomfortable positioning. Take time to do these in-flight stretches to help prevent getting sore. Each stretch allows joints and muscles to move more freely in a cramped environment.
- Rushing from party to party? Give your feet a rest by doing these leg-strengthening exercises made especially for high-heel wearers; they'll help ensure that you don't suffer for fashion.
- Even if you've opted for more comfortable shoes, being on the go all day long can lead to tired feet. Get some fast relief by rolling a tennis ball or ice-cold water bottle under your feet; you'll massage sore arches and soothe overworked soles in no time.
- When you're stressed, chances are you hold the tension in your neck. Take time to do these tension-relieving head and neck stretches so you don't get sidelined by a headache.