It's called Fat Tuesday for a reason; Mardi Gras celebrations are known for being over-the-top indulgent, but if that's not your style, not to worry — you can still enjoy all the flavors of New Orleans without all the calories. In honor of Tuesday's celebration, we've put together a menu of healthier versions of classic New Orleans and Southern dishes. Read on for the recipes!
Impressive guns and flabless upper arms aren't made just from pumping iron. We've got five moves that beat boredom and tone your upper body without dumbbells (or any other equipment, for that matter). Read on to learn how to do the moves!
Additional reporting by Jenny Sugar and Jaime Young
If you've always wanted to master the elegant and bold Forearm Stand, this sequence will help make it happen. Aside from spinal flexibility, upper body and core strength is a must to do this posture. If you're sick of doing regular push-ups, give this Down Dog push-up a try.
- Begin on your mat, coming into Downward Facing Dog. Be sure to have your body weight spread equally between both hands and feet. Draw your navel toward the spine, engaging uddiyana bandha (your abs). Spread the fingers wide creating a stable base in the palms. Hold here, breathing steadily for five complete breaths.
- With your core strong, slowly lower your forearms to the floor, so they are parallel with your torso, coming into Quarter Dog. This is an odd movement for your upper body, so it may take some thought to figure out which muscles to engage in order to make it happen. If your upper body isn't strong enough, you might need to lower one elbow at a time, but you'll eventually work up to lowering both simultaneously.
- After five breaths, reverse the move. Press firmly into your palms and engage the core to straighten both arms, coming back into Down Dog. Again, it might take some practice to be able to lift both arms at the same time, but stick with it. Repeat, building up to a total of 10 times.
Focus on flowing gracefully with strength and stability back and forth between these two postures. You're sure to notice a difference in your arm, shoulder, and core strength; this will not only help you do Forearm Stand, but you'll be able to work on more advanced variations such as Scorpion. This move isn't just for yogis, so even if you don't regularly step on the mat, you can reap the arm-strengthening benefits of a Down Dog push-up.
With more and more younger women having heart attacks, it's more important than ever to develop new rules to live by for optimal heart health. These three simple habits are easy to incorporate into any lifestyle and will help keep the heart healthy and free from disease.
Learn to love fish: One study found that younger women who didn't eat fish and other sources of omega-3s had the highest risk of developing heart conditions. Even eating fish once or twice a week is enough to reap all its healthy benefits. If you love to cook, try one of our healthy fish recipes. For anyone who doesn't like cooking seafood at home, make a point to order fish whenever out for dinner. For the vegetarians out there, don't fret: there are plenty of animal-free omega-3 sources out there like chia seeds, flaxseed oil, and edamame.
Start meditating: If it's not enough that meditation can improve your brain function and stress levels, multiple studies have shown that it can improve your heart's function, even among the younger generation. High blood pressure can affect your heart's health, and meditation has been proven to significantly lower blood pressure. Not convinced? Celebs like Katy Perry and Oprah Winfrey believe in the power of meditation!
Find an alternative to diet soda: Even with all the health warnings, the number of young women that continue to regularly drink diet soda is surprising. Besides causing weight gain, drinking diet soda may increase the risk of heart attack and stroke by 44 percent. Try seltzer with a splash of fresh juice for that carbonation fix, or a green tea in the afternoon to beat the slump.
Whenever a talented songstress hits the stage, it's hard not to be amazed by her voice, how she owns the crowd, and, of course, her rocking bod! But being out on the road performing can be exhausting, especially when trying to stay fit and healthy. Interested in how these Grammy nominees make it work? Keep reading to learn how they stay healthy off the stage.
You may be bundled up now, but tank top season is quickly approaching! Get ready and and gear up with a workout aimed at targeting your arms and core. Mixing a series of specific arm exercises like bicep curls with a variety of planks, this series will work both your arms and core simultaneously. Get the most from this workout by customizing it to your fitness level, using the dumbbell weight of your choice, and choosing your rest time in between sets. Remember — those racerbacks will be here before you know it!
The Grammys are taking over LA today, and POPSUGAR will be LIVE on the red carpet starting at 4:30 p.m. EST/1:30 p.m. PST! Anything can happen at the Grammys, and we're excited to see live performances from Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, and more of music's hottest stars! Editor Lindsay Miller will be on the red carpet in LA bringing you interviews with your favorite musicians, and Becca Frucht, Becky Kirsch, and Brittney Stephens will be in the studio talking about Grammys style, recapping the amazing performances, and more. It all starts today at 4:30 p.m. EST/1:30 p.m. PST. And don't forget to catch the Grammys at 8/7 C on CBS.
Chill out on your belly and tone your butt at the same time — what's not to love? This frog exercise, found in many barre workouts, is great for toning and lifting the bum. And you can do it at home.Start lying on your stomach on top of a mat or soft area. If your mat is on hardwood, then I recommend folding a piece of the mat underneath your hips for extra cushion. With one fist on top of the other and your elbows bent, place your forehead into your top fist, and press your arms into the floor for support. Bend your knees, flex your feet in the air, and lift your knees off the floor. From this position, extend your knees behind you, using the energy in your heels to press your legs away in a pulsing tempo. With every press your heels, emphasize the slight straightening of the knees as you pulse your legs away from your butt. Think of a frog that squats down and leaps. Your knees are making a similar motion and, like a frog, your legs are suspended in air. Complete this exercise for 20-30 reps. For added challenge, release your arms out in front of you for the last 10 reps to tone your upper back at the same time.
Photographed at Pop Physique in San Francisco, CA
Since contacts are so popular and our eyes are so precious, it's important to take good care of both. Here are some things to keep in mind if you sport contact lenses.
- Always wash your hands before inserting or removing your lenses. Touching your eye with germy fingers is a great way to get a cold or nasty eye infection such as pink eye.
- If you suffer from allergies, wearing contacts can make your symptoms worse since allergens like pollen and dander can stick to the lenses. Wear glasses if your symptoms are really bad, and if you can't part from your contacts (I don't blame you), be sure to clean them thoroughly or replace disposable lenses more often.
- Keep eye drops in your purse or desk at all times, especially if you work at a computer. Not only are dry lenses uncomfortable and difficult to see out of, but they could potentially scratch your eye. Use those drops as often as you need. If you have watery or itchy eyes caused by allergies, look for drops containing antihistamines.
- Only wear your lenses as long as you are directed to. Lenses meant to be worn for only two to four weeks should not be worn for two months. Dirt and protein deposits accumulate on the lenses and can cause irritation, eye infections, or permanent damage your eyes.
- Give your eyes a rest from contacts. I know it's difficult to break the habit if you wear them every waking moment of every day, but your eyes need a chance to breathe. Choose lenses that are highly breathable, such as Acuvue Oasys, and wear your glasses a few hours a day instead, so oxygen can reach your corneas.
- Be good about keeping yearly appointments with your eye doctor to have your eyes checked, and to see if you need a change to your prescription. Not only will you not be able to purchase contacts without an up-to-date prescription, but if your eyes become weaker, you won't be able to see as well with your old contacts, which isn't safe and can cause headaches.