Going from work to workouts, our favorite celebrity trainers are always up to something; this week was no different! From shooting segments with stars to sharing their favorite clean eats, there was plenty of Instagram inspiration to keep us motivated. Take a look at our favorite social snaps, and don't forget to follow POPSUGAR Fitness on Instagram too!
Green juice and green smoothies are everywhere these days, and it's no wonder since they're such nutrient-dense beverages. So what better way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day than to drink your greens? If you've been wanting to join the green monster movement, try making your own: it tastes fresher, is less expensive, and can be made to your exact liking. Here are a handful of green juice and green smoothie recipes to get you started!
- Power up with this pesto lentil extravaganza — Oh She Glows
- Skip the delivery for a healthy homemade pizza instead — Shape
- The real reason behind your cookie binge — Mind Body Green
- Make this: vegan and gluten-free Singapore rice noodles — Vegetarian Times
- Because time is precious, try one of these healthy 10-minute meals — Self
- What happens when you drink sugary beverages — HuffPost Healthy Living
Nothing compares to the elation of getting to the end of a good workout, but here are five reasons to delay that amazing feeling for five more minutes.
- Burn more: If losing weight is your goal, you're all about burning as many calories as you can. Tack on five extra minutes to your workout and you'll burn 25-50 more calories.
- The time adds up: Going five minutes longer for the five workouts you do this week means you worked out for an extra 25 minutes — that's practically one whole workout's worth. If you have an upcoming wedding or vacation where you need to rock your bikini, this can help you reach your weight-loss or fitness goals faster.
- Build your endurance: The more you work out, the stronger your muscles become, so the next time you get your sweat on, it'll feel that much easier.
- For your metabolism: That extra time spent building your muscles also increases your metabolism because lean muscle burns calories.
- Stress relief: Exercising releases endorphins, so running, biking, or swimming an extra five minutes means more feel-good hormones are released, which relieves stress and tension and keeps your happy, happy.
Just how many calories are in that mojito and mozzarella stick? Check out the chart below before heading out after work or over the weekend so you can keep your happy hour, happy. Let's start with the drinks first and then move on to the food.
|Drink||Serving Size||Calories||Fat (g)||Sodium (mg)||Carbs (g)|
|Apple Martini||2.5 oz.||175||0||0||8.5|
|Budweiser Beer||12 oz.||147||0||0||10.7|
|Bud Light||12 oz.||110||0||0||6.6|
|Dark and Stormy||7 oz.||162||0||19||9|
When it comes to marathon training, nothing can be more daunting than that weekly long run. In the midst of marathon training myself, I asked running coach and Sports Club/LA trainer Ben Hwa for his best advice for tackling a long run; here are his tips to keep in mind the next time you're gearing up for that 18-miler.
- Go easy: "The purpose of the long run is obviously to run long! Don't try to race yourself and attempt to figure out what you can possibly run for the race distance. Build endurance and learn what running (or being on your feet for that matter) for the duration feels like," Ben says. Don't worry about your pace; you can focus on that when you do your interval and tempo runs during the week.
- Eat more: Marathon training takes up a lot of your time as well as a lot of your energy, so make sure you have enough fuel to get you through those long runs. "Eat a lot," Ben advises. "If you're going to be exercising for a few hours, it's imperative to have enough energy stores to make the distance. If your stomach can handle it, it's much better to be in a calorie excess than deficit."
- Have fun: Fitting in a long run every week can start to feel like a chore, but it shouldn't. Focus on making it fun instead of trying to hit a certain time, Ben says. "[It's] hard enough just to finish the darn thing. Don't make it even more difficult by trying to run it as fast as possible."
Coconut oil has been a topic of heated debate across the board. Some experts like Dr. Oz swear by its superpower properties, but others like Dr. Weil feel that the research isn't ready to make these claims. Part of the reason that sales of coconut oil are booming is because of the vegan community. For people who don't partake in animal products of any kind, coconut oil is a great substitute for traditional butter. If you're curious about the benefits beyond a delicious dairy-free dessert, here are three surprising facts.
- It treats skin conditions: Instead of relying on heavily medicated creams, coconut oil can do wonders for dry and irritated skin. Regular use on the skin can greatly improve pesky symptoms of eczema and psoriasis. Most recently, lauric acid, one of the saturated fats in coconut oil, has been shown to even fight off fungal infections.
- It raises HDL: Coconut oil got a bad rap over the years, but studies were performed on partially hydrogenated coconut oil, rather than raw, virgin coconut oil. While many hydrogenated saturated fats raise bad cholesterol levels, coconut oil raises good cholesterol. As long as you buy virgin coconut oil, you'll be able to reap this healthy benefit.
Keep reading for one more reason to smile about coconut oil.
If you have a sweet spot for cold and creamy ice cream, but don't love the amount of calories and fat found in each spoonful, you need to make a batch of these ice cream cupcakes pronto. They're made with Greek yogurt, fresh strawberries, and bananas; and while low in calories, fat, and cholesterol, they're still lusciously sweet and smooth. The best part? Each mini ice cream cupcake is only 30 calories, but offers three grams of protein. So go ahead and have another, and another, and another!
The latest offering from Adidas, the Energy Boost ($150), has been out for less than a month, but it's already generating buzz. Dubbed Best Debut in Runner's World Spring Shoe Guide, the shoe was engineered to give runs an extra bounce, courtesy of Adidas's new styrofoam-looking Boost foam, which the company claims provides "more energy return" than conventional running shoe foam. After attending the unveiling of the Energy Boost last month, I've had a few weeks to test out my pair on short and long, indoor and outdoor runs. Here's what I thought about the Adidas Energy Boost.
The shoes aren't minimalist, but they sure do feel like it. I was amazed at how light they felt — the women's size 7s weigh in at 8.5 ounces — even though the thick sole looks like it would be much heavier. When running, I liked that the shoe offered extra cushioning and correction, especially on long runs. Since I'm training for a marathon, I've been testing out a few shoes during my long runs, and these are definitely at the top when it comes to comfort. I wore the Energy Boosts on a 13-mile run a week after a similarly long run where I wore a conventional minimalist shoe, and I noticed that the Energy Boosts cushioning helped save my knees from pain. And while I can't quantify any energy boost from wearing these shoes, my runs did feel noticeably bouncier and more comfortable, both on a treadmill and outdoors. The soft but structured feel of the foam sole ensured that I never felt weighed down or inhibited by the extra cushioning.
Besides the new foam, the Energy Boost shoes have other nice design touches to make it a comfortable running shoe. For one, the flexible mesh toe box encases your toes while still allowing room for them to move while you run. Also, the shoes' midsection acts like a girdle so the shoes stay snug even when the laces are untied.
While I did like the snug fit, it's important to note that the shoes run small; I ended up testing out a pair a half-size larger than my normal shoe size and the fit was perfect. But the narrow fit of the shoe and the amount of foam means that my feet feel a tad too overheated when I wear thicker running socks, so I've been sticking to thinner, non-cotton socks to make sure my feet don't feel hot and uncomfortable. All in all, I love the extra lightweight cushioning and bounce the Energy Boost gives me — especially during longer runs — and I'll be wearing these shoes for many miles to come!