It's no secret that getting a bikini body takes hard work and total-body dedication, so we made a workout that has just that. Our team at POPSUGAR Fitness created a 40-minute routine that works your entire body. Complete with a cardio warmup and stretching cooldown, it includes moves targeted specifically on both the upper and lower body. Fuel up, and grab a set of dumbbells between five and 10 pounds. It's time to press play and get ready for the beach!
We love exercising because it gives us energy, helps us sleep better, encourages weight loss, and gives us strong, toned muscles. However, while sweating it out, some bizarre and uncomfortable things can happen to the body. Click through and learn why your nose runs, your skin tingles, or your body shakes, and share if these things happen to you.
The next time you're at the gym, elevate your workout with box jumps. A popular exercise among athletes and in CrossFit workouts, box jumps test speed and agility while also increasing your heart rate. To do this plyometric exercise, all you need is a box (solid or padded) or an elevated platform. Depending on your fitness level and goals, use a single box to improve your agility or stagger boxes for obstacle-testing efficiency. Before you get jumping, keep these tips in mind:
- Consider your box height: First things first, consider the height of the box. On average, most boxes are between 12 and 24 inches. If you're solely testing your vertical ability or doing a singular jump, a taller box is appropriate. But if you're testing speed or creating a course, consider smaller boxes or staggering those of different heights. Remember, you can also work your way up. Always start lower to prevent injury and get comfortable with the movement.
- Create a workout for your goals: Your goals should determine how and what type of box jumps you do. If you're starting out, you may only focus on the "jump," then step down. If you're looking for a cardio workout, do several jumps in a row. To improve your balance, try jumping with one leg.
- Use your entire body: Although jumps are primarily a lower body move, they do work your entire body. Use your starting position to set up the entire movement: engage your core, bend at the knees, and allow your arms to provide you with momentum. Relying on your entire body will affect your stance and help you stay light on your feet.
This detoxifying juice recipe from Ritual Wellness helps boost immunity, aid digestion, and even up energy levels. Best of all, it only contains three ingredients: lemon, ginger, and green apple. Don't be mistaken, though, while it might be a simple recipe, it still packs a punch. The flavors combine for a sweet-tart concoction that hits the palate with a spicy kick from the ginger — a surefire way to wake up the senses! "The beauty of this juice is that it's great to drink anytime," said Lori Kenyon Farley, cofounder of Ritual Wellness. "It ensures you are flooding your body with nutrients first thing each morning. You can also drink it midafternoon for a natural energy boost, rather than a coffee break." One recipe that does a little bit of everything — who wouldn't love this?
Lori particularly loves this antioxidant-rich juice as a way to reset her body after an indulgent period: "High in vitamins A, B, and C, it helps cleanse the liver and remove mucus from the body." Besides aiding in digestion, the ginger is key for soothing an upset stomach or nausea. Perfect if you had a bit of a rough one the night before.
Learn how to make this easy recipe after the break!
Pasta is one of those go-to simple suppers that is always a hit, but sometimes things can get a little heavy. Looking to Spring-clean your favorite recipes and lighten things up a little? Try one of these pasta dishes, all boasting seasonal veggies. Click through to check them out and cook them up before Summer is officially here.
If your Memorial Day weekend was (understandably) more about barbecues than barbells, it's time to get back on track with your workout routine. Here are five ways you can start this short week on the right sneaker-clad foot.
- Get it out of the way: Wake up and shape up — that way you won't have to worry about fitting in a workout in the evening. Here's something to get you motivated: morning exercisers burn more calories than those who exercise later in the day.
- Aim for short: A little is better than nothing, so block out 10 minutes of your day to do a quick workout. Once you've warmed up, add intensity to make it more effective. Try any of these 10 workouts in 10 minutes or less for today's exercise.
- Break it up: You don't have to think of your workout as a 45-minute chunk out of your day. Start with a morning workout in your living room (our Class FitSugar video workouts make it easy to follow along), take a walk at lunch, and end the day with a restorative and quick yoga sequence. You'll fit in without dreading your workout time.
- Take it easy: Warm up to the idea of a week of workouts by starting out on your easy day. Low-intensity workouts will help you get your body moving, which is what is important.
- Reward yourself: Can't think of anything you'd rather do than curl up on your couch? Reward yourself with much-needed couch time only after you've done something active for the day; you'll feel good about the day not going to waste, without feeling guilty.
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If you're craving a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup but you want to do without the milk, sugar, and artificial ingredients, whip up this vegan version instead. Made with almond butter and maple syrup, it's lower in calories, fat, cholesterol, and sugar and tastes more rich and decadent than the original.
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While there's no miracle move to diminish back bulge, it's still important to strengthen and tone the muscles in that area of the body. As you begin to lose weight from all the cardio you're doing, you'll reveal slim, chiseled muscles waiting underneath. Here are nine yoga poses that will target all the areas of your back.
Doing a little grilling this Memorial Day weekend? With tons of burgers, hot dogs, potato salad, and beer around, you don't want to go overboard on the calories. To avoid packing on the pounds this weekend, here are some ways to add a healthy spin to your barbecue.
- Bring a healthy dish: If you're invited to a barbecue, bring along your own healthy dish so you know you'll have something good for you to munch on. Wow your friends and family with one of these vegan side dishes or healthy burgers.
- Go for homemade guacamole instead of creamy dips: Avocados offer the healthy fats your body needs, which is a much better option than the saturated fats found in dairy-based dips. If you're worried about calories, then whip up some homemade low-cal salsa, and throw in some fresh pineapple and mango for added vitamins.
- Grill up some veggies: Use a grill basket, corn holders, or skewers, and choose a variety of veggies to grill with the lean meat. Load up your plate to fill you up and to help prevent you from overeating high-calorie dishes.
- Don't always choose beef: Veggie burgers made with whole grains, legumes, and vegetables, and hot dogs made of tofu are a delicious low-calorie and low-cholesterol option. If you're a meat eater at heart, then go for burgers, hot dogs, or sausages made from turkey, chicken, or salmon.
- Choose your buns wisely: Most are made with enriched flour, so you may have to check a bunch of labels before finding ones made with real whole wheat four.
- Make substitutions: When it comes recipes as well as the fixings on your burgers, find healthier substitutions. Choose raw tomato or salsa instead of ketchup, and try Greek yogurt instead of mayo for potato salad recipes.
- Go easy on the brewskis: Save calories by enjoying one of these lower-calorie beers, and the rest of the evening, go for ice water, unsweetened iced tea, or chilled seltzer water flavored with lemon.
- Get moving: After your meal, step away from the food to avoid noshing out of boredom, and do something active like playing volleyball, badminton, or a round of boccie ball.